Global Appeal: The 10 Best Non-American Superstars
As professional wrestling organizations continue to market themselves as a global product, it has become increasingly essential to employ and promote superstars that hail from various points across the globe.
I have compiled my personal top 10 list of current superstars that most encompass the international marketability so desired by wrestling organizations.
I’ll also preface my list by stating that I have not included the numerous Canadian superstars because I feel that Canada partners with the American entertainment market.
Basically, these superstars were not born on North American soil.
10. Justin Gabriel – Johannesburg, South Africa
Considering his third place finish in the first season of NXT, Justin Gabriel would have been nowhere near this list had it been compiled a week ago.
But, it was his 450-Splash that provided the emphatic conclusion to the “invasion”. That earns him the honor of occupying the 10 spot. Congratulations, Justin.
9. William Regal – Staffordshire, England
He has a highly decorated history with WWE, even though his presence may not be very significant at the moment.
He has held the World Tag Team Championship on four occasions, the Hardcore Championship three times, the European Championship four times, and the Intercontinental Championship twice. He also won the 2008 King of the Ring Tournament and has served as the RAW General Manager.
8. Vladimir Kozlov – Ukrainian SSR
Vladimir holds the eighth position merely because he is currently receiving active storylines, which means he is slightly above mid-card status.
Will he eventually receive a stronger push? I hope so. I think he could be a very formidable heel if given the proper treatment.
7. Rob Terry – Swansea, Wales
Rob Terry is a very rough talent, but has the potential to be special. He wouldn’t be as high on this list if he wasn’t the current TNA Global Champion.
He might not be the next Goldberg, as some people have stated, but I can envision him as a legitimate challenger for the Heavyweight Championship someday.
6. Doug Williams – Reading, England
Doug Williams is the current TNA X-Division Champion, and he prides himself on not being the prototypical X-Division style wrestler.
He has a good personality and great mat skills. It seems that his genuine personality is what shines through to his wrestling personality, and that’s a good thing, especially for TNA.
5. Desmond Wolfe – London, England
Desmond Wolfe is a tremendous talent that deserves championship gold. Whether it’s the Global Title, the X-Division Title, or the Heavyweight Title, he fits the mold to hold any of them.
4. Drew McIntyre – Ayr, Scotland
The former Intercontinental Champion has been deemed “The Chosen One” by Mr. McMahon.
At just 25 years of age, it’s hard to argue that McIntyre has few limitations. Like it or not, we should be seeing a lot of him for quite some time.
3. Kofi Kingston – Ghana, West Africa
Kofi Kingston made his WWE debut in early 2008. Since that time he has held the Intercontinental Championship twice, the United States Championship, and the World Tag Team Championship.
I’m not his biggest fan, but you can’t deny the impressive accomplishments he’s achieved within a short span.
2. Wade Barrett – Preston, England
Wade Barrett is arguably the hottest prospect in wrestling today. He orchestrated the “invasion” just one week after winning the first season of NXT.
The Wrestling Internet Community has been buzzing for days and it all centers around Wade Barrett and his NXT dominion.
1. Sheamus – Dublin, Ireland
The Celtic Warrior made his WWE debut on June 30, 2009. On December 13, 2009, not even six months later, Sheamus defeated John Cena in a Tables Match at TLC to capture the WWE Championship.