Top 5 British Superstars Making Their Mark in WWE

Tom Beasley@TomJBeasleyAnalyst IMay 1, 2014

Top 5 British Superstars Making Their Mark in WWE

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    When Chariots of Fire won big at the Oscars in 1982, it was announced "the British are coming."

    More than three decades later, that statement is starting to come true in the WWE.

    More now than perhaps ever before, Superstars from the British Isles are rising to the top of the WWE pecking order.

    Many of the current championship belts are worn by Brits, with several set to join them in the future.

    This list covers the five biggest Superstars from Great Britain currently competing prominently in the WWE.

    Performers from Ireland, such as Sheamus, are excluded as the country is independent.

Honourable Mention: William Regal

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    William Regal is one of the most famous WWE Superstars to have hailed from the British Isles.

    Many consider him to be one of the greatest wrestlers to never be a world champion.

    Undoubtedly, he's one of the more underrated performers in WWE history.

    After a glittering career in the ring, Regal is now a colour commentator for NXT. It's a perfect role as Regal displays a technical knowledge that adds a great deal to the show's ringside analysis and even occasionally returns to the ring to put over young talent.

    He might be in the twilight of his time with the company, but William Regal is still a star.

    Even now, he is capable of performing as either a heel or face and has left a great legacy both inside and outside of the ring.

5. Drew McIntyre

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    He may have been out of favour since joining joke act 3MB, but Drew McIntyre debuted as a really interesting prospect. Groin shots and rubbish gimmick matches may be his bread and butter now, but underneath it all is an interesting Superstar.

    After a shortlived run on SmackDown in 2007, the Scotsman debuted in WWE as Vince McMahon's handpicked champion of the future. He spent almost a year as The Chosen One, during which time he secured a run as Intercontinental champion.

    A draft move to the Raw brand proved disastrous for McIntyre and he soon joined Heath Slater's 3MB stable. However hopeless his career may currently seem, there's still a chance that The Chosen One may rear his head again.

4. Layla

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    Layla was once one of the top female performers working in the WWE.

    In 2010, she was the first British woman ever to be crowned WWE Women's Champion.

    The English Superstar, recruited during the Diva Search contest in 2006, has also held the WWE Divas Championship.

    She has appeared regularly on WWE programming recently as the new dance partner of Fandango. The regular exposure means more of her in-ring skill can be displayed, but she has also become embroiled in the never-ending feud between Fandango and Santino Marella.

    Hopefully Layla will return to title contention soon as a result of her new platform—she doesn't deserve to be kept down in the lower rungs of the female roster.

3. Adrian Neville

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    Adrian Neville is one of the most exciting performers currently being showcased on the NXT roster. He won the NXT Championship from Bo Dallas at NXT Arrival and has been unstoppable since.

    The Jumping Geordie is the kind of Superstar seldom seen in the "Reality Era."

    He's a traditional risk taker in the mould of Jeff Hardy, prepared to do whatever it takes to win. One glance at his acrobatic Red Arrow finisher is all it takes to see that The Man That Gravity Forgot has real talent.

    He will move over to the main WWE roster when his tenure as NXT champion ends and there is where he will really make his mark.

    Adrian Neville could easily be the most successful British WWE Superstar of all time.

2. Paige

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    Paige arrived on the main WWE roster with a bang.

    The Norwich native beat AJ Lee for the WWE Divas Championship in her first appearance on Raw following WrestleMania XXX.

    That's how to make an entrance.

    In the weeks since her upset victory, Paige has delighted fans with her in-ring work.

    Very few wrestlers can claim to have won matches with three distinct finishing moves. Her modified Scorpion Cross Lock submission manoeuvre is one of the most potent holds in the business.

    She will face her first challenge as a champion against Tamina Snuka at Extreme Rules and will almost certainly come out on top.

    If booked shrewdly, Paige could breathe new life into the flagging Divas division.

1. Bad News Barrett

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    Bad News Barrett is currently working one of the best gimmicks in the WWE.

    His absence from the ring has enabled his promos to get him over with fans, and he now sits as a top midcard heel.

    At Extreme Rules, Barrett will meet Big E for the WWE Intercontinental Championship.

    He has already held the title three times and stands a good chance of wearing the gold again given his recent push. With a great gimmick and an explosive finishing move in the Bull Hammer Elbow, Bad News Barrett is a potential main eventer of the future.

    He is the WWE Superstar who wears his British identity most proudly.

    If there's a poster boy for Britain in the WWE, it's Bad News Barrett.