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Alessandro
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#1 Posted on 9.9.15 1146.42
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While Stephen Amell did a pretty good job in his SummerSlam debut, at least everyone involved acknowledged that he was a Hollywood actor famous for playing a super hero on network television (Stardust was the crazy one for claiming that he was actually the Green Arrow) ... but it reminded me that WWE (and WCW) have never been shy about portraying fictional characters as sharing the same "plane of reality" as their wrestlers:

* Robocop
* Chucky (from "Child's Play")
* Arli$$
* The Muppets
* The Three Stooges
* Shaft
* Cornfed (the talking pig from the "Duckman" cartoon)
* The Chosen One (Steve Oedekerk's character from "Kung Pow!" Enter the Fist) ... This one had totally slipped my mind

Again, this wasn't WWE saying that Samuel L. Jackson was appearing on Smackdown, or WCW saying that Peter Weller would be showing up at Capital Combat ... No no no, they were saying - with a straight face - that Crash Holly and Pat Patterson and Sting and Ric Flair exist in the same universe as John Shaft and a cyborg from 2020 Detroit!

BTW, am I forgetting anyone?

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#2 Posted on 9.9.15 1151.23
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Macgruber legit murdering R-Truth
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#3 Posted on 9.9.15 1227.05
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The Three Stooges one was especially notable since it was three actors pretending to actually be three characters who were, in turn, fictionalized versions of long-dead actors who initially portrayed those characters.

In addition to the MacGruber cast that Big Bad mentioned, I guess Pee Wee Herman could go either way, since it's a fictional character that has almost subsumed Paul Reubens' actual public persona.

Weirdest missed opportunities: Oliver Platt somehow never appeared on Nitro/Thunder as Jimmy King, and they couldn't convince (or maybe had the good sense not to do it, but that seems unlikely) anybody to throw on the Tony Clifton costume and show up on Raw during Man On The Moon's hype period.
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#4 Posted on 9.9.15 1621.18
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The Muppets are fictional characters?
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#5 Posted on 9.9.15 1738.33
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    Originally posted by Alessandro
    BTW, am I forgetting anyone?
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#6 Posted on 9.9.15 2254.55
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Do we think the Kiss Demon works here?
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#7 Posted on 10.9.15 1220.38
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When Leslie Nielsen was searching for the Undertaker, was he doing it as himself or Frank Drebin?
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#8 Posted on 10.9.15 1528.04
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It was as Leslie Nielson behaving very much like Frank Drebin.
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#9 Posted on 10.9.15 1540.22
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The Muppets seem like a different category beyond fictional characters. They appear on talk shows as themselves and on SNL and Hollywood Squares and other game shows.
There may not be another Robocop or Chucky movie, but I feel like Kermit will always be around in some form.
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#10 Posted on 10.9.15 1541.31
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    Originally posted by Dr Unlikely
    The Three Stooges one was especially notable since it was three actors pretending to actually be three characters who were, in turn, fictionalized versions of long-dead actors who initially portrayed those characters.




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#11 Posted on 10.9.15 2241.57
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If I remember right, the cast of the A-Team remake (sans Liam Neeson, who knew better) were all in character when they guest hosted Raw a few years back.
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#12 Posted on 11.9.15 0001.36
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    Originally posted by Spank E
    If I remember right, the cast of the A-Team remake (sans Liam Neeson, who knew better) were all in character when they guest hosted Raw a few years back.



Wasn't it Bradley Cooper that Jericho said in his last book was the worst Raw host (in his opinion) they ever had and that it was very evident Bradley didn't want to be there?

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#13 Posted on 11.9.15 0244.05
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Cooper walked on stage, gave a quick "hey folks, hope you're having fun, watch the A-Team, have a good night!" and was gone within 30 seconds. I vastly prefer that over several other RAW hosts (who also clearly "didn't want to be there") who still received several segments and were involved in storylines.
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#14 Posted on 11.9.15 0712.55
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