The biggest worldwide sporting event in history is upon us once again and that is of course the Olympics! This year's Olympics will take place on Rio de Janeiro,Brazil.
To commemorate such event, here at MWC we will be taking a look at 45 different countries and the greatest wrestlers they have offered us in the world of pro wrestling!
From well known wrestling countries like USA and Japan to some that you might not even know that wrestling exists in that place like Malta and Pakistan!
So without further ado, let's get on with this Olympics-inspired blog post at MWC!
1.) Argentina: Antonino Rocca
-I know Antonino Rocca is Italian but he does have Argentine citizenship and has been called "Argentino" Antonino Rocca for a huge bulk of his career so technically he counts as an Argentine!
Rocca was the inventor of the highflying style of wrestling, he got famous because of his unique style and was a massive draw wherever he goes.
Plus how many wrestlers can say that they fought Superman?
2.) Australia: Outback Jack
-To a lot of old school wrestling fans you might remember who Outback Jack is. His most well known run was in the WWF where he had a career there spanning for 3 years.
His gimmick was inspired from the film: Crocodile Dundee, he mainly wrestled as a babyface. According to Jack himself that he was supposed to win the World Tag-Team Titles with Hillbilly Jim but was cancelled later on for unknown reasons.
3.) Austria: Otto Wanz
-Otto Wanz is an underrated tough big guy, for a man who is 385 lbs he can wrestle very well. He is best known for his run at Catch Wrestling Association (CWA) where he was the face of that company.
Some people might also remember Otto for his long feud with Bull Power who would later be known as Big Van Vader! Otto is the first ever CWA World Champion and has held the belt four times, which is the record for most reigns for that belt.
4.) Brazil: Giant Silva
-Giant Silva is far from being a great wrestler but he did his role well as a big brute which what he exactly is! You should not expect any technical or highflying moves for a man his size.
Throughout the bulk of his career he is mainly treated as an "attraction" due to his massive size, standing at 7'5'' and weighing in at 387 lbs. His best stints was being a part of The Oddities in WWF and feuding with The Great Khali in Japan, back when Khali can still actually run!
5.) Bulgaria: Rusev
-Rusev is the first and only Bulgarian so far to wrestle for the WWE! He is one of the best wrestlers and heels the company has right now!
After his debut in the main roster he already had a dominating run being undefeated for a year whilst holding the U.S. Championship! He is currently having his second run with the belt and looks to be having another dominating reign once again.
Also he has one of the hottest wife in the planet too so that's another plus for him!
6.) Canada: Bret Hart
-Canada gave us some of the best wrestlers through the years, from legends like Gene Kiniski & Ivan Koloff to modern day superstars like Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn! But of course there is no other better man to represent Canada than The Hitman himself!
The most successful of all of Stu's sons, Bret held the WWF and WCW World Titles. He is often noted by many as the greatest technical wrestler that ever stepped foot in a ring and some say he is the best which can't really be argued!
What else is there really to say? Bret is just truly one of the greatest of all time!
7.) Croatia: Nikolai Volkoff
-Despite playing an evil Russian character in his career, Nikolai Volkoff is indeed Croatian.
Despite not being able to held any major World Title, Volkoff is still a respected gentleman among his peers. He has challenged multiple times for the WWF Title though against babyfaces like Bruno & Hogan, if it wasn't for Nikolai putting these guys over they probably wouldn't be as successful in my opinion.
One of the best heels of all time, Nikolai portrayed his character very well. Just him singing the Soviet National Anthem gets massive heat from the crowd!
Him and The Iron Sheik won the World Tag-Team Titles at the first ever WrestleMania by beating The British Bulldogs, he also won the tag belts again later on with Boris Zhukov. Nikolai still wrestles to this day, check out this shoot interview done by HANNIBAL TV if you want to learn more about the great Hall of Famer!
8.) Cuba: Konnan
-Konnan has done it all! Wrestle,manage,commentate,book matches,and be a part of creative. In his long three decade career, Konnan has held over 15 championships from different promotions!
