Since the WWE's inception, a wide array of talented individuals have competed for the promotion in the squared circle. Wrestlers such as Cesaro, who hails from Switzerland, a country that isn't known for producing wrestling stars. Or wrestlers such as Kurt Angle and Steve Austin, who hail from the USA, the country best represented on the roster.
While fans have had the privilege of viewing the forenamed individuals on their television screens, they've also had the misfortune of viewing a number of lackluster individuals as well. The United States' neighbour North of the border, Canada, has heralded some of the most successful and talented wrestlers to ever compete for the promotion. Yet, while Canada is no slouch in terms of producing talent, this isn't to say that they haven't had their fair share of gaffes, as well.
Let's take a look at the 8 best and 7 worst Canadian wrestlers to step foot in a WWE ring.
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24 BEST: Christian
Christian broke into the WWE alongside his real life best friend, Adam Copeland, better know to the masses as Edge. Christian's accolades may not be on par with Edge, but Christian was far from a slouch. Christian is a 9x Tag Team Champion with seven of those championship wins coming with Edge while one was with Lance Storm and the other was with Chris Jericho. Ironically, all of Christian's tags reigns were with a Canadian tag team partner. Christian had two runs with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, despite his first reign only being a mere two days. Christian held the company's Intercontinental Championship on four occasions, the Hardcore Championship once, the now defunct European Championship once and the now retired Light Heavyweight Championship once.
23 WORST: Viktor
One half of the popular NXT tag team (alongside Konnor), the Ascension, Viktor is a prime example of NXT success and popularity not translating to the main roster. In NXT, Viktor and Konnor received huge pops regularly and were even tag champs for an unprecedented 364 days, falling just a single day shy of a calendar year. Viktor and Konnor hold the record for having the longest NXT tag reign to date. Viktor's tenure on the main roster has proven to be a stark contrast from his tenure in NXT. Instead, the Ascension have been nothing more than jobbers since their call up. They have yet to hold the tag belts and even worse is that they've never really established themselves as a threat to the belts.
22 BEST: Roddy Piper
The fighting pride of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada is the man most will point to as being the greatest wrestler to never hold the WWE's highest prize. Piper recently passed away, in 2015 at the hands of a heart attack at the age of sixty-one. Piper is best remembered for being able to captivate audiences with his promo skills. A fun fact is that when CM Punk saw a Piper promo, he decided he wanted to be a wrestler. Piper's successes in the WWE include winning the Intercontinental title once and wining the tag belts with the Nature Boy, Ric Flair once. Piper was so exceptional at playing the heel role that PWI named him the most hated wrestler in 1984 and 1985. Yet, what is probably even more exceptional is that Piper flipped the switch in 1986 and PWI named him the most popular wrestler of the year. "Hot Rod" was truly one of a kind.
21 WORST: Tyler Breeze
"Prince Pretty", "The King of Cuteville", " The Sultan of Selfies" or simply Tyler Breeze, found himself as a viable foil for his opponents in just about any feud he was placed in when he was a part of the NXT brand. Despite never winning the NXT Championship, Breeze did come close on multiple occasions, most notably against Neville. Breeze may have been able to smell gold, but not taste it in NXT, but on the WWE's main roster he's nowhere close to even sniffing gold. Breeze is currently in a tag team with Fandango (with the lazy name of Breezeango) where they play the roles of the fashion police. Breeze and Fandango rarely pick up victories and frequently pick up losses and the tide doesn't look to be changing anytime soon.
20 BEST: Owen Hart
The former Blue Blazer, best known by his real life name, Owen Hart never achieved the amount of success his older brother Bret did. However, Owen was more than successful in his own right. Hart was a two-time Intercontinental Champion, a one-time European Champion and a four-time Tag Team Champion, with three different partners. Hart won the tag belts twice with Yokozuna, once with Jeff Jarrett and once with his brother-in-law, the British Bulldog. The most renown match of Hart's match is likely his steel cage bout against none other than his own brother, Bret, at Summerslam 1994. Owen died an unfortunate death in 1999 as a result of strangulation. It's unclear to how much further Hart would've gone, but it's a safe bet to say he would've achieved plenty more in the years to come.
19 WORST: Rosa Mendes
She has some how, some way been employed by the WWE since 2008. In her time she has mostly appeared as a valet for the likes of Carlito, Primo and Epico, and Zack Ryder. The Canadian of Czech and Costa Rican descent has NEVER won a televised singles match. Let that sink in for a second, she has eight years in the company, yet not one singles win via pin or submission on Monday Night Raw, Smackdown or a PPV event. Mendes hasn't been on WWE television since 2015 as a result of her pregnancy, although most have likely not noticed that she hasn't been appeared. It's highly unlikely that Mendes ever achieves anything noteworthy, but hopefully for her sake she can get rid of the goose egg in the win column.
18 BEST: Kevin Owens
WWE's resident prize fighter is a sight for sore eyes as he legitimately seems to have the same character on-screen as he does off-screen. His cannon balls are simply mind boggling to watch as a man of his size should have no business performing and executing the move with such ease. Owens is in his second year on the main roster, and if his initial success is any indication of what's to come in the future, fans better get used to him dominating the main event scene. Triple H realized that Owens was destined for bigger things and promoted Owens to the main roster after a mere ten months in Full Sail, Florida at NXT. Owens is the current WWE Universal Champion, as well as a former NXT Champion and a 2x Intercontinental Champion.
