Like every sport, professional wrestling has its share of movie star athletes. And like several movie star athlete, professional wrestling stars can’t resist a profitable endorsement deal. One of the vital well-known examples is Macho Man Randy Savage’s representing Slim Jims within the Nineties, a partnership that proved to be iconic and memorable for Savage’s supply of the tagline, “Snap right into a Slim Jim!”
However not each product endorsement might be as iconic as Macho’s relationship with beef jerky sticks. There have been quite a lot of stunning wrestler endorsements through the years. Not all of those had been unhealthy — and followers would possibly even keep in mind a few of them — however they’re fairly bizarre.
10 Brock Lesnar – Jimmy John’s
Exterior of professional wrestling, slapping a emblem on a racing automobile or reliable fighter isn’t all that unusual. However when wrestler turned MMA fighter Brock Lesnar returned to WWE in 2012, followers had been fast to note that Brock’s shorts had been sporting a recognizable double-J emblem — not for Jeff Jarrett, however relatively for sandwich chain Jimmy John’s.
As a result of every little thing in wrestling — particularly in WWE — is so intentionally engineered to elicit a sure response from followers, seeing a monster heel like Lesnar repping for sandwiches is extremely humorous.
9 Hulk Hogan – Microwaveable Burgers
Followers might already learn about Hulk Hogan’s numerous product endorsement ventures like Pastamania, an power drink, and even the a number of kitchen home equipment bearing his title because of the Hulkster infamously turning down the George Foreman Grill deal. Much less well-known, nonetheless, had been his line of microwaveable hamburgers. Accessible solely at Wal-Mart, adventurous eaters had a handful of choices when it got here to the Hulkster Burger, together with a cheeseburger and a rooster sandwich. If on-line meals critiques are to be believed, they weren’t nicely acquired.
8 John Cena – Fruity Pebbles
Throughout his 2011-2012 feud with John Cena, The Rock took photographs at Cena’s historical past of colourful T-shirts, saying that the face of recent WWE was like a field of Fruity Pebbles. It was a fairly weak, juvenile joke, however ended up turning into an actual factor, as John Cena discovered himself emblazoned on cereal bins subsequent to Fred Flintstone and Bamm Bamm.
It’s very stunning that WWE leaned into the insult, however you possibly can’t fault them when there’s cash to be made. It’s a disgrace that Rocky couldn’t make lighting strike twice when he known as CM Punk “cookiepuss.”
7 Bret Hart – Beer
So far as wrestler endorsements go, beer looks as if an untapped (heh) market, contemplating the rising reputation of craft beer within the twenty first century. Stone Chilly Steve Austin notably has an IPA out from El Segundo, however it might shock followers to know that his nice rival Bret “The Hitman” Hart has his personal beer as nicely.
Given every little thing followers learn about Bret Hart, it ought to come as no shock that the citrus hibiscus ale Hitman got here straight out of Calgary’s Village Brewing.
6 Jeff Jarrett – Gold Investments
After leaving TNA in 2014, Jeff Jarrett tried to start out a brand new promotion, International Pressure Wrestling, which didn’t fairly pan out — at the same time as he tried to merge it together with his previous firm. However on the identical time, Jarrett additionally rolled out International Pressure Gold, which was mainly a option to promote Karatbars, a German gold funding firm accused of working a Ponzi scheme. Followers are likely to slap Double J with the “carny” label very often, and engaging followers to participate in a “money for gold” rip-off in trade for a signed 8×10 actually would not assist.
5 NJPW LA Dojo Younger Lions – Gekiochi Fabric
Followers maintaining with New Japan Professional-Wrestling’s US-based present New Japan Robust have seen these foolish adverts just about each week. NJPW’s LA Dojo college students — Clark Connors, Alex Coughlin, and Karl Fredericks — have shot a few adverts promoting Gekiochi Fabric, “a magic fabric that may clear with out cleaning soap.”
Whereas the corporate behind the fabric, LEC, has put Japanese NJPW stars on its home packaging, the corporate has enlisted NJPW’s up-and-coming Los Angeles trainees to promote the product to Western followers.
4 Imply Gene Okerlund – Imply Gene’s Burgers
One of many best backstage interviewers of all time, Imply Gene Okerlund additionally acquired into the product endorsement sport. A household affair, Okerlund’s nephews began up a restaurant enterprise, and the legendary Imply Gene was prepared to supply up his title and likeness to create Imply Gene’s Burgers, which ended up turning into a series.
The chain was profitable, too, and ended up spawning associated pizzerias known as — you guessed it — Imply Gene’s Pizza.
3 KangaRoos – Sting
Established in 1979, KangaRoos is a American model of footwear well-known for having a small pocket on the aspect and having a kangaroo silhouette as their emblem. Regardless of being a quick fad within the early to mid-Eighties, the model by no means completely went away and even acquired Sting to endorse them in 1990. It made excellent sense — Sting’s a surfer man, Australia has surfer vibes — and made for a fairly enjoyable, goofy business loaded with oddball Nineties nostalgia.
2 Toru Yano – Curry
It ought to come as no shock to followers of New Japan that Toru Yano — the CHAOS faction’s resident DVD shilling cheat — really has real-life product endorsements occurring exterior of the ring. In 2020, Yano and NJPW struck a cope with firm Kitano Ace to place out a line of boil-in-a-bag curry with YTR’s face emblazoned on the package deal. The set-up is just about the identical — it’s a hamburger patty in sauce — however the sauce flavors embody gentle tomato curry, Japanese curry, and demon killer black curry (!).
1 Steve Austin – 1-800-COLLECT
Tv promoting within the late Nineties and early 2000s was awash with commercials for numerous accumulate name corporations, with 1-800-COLLECT being essentially the most well-known. These adverts featured all types of popular culture figures, so it ought to come as no shock that not less than one wrestler confirmed up in them.
On this case, it was Steve Austin, albeit with a bonus wrestler. In any case, each wrestler wants an opponent, so Stone Chilly’s dance associate for the advert was the underrated D-Lo Brown because the “Texas Rattlesnake” berated Brown mid-match for dialing zero to make a accumulate name as an alternative of the quantity in query. The advert ended with Austin saying “Dial 1-800-Gather… or else.”
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