Not a lot of people might know this but Dave Meltzer noted Konnan as one of the top draws in wrestling during the 90's! He was massively over in Mexico wrestling for most of the major promotions there! He is the first ever CMLL World Heavyweight Champion where he wrestled under the name "Konnan El Barbaro" at the time.
He is also one of the people that helped Lucha Libre grow in the US. A lot of the luchadors who wrestled in WCW got there jobs thanks to connections with Konnan!
While he is retired in the ring, Konnan is still actively participating in the wrestling world today. He was involved in the creation of Lucha Underground and he also works as a consultant for AAA.
9.) Dominican Republic: No Way Jose
-The first Dominican wrestler to compete in WWE! No Way Jose may be far from being a great technical wrestler but boy is he entertaining as hell!
Guys like Hulk Hogan and The Sandman have proved that you don't have to be a ring wizard to get over and now No Way Jose is also being a good of example of that too.
10.) England: Davey Boy Smith
-England or the UK (whatever fancies you) is another country that is rich in wrestling history. So many great wrestlers we've seen come from this country through the decades like Johnny Saint,William Regal,and Dynamite Kid just to name a few.
But the one British wrestler that's always comes in my mind first is none other than the late great Davey Boy Smith aka The British Bulldog!
Bulldog I think should have been a WWE World Champion, he definitely has the looks and wrestling skills to do so. But nevertheless he was still one of the most popular babyfaces in the company's history and will always be remembered and missed by the fans!
11.) Fiji: Jimmy Snuka
-There's no question that the most successful Fijan Pro Wrestler is Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka.
Snuka popularized the modern style of highflying in wrestling today. He is also a huge babyface in the WWF during the 80's and had a ton of memorable moments in his career!
What's more crazy is that he actually NEVER won a single title in his time with the WWE but still managed to become one of the company's household names. Speaking of titles, did you know that he is the first ever ECW World Champion?
Although nowadays his career has been overshadowed by a murder he possibly did years ago to his ex-girlfriend, with this being made in public the WWE removed him from the Hall of Fame and is rarely being mentioned now.
12.) Finland: Ludvig Borga
-Tony Halme or better known to wrestling fans as "Ludvig Borga" was probably one of the most famous Finnish personalities of all time.
Most wrestling fans probably best remember him for his time with the WWF from 1993 until 1994. The most notable thing he did was ending Tatanka's undefeated streak.
He was pushed immediately as a top heel, having a feud with Lex Luger but due to backstage attitude problems he didn't last long with the company.
Later on he ventured onto MMA and even in Politics! Unfortunately in his final years he went onto severe depression and had alcohol & drug issues, and in 2010 he committed suicide.
13.) France: Andre the Giant
-The biggest (pun intended) wrestling star to ever come from France is without a doubt the late great Andre the Giant! What else is there to say about Andre that hasn't been said already?
He was one of the biggest draws in wrestling of all time! Had a successful career all over the world, you name it: USA,Japan,and Mexico, Andre drew crowds in there.
He was the first ever inductee in the WWE Hall of Fame and overall just a household name in the business!
Another notable French wrestler is Maurice Tillet aka The French Angel who was also a huge attraction during his day due to his unique look.
14.) Germany: Karl Gotch
-He isn't called the "God of Wrestling" in Japan for nothing! Karl Gotch (no relation to Frank or Simon) was a universally respected legend in the wrestling business and is always considered as one of the all time greats!
Gotch was a huge influence in Japan. He main evented the first ever NJPW show defeating Antonio Inoki. The famous maneuver "German Suplex" was his innovation!
He had a career that spanned for four decades and has won titles all over the world including the World Tag-Team Championships in the WWWF among others.
15.) Ghana: Kofi Kingston
-Kofi has always been a solid mid-carder for WWE and is a very reliable talent. He is one of the best highflyers in the company's history and is overall a great person!
He has won several titles in the WWE: Intercontinental,US,and Tag-Team Titles but never the World Title! Time will only tell if we will ever see Kofi become a World Champion which he really deserves to be.
