For many years, the nation of Canada has been one of the biggest sources for many of the best wrestlers in the world. From Iron Mike Sharpe to the Hart family dynasty to the eternally feuding Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, it seems like as long as there has been professional wrestling, there have been Canadians stepping into the squared circle in most major promotions around the world. The list of Canadians who have been very successful in the sport is extensive, but after extensive debate, we’ve managed to pare it down to the absolute best of the best, the top pro wrestlers from history who call the Great White North their home.
10. Santino Marella
We’re sure this will surprise someone, but the man behind the Milan Miracle, Santino Marella, who spent years portraying a comical Italian stereotype on WWE programming, is actually a born and bred Canadian, who came up from WWE’s developmental system in 2007, winning the Intercontinental Championship in his very first match. While his comical actions, loose grasp of the English language, and sock-based finisher are what people likely most remember about him, Santino was actually a very accomplished competitor, winning the Intercontinental title twice, as well as the WWE Tag Team titles and the United States title. Of course, he was also the winner of the Miss WrestleMania battle royal at WrestleMania 25, but the less said about that, the better. During his career, Santino was consistently one of the most entertaining personalities in WWE, and he came to be beloved by the fans for his dedication to his craft, and positive attitude. While he never really had any blow-away matches or main event feuds (although he came close briefly in 2012, when he was surprise replacement for Randy Orton in that year’s World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber match and acquitted himself very well), he was a constant bright spot for the company, and remains a fan favorite to this day. Marella retired from wrestling in 2014, and currently runs the Battle Arts Academy, which teaches both MMA and pro wrestling, in his home town of Toronto.