Anti-American Heels have been a staple of professional wrestling.... well, pretty much as long as there's been professional wrestling! And while this week's Top 50 list will focus on the past 30 or so years (with a handful of exceptions because of historical significance), you have to understand that this is a type of character that will constantly be brought back to wrestling again and again.
Why? Because mainstream fans (read: Americans) will always pay good money to see their heroes get revenge on a good foreign threat, whether said threat is from Russia, Japan, Great Britain or even this writer's home country of Canada.
In selecting the Top 50 Anti-American Heels, Wrestling Merchandise and Memories looked at the following criteria:
How much money did they draw while portraying said Anti-American Heel?
Were they able to invoke rage in fans throughout the country? Did their mere entrance to the ring incite a riot or just a smattering of boos?
How well did they react to the American fan favorite ultimately getting their revenge?
How big a stage did their act play out on?
One disclaimer: Look, we know that most (if not all) of the people on this list weren't really Anti-American, and in fact most of them are from North America. But we're playing along, just like wrestling fans have done for decades now.
Ready? Here we go!