Unfortunately for professional athletes, and for the fans who adore them, playing sports for a living can only last for so long. After all, wrestling is something that takes an enormous amount of energy and focus – not to mention the fact that it comes along with all sorts of risks. WWE stars are no different, and even your favorites must eventually move on to other ventures. Sometimes they leave because they’re badly injured, sometimes they go on maternity leave and sometimes they get their contracts terminated due to…well, due to screwing up. And even though some of them are off doing bigger and better things, some of them are having a bit more trouble figuring out where to go next. So, what happened to your favorite former wrestler, and where are they now?
Gene Snitsky Turns to Acting
It may be kind of hard to imagine Snitsky playing any other role than…well, Snitsky. After all, Gene Snitsky (which is actually his real name,) rose to fame in the WWE by kicking baby dolls into the audience. That seems like the kind of thing that would put a typecast stamp on someone, doesn’t it? But apparently, Snitsky now plays all kinds of roles!
Well actually, he seems to prefer such horror films as Zombie Death Camp and Bikini Girls Vs. The Surf Wolf. He’s also done some work with television shows like ABC’s What Would You Do? Snitsky got his foot in the door with acting while he was still participating with the WWE, and he just announced his retirement in 2018.
Batista: From the Ring to the Silver Screen
This face may look a little familiar, and not just because he was successful within the WWE, but also because he went on to guard the entire galaxy. Dave Bautista, dubbed Batista during his stint with the WWE, rose to fame when he filled the role of Drax in Guardians of The Galaxy and Avengers: Infinity War.
Producers knew that Batista would play a perfect Drax, due to his large stature and ability to terrify most anyone that approaches him. Bautista has discovered new happiness in film, and he’s made the decision to focus his efforts in that arena and cut ties with wrestling. Now, he’s got a large fanbase that includes people who adore him for both his wrestling and his acting!