Examples of {{Actor Allusion}}s in ProfessionalWrestling.
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* Wrestling/JohnCena once said, about Wrestling/{{Kane}}, that "He gets uneasy during the holidays and hates trips to the dentist." Glen Jacobs, the wrestler who portrays Kane, once had roles as Issac Yankem, DDS (a deranged dentist) in Wrestling/{{WWE}} from mid-1995 to mid-1996 and as "The Christmas Creature" in the USWA in Memphis.
** One time on ''Sunday Night Heat'', Todd Grisham compared [=Kane=] to Dr. Isaac Yankem. (Kane's old gimmick) Todd said to Josh Mathews, "Do you think they could be related?" Josh tries to change the subject by saying "I wasn't going to go there!"
** [[Wrestling/JerryLawler Jerry "The King" Lawler]] at a Christmas party said "he looks like some sort of Christmas Creature."
* Professional Wrestlers occasionally go out of their way to acknowledge real-life relatives, even if they're not officially related according to {{Kayfabe}}. An example of this would be ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 1987'', where commentator Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon comments on the prowess of referee Joey Marella, who was in fact Gorilla's son.
** More infamously were the many non-references from Jerry "The King" Lawler towards his son, Brian Christopher. Lawler refused to acknowledge any kind of relationship with Christopher out of vanity; as someone trying to portray a suave ladies' man in his prime, he didn't want to appear old enough to have a 25-year-old son (he's 63). His adamant on-air denials became a big open secret, and eventually a RunningGag.
*** In a similar vein, Lawler once seemed extremely happy when the Wrestling/HonkyTonkMan showed up on the January 12, 1998 Raw. Announcer Wrestling/JimRoss eventually said, "What are you, his cousin?" Lawler and Honky are actually cousins.
* When [[Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon Stephanie [=McMahon=]]]'s real life pregnancy was revealed on the air, Wrestling/TripleH (who was divorced from Stephanie in {{Kayfabe}} but was and is still married to her in RealLife) began gushingly speculating on what a stud the father must be.
** During his very brief stint on ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackdown WWE [=SmackDown!=]]]'', on the July 4, 2008 episode, [=HHH=] guested on MVP (Montel Vontavious Porter)'s [[TalkShowWithFists VIP Lounge]] where he praised Wrestling/{{Edge}} for getting with Wrestling/VickieGuerrero. [[RealitySubtext "Marrying the boss to get ahead in the business? That's brilliant!"]].
* When [[Wrestling/DwayneJohnson The Rock]] goes on a rant about how [[Wrestling/GregoryHelms the Hurricane]] pales in comparison to other superheroes ("Franchise/{{Batman}} could beat the Hurricane" etc.), the Hurricane responds with "there's one person The Hurricane can beat... [[Film/TheMummyTrilogy The Scorpion King]]". In ''[[Film/TheMummyTrilogy The Mummy Returns]]'', [[Creator/BrendanFraser Richard "Rick" O'Connell]] beat the Scorpion King (played by The Rock.)
* Wrestlers occasionally make references to previous gimmicks in this way, most famously Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin using the Million Dollar Dream, his finisher as The Ringmaster, out of desperation at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} X-7''.
* In Wrestling/{{TNA}}, Wrestling/KevinNash was giving Jay Lethal suggestions for new nicknames. All of them were previously used by Nash.
* As part of a TakeThat in a promo, Wrestling/MickieJames sarcastically said to [[Wrestling/{{LayCool}} Michelle [=McCool=]]], "you're so clever. Are you smarter than a 5th grader". Michelle made an appearance on the game show ''Series/AreYouSmarterThanAFifthGrader'' and performed abysmally.
** What makes the gag even more embarrassing for [=McCool=] is that she actually once was an elementary school teacher.
** In the same promo, Michelle ribbed Maria Kanellis for her appearance on ''[[Series/TheApprentice Celebrity Apprentice]]''.
* When [=HHH=] saw Abe "Knuckleball" Schwartz, he said the Brooklyn Brawler must have been busy that night. Wrestling/SteveLombardi portrays both characters.
* In a promo for his ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} XV'' match with [[Wrestling/SeanWaltman X-Pac (Sean Waltman)]], Wrestling/{{Shane McMahon}} said "I'm going to pin you 1,2,3, kid," alluding to the name Waltman had used from 1993-1996.
* While she was in WWE the second time around Wrestling/GailKim was referred to by the announcers as a 2-time Women's Champion. She held the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-wm.html WWE Women's Championship]] only once and the other title was the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/tna/tna-wm.html TNA Knockouts Title]]. It's especially notable not only because it's one of the closest times WWE has ever come to acknowledging TNA on screen, but also because the WWE has failed to acknowledge the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/us/tna/tna-h.html TNA World Heavyweight Title]] on a few occasions (such as whenever tallying up world championship reigns).
* Wrestling/TorrieWilson was once in an angle where she got in trouble for laughing at Wrestling/TheBigShow backstage while he was in a bad mood. This was likely a reference to the famous WCW segment where [[Wrestling/RandySavage Macho Man Randy Savage]] was on a rampage backstage and found Torrie {{Corpsing}} and slapped her in the face as a result.
* When Freddie Prinze, Jr., was the guest host of ''[[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} WWE Monday Night Raw]]'', Wrestling/SantinoMarella came down to the ring and imitated characters from some of Prinze's movies, including "The Fisherman" from ''Film/IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer''. Marella also referred to Prinze's wife as a "werewolf-killer" - which is close but not quite accurate, since she's Creator/SarahMichelleGellar from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
* On an episode of ''Monday Night Raw'' a couple of years back, Wrestling/ChavoGuerreroJr was chasing Wrestling/{{Hornswoggle}} backstage and opened the door to a dressing room, expecting to find the midget inside - only to get smacked in the face by a swinging paint can on a string. Someone then emerged from the dressing room, and it turned out to be...Macaulay Culkin. (If you have to ask why that's funny, you should see [[Film/HomeAlone this movie]].)
* In the fourth ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' movie, 2000's ''Highlander: Engame'', [=Edge=] had a cameo as a highway robber. He's quickly defeated in a sword fight and then taunted with "Looks like you've lost your ''edge'', lad."
* On the December 10, 2007 episode of ''[=Raw=]'', billed as Raw's 15th Anniversary Show, there was a battle royal featuring wrestlers from the past 15 years. During the match, JR and Lawler referred to Skinner (Steve Keirn) as a "fabulous one." Steve Keirn and Stan Lane were known in Memphis, Florida, the Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation, and other territories as Wrestling/TheFabulousOnes from 1982 until 1987, when Jim Crockett Promotions closed down Florida, and manager Wrestling/JimCornette took Lane as Bobby Eaton's partner in Wrestling/TheMidnightExpress after Dennis Condrey left without any kind of warning.
* At ''Wrestling/{{CHIKARA}} King of Trios 2009'', Night 1, March 27, 2009, the [=UnStable=] (Vin Gerard/STIGMA/Colin Delaney) were scheduled to face the Cold Front (Wrestling/AlSnow[=/=]Wrestling/{{Glacier}}[=/=]Iceberg), but Iceberg wasn't there, so they brought out a hat to draw the name of a replacement. The names Shinobi, Avatar and Leif Cassidy were all mentioned, which were all alter egos of Al Snow.
* [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior The Ultimate Warrior]] made his Wrestling/{{WCW}} debut on the August 17, 1998 episode of ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro'' by confronting [[Wrestling/HulkHogan "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan]] and cutting a melodramatic promo. Hogan was standing with Wrestling/EricBischoff and [[Wrestling/BrutusBeefcake the Disciple (Brutus Beefcake)]]. Warrior pointed to the Disciple and said, "Let's see- this dude must be your barber."
* The main event of the ''[=WCW=] Fall Brawl 1997'' [=PPV=], September 14, 1997, was the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder NWO]] (Kevin Nash[=/=]Syxx [Sean Waltman]/Buff Bagwell[=/=]Wrestling/{{Konnan}}) defeating the Four [=Horsemen=] (Wrestling/RicFlair[=/=]Wrestling/ChrisBenoit[=/=]Steve "Mongo" [=McMichael=][=/=]Wrestling/CurtHennig) in [[GimmickMatches War Games]] after Hennig had [[FaceHeelTurn turned heel]] on the Horsemen. The following night on ''WCW Monday Nitro'', Hennig presented "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan with Flair's robe. Hogan accepted the robe, saying, "This day has been perfect," alluding to Hennig's [=WWE=] name Mr. Perfect.
* [[Wrestling/{{Umaga}} Ekmo (better known as Umaga)]], who had last been seen in WWE as Jamal of the tag team Three Minute Warning, showed up in Major League Wrestling in Florida to team with his cousin [[WildSamoan Samu]] as the Samoan Island Tribe in a successful [[GimmickMatches Falls Count Anywhere]] match against Monsta Mack and B-Boy at ''Wrestling/{{MLW}} Summer Apocalypse'', August 22, 2003. On ''MLW Underground TV'', announcer Wrestling/JoeyStyles said that he made an impact and that it took him less than three minutes to do it.
* The tag team the Heavenly Bodies (Dr. Tom Prichard and Jimmy Del Ray), best known for their work in [[Wrestling/{{SMW}} Smoky Mountain Wrestling]] (and, by extension, WWE because of the working relationship via SMW promoter Jim Cornette, who managed the Bodies in SMW and WWE), had a brief run in Wrestling/{{ECW}} in late 1995 before Prichard went back to WWE to become Bodydonna Zip. After Prichard went back, Wrestling/JoeyStyles mentioned that Prichard had "zipped" back, and added, "If you don't get that, you will in about two weeks."
* During Wrestling/{{Sabu}}'s final [=WCW=] match, against [[Wrestling/GlennGilbertti Disco Inferno]] on the October 30, 1995 episode of ''WCW Monday Nitro'', commentator [[Wrestling/BobbyHeenan Bobby "The Brain" Heenan]] said, "Sabu's ''[[Wrestling/{{ECW}} extremely]]'' dangerous, don't take him lightly."
* At ''WWE Night of Champions 2012'', during the match between [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-us-h.html WWE United States Heavyweight Champion]] [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli Antonio Cesaro (Claudio Castagnoli)]] and Wrestling/ZackRyder, the camera found a fan holding a sign that read "Kassius Ohno is my Hero," referring to Wrestling/ChrisHero, Castagnoli's Kings of Wrestling tag team partner in Wrestling/RingOfHonor, [=CHIKARA=], Wrestling/ProWrestlingNOAH, and other promotions, who, at the time, was in ''Wrestling/{{WWE NXT}}'' as Kassius Ohno.
* On the December 31st, 2012 ''[=Raw=],'', Wrestling/CMPunk, and Wrestling/PaulHeyman cut a promo about Punk's injury where Punk brought out his "doctor," "Dr. Samuel [=DeCero=]," a reference to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_DeCero Sam [=DeCero=]]], the long-time promoter of the Chicago independent promotion [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windy_City_Pro_Wrestling Windy City Pro Wrestling]].
* The February 2009 issue of ''WWE Magazine'' featured an interview with [=Jesse=] and [=Festus=], (well, [=Jesse=]), where [=Jesse=] compared themselves to the Fabulous Freebirds. [=Jesse=]'s real name is Terry Ray Gordy Jr., and his father, the late Terry "Bamm Bamm" Gordy, was one of the original Freebirds with Michael Hayes.
* At ''[=ECW=] When Worlds Collide'', May 14, 1994, the main event was Bobby Eaton and Sabu (w/Paul E. Dangerously [Paul Heyman]) vs. Wrestling/ArnAnderson and Wrestling/TerryFunk. During the match, announcer Joey Styles made a joke about Wrestling/DoinkTheClown in re Eaton and his tag team partners, since Eaton had been teaming with Steve Keirn, the second evil Doink, in [=WCW=] at the time as Bad Attitude.
* On the 2007 HalloweenEpisode of WWECW, October 30, 2007, Wrestling/TommyDreamer dressed as Paul Heyman for his match against [[Wrestling/LittleGuidoMaritato Nunzio (formerly [=ECW=]'s Little Guido Maritato)]], who was dressed as {{Dracula}}), with announcer Joey Styles and commentator Wrestling/{{Tazz}} saying how they sort of recognized who Dreamer was imitating but they couldn't actually say it, as Heyman had left the company in December 2006. Dreamer even hit Nunzio with a cell phone, much like Paul E. had as a manager in the 1980s and 1990s, though, [[TechnologyMarchesOn while technology has greatly improved]], the fact that Dreamer used the kind of small cellular phone we have today instead of one of the big brick kinds from when they were first introduced qualifies as BadassDecay. Apparently, it was [=WWE=]'s idea for Dreamer to dress up as Heyman here, but he did it with no discernible irony, even leading the crowd in an "[=ECW=]" chant.
* On the May 2, 1999 episode of ''[[{{BShow}} Sunday Night Heat]]'', while Al Snow and [[Wrestling/BobHolly Hardcore Holly]] were feuding over the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-hc.html WWE Hardcore Title]], Al rode out on a toy car, a combined Actor Allusion and TakeThat in reference to Holly's previous [[TheGimmick gimmick]], {{NASCAR}} driver Sparky Thurman Plugg (later renamed "Sparkplug" Bob Holly).
* Jim Ross sometimes referred to [[Wrestling/DGenerationX "Road Dogg" Jesse Jammes]] as "'Bullet' Bob Armstrong's little boy." Road Dogg, real name Brian Gerard James, is indeed the son of southern wrestling legend "Bullet" Bob Armstrong, though he never acknowledged it in character in WWE.
* During the ''Survivor Series 1995'' match between the Bodydonnas (Skip [Wrestling/ChrisCandido][=/=]Rad Radford [Louie Spicolli][=/=]Dr. Tom Prichard[=/=]The 1-2-3 Kid [Sean Waltman]) and the Underdogs (Marty Jannetty[=/=]Wrestling/BarryHorowitz[=/=][=Bob Holly=][=/=]Hakushi), Marty hit the Rocker Dropper on Skip, prompting commentator Mr. Perfect to say, "That'll break a neck." On December 11, 1990, the Rockers (Wrestling/ShawnMichaels and Marty Jannetty) defeated the team of the Genius (Lanny Poffo) and Charles Austin in a match in Tampa, Florida where Austin suffered a broken neck due to setting up for the Rocker Dropper incorrectly, trying to do a forward roll instead of the correct face-first bump. Jannetty quickly rolled Austin over and Shawn came off the top with a fistdrop for the pin. The match was taped, but never televised. Doctors at the time thought Austin might be paralyzed from the neck down for life. By 1994, he had regained some feeling in his arms and legs and was able to move around on crutches. He later sued WWE, Michaels and Jannetty for $3.8 million. On April 29, 1994, a Hillsborough County, FL jury awarded Austin $26.7 million, ruling that Titan Sports (WWE's official parent company) was 90% responsible, Jannetty was 5% responsible and that Austin himself was 5% responsible.
* Multiple references to [[Wrestling/{{Raven}} Scott "Raven" Levy]]'s past gimmicks were made in [=ECW=] in 1995.
** On the December 14, 1998 episode of ''WCW Monday Nitro'', Wrestling/{{Kanyon}} said that [=Raven=] had grown up as a spoiled rich trust fund baby in Palm Beach, FL. Scott Levy was known in the Global Wrestling Federation for a time as "The Palm Beach Heartthrob" Scott Anthony.
* On the September 6, 2000 episode of ''[=WCW=] Thunder,'' "Mean" Gene Okerlund interviewed [[Wrestling/DevonStorm Crowbar]] prior to his match with Wrestling/ShaneDouglas. Crowbar mentioned Douglas' real name of Troy Martin and referred to himself as "Devon." Prior to coming to WCW in late 1999, Crowbar, real name Christopher Ford, had wrestled for various promotions as Devon Storm.
* During the [[Characters/NewWorldOrder Horace Boulder]]-[[Characters/WCWInvasion Juventud Guerrera]] match on the May 21, 1998 episode of ''WCW Thunder'', [[Characters/WCWInvasion Lodi]] could be seen holding a sign that read "Horace- The Real Man of the Family." This is a combined Actor Allusion and TakeThat, since Horace is Hulk Hogan's nephew, although this was not acknowledged until he joined the [=NWO=] and renamed himself "Horace Hogan" on the October 26th ''WCW Monday Nitro'', as it suggested that Hulk Hogan was not a "real man."
* Commentator Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield will mention Hardcore Holly when Wrestling/CodyRhodes, Holly's former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-t.html WWE World Tag Team Championship]] partner back in 2007-2008, uses Holly's Alabama Slam finisher..