16.) Greece: Jim Londos
-One of the most popular wrestlers of the "Pioneer Era" The Golden Greek: Jim Londos was a very successful wrestler in his time!
Londos is considered a National Hero in Greece and he once drew a crowd of nearly 100,000 just to see him wrestle! Truly a great legend who doesn't get much credit that he deserves.
17.) Guyana: Ezekiel Jackson
-Rycklon Stephens or better known as Ezekiel Jackson is the first and only Guyanese wrestler so far to wrestle for the WWE!
He had a 7 year career with the WWE, started in their developmental territory: FCW (now NXT) and later on moved up to the main roster in 2009.
While he is far from being a technical wizard, Big Zeke did his role well of being a musclehead brute that he is. Zeke is the final ECW Heavyweight Champion (WWE's version) and also held the Intercontinental Title.
After getting released by WWE in 2013 he started to wrestle in various indy promotions including TNA and LU.
18.) Hong Kong: Ho Ho Lun
-Wrestling in Hong Kong is still at it's infancy with Ho Ho Lun founding the first ever promotion on said country.
If you're watching the CWC Tournament held by the WWE, you're probably familiar of Ho Ho Lun! He is the first Chinese wrestler to compete in the WWE and he is actually quite impressive.
Sure he is still a little green but for a self trained wrestler he is pretty good. Plus I won't be surprised if WWE decides to sign him up since not only is he a good wrestler, but speaks English fluently too.
If WWE wants to grow a Chinese audience then having Ho Ho Lun around would be a big help for them! Hell, sign Jason Lee too because why not?
19.) Hungary: Bronko Lubich
-Most wrestling fans might just know Bronko Lubich as the senior referee for WCCW but he was actually a successful wrestler in his heyday.
Lubich played a heel in his whole wrestling career and was a successful tag-team wrestler with Aldo Bogni. Together they have won numerous tag-team titles in different territories under the NWA!
His most notable rival was in a 4 year feud with Angelo Poffo where they fought for the NWA United States Championship. Lubich also feuded with the likes of Ole Anderson,Wahoo McDaniel,and Johnny Valentine.
After retiring from in-ring action he joined Fritz Von Erich's WCCW and became the senior referee and was also part of the booking team. Lubich was also very influential to a lot of wrestlers that came through WCCW who are now bonafide Hall of Famers like Mick Foley and Steve Austin!
When WCCW closed in 1990, Lubich retired in the business for good. In 2004 he passed away after losing a battle with cancer.
20.) India: Tiger Jeet Singh
-When talking about Indian wrestling most people would probably think of The Great Khali first, but for me it's gotta be Tiger Jeet Singh!
A man who is loved in India but hated everywhere else, Tiger Jeet Singh is one of the best heels of all time! He helped popularized the hardcore style of wrestling in Japan where he wrestled for 2 decades.
He wrestled in all of the Japanese promotions you can possible think of: NJPW,AJPW,FMW,HUSTLE,and IWA Japan. He also wrestled in the US,Canada,Mexico,and Australia.
To this day Tiger Jeet Singh still occasionally wrestles, mainly for charity related events. He also started his own promotion: Anglo Asian Wrestling Federation.
Also believe it or not, Tiger Jeet never actually wrestled for the WWE! His son did though, Tiger Ali Singh but his career was a flop in comparison to his dad's.
21.) Iran: The Iron Sheik
-I mean do I even need to describe who Iron Sheik is? The dude is not only a wrestling legend but a pop culture icon! Whether you know him as the evil foreign wrestler or the man who tweets out crazy things, fact of the matter is you've heard of The Iron Sheik!
Also I think Iron Sheik is still the best foreign heel ever because he IS actually foreign and is actually born in the place where is billed which is Iran.
The Iron Sheik is the man who ended Bob Backlund's 6 year reign as WWF Champion but would lose it weeks later to Hulk Hogan which started the Hulkamania era!
