Pro Wrestlers Who Look Like Metallica
While gathering photos for various Metallica stories, we've noticed something rather odd: Nearly every member of the group has a famous pro wrestling look-alike.
Of course, the band has been popular for years among both wrestling crowds and the stars themselves, with pugilists such as HHH ("For Whom the Bell Tolls") and the Sandman ("Enter Sandman," duh) using Metallica songs as their entrance music before big matches.
Granted, to find perfect matches for this gallery sometimes we needed to to find a pair of photos that show each half of these superstar doppelgangers in exactly the right light or angle – and yes, we should probably find something more productive to do with our time – but with Wrestlemania 33 just around the corner, why not have a little fun and check out these photos of pro wrestlers who look like Metallica?
While you're at it, check out our list of rock stars who would make great pro wrestlers, and learn the story of Dale Torborg, who donned Gene Simmons' "demon" makeup in an officially sanctioned partnership between Kiss and the WCW. You can also check out Loudwire's list of the best metal and hard rock wrestling entrance songs, and listen to the latest edition of the Loudwire podcast, where Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta makes his Wrestlemania 33 predictions.
Lock Metallica frontman James Hetfield in a sunless weight room for a couple of months, then hand him some serious hair product and a gigantic metal cross and what do you get? A dead ringer for Sheamus, the Irish bad guy turned family-friendly fighting machine who quickly started piling up championship gold in the WWE.
OK, you're gonna think that we're picking on Lars Ulrich just because he's got a big forehead and sometimes sports a bit of a mullet. But true wrestling fans know that anybody should be honored to be compared to the greatest talker in the pro wrestling's modern era, Brock Lesnar's devious and dangerous manager Paul Heyman. Besides, Ulrich has demonstrated his ability to cut a pretty terrific "heel" promo (that means bad guy speech) himself. Remember that whole Napster mess?
We botched this spot at first; we'll admit it! We had Hall of Famer Jimmy 'Superfly' Snuka booked as our wrestling look-alike for Metallica's lead guitarist. Luckily, rock and wrestling star Chris Jericho was there to set us straight by suggesting we insert Sean 'X-Pac' Waltman instead. Waltman, a member of both the D-Generation X and nWo WolfPac stables, is a fan favorite who earned tag team and singles gold in both WCW and WWE.
Much like former Flotsam and Jetsam, Voivod and Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, the professional wrestler named Raven has held a variety of jobs during his career. He's won titles in wrestling organizations including the ECW, WCW, TNA, and NWA. He's probably most famous, of course, as the nearly 30-time holder of the coveted WWE Hardcore Championship belt.
If you were going to make a movie about the early days of Metallica, and cast it exclusively with WWE superstars, there's no better choice than Heath Slater to play former lead guitarist (and current Megadeth mainman) Dave Mustaine. Although, if you want to get a little closer to the mark, you might want to genetically splice in just a dash of 'Hacksaw' Jim Duggan.
Of course, we saved our biggest stretch in terms of a pro wrestling / Metallica look-alike for last. At first, we considered Wyatt Family star Luke Harper to represent the band's dearly departed founding bassist. After all, he was the WWE guy most likely to sport Burton's beloved bell bottom jeans. But it's just impossible to tell what's going on under Harper's grizzly beard. So instead we've chosen the ultra-popular CM Punk as Burton's spirit animal.