Hulk Hogan attends the N.A.T.P.E. Conventionin on 1/15/1996 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Walter McBride/Corbis via Getty Images)
10 Best TV Commercials Starring Wrestlers
In 1995, ESPN began covering wrestling matches on "SportsCenter" and used King Kong Bundy, Shawn Michaels, Diesel, The Undertaker, and Paul Bearer for a 30-second promo commercial. They stormed the ESPN offices, comically demanding on-air coverage, attacking employees and the show's hosts.
ESPN SportsCenter
In 2000, Chris Jericho appeared in a Canadian Taco Bell ad, pleading for charitable donations for young Canadians suffering from the epidemic "that scientists are calling 'The Munchies.'" Jericho asks viewers to "make a donation of only $3.99" to get three Taco Supremes and a soft drink to "help young people, like Todd, fight the munchies."
Taco Bell
The commercial opens with Bret Hart in a ring while the audience chants "Hitman" as his opponent Humpty, the cartoonish mascot of the Canadian restaurant chain Humpty's, enters. They then have a breakfast cook-off that ends with Hart saying, "You know, Humpty, maybe we should be a tag team."
In 2003, Triple H appeared in commercials for the YJ Stinger energy drink. One is a straightforward, hard-core wrestling-focused spot, while the other turns HHH's energy drink into killer bees that start chasing down one of his haters. Triple H then holds a can of YJ Stinger at the camera and snarls, "If you wanna play the game, you gotta feel the sting."
YJ Stinger
In the early 2000s, WWF signed a deal for a series of Chef Boyardee commercials, and the most creative was set in a jungle, where Mankind sat under a tree devouring cans of Overstuffed Ravioli as the "Boyardee-avore." He goes for the obvious pun by calling it "the perfect ravioli for all Mankind."
Chef Boyardee