Also many people don't know but before transitioning into pro wrestling, Sheik is a successful amateur wrestler too.
22.) Iraq: General Adnan
-Most people probably best remember Adnan Al-Kassie in his run on the WWF during the early 90's as General Adnan a tag-team partner and manager to the US Hero turned Iraqi Sympathizer: Sgt. Slaughter.
But he also wrestled way before then since the 60's actually under other ring names such as Sheik Adnan Al-Kassie and Sheik of Baghdads. He also wrestled under a native American gimmick: Billy White Wolf where he was a tag partner of Chief Jay Strongbow and together they won the World Tag-Team Titles once.
Other than being a wrestler, he is also a successful manager. He managed many wrestlers through the years including the likes of Sgt. Slaughter,Col. Mustafa (aka Iron Sheik),Abdullah the Butcher,King Kong Bundy,Superstar Billy Graham,Ivan Koloff,and Kamala just to name a few.
Al-Kassie was also good friends with former Iraq president Saddam Hussein.
23.) Ireland: Finn Balor
-There's no doubt about it that Finn Balor is one of the best wrestlers in today WWE!
He is the longest reigning NXT Champion and has already found success in the main roster. Before the WWE though Balor is already a successful wrestler, making a name for himself in Japan under his former ring name "Prince Devitt."
He is the founder of Bullet Club, the most successful wrestling stable today! Besides the NXT Title he also held the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion (3x) and IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag-Team Champion (6x) among other belts.
24.) Italy: Bruno Sammartino
-The longest reigning World Champion in the history of pro wrestling. Do I even need to say more?
25.) Japan: Antonio Inoki
-Picking one single great wrestler from Japan was such a hard task. You got so many people to choose from: Misawa,Kobashi,Muta,Hashimoto,Kawada,Liger,Onita... the list goes on! But if I have to pick one it's Antonio Inoki.
Antonio Inoki isn't only a respected wrestling legend in Japan, he is an ICON over there.
Possibly the second most important man in Puroresu behind Rikidozan, Inoki founded New Japan Pro Wrestling in 1972 and it would turn out to be the biggest wrestling promotion in Japan's history!
He is also the innovator of "Strong Style" where wrestlers also use martial arts maneuvers and techniques in addition to their wrestling move set. Most notable user of this right now is of course Shinsuke Nakamura.
Inoki is also a part of the largest wrestling PPV ever which is "Collision in Korea" which took place in North Korea. It was a 2 day PPV which drew crowds of over 150,000 and 160,000 respectively.
He is also currently heavily involved in politics and has appeared multiple times on various shows and even in Anime. Also how many wrestlers can say they've battled Muhammad Ali? Not a lot!
26.) Korea: Rikidozan
-Oh yes indeed the "Father of Puroresu" Rikidozan isn't actually Japanese but Korean!
If you're a huge fan of Puroresu and you don't know Rikidozan then shame on you! He was the man who brought the sport of wrestling to Japan and became one of the most influential men in the history of wrestling.
He is the first and only man to ever held the Japanese Heavyweight Championship and held it for 5 years. He got his big time success when he defeated Lou Thesz to become NWA International Heavyweight Champion.
Due to his death in December 1963 the Japanese wrestling scene drastically changed as the Japan Wrestling Association was divided and thus NJPW & AJPW were born.
27.) Malta: "Baron" Mikel Scicluna
-The late "Baron" Mikel Scicluna is another man who made history by being the first and only Maltese wrestler to compete in the WWE and the only Maltese Wrestling Hall of Famer!
Scicluna was best known for his run in the WWWF. He won the World Tag-Team and US Tag-Team Titles with King Curtis Iaukea and Smasher Sloan respectively. He also challenged Bruno Sammartino & Pedro Morales multiple times for the WWWF Title but failed to capture it.
He was also best known for using a weapon which is a brass knuckles made of coins which he bashes his opponent with when the ref isn't looking, classic heel tactics!
