Former WWE wrestler Gregory "Hurricane" Helms' love of the Green Lantern is well-documented (not the least of which by the Green Lantern Corps logo tattooed on his shoulder), and his total fanboy obsession was actually his gimmick for a short time after entering WWE (before the character jumped completely off the deep-end and became a campy Superhero). His website also features a piece of art by himself, showing The Hurricane delivering his Finishing Move to Captain Marvel as Black Adam looks on approvingly.
A lot of WWE wrestlers are gamers. Cody Rhodes has the Triforce on his boots. He even admitted to playing Zelda every year. Specifically, he's admitted that every year he plays The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past from start to finish without saving or quitting.
He's also a huge comic book fan and has said his favorite characters are Archangel, Omega Red, Cyclops and the Inhumans. He has a cabinet of the Konami X-Men arcade game at his house, he once said he'd want Patriot from the Young Avengers as a member of Legacy, and that he'd want to wrestle Black Panther in a cage match. He also enjoyed the comparisons of him to Doctor Doom while masked.
It's also been told that he plays with action figures. He'll even let you play with him, but be warned: When he plays, he plays, and you better take it serious and be able to keep up with him.
He debuted a pair of Riddler trunks on Superstars (which he then went on to wear in the Royal Rumble, as well as the following Monday Night Raw), with the question marks all over, and his "Kofi-face" logo wearing the Riddler's hat and mask. He also mentioned in a WWE Magazine interview that the one pair of trunks he had made that he has never worn was a Red and Black Harley Quinn one.
Dwayne Johnson is a big video game geek. So much so that his interview with Jon Stewart for The Daily Show, ostensibly to promote the then-new Doom movie, eventually became the two of them just talking about the games instead. During an interview about the movie, when the subject of the BFG came up, Johnson insisted on calling it the "Big Fucking Gun" rather than the "Bio-Force Gun" (the name used in the movie).
Also, while he was one of the biggest stars in wrestling history, once he left for the big lights of Hollywood, most people assumed that he never actually cared about wrestling and just saw it as a launching pad to stardom. Thanks to his Twitter account, it turns out that he's still very much a huge wrestling geek, and in addition to WWE he regularly watches both TNA and Ring of Honor. He's a big fan of Kevin Steen/Owens.
Foley is also notable for talking about things in his life that wrestlers might think dilutes their tough image. For instance he loves the music of Tori Amos to a near religious degree, loves Christmas and so regularly goes to Santa's Village (an all year round Christmas themed amusement park), not to mention that he always talks about events in his life other than wrestling in his books. Since his first book, his books have been just as much about his family life as they have about his career.
In an interview, he was deliriously happy over the fact that his most recent WWE contract included a tour bus and driver, because it meant he would finally have time to play video games while on the road. He describes himself as a retrogamer, but is very eager to catch up to the modern day.
His former tag partner Alex Shelley falls into this as well. Mainly due to his extensive collection of wrestling tapes.
Former WWE wrestler Scott Levy - best known as Raven - is a member of MENSA and a huge comic book fan. While in ECW, he often wrestled wearing T-shirts of comics from DC's Vertigo Comics imprint (usually The Sandman). He has also been spotted wearing a Daredevil shirt on occasion, and ◊ his picture on his WWE.com profile has him wearing a Doctor Strange shirt. He also co-wrote issue #14 of the Spider-Man limited series Spider-Man's Tangled Web
Independent wrestling promotion CHIKARA pretty much runs on this. Mike Quackenbush, their booker/head trainer/owner/wrestler/jack-of-all-trades is a diehard comic book and pop culture junkie and it shows. Much of the DVD covers are homages to famous comic book covers, their shows have titles that are references to They Might Be Giants, Talking Heads, Ben Folds Five, Blackadder, and everything in between, and the booking itself basically patterns itself after continuity-heavy TV shows along the lines of Lost (which Quackenbush is also, unsurprisingly, a huge fan of as well).
They had a wrestler named Create-A-Wrestler, where the idea was that the fans would get to decide his gimmick for him. At Time Will Prove Everything, Crossbones questioned the logic of that idea.note Create-A-Wrestler had previously been known as Ultimo Breakfast and MosCow the Communist Bovine. He was repackaged as the turn of the 20th Century Baseball player Dasher Hatfield, debuting in the gimmick at CHIKARA Young Lions Cup VII, Night I, August 14, 2009 and has continued in the gimmick ever since.
AJ Lee is a huge fan of video games, anime and comic books. She regularly tweets about her love of all of them, especially the X-Men (her favorite story is the Dark Phoenix Saga), she has a dog named after Kagome from InuYasha and in a promo video there were clearly visible action figures of Yuna and Meryl Silverburgh. This carries over into her wrestling persona; she describes herself as a "geek goddess", and in a Halloween costume battle royal, she dressed as Kitana and actually attempted a fan lift.
The Big Show has said in an interview that when he goes home he "grabs an Ice Tea, goes to his room and plays Call of Duty, it's therapy for me.". He also has a tour bus with TV's and Xboxes hooked to them.
Zack Ryder seems to collect a number of action figures (a Peter Venkman figure makes at least one appearance in each episode of his YouTube webseries, along with one of Dolph Ziggler), and likes Star Wars so much so that he's made more than a few Star Wars references, and made out with someone dressed as Princess Leia. He's also dressed as Han Solo. Again, this has occurred in all of his webisodes )
The two ended up dressing up as the Mario Bros. during a Halloween battle royale.
