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10 Things You Didn't Know About The Wrestler

10. Wrestler Cameos

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With a name like The Wrestler, it should come as no surprise that the movie is littered with legit personalities from the world of sports entertainment. While some of these are obvious and weaved into the main thread of the film, there are countless well-known names present in the background as well.

Two of the three bouts in the movie contain well-known faces, recognisable to many fans. During the "Death Match" scene in CZW, Randy The Ram squares off with CZW regular, Necro Butcher, while the final bout of the movie features the fictional Ayatollah, played by former WCW mid-carder, Ernest 'The Cat' Miller.

In addition to these characters, several other wrestlers make cameo appearances throughout the movie, many of whom are now regulars on WWE TV. Ron “R-Truth” Killings even has a brief speaking part, while Cesaro and Austin Aries also make background cameos. Eagle-eyed fans will also notice appearances from The Blue Meanie and Jimmy Valiant, while veteran announcer Kevin Kelly is also listed on the films credits.

As for other memorable cameos, the venue used for the CZW bout was, in fact, the legendary ECW Arena in Philadelphia (then known as the New Alhambra Arena). An extreme bit of trivia if there ever was!

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