Antonio Cesaro is the latest in the great tradition of foreign-born heels, but he doesn't rank among the best ever in the category, at least not yet.
Cesaro's wrestling ability is on an elite level and he seems to be growing more comfortable in dredging up hatred from fans. He doesn't have the advantage men from the Middle East or men pretending to be from Russia had in that there is built-in tension between America and these countries.
Most fans are likely ambivalent toward Switzerland, but Cesaro is doing a good job using European stereotypes to draw heat. Carrying around a man purse is a nice detail, for example.
Antonio Cesaro has only just begun, though.
WWE clearly believes in him as it's given him the United States title and let him wrestle the company's top names early on. He'll likely get a number of opportunities to become one of WWE's most hated men.
Cesaro appears to be a natural in the ring and is improving in other aspects at a rapid rate.
While Cesaro develops, while he masters the craft of villainy, he'd be wise to study the work of the men above him on this list. These foreign-born wrestlers are judged here based on their impact as a heel, their prominence in that position, the amount of hatred they created and the awards they piled up on the way.