1. Kristanna Loken, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, 2002. Hailed as The Ninth Wonder of the World, Chyna was the first woman to win the WWF Intercontinental Championship. Having been recommended by Arnold Schwarzenegger, himself, she was most upset at losing T-X to a non-wrassler. She made films under her real name, keeping Chyna for the ring – and, since 2011, her porno output.
  2. Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman, 2015.   On Warner shelves for a full decade (not helped by David Kelley’s disastrous 2011 TVersion), spinning through numerous directors, the demi-goddess daughter of Zeus, eventually became the Israeli Gadot. “Very different,” she said, “from the experienced, super-confident, grown-up woman” she’d teaser-trailed that year in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, 2015.  Her rivals for the DC Extended Universe included the US wrestling star Chyna, Mischa Barton, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Rachel Bilson, Sandra Bullock in 2001 (and for the 2011 tele-film), Bollywood’s Priyanka Chopra in 2006, , Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eva Green, Mad Men’s busty Christina Hendricks (Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 choice), Angelina Jolie in 2001 (ten years later she was asked to direct), Cobie Smulders (WW’s voice in The Lego Movie, 2013), Kristen Stewart. The final trio, auditioning in November 2013, were Olga Kurylenko, Elodie Yung and… Gadot. 


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