Scicluna also wrestled for an Australian promotion "WCW" different from the one in America, where he won the World Title there a total of 5 times! He also won their Tag-Team Titles 3 times with Cyclone Negro.
He was inducted into the WWE HOF in 1996. He passed away in 2010.
28.) Mexico: El Santo
-Mexico is another country that is rich in wrestling history and has produced so many legendary wrestlers over the years! I'll just name some on top of my head: Mil Mascaras,Blue Demon,Negro Casas,and Perro Aguayo.
But if I have to pick one who is the best from Mexico there is no other choice than The Father of Lucha Libre himself: El Santo!
Just like how Antonio Inoki is to Japan, El Santo is not only considered a wrestling legend but a cultural icon, a national hero even! He has appeared on multiple forms of media in Mexico like movies,cartoons,TV shows,and comics.
He was never unmasked in his whole wrestling career and the only time he ever took off his mask was in a talk show just a week before his death.
29.) Moldova: Alex Koslov
-Alex Koslov has mainly worked in Mexico where he wrestled in both CMLL and AAA. Most fans would probably remember him though in his time with the WWE under their developmental territory: FCW as Peter Orlov.
Koslov also wrestled for PWG,ROH,and NJPW. He also started a tag-team with Rocky Romero where they were known as "Forever Hooligans" and managed to become IWGP Jr Heavyweight Tag-Team Champions twice and ROH World Tag-Team Champions once.
After 13 years of in-ring experience, Koslov decided to retire just last year in 2015.
30.) New Zealand: Pat O'Connor
-New Zealand is actually home to a few wrestling legends such as The Bushwhackers,Tony Garea,Steve Rickard,and Ike Robin but in my opinion the best Kiwi wrestler has to be former NWA World Champion: Pat O'Connor!
O'Connor is considered as one of the top best wrestlers of his era. He was able to hold the AWA and NWA World Titles at the same time, the latter which he held for 2 years!
He had fantastic matches with the likes of Killer Kowalski,Lou Thesz,Nick Bockwinkel,and Bob Orton Sr. just to name a few. He wrestled for 4 decades and has held numerous championships through the years.
O'Connor was also a trainer,booker,promoter,and referee. The man has done it all!
31.) Pakistan: Great Gama
-I've had The Great Gama in one my countdowns before which is the Top 15 Toughest SOB's in wrestling and well if you don't know back in his era wrestling was still legitimate and this man went undefeated for 50 YEARS!
What's more amazing is that despite this, the man actually never won a championship belt in his career which was just crazy! His most notable rivalry was against Stanislaus Zbyszko.
Fun Fact: Bruce Lee was an avid fan of Great Gama's workout/training routine!
32.) Philippines: Batista
-Like him or hate him, you can't deny the fact that Batista is one of the biggest stars the WWE had in recent years!
When I was growing up Batista was always a personal favorite of mine, a big part of it is because he is the first Filipino to ever wrestle for the WWE! Being a Filipino myself, I was really amazed by that at the time.
While I didn't like his final run with the company especially him winning the 2014 Royal Rumble, I think there's a part of me that will always like Batista because he really brought Philippines into the wrestling map!
Shoutouts to TJ Perkins and DJ Z who are two of the top Filipino wrestlers today! Also I just wanna give a quick mention to Philippine Wrestling Revolution (PWR) the first wrestling promotion here in The Philippines.
33.) Poland: Ivan Putski
-"The Polish Hammer" Ivan Putski is the first and only Polish wrestler to ever wrestle in the WWE! With his huge physique and charisma he got over with the fans and is one of the most popular babyfaces of the company in the 70's until early 80's!
Also for a man his size he is pretty impressive, most wrestlers with his physique are just big jocks who really can't do anything else but to pose and hit a punch. Putski can go toe-to-toe with the likes of Bret Hart,Iron Sheik,and of course his most famous rival: "Superstar" Billy Graham!
He had a career that spanned for over 4 decades. Putski was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1995, he is also a successful bodybuilder before turning into a pro wrestler.
