One of the easiest ways a wrestler can get quick, cheap heat is to insult the town they’re in. However, for foreign heels, it’s more malicious to put down the entire country instead. It’s a stock trope, generally with a few key points – British and Frenchmen hate Americans because they’re supposedly uncouth and unsophisticated. The Japanese wrestlers believe Americans lack honor and Canadians are usually just overly proud of being Canadian. Although, for many of the Canadians on this list, they just don’t like America.
Over the years, wrestling has seen a slew of foreign born superstars, and maybe even expatriates who have turned their backs on America and all have done a pretty good job at badmouthing the USA, even though this is where they perform, make their money and raise their children, but don’t think too hard about that aspect of it, remember they are just playing characters. After all, plenty of evil Russians actually were Canadian or American.
One would think the more PG and the more global the WWE becomes, the less emphasis would be put on foreign born heels. Rusev might actually be the last one, considering just about every blue chipper in NXT was born and made their names in another country. In honor of America’s birthday, read on about some the WWE’s most disrespectful foreign born heels.
15 The Real Americans
14 Dino Bravo and Frenchy Martin
13 La Resistance
The WWE always like to chime in on real world events through their characters and storylines, so it went with La Resistance. To cash in on America’s most recent anti–French sentiments, two French–Canadian boys, Sylvain Grenier and Rene Dupree, were called up from OVW to be the evil French tag team. Unfortunately, they were called up too soon and their lack of experience showed.
12 Tiger Ali Singh
11 The Un–Americans
10 Ludvig Borga
9 Nikolai Volkoff
8 Mr. Fuji
7 The Iron Sheik
6 The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers
5 Rusev and Lana
4 Ivan Koloff
3 Bret Hart
2 Muhammad Hassan
1 Sgt. Slaughter
When Iraq invaded Kuwait and Operation Desert Storm had begun, Sgt. Slaughter turned his back on America, aligning himself with Iraqi General Adnan and declaring his love for Saddam Hussein. He would famously burn Hulk Hogan’s shirt and win the World Title. Many wrestlers speak about getting death threats and having to wait out fans when leaving arenas, but no heel ever went through what Slaughter and the WWE went through. He received numerous death threats, had to wear a bullet–proof vest in public and had security detail at his home to protect his wife. Fans like to think Hulk Hogan turning heel was a shock, but Slaughter turning was on another level.
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