Wrestling is an innately character-based medium. After all, if you don't know who's performing a frog splash off the top ropes, then you can't possibly care about whether or not he lands it for a three-count. But this is hardly a bad thing. In fact, it makes it easier for wrestlers to make crossovers into other mediums, leading to hilarious and awesome cameos in television, movies, and, above all, music videos.
It's not entirely clear why. Maybe it's because music videos are also focused on one individual or band and everything else in them is designed to emphasize the artist. Maybe it's because music video producers, much like the WWE corporate team, recognize the value of cross-brand promotion. Maybe it's just that a lot of musicians happen to be huge wrestling fans and want an excuse to meet their childhood heroes.
But regardless of the reason lots of musicians love having wrestlers make brief but strange and memorable appearances in their videos. So much so that one list could not contain all the bizarre cameos that the internet can supply. Prepare yourselves, pilgrim, for there be janky cameos and banter stunt appearances ahead.
10. The Big Show In Sisqo's The Thong Song (Remix)
As one-hit wonders go, Sisqo was certainly one of the most forgettable. His sole big hit, The Thong Song, was an ode to the titular style of women's undergarments and really could only have come out at the tail end of the 1990s. Any other period of music would have laughed it into obscurity.
The video for the provocative song features Sisqo doing the typical things rap stars do in music videos set in Miami in the late 90s. Driving through nice neighborhoods on a motorcycle, airing the Eddie Murphy classic The Nutty Professor to an exclusive crowd of attractive and scantily clad women, and taking the stage at a nightclub.
But towards the beginning of the video, there's a brief sequence of none other than the Big Show himself standing with his arms folded by a car, flanked by beautiful women, and looking downright murderous for reasons unknown.
He doesn't make another appearance in the video and his cameo doesn't tie into any larger narrative or flow of the song, so it stands out like a sore thumb. Not that the video would be any better without it, but it is a bit jarring to just get stared down by Paul Wight just before being shown dancing women in bikinis.