Many professional wrestlers have used wrestling, or WWE in particular, as a stepping stone to acting roles and Hollywood stardom. While the Rock and John Cena have been most successful in converting their wrestling popularity into full-blown silver screen careers, several other wrestlers have tried their hand at the game, including Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper and Batista. Even wrestlers like Kevin Nash, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and Macho Man Randy Savage were able to turn their popularity into a few movie credits.
One of the many wrestlers to dabble in acting was Triple H. However, the game was undoubtedly better suited to a WWE ring than he was to acting, starring in several critical films. Deciding acting wasn’t for him, Triple H was able to fall back into wrestling and is now considered one of the best bookers in the world, especially for his work with NXT. Now that he’s been running WWE since Vince McMahon stepped down, Triple H is unlikely to return to the big screen.
seven Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery: 6.1/10
Triple H’s most popular movie was Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery, in which Triple H voices himself alongside John Cena, AJ Lee, The Miz, Santino Marella and other WWE Superstars as well as Scooby-Doo and the rest of the Mystery Inc. crew. WWE is haunted by a ghost bear who terrorizes the residents of WWE City, a fictional town created for WWE events. When the ghost bear threatens to ruin WrestleManiaMystery Inc set out to find out the identity of the bear and who is behind the attacks.
6 Scooby-Doo! And WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon: 6/10
In 2016, WWE Studios partnered with Hanna-Barbera to create Curse of the Speed Demona follow-up to WrestleMania Mysterywhich was released in 2014. While the original film had a wrestling tie-in and featured wrestling, the Curse of the Speed Demon centered around the racing cars of wrestlers, with a mysterious ghost sabotaging other racers, including The Undertaker and Dusty Rhodes.
Like the other wrestlers in the film, Triple H spoke and appeared alongside Stephanie McMahon. In the end, it is revealed that Triple H and Stephanie were the Speed Demon who sabotaged the other racers in revenge for Vince McMahon not letting Stephanie participate. The film was slightly less successful than the original, and no other Scooby-Doo and WWE films have been released since.
5 Blade: Trinity: 5.8/10
Blade Trinity was the third film of the Blade film series starring Wesley Snipes as a vampire hunter named Blade, who is half-human, half-vampire. Triple H would join the series in the third film alongside Dominic Purcell, Jessica Biel and Ryan Reynolds. Triple H played Jarko Grimmwood, a vampire from the House of Talos who seeks to resurrect Dracula. Grimmwood is seen as a brutal character with a soft side when caring for his Pomeranian named Pac-Man.
Like the other films on this list, Triple H’s performance and the film itself were poorly received by fans and critics. The film was the last of the Blade series and earned the lowest reviews of the three films. On Rotten Tomatoes, Blade: Trinity earned just 24% despite performing slightly better with ratings ratings at 58%, while the film earned a score of 5.8 out of 10 on IMDB.
4 Relative strangers: 5.3/10
In 2006, Triple H and Batista had roles in a comedy starring Ron Livingston, Neve Campbell, Danny DeVito and Kathy Bates. The film centered on Richard Clayton, played by Ron Livingston, who searches for his birth parents after discovering he was adopted as a child. His birth parents turn out to be “carnies” played by DeVito and Bates who follow Clayton home and cause chaos in his normal life.
The film was poorly received by audiences, scoring 31% on Rotten Tomatoes and 5.3 on IMDB. However, given the small nature of Triple H and Batista’s roles, it would be hard to blame them. The pair played a wrestling duo, which means the casting was a natural choice.
3 The escort: 5/10
When fans refer to Triple H’s disappointing movie career, the movie they tend to point to was his WWE Studio role as Ray Bradstone. the chaperone. Just like in Upside down, Triple H plays a reformed criminal, this time a runaway driver. Though he wants to become a law-abiding citizen, Bradstone accepts one last job before retiring to accompany his daughter’s school trip. The film was poorly reviewed on Rotten Tomatoes but has a slightly better score on IMDB.
The movie was also referenced in Triple H’s feud with CM Punk, with Adam Blampied calling it Triple H’s greatest movie, but said the compliment amounted to saying he was the smartest Kardashian.
2 Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania: 4.5/10
In 2017, a group of wrestlers were chosen for a sequel to the 2007 animation Surf movie called Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania. The original film starred Shia LeBeouf voicing main penguin Cody Maverick, with Jeff Bridges, Zooey Deschanel, Jon Heder, and James Woods providing voices for additional characters. Many of the original character stars were replaced, aside from Jon Heder, who reprized his role as Chicken Joe, and Diedrich Bader, who voiced Tank Evans in both films. Triple H was one of several wrestlers in the film to lend his voice to the project, voicing Hunter.
Unlike the first surf film, which received a positive review, the second film did not fare well on film review websites. Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania received only 39% of audiences on rotten tomatoeswhile it is rated 4.5 out of 10 on IMDB.
1 Upside down: 4.5/10
Not to be confused with the 2015 Disney film of the same name, Triple H appeared in the 2011 crime film Upside down as ex-con Arlo Jayne. After returning from 13 years in prison for manslaughter, Jayne returns home to find that her friend Jack Small, played by Michael Rappaport, has married his ex-girlfriend and is taking care of his daughter. Small is the son of crime boss Vic Small, which lands Jayne and Jack Small in trouble after a deal is struck.
The film was incredibly poorly reviewed, getting a 4.5 out of 10 on IMDB and reviews were less favorable elsewhere. Rotten Tomatoes has the film rated 25% with critics and 22% with audiences. Triple H’s performance in the film was also poorly received, with the former WWE Champion’s acting being described as “inept” and akin to a “steroidal Steven Segal”.