This weekend Survivor Series will see what matters WWE Wargames’ roster debuts, making it a very international affair.
The men’s bout sees The Bloodline (four Samoan-Americans and a Canadian in Sami Zain) The Brawling Brutes (two English and one Irish), take on Scottish warrior Drew McIntyre and another Canadian, Kevin Owens.
The women’s match is similarly diverse, with Nikki Cross (Scottish), Ria Ripley (Australian) and Asuka and Dakota Kai (both Japanese) all playing. Becky Lynch is rumored to be the fifth member of the Bianca Bellair team, adding a further Gaelic flavor to proceedings.
The event reflects WWE’s now-international roster, a result of the company’s global status, the creation of NXT UK, and both. Triple HSearch for talent outside of North America.
In previous years, most of the foreign wrestlers came from Europe, with the UK and Ireland providing the majority of this talent. Keeping this in mind, GiveMeSport WWE takes you through the 10 best European wrestlers in history…
But first, some honorable mentions: Finlay, Dynamite Kid, Wade Barrett, Paige, Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate, Rusev.
Look back at this list in a few years and the big Austrian will almost certainly be in the top half. As such, with just a few months on the main roster alongside his all-European group Imperium, he finds himself in the 10Th Spot. He was the NXT UK Champion under Walter’s previous guise and is on course for a long Intercontinental Title reign, as well as a main event push in the near future.
One of the best “what ifs” in recent WWE history. If the Swiss Superman had been working under Triple H instead of Vince, he would have found himself as a featured superstar and in and around the main event. Apart from that, he had a successful career, notably winning multiple tag titles with Sheamus as part of The Bar.
8. William Regal
The gentlemanly villain is now a staple of AEW programming, recently turning on John Moxley to team with MJF in Full Gear. While with WWE, he is perhaps best remembered for his roles as WWE Commissioner and NXT General Manager. In the ring, he was a flawless performer, and if not for personal demons, he might have been world champion.
7. Finn Balor
The former Bullet Club leader now leads Judgment Day and is finally being pushed as a star under Triple H. He is a two-time NXT Champion, a two-time Intercontinental Champion, and a one-time US Champion. He was a first-time Universal Champion when an injury struck him the day before. Undoubtedly one of the best in-ring performers in WWE today.
6. British Bulldog
Along with his cousin, Dynamite Kid, Bulldog found his feet in WWE in the tag team division. His singles career saw him become the first ever European champion and defeat Bret Hart for the Intercontinental title in the highly acclaimed main event of SummerSlam 1992 at Wembley Stadium. He sadly passed away in 2002 but his legacy as a pioneer of British wrestling lives on.
5. Drew McIntyre
The one-time “Chosen One” has taken the tough road to become the big-time star and main eventer he is today. Since his return in 2017, he has won the NXT title, the 2020 Royal Rumble and is a two-time WWE Champion – the first British man to win the belt. Expect a few more title runs before his career is over.
The Celtic warrior is just ahead of the best man in his recent marriage in terms of longevity and achievements. Sheamus is a four-time World Champion (3 WWE, 1 World Heavyweight) and the first Irish World Champion in WWE. He is a three-time US champion and a five-time tag champion. Along with Edge and Brock Lesnar, he is one of only three to win the King of the Ring, Royal Rumble and Money in the Bank.
3. Becky Lynch
“The Man” is the biggest female star in recent WWE history and the most popular European star today. In the ring, she is a six-time World Champion (4 SmackDown, 2 Raw) and the first woman to hold both belts simultaneously. She did this after defeating both Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair in the first women’s main event at WrestleMania.
Outside the ring, was the first wrestler to appear on the cover of ESPN magazine and the first woman to appear on the cover of a 2K game and win PWI Wrestler of the Year. She recently got her big break acting as Cyndi Lauper in Young Rock. Trailblazer.
2. Andre the Giant
One of the most beloved and iconic WWE Superstars of all time, and a major reason for the company’s growth in the 1980s. Andre had seen nothing before and probably nothing since. His WrestleMania three main event with Hulk Hogan went down in history.
Upon his death in 1993, he became the first inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame. His influence on the company has seen a memorial battle royale created in his honor amongst other things.
1. Bruno Sammartino
An Italian American, Bruno’s early life was dominated by World War II, hidden by the SS in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The family later moved to the States, where he eventually became the first true WWE icon.
He was the second WWE Champion, winning the belt in 1963, the first of two reigns. His first reign lasted 2,803 days, or just under eight years – the longest ever in the company’s history. For a time he was said to be bigger than wrestling. He was largely responsible for growing the company in the pre-WrestleMania era, and his influence and legacy cannot be overstated.