34.) Puerto Rico: Carlos Colon
-If Japan had Rikidozan and Mexico had El Santo, then Puerto Rico has Carlos Colon, in my opinion the greatest Puerto Rican wrestler of all time!
He along with Victor Jovica founded World Wrestling Council (WWC) which still runs today and is the largest wrestling promotion in all of Puerto Rico! There, Colon has held the WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship a record 26 times! Well it's no shocker really since he is the owner after all but still impressive.
He had a long in-ring career of 6 decades, his last match occurred in 2014. Colon helped in the growth of wrestling in Puerto Rico which is still one of the biggest wrestling territories there is.
Both of his sons also have successful careers: Carlito & Primo. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014 and continues a working relationship with them as the WWE ambassador for Puerto Rico.
35.) Russia: Volk Han
-We have seen so many Russian gimmicks in wrestling through the years: Nikolai Volkoff,Ivan & Nikita Koloff,Kruser Krushev,Boris Zhukov,and Vladimir Kozlov just to name a few. But none of them are actually Russian!
But there is a wrestler by the name of Volk Han who not only is a legitimate Russian, but a legitimate badass too! He mainly competed in Japan and got famous there due to his martial arts background which he uses in his wrestling.
After retiring in pro wrestling he would become a great MMA Fighter with a total record of 21 wins and 8 losses, 1 by KO and 10 by submission. Still don't believe that he's a legitimate badass? Then just check it out this post.
Volk Han is also ranked in Pro Wrestling Illustrated's "Top 500 Greatest Wrestlers of All Time" where he is ranked at No. 129, ranking above the likes of Verne Gagne,Booker T,and Iron Sheik!
36.) Samoa: Peter Maivia
-The Isle of Samoa as we know is another country that is rich in wrestling history! We all know the Anoa'i family, they are the largest wrestling family and has produced so many iconic names over the years even to this day!
If I gotta pick one from Samoa though of course it's gotta be the man that started it all over there, the patriarch of the family: "High Chief" Peter Maivia.
In his time, Maivia was a popular babyface. He mainly wrestled in the WWWF and NWA, but also wrestled in NJPW. He held the NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Championship and NWA Hawaii Tag-Team Championship (2x) among other belts.
Of course without The High Chief there would be no Dwayne Johnson! He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008 along with his son-in-law Rocky Johnson.
37.) Scotland: "Superstar" Bill Dundee
-A lot of people are probably not familiar but Scotland is indeed a country that has a lot of great wrestlers, just today we got a lot of Scottish wrestlers like Drew Galloway,Noam Dar,and Grado just to name a few!
But for me the greatest has to be "Superstar" Bill Dundee! The man is an underrated legend in my opinion.
Standing only at 5'7'' Dundee is a pretty good wrestler, he is very athletic and charismatic as well. He is probably best remembered for his rivalry against Jerry Lawler which lasted for decades!
Dundee is one of the biggest names in the Memphis territory, he has also held multiple titles over the years most notably the AWA Southern Heavyweight Title which he held 13 times and the Southern Tag-Team Titles 23 times!
To this day Dundee still wrestles occasionally and still does well for a man who's 72 years old.
38.) South Africa: PJ Black
-PJ Black (aka Justin Gabriel) is probably one of the biggest wasted talents in WWE on recent years. The man is a helluva talented in the ring but unfortunately he was stuck in the mid-card at best.
His best stint is being a part of the original lineup of The Nexus where they dominated the WWE until of course... John Cena got in the way. PJ was a 3x WWE Tag-Team Champion and other than that he really did nothing else to the company, oh and yeah he was the man behind Adam Rose's Bunny...
After getting released in the WWE he immediately got successful in the indies wrestling for promotions like TNA,GFW,Lucha Underground,and EVOLVE.
Also a lot of people don't know this but he is in fact a second generation wrestler, his father is a retired wrestler and promoter in South Africa. Another notable South African wrestler is Adam Rose who is also an ex-WWE Wrestler.
