Each and every culture has created their own type of performance art that involves both athletics and the theatrics. We’re pretty sure if you ask Aiden English, he will tell you all about theater and wrestling. The United States took professional wrestling from a carnival sideshow decades ago and has nurtured the industry into a bustling business. With the United States and the WWE being sort of the flag bearer of professional wrestling, most fans assume a wrestler comes from the United States, however, that’s not the case.
Along the decades, other countries started to grow their own styles, such as Lucha Libre in Mexico, the more traditional approach in the U.K., and the strong style mixed with MMA in Japan. With the professional wrestling industry becoming more global by the day, there are thousands of professional wrestlers that aren’t Americans. Of course, where the wrestler is billed from usually tells us where that person lives but we all know that isn’t always the truth.
Other times, wrestlers may not talk at all and no one ever pays attention to where they’re billed from, so fans automatically assume he or she is American. Some great examples are Bruno Sammartino (Italy), Andre the Giant (France) and Kane (Spain). So let’s open up google maps and read about where these 15 wrestlers are from.
15 Tye Dillinger: Canada
He’s a perfect 10 and the casual fans are starting to notice his momentum after his win against Aiden English at WWE’s Backlash. With his recent success and popularity rising, some fans may still not know Dillinger isn’t from the United States. Dillinger was born in St. Catharines, Ontario, in 1981 and originally wanted to be a professional hockey player.
14 Alundra Blayze: Italy
The professional wrestler turned monster truck driver has one epic story in the wrestling business. She famously trashed the WWE Women’s Championship after signing with WCW in 1995 and was basically exiled from the company for two decades. Many fans thought she would never return to the WWE after that but like most relationships with Vince McMahon, she patched things up with the company and became a WWE Hall of Famer in 2015.
13 No Way Jose: Dominican Republic
No Way Jose smiles and dances well but with all that excitement you might know he was born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He would begin his professional wrestling journey in 2013 for CWF Mid-Atlantic. It wouldn’t take long for him to be noticed as a prospect and the WWE would sign him in 2015. At six feet three inches tall, Jose has the athletic ability to hold his own in the ring. We’re just always wondering why he’s happy.
12 Tyler Breeze: Canada
Tyler Breeze was absolutely buried by the WWE when he was called up to the big leagues in 2015. Some say Senior Executive Kevin Dunn has his hands all over Breeze’s failure to move up the ladder, however, things have been looking better for the fashion cop lately. Billed from Daytona Beach, Florida, Breeze was actually born in Penticton, British Columbia. His wrestling career would start in 2007 when he made his debut for Power Zone Wrestling.
After bouncing around the indie circuit for three years, he would join WWE’s developmental system in 2010. Breeze never won the NXT Championship but he did have memorable matches with all the top stars within the brand. His gimmick has always been an egotistical pretty boy but Breeze has shown a ton of comedic talent lately, especially at the recent WWE Backlash event.
11 Rick Martel: Canada
As a heel, Rick “The Model” Martel was arrogant and presumptuous, which made for the perfect character you want to see lose. Although he was born in Quebec City, Quebec, Martel was billed from Cocoa Beach, Florida, as The Model. He would come from a wrestling family and make his debut in 1972. Martel would become a known commodity in the international scene and would eventually work for the WWE from 1980 to 1982.
10 Jay White: New Zealand
Jay White has been making heads turn while working for ROH the past year. At 24 years old and debuting in 2013, White is full of potential. He paid his dues in NJPW from 2015 to 2016 and is now honing his craft in the United States. Many fans have no idea where he’s from but will gladly let you know, White was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1992.
9 Dink: Canada
With a last name like Giroux, it’s pretty easy to guess if the guy is French Canadian, however, Giroux never went by his last name and fans probably had no idea he was born in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. Debuting in the late 1970s, Giroux is one of the more successful wrestlers that have dwarfism. He was lucky enough to be trained by Hall of Famer Sky Low Low who also had dwarfism.
8 Earthquake: Canada
John Tenta had a lot of gimmicks during his wrestling career but he may be best known in the WWE as Earthquake. Avalanche, Golga, and The Shark are just some of the names you hear and ask yourself, where in the world is he from? He has been billed from the Great Barrier Reef (Shark) to Mount Everett, Washington (Avalanche) but Tenta is really from Surrey, British Columbia.
7 Buddy Murphy: Australia
Blake and Murphy were doing well and when Alexa Bliss became their manager, it looked like the tag team was going to the big leagues sooner than later. Things changed for the group, Bliss got called up and is crushing it and the team split apart. Murphy is now in the single’s division but he doesn’t get a chance to speak much. You may think he’s from the United States, however, Murphy was born and raised in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
6 Alexander Wolfe: Germany
When SAniTY comes out during their entrance must fans are fixated on their unique look and maybe don’t hear where the members are from. On top of that, Wolfe barely speaks, so how can anyone know what type of accent he has? He looks like a blue eyed and blond American but he’s actually from Germany. Wolfe was born in 1986 and grew up in one of the toughest places to live in at the time, East Germany.
5 Eric Young: Canada
The leader of SAniTY is staying mysterious about why he formed the group and what their endgame is. Maybe he just wants to watch the whole world burn. With a name like Eric Young, you would think he was born in the southern region of the United States. Young was actually born in Florence, Ontario but does reside in the United States now.
4 The Authors of Pain: Canada & Netherlands
The Authors of Pain let their fists do the talking so most fans have no clue where Akam and Rezar are from or their background story. Pretty much their manager, Paul Ellering, does all the talking for them. The NXT Tag Team Champions both hail from different regions in the world. Akam was born in Abbotsford, British Columbia in 1993 and was considered a young talent for the 2016 Summer Olympics in amateur wrestling but decided to sign with the WWE instead.
3 Bobby Roode: Canada
There is only one word to describe Roode and you guessed it, GLORIOUS! Roode has been wrestling in the United States for so long people may have forgotten he was born in Scarborough, Ontario. He would make his wrestling debut in 1998 and would even work for the WWE for three years (2001-2004) before really planting his flag with TNA.
2 Jinder Mahal: Canada
The WWE is exposing his Indian heritage at the moment in order to please the audience in India overseas. However, his place of birth is actually Canada and not India or some place in the United States, hailing from a wrestling town that produced some great talents in the past, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
1 Kenny Omega: Canada
Kenny Omega was arguably the best wrestler of 2016 and his match with Kazuchika Okada at Wrestle Kingdom 11 could go down as the greatest ever. With that said, Omega’s popularity and stock have risen to new heights, levels he has never seen before. With more fans wondering who is this guy everyone is talking about in Japan, they may not know where he’s from. Omega was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba but currently lives in Tokyo, Japan.
He would make his wrestling debut in 2000 and work his tail off to get to where he is. Always trying new things in and outside the ring, fans all over the world have come to love his style, personality, and work ethic. Omega could have taken WWE’s money this year, but decided to stay with NJPW due to his loyalty and wanting one of the greatest titles in the world, the IWGP Heavyweight Championship.
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