It’s no surprise that there is a great deal of crossover between pro wrestling and reality television. Both have competitive elements, regularly rely on stereotypes and shock value to attract viewers, have been accused of exploiting their on-screen talent, pretend that what you’re watching has anything to do with actual “reality”, and are watched regularly by millions of people on a weekly basis (although how many millions can vary wildly in some cases). As a result, over the years, more than a few professional wrestlers have managed to find themselves in various roles on a number of popular reality shows, and some of them have even managed to make quite an impression while they were there.
10. Hulk Hogan
Hogan’s on-again, off-again relationship with WWE is well-documented, and during one of his longer breaks from working for Vince McMahon, Hogan decided to try his hand at the whole reality TV business. Thanks to his partnership with Eric Bischoff, who had accumulated a large number of connections in the TV industry while President of WCW, Hogan managed to get not one, not two, but three different reality shows off the ground in a very short time. The most well-known, of course, was Hogan Knows Best, a “slice of life” reality show that followed the Hogan family in their ridiculous day-to-day lives. Unfortunately, serious legal issues that arose from a deadly car accident involving Hogan’s son resulted in the show being cancelled. This didn’t slow Hogan down, though, and a spin-off was quickly created, this time focussing on his daughter, Brooke, and her burgeoning singing career. When it became apparent that Brooke was not going to be the next big pop sensation, that show was also cancelled. However, in the meantime, Hogan created Celebrity Championship Wrestling, where D-list celebrities were trained by Brutus Beefcake and former Nasty Boy Brian Knobbs to become pro wrestlers (insert easy joke here). That show actually received moderately positive reviews, but only ran for a single season and has largely been forgotten.