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 January 17

by Carolina

Pro wrestling loves to include pop culture, and pop culture loves wrestling, this is why it is not uncommon for celebrities of all kinds to have been involved in the world of wrestling, and some have even been brave enough to enter a ring. A great way to utilize a celebrity is to put them in a battle royal, as it allows them to have their moment and take minimal damage.

The latest example being Johnny Knoxville, who has been etched into the 2022 WWE Royal Rumble card after winning a qualifying battle royal on SmackDown. However, Knoxville is not the only one of fame to enter a battle royal.

8 Johnny Knoxville


JackassJohnny Knoxville was announced as the first entry in the 2022 Royal Rumble. Knoxville did a segment with Sami Zayn on SmackDown, which led to Knoxville being in a battle royal for a guaranteed spot in the Royal Rumble. After Zayn thought he had won the battle royal, Knoxville flipped Zayn over the top rope and eliminated the heel.

Knoxville’s appearance at the Rumble is to help promote the newest upcoming Jackass film, Jackass Forever which will be released on February 4th. However, maybe Knoxville will attempt to make this a longer appearance as he stated that he hopes to defeat Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship.

7 Drew Carey

In terms of surprising Royal Rumble entries over the years, Drew Carey might be the most surprising. During the 2001 Royal Rumble, Carey was the 5th entrant. He came to the ring seemingly overjoyed to be in the match in a tracksuit, watching The Hardy Boyz eliminate each other, but the next entrant would be Kane.

Carey was frightened by the sight of The Big Red Machine and even tried to pay him off. Kane set Carey up for a chokeslam, but Raven saved the actor from taking the move, which allowed Carey to jump over the ropes on his own accord and eliminate himself.

6 Michael Che


SNL comedian and head writer Michael Che with his Weekend Update partner Colin Jost both entered the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 35 during their feud with Braun Strowman. While appearing on Monday Night Raw, Che and Jost were announced by WWE to be the WrestleMania 35 celebrity correspondents. However, when Jost met Strowman in a backstage segment on Monday Night Raw where the comedian asked Strowman if “any of this stuff even real.”

The question, of course, angered the former Wyatt Family member, and Strowman picked Jost up by his neck. At WrestleMania, both Che and Jost attempted to hide in the battle royal, and Che was the first of the two to be tossed out by Strowman himself.

5 Colin Jost


Michael Che’s SNL co-host was the real reason why the two of them were in a feud with Braun Strowman. After angering Strowman for asking if WWE was real, he began being booed by the crowds by wearing rival sports team hats. Jost wore a New York Mets hat in Philadelphia and a New York Yankees hat in Boston. With Jost being from New York and likely to be cheered if he wore New York gear at WrestleMania, Jost wore a Cleveland Browns’ Odell Beckham Jr. in an attempt to be booed once again.

The attempt worked, and the fans booed Jost. In the match, Jost remained in the final two against his rival Strowman, but he was picked up with ease and tossed out to give Braun Strowman the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal trophy.

4 William “The Refrigerator” Perry

The Fridge outside ring with Dick Butkis as special referee

Chicago Bears legend William “The Refrigerator” Perry was one of many NFL players that participated in the WWE vs. NFL Battle Royal at WrestleMania 2. The match was a 20-man battle royal that included many wrestling stars such as Bret Hart, Andre The Giant, Bruno Sammartino, and many more.

The NFL side saw six football players but none bigger than the NFL Super Bowl Champion, William “The Refrigerator” Perry. Unfortunately, Perry did not come out victorious, as well as any of the other NFL players. Andre The Giant would come out the winner after he eliminated Bret Hart to win the match.

3 Toby Keith

Toby Keith performs on Impact Wrestling

Country star Toby Keith is the only TNA entry on this list, as the singer participated in the company’s first-ever live show. While performing his song “Courtesy of Red, White and Blue,” Keith was interrupted by gimmick country singer Jeff Jarrett.

Keith then entered the Gauntlet for the Gold match (now remodeled as the Call Your Shot Gauntlet) for the NWA-TNA Heavyweight Championship, simply to get back at Jeff Jarrett. The country singer did get his revenge and eliminated Jarrett from the match, and he was not done there as he also helped Scott Hall defeat Jarrett on the next week’s show.

2 Shaquille O’Neal

Shaquille O'Neal Big Show wwe

Shaq has shown his love many times for professional wrestling. The Big Diesel hosted Monday Night Raw back in 2009, where the WWE set up a standoff between the center and Big Show, but a match did not formulate at the time. Chris Jericho interrupted Shaq’s promo, and Shaq became the special guest referee for JeriShow’s match against Cryme Tyme. The match led to Big Show and Shaq staring down each other and Shaq body checking Big Show over the ropes.

Nearly seven years later, Shaq would return to face off against Big Show in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royale at WrestleMania 32. For years, a one on one matchup was supposed to happen, but it never occurred.

1 David Arquette

David Arquette

David Arquette is a controversial name when said in a wrestling conversation. After starring in the WCW related film Ready To Rumble, WCW made the actor the WCW World Champion, a move that is seen by many wrestling fans as a nail in the coffin for the company. However, later in life, Arquette has embraced professional wrestling again, in a much serious manner.

Arquette wrestled on the independent scene for years, even appearing on Being The Elite attempting to get in the Over the Budget Battle Royal at AEW’s Double or Nothing. He was denied entry to the match by The Young Bucks but did compete in a battle royal for Wrestling Pro Wrestling in 2021, dressed as Bob Ross no less.


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John Pearson
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John has been a die-hard wrestling fan since the age of 2 and graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Journalism to contribute to the world of pro wrestling. Outside of watching wrestling, John puts his passion into supporting his favorite football club, Liverpool FC.

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