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June 25, 2009

More on wrestling-reality show connection

In this morning’s post about Torrie Wilson’s performance on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here, I listed other wrestlers who have appeared on network reality competition shows, but, as several of you have pointed out, I overlooked a couple.

I can’t believe I forgot Chris Jericho, who was on Fox’s Celebrity Duets in 2006. Then again, if you blinked, you missed him, because he was the first one eliminated. I also failed to include Matt Anoa’i (Rosey), who dropped out during the fifth episode of ABC’s Fat March in 2007.

For those who mentioned Matt Morgan on American Gladiators (NBC, 2008) and Trish Stratus on Armed and Famous (CBS, 2007), I did not mention Morgan because he was a character on the show rather than a contestant, and Stratus’ show was a reality series but not a competition.

Posted by Kevin Eck at 2:03 PM | | Comments (13)


Does anyone know if Rosey still strying to make a WWE comeback, or has he fallen the wayside?

You're just a regular Dave Meltzer Kevin.

How about the Miz? Technically, that was pre-wrestling, but still he was on Real World New York and then like 5 different Road Rules/Real World Challenges

RESPONSE FROM KE: LIke you said, he was a reality star who became a wrestler, not a wrestler appearing on a reality show.

Kevin - Instead of a reality show w/wrestlers , how 'bout a fantasy show w/wrestlers (preferably female ) . Now that I'd watch !

i know you were not including non compitition shows but i thought i would mention chyna on surreal life acting like a crazy drunk. and it was kind of a two-fer cause x-pac showed up on that one episode. lol

One more...wasn't Ric Flair scheduled to be on that Celebrity dance show on CBS that got scrubbed after one airing?

RESPONSE FROM KE: It was called Secret Talents of the Stars, and Flair's secret talent was salsa dancing. He wasn't on the first episode and, as you said, it was scrapped after that.

It makes sense there has been so many wrestlers/reality show contestants.

They are both supposed competitions that take skill (depending on the show), but more importantly are entertainment shows where competitors play exaggerated versions of themselves to gain popularity or infamy.

What about Redemption Song? Hosted by Chris Jericho on Fuse?

RESPONSE FROM KE: I must have done a lousy job of making myself clear. I was only listing wrestlers who were contestants.

Former Monday Night Raw owner Donald Trump was on the Apprentice.

What about the Hardy's on NBC's Fear Factor a couple years ago? I think Lita was on there as well.

I believe Awesome Kong was on a weight loss reality program a while back. No, i'm serious.

Ha ha, very true Chris!

A result of WWE becoming more family-friendly and less crude/controversial may very well be more superstars crossing over into other forms of popular entertainment.

I mean, remember the 80s?

I'd also like to throw out there that I very much enjoyed the WWE Superstar editions of Family Feud and (particularly) Weakest Link... when Stone Cold had no clue about an answer, he would answer "J.R.'s Barbecue Sauce." That still makes me laugh to remember.

Chyna appeared on the Surreal Life, and then was brought back to be on The Surreal Life: Fame Games which was indeed a competition, with eliminations and such based on challenges.

RESPONSE FROM KE: Thanks. Had no idea about that one.

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