Although he never caused much fear as the happy-go-lucky dancing "Das Wunderkind" Alex Wright, the German-born superstar underwent a transformation in 1999 in WCW, changing his name to Berlyn, undergoing a complete makeover and refusing to speak in English, all designed to agitate fans.
Anti-American Heels have been a staple of professional wrestling.... well, pretty much as long as there's been professional wrestling! And while this week's Top 50 list will focus on the past 30 or so years (with a handful of exceptions because of historical significance), you have to understand that this is a type of character that will constantly be brought back to wrestling again and again.
Why? Because mainstream fans (read: Americans) will always pay good money to see their heroes get revenge on a good foreign threat, whether said threat is from Russia, Japan, Great Britain or even this writer's home country of Canada.
In selecting the Top 50 Anti-American Heels, Canadian Bulldog's World looked at the following criteria:
How much money did they draw while portraying said Anti-American Heel?
Were they able to invoke rage in fans throughout the country? Did their mere entrance to the ring incite a riot or just a smattering of boos?
How well did they react to the American fan favorite ultimately getting their revenge?
How big a stage did their act play out on?
One small disclaimer: Look, we know that most (if not all) of the people on this list weren't really Anti-American, and in fact most of them are from North America. But we're playing along, just like wrestling fans have done for decades now.
Ready? Here we go!
The original Kai En Tai faction debuted in Japan in 1994, but the group emigrated to the WWF in early 1998, originally targeting Taka Michinoku and mocking the American way of life. Eventually Michinoku joined the group (re-joined, actually, as he was part of it in Japan) and the concept morphed into a comedy tag team.
Kai En Tai
In 2000, Lance Storm created an Anti-American faction known as Team Canada, whose members included Storm, The Quebecers, Elix Skipper (born in Long Island), Mike Awesome (born in Tampa), Major Gunns (born in Sacramento) and Hacksaw Jim Duggan (who obviously is American). The group didn't last long.
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During his second run in the WWF during the late-1980's, Dino Bravo wrapped himself in the Quebec flag and, along with manager Frenchy Martin, declared that "USA is Not Ok". This claim was disputed by Hacksaw Jim Duggan and other patriots, eventually getting to the Real American himself -- Hulk Hogan.