Since its inception, professional wrestling - and the WWE in particular - has had some unique characters from interesting, yet fictional hometowns. Surely, everybody can recall a wrestler who was hailed as being from "Parts Unknown" to further emphasize his mystique, but there has also been wrestlers billed from places such as The Cosmos, The Outer Reaches of your Mind, The Fifth Dimension, and Planet Funk. Oh, and who could forget the Dudleys being from Dudleyville? As kids, we might have bought in to the idea that these characters are actually from those places, but it's now more interesting to actually know where a wrestler is from. For instance, we're well aware of wrestling hot beds like Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where Stu Hart's Dungeon produced the likes of Bret and Owen Hart as well as several other prominent Canadian wrestlers. There's also large American cities like Chicago and New York that has given rise to numerous professional wrestlers.
But what about the small towns throughout the world? Not every professional wrestler is from a large city with plenty of resources and training centers available. Not that it's easy to make it if you're from those such cities, but it's certainly easier than if you were born in a remote Newfoundland town or a small village in Tennessee. However, these 15 wrestlers didn't let their place of birth stop them from achieving their dream.
15 Triple H (Nashua, New Hampshire)
When he debuted in the WWE as the upper-class, snobby Hunter Hearst Helmsley, Triple H was billed as being from Greenwich, Connecticut, which made plenty of sense as its a wealthy area that is home to multiple gated communities and prominent financial services companies. It's also near the WWE headquarters in Stamford. However, The Game is actually from Nashua, New Hampshire, a town with a population of 87,882 according to the 2016 census.
14 Edge (Orangeville, Canada)
Many wrestling fans associate Edge with Toronto, especially because it's where he was billed from and where he won his first ever title and because it's the most popular Canadian city. However, the Rated-R Superstar and 11-time World Champion is actually from the small town of Orangeville, Ontario, which is over an hour's drive outside of Toronto.
13 Kurt Angle (Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania)
Throughout his career, Kurt Angle has been billed as being from Pittsburgh, which is partially true. The Olympic Champion currently resides in Pittsburgh and is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania's Clarion University, but he was actually born and raised in the nearby suburb Mt. Lebanon Township of Allegheney County.
12 Tye Dillinger (St. Catherines, Canada)
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If you didn't know of a particular wrestler but knew they were from Canada, your first guess of their birthplace would almost undoubtedly be Calgary, Alberta. If you were told they were from Ontario, you would likely go with Toronto, given it's the hometown of multiple WWE stars past and present. However, like Edge and Christian, former NXT standout and SmackDown Live roster member Tye Dillinger is from a nearby community.
11 Wade Barrett (Penwortham, United Kingdom)
Signed by the WWE in 2006 and sent to Ohio Valley Wrestling, Wade "Bad News" Barrett debuted on the main roster with The Nexus and went on to become a five-time Intercontinental Champion and King of the Ring winner. He received his United States green card in 2014, but was released two years later and is currently the on-screen general manager of Defiant Wrestling. He resides in Manhattan, New York.
10 The Sandman (Sandy, Utah)
Not only is The Sandman's hometown lesser known than the hometown of the majority of professional wrestlers, especially those in the WWE, but it's somewhat ironic given his name. He currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but he was actually born in Sandy, Utah, a city of 87,461. Presumably, he adopted The Sandman moniker as a homage to his hometown; it certainly wasn't because his matches put people to sleep. The five-time ECW World Heavyweight Champion has been involved in a ton of high-profile matches with no shortage of violence and blood.
9 Jack Swagger (Perry, Oklahoma)
Jack Swagger is a former ECW Champion and World Heavyweight Champion who worked with the WWE from 2008 to the early part of 2017. In his final few years with the company, he adopted sort of an All-American, Pro-USA gimmick, although played as a heel, which was a different twist on the popular gimmick. Whatever town or city you might associate as All-American, it likely isn't Perry, Oklahoma, which is where Swagger is actually from and billed from.
8 Ezekiel Jackson (Linden, Guyana)
We don't even need to do any research without saying unequivocally that Ezekiel Jackson is the only former WWE wrestler to be born in Linden, Guyana. First declared a town in 1970, Linden is located along the Demerara River and has a population of roughly 30,000. The town is best known for its wealth of bauxite, an aluminum ore that is the main source of aluminum.
7 Kofi Kingston (Kumasi, Ghana)
The way the WWE handled Kofi Kingston prior to his joining The New Day is proof that the company really doesn't know what to do with talented black wrestlers. Ignoring the fact he was likely due for a World Championship push on multiple occasions throughout his career, it was odd to see him begin his career as the first Jamaican-born wrestler to perform in the WWE, especially since he wasn't from the country. It wasn't the first time the WWE did that nor was it the last (see Jinder Mahal, who is from Canada but billed from India), but it was just lazy on all accounts.
6 Seth Rollins (Buffalo, Iowa)
Buffalo is far from a lesser-known city. It's known for having the worst professional sports teams of any North American city as well as the drunkest and most hardcore fans. But that's Buffalo, New York. Seth Rollins was born in Buffalo, Iowa, which, unless you're actually from Iowa, you likely never heard of before.
5 Shelton Benjamin (Orangeburg, South Carolina)
Signed by the WWE in 2002, Shelton Benjamin debuted on the main roster two years later as part of The World's Greatest Tag Team with Charlie Haas and "Olympic Hero" Kurt Angle as their mentor. Perhaps because he was so naturally talented - and the fact he was being paired with Angle - Benjamin never really had much of a gimmick; instead, he played a version of himself.
4 Finn Balor (Bray, Republic of Ireland)
Spoiler alert: Finn Balor is from the Republic of Ireland. We know, that isn't much of a surprise, but his hometown of Bray certainly falls into the category of lesser-known hometowns as, before Sheamus and later Balor and Becky Lynch, Ireland didn't really have much of a presence in WWE aside from Fit Finlay. Balor, however, is much different than Finlay in that he is a high-flier capable of wowing crowds with an impressive arsenal of moves.
3 Kane (Torrejon de Ardoz, Spain)
Kane has been with the WWE in some capacity since 1995, during which time he won three World Championships and was part of 12 Tag Team Championship teams. While he is currently back with the company seemingly to continue the effort to put over Braun Strowman (although there appears to be no more work required as he's already Raw's main attraction), he is heavily entrenched outside of the company in a race for mayor in his current hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee.
2 Daniel Bryan (Aberdeen, Washington)
Inside the ring, Daniel Bryan is one of the WWE's most gifted competitors. He was perfect for the PG Era as he embodies a lot of the qualities and characteristics that the WWE was looking for during that time, despite their initial reluctance to push him to main event status. If you've watched Total Divas or Total Bellas, you know by now what he's like outside of the ring and, if you had to guess, you would likely say he's from Washington or Oregon, wouldn't you?
1 Kevin Owens (Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Canada)
We don't expect you to be shocked by this inclusion as the WWE makes no secret of the fact Kevin Owens is from the Canadian province of Quebec. Yet, it wouldn't be all that surprising if he was from Quebec City or Montreal; instead, he grew up in the small northern community of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Whereas Montreal is a bilingual city in which most residents can actually speak English if pressed, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu is about as French as you can get, from the name on down to its residents and way of life.
In fact, in the Fight Owens Fight documentary released on WWE Network earlier this year, the former Face of America detailed how he actually learned how to speak English by watching WWE and listening to Jim Ross.
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