Britain’s best contributions to the world of WWE Wrestling

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The British love affair with the WWE is longstanding and set to be peaked again soon with a UK-wide tour from the some of the biggest names in wrestling.

Wembley Arena will soon play host to the likes of John Cena and Big Show and while such names are America’s gift to us we have given the Yanks our fair share of talent.