39.) Spain: Kane
-This might come off as a shocker to some but The Big Red Machine is in fact technically Spanish as he was born in Madrid,Spain!
I don't think I really need to explain who Kane is, after all he is one of the biggest names in WWE's history! He won the WWE and World Heavyweight Title, a 11x Tag-Team Champion, and also held the Intercontinental and Hardcore Championships.
Before Kane went to the WWE though, he also wrestled in WCW which a lot of people might not know! He also started his career in Jim Cornette's Smoky Mountain Wrestling.
Another notable Spanish wrestler is Crusher Verdu from Barcelona, he was also known as Spanish Hercules.
40.) Switzerland: Cesaro
-The Swiss Superman: Antonio Cesaro is the first and so far only Swiss wrestler to ever wrestle in the WWE!
Cesaro is considered by many as one of the greatest wrestlers today! He started off as an indie wrestler under the name "Claudio Castagnoli" and held multiple belts in a lot of the promotions he wrestled like ROH,CZW,WXW,and CHIKARA. He then went to WWE's developmental territory: FCW in 2012.
After making his debut in the main roster Cesaro got pushed quickly by becoming the US Champion and held the belt for 239 days and he also held the Tag-Team Titles with Tyson Kidd.
After suffering a hiatus due to an injury, Cesaro returned just this year and quickly got back his momentum! He is currently one of the top mid-carders at RAW and hopefully his momentum continues as his career goes by!
41.) Tonga: Haku
-THE TOUGHEST MAN IN ALL OF WRESTLING.
42.) Turkey: Yusuf Ismail
-Yusuf Ismail or better known by his ring name "The Terrible Turk" was probably the first man to ever play the evil foreigner gimmick in wrestling history.
He had a successful career both in Europe and USA. He often challenged Evan Lewis for the American Heavyweight Championship. Yusuf was also undefeated in his wrestling career for 4 years.
He was also recognized as one of the top three strongmen in the world by Alan Calvert, a pioneer for American weight training. He died after drowning in a sinking ship (and no it's not the Titanic before you ask!)
43.) Ukraine: Vladimir Kozlov
-He might have been best known for playing a Russian gimmick in WWE but Vladimir Kozlov is actually Ukrainian! Kozlov wrestled in the WWE for 4 years (6 if you count his developmental days.)
His most notable accomplishment was being Tag-Team Champions with Santino Marella, I actually kinda liked their tag-team although it did degrade Kozlov from being a badass to a comedic act.
After being released in the WWE, he wrestled in Inoki Genome Federation for a bit before retiring in wrestling.
Besides pro wrestling, Kozlov also trained in freestyle wrestling,rugby,football,judo,jujutsu,sambo,and MMA so he is definitely one dude you don't wanna mess with!
44.) USA: Hulk Hogan
-I don't think there's anyone better to represent the USA than Hulk Hogan, he's literally the most American guy you can possibly think of in the world of wrestling!
As if his theme song wasn't American enough, he also fought almost every single Anti-USA gimmick you can possibly think of! Plus despite all the other great American wrestlers through the centuries, Hogan is a household name.
He is best known all over the world and while he may not be the best wrestler in terms of technical ability, the man drew lots of money and made pro wrestling famous all over the world!
Love him or hate him, you can't deny that the Hulkster will always be the Michael Jordan of wrestling.
If you disagree, WHATCHA GONNA DO ABOUT IT BROTHER?!
45.) Wales: "Exotic" Adrian Street
-Concluding our list we got the country of Wales and who better to represent that country than the most successful Welsh wrestler in history: "Exotic" Adrian Street!
Street is one of the best heels in the European wrestling scene, he took the flamboyant personality to a whole new level by portraying a "gay character" which was definitely a first of it's kind!
Street also found success wrestling in the US, especially in the NWA where he held multiple titles. He has estimated himself that during his career he has wrestled between 12,000 to 15,000 times!
Truly a veteran that doesn't get enough credit.
Thanks to WhatCulture.com where I got the inspiration on making this post.
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