In the United States of America, one of the best things you can do is love your country more than anything, something that pro wrestling knows better than almost anyone else. Over the decades that pro wrestling has existed in the US, there have been a multitude of wrestlers who have used the country’s incredible devotion to patriotism to create legendary careers, whether attacking its values as a nefarious heel, or upholding all that the country holds dear as a beloved babyface. It’s a tried-and-true formula that wrestling will always go back to, and in a few cases, it has created some of the biggest stars that the business has ever seen.
10. The US Express
While they weren’t around for very long, the team of Mike Rotunda and Barry Windham was formed in order to feud with the team of Nikolai Volkoff and The Iron Shiek, losing the WWE Tag Team Titles to the dastardly duo at the very first WrestleMania, before regaining them a few months later. Unfortunately, Windham left the team and went back to WCW, leading to an even shorter-lived team of Rotunda and Dan Spivey known as The American Express, which was far less successful. The original US Express is actually mostly notable for its two distinctive entrance themes. The first, “Born in the USA” by Bruce Springsteen (please tell us you already knew that), has been widely misinterpreted over the years (including by WWE when choosing it for the Express’ theme) as a staunchly pro-America song, when it is actually a sobering piece on the disillusionment of veterans of the Vietnam War. The second theme used by the Express is Rick Derringer’s classic “Real American”, which was eventually re-assigned after Windham left the team, and became the theme most associated with WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan.