Iron Mike Sharpe
In 2014, one of our first Top 50 lists was the one you'll see below. However, there were a ton of issues with it.
For beginners, it only included wrestlers from the past 30 years. While that's certainly within our comfort zone, the fact remains that at least a dozen prominent competitors hung up their boots before 1985 and absolutely deserved to be included. And some wrestlers were just plain missing - which may be chalked up to the fact that we were just beginning this Top 50 business and may not have researched it as thoroughly as was needed.
Having said all that, and the fact that Canada Day takes place later this week on July 1, we figured the time was right to honor (honour?) those who have made the biggest contributions from The Great White North.
In selecting the (updated) Top 50 Money Canadian Wrestlers, we included any professional wrestler who was born (or spent a great deal of their career) in Canada - regardless of where they were billed from. Then we considered the following criteria:
How memorable were their runs in professional wrestling?
How successful were they in terms of championships and other accolades?
How well have they represented the country of Canada, either on screen or off?
If you'd like to be a part of this conversation, Tweet us at @canadianbulldog using the hashtag #Top50, or leave a comment below.
Ready? Here we go!
Born in Georgetown, Ontario, Kurrgan was a member of both The Truth Commission and Oddities factions in the WWF. These days, the 7" giant is better known by his real name Robert Maillet, where he's had successful film roles as the bruising giant in movies such as 300, Sherlock Holmes and Hercules.
Born in Montreal, Maryse joined WWE in 2006 as part of the Diva Search competition. In 2008, she captured the WWE Divas Championship and became one of the belt's longest titleholders. This past year, she returned to WWE as a manager for her real-life husband The Miz, who is apparently one lucky bastard.