17 WORST: Earthquake/Golga
The late Earthquake actually began as a sumo wrestler prior to his WWE career. Earthquake was a behemoth of a man as he came in billed at 6'7" and weighing 467 pounds. He never really achieved much with exception of a tag team reign alongside Avalanche (aka Tugboat). Earthquake was out of the WWE by 1994, he had entered in 1989, as he signed with WCW in order to garner a higher payday. He returned to WWE in 1998 now as a member of the Oddities faction with the ring name Golga. The new name and gimmick didn't do much to enhance Golga's success. Instead, you could argue the Golga character was even worse than the Earthquake persona. To add on, Golga, along with Kurrgan, were named the worst tag team of 1998 by the Wrestling Observer.
16 BEST: Trish Stratus
Stratus debuted as nothing more than eye candy when she began working for the WWE as Test and Albert's valet/manager in 2000. She once barked like a dog in a segment with Vince McMahon where he consistently berated her. Despite this, Stratus somehow became one of, if not the most decorated woman to ever work for the company. This is something that Trish herself likely didn't even envision when she stepped foot in WWE. Stratus won the Women's Championship seven times and was involved in two of the best women's feuds to this day with Lita and Mickie James respectively. She was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013 by her real life best friend, and on screen foe, Lita. Stratus revolutionized the Women's division and showcased that women could be more than just eye candy and could captivate audiences with their wrestling ability just like the men could.
14 WORST: Jinder Mahal
Mahal was recently brought back by the WWE during the company's brand split. Mahal has endured the same fate he endured in his first stint with the company; he is nothing more than a jobber. The company looked to be high on Mahal when he first came to the company as evidenced by them placing him in a matchup against Seth Rollins to determine who would be the inaugural NXT Champion. His angle with the Great Khali initially looked like it could go somewhere. However, this never materialized. Mahal scarcely picked up wins after the pairing was dismantled. Mahal picked up even less wins when he joined forces with Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater in the 3MB faction. Mahal is yet to win any titles during either of his tenures in the company.
13 BEST: Edge
April 11th, 2011 was a somber day in the WWE Universe as Edge had unexpectedly announced his retirement as a result of doctors declaring him unable to compete due to cervical spinal stenosis. Edge may have had to retire early, but the achievements Edge racked up during his WWE career are unparalleled. He literally won any and every championship up for grabs. Edge is a 4x WWE Champion, a 7x World Heavyweight Champion, a 5x Intercontinental Champion, a 1x U.S. Champion and a 14x tag team champion. If the amount of gold he picked up wasn't enough, he also won the 2001 King of the Ring 2005 Money in the Bank, the 2010 Royal Rumble and was inducted into the WWE's Hall of Fame in 2012. The "ultimate opportunist" certainly seized any and every opportunity available to him.
11 WORST: Dink the Clown
Sharing a name with Philadelphia Flyers star center, Claude Giroux, aka Tiger Jackson & Macho Midget, was nothing more than a comedic act for the WWE. Standing 4'0" and weighing in at 95 pounds, the character would pop up during matches dressed as one of the wrestlers in the ring to distract the other competitor. The most renown character that Tiger Jackson ever dressed up as was that of Doink the Clown - appropriately named Dink the Clown. Macho Midget was never expected to be a wrestler that was a threat; however, he overstayed his time in WWE as he was there full-time from 1992 to 1995 and the comedy got rather stale.
10 BEST: Bret Hart
"The Excellence of Execution" aka "The Best There Is, The Best There Was and The Best There Ever Will Be" to this day is arguably the greatest wrestler to lace up his boots when it comes to putting on a solid wrestling match, regardless of who his opponent was. PWI recognized Hart for not only being number one on their list of best singles wrestlers for 1993, but Hart also repeated in 1994 to hold on to his crown atop the list. Hart also put on 1996's match of the year in an Ironman match with Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XII. Hart also took home the honor in 1997 when he faced Steve Austin at WrestleMania 13. The five-time WWE Champion also held tag gold with Jim Neidhart on two occasions and held the IC strap twice as well.
9 WORST: Tiger Ali Singh
Singh was employed by the WWE from 1997-2002. The gimmick of Singh was a wealthy, upper echelon foreigner by way of India that looked down on the American people as being peasants. Singh would be accompanied by a gentleman billed as Babu (who was of Hispanic descent, yet many people would've assumed he was Indian as a result of the gimmick). This is similar to how many believed Muhammad Hassan was of Arabic descent based on his gimmick, yet in reality he was actually Italian. Singh would try to get the American audience to do enlist an embarrassing acts in exchange for sums of cash as part of his gimmick. Singh also managed the tag team, "Lo Down" consisting of D' Lo Brown and Chaz, a team that never really found its footing. Singh never won a championship in the WWE and the only noteworthy accolade on his resume is winning the Kuwait Cup in 1997.
1 BEST: Chris Jericho
Jericho once famously told a fan, "I'm from Winnipeg you idiot" when the fan had told the man who once billed himself as "the best in the world at what he does" to "go back to Toronto". Ironically, Jericho is technically neither from Toronto or Winnipeg; he was born in the Long Island town of Manhasset, New York. Nonetheless, Jericho himself will tell you he's as Canadian as maple syrup. Jericho is now forty-six years of age and he (and his list) are arguably the most over presence on WWE television at the moment. This is a testament to Jericho's ability to constantly reinvent himself without being dull. Jericho's accolades in the WWE are unprecedented. He was the promotion's first ever WWE Undisputed Champion by way of defeating Steve Austin and The Rock in a triple threat match. He holds the most Intercontinental title reigns with nine. No title sans the United States Championship has alluded him. Jericho has excelled regardless of where he's been placed on the card and continues to do so and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
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