Beth Phoenix has been stated to be the most imposing diva in WWE history— against the likes of Kharma and Chyna, that's saying something. She is also a huge fan of video games, horror films and The Simpsons.
Summer Rae, the gorgeous blonde statuesque stunner and dance partner of Fandango was a huge WWE fan long before getting signed. On her Twitter account she could be seen congratulating Kelly Kelly on winning the Divas' title and she also tweeted the following which solidifies her as a wrestling geek:
"Man, after hearing the results of last nights #MITB I'm considering all the possibilities for tonight’s Raw!! I can’t wait!#WWE @WWE Universe."
Former wrestler Kevin Sullivan is a huge history buff, and he recently did a shoot interview wherein he made several accurate references to different comic book superheroes.
NXT Diva Sasha Banks has a Sailor Moon themed Twitter background and calls her fans the "Sasha Scouts"note In The '90s English dub of Sailor Moon, the senshi were called the Sailor Scouts, frequently mentions her love of Mario Kart, owns a Ninja Turtle dress and is a fan of Superman. Aside from Sailor Moon, she has also mentioned being a fan of other anime, including Death Note, Monster, and School Rumble.
Devon Storm, aka WCW's Crowbar, claims to be the biggest Star Wars fan alive.
Woods also hosts a YouTube channel called UpUpDownDown under an older ring name of "Austin Creed", and invites a bunch of other nerd wrestlers to play with him as a video series.
This has taken on a life of its own as Xavier's stable with Big E. Langston and Kofi Kingston, The New Day, has all sorts of nerdy in-jokes going for it (such as coming out dressed in Saiyan armor at WrestleMania). They also seem to nod to the "Brony" fandom through their use of unicorn references (as Woods has been seen out of the ring wearing Brony merch).
On one episode of The Steve Austin Show podcast, the eponymous Steve Austin (as in the beer drinkin', hell raisin', middle finger flippin' Stone Cold) and Vader (aka Big Van Vader, one of the baddest big men alive) discussed their love of Star Trek.
Batista has expressed interests in superhero stories, science fiction (to the extent where he collects memorabilia in addition to movies), and vintage lunchboxes. The first two motivated him to land acting gigs in such productions as Smallville and Guardians of the Galaxy. (He even admitted crying Tears of Joy after becoming a star of Guardians of the Galaxy.) He also read Shakespeare during his acting lessons, and admitted a desire afterwards to someday appear in a Shakespearean production.
Portia Perez is a big fan of Batman (and not so much of Eartha Kitt as Catwoman). Also likes The Muppets.
Velvet Sky can be seen in several photoshoots wearing comic book merch (and Leia's gold bikini) and her Twitter bio lists her as a hardcore gamer who plays Call of Duty among other things.
Hiroshi Tanahashi is a huge Kamen Rider fan. He even had ring gear inspired by Kamen Rider W's Fang Joker form in 2010, and his pose he does (besides his famous air guitar) is very similar to Kamen Rider Kabuto's "Walking Heaven's Path" pose.
Kanako Urai, better known to indy fans as Kana and to NXT fans as Asuka, is a part-time video game journalist and used to work for Xbox magazine when she wrestled in Japan. Prior to her NXT run, her entrance theme was actually "The Sun Rises", the final boss theme from Ōkami!
Mr. 450 wears a headlight that looks suspiciously like a scouter from Dragon Ball as entrance attire, along with tanktops styled to resemble Saiyan Army/Freeza Force rit armor, and one of his nicknames is "The Saiyan Prince".
ACH calls his brain buster "Spirit Bomb" and has asked fans to give him their energy before attempting a warrior's way. His' tag team with Shin Shynron is called "Fusion Dance", he has a pair of tights with "Over 9000" on them and sometimes wears and orange top with a small white circle in the corner as entrance attire. It's safe to say he likes Dragon Ball too.
Similar to Xavier Woods, Kenny Omega is a big gamer too, particularly in the realm of fighting games. He also patterned much of his wrestling persona on anime and video game influences:
Final Fantasy: His ring name is based on recurring boss enemy Omega Weapon, his primary finisher is named the "One-Winged Angel" after Sephiroth's Leitmotif, and his current theme ("Devil's Sky) was heavily inspired by it as well.
Street Fighter: One of his current signature moves is called the V-Trigger, he shouts Alex's "You can't escape!" taunt during matches, he previously imitated the Hadouken gesture and modified it as a dual palm strike as a signature move, once performed Zangief's Ultimate Atomic Buster on a blow-up doll, copied Cody's Bad Stone throw with a crumpled paper ball, once paraphrased one of Bison's speeches from the movie, and he can play the game on a competitive level in addition to being a really good commentator. This came to a head at CEO 2016 as not only did Kenny participate in the Street Fighter V tournament but fellow gamer Xavier Woods dropped in as well (being a Florida local) and the two took to the main stage to do battle.
Mega Man: His Twitter handle references Mega Man X, his previous entrance track was a remix of the first Wily Castle theme from Mega Man 2, two of his previous signature moves were named the "Dr. Wily Bomb" and "Flash Man's Time Stopper".
Resident Evil: His habit of wearing a black longcoat in addition to shades references series Big Bad Albert Wesker.
Hajime no Ippo: Not reflected in his moveset or gimmick, but he learned Japanese just to read Ippo raw and now speaks the language fluently.
KUSHIDA, the resident Junior Ace of New Japan, has a gimmick which essentially boils down to "the best junior heavyweight who just so happens to be a massive Back to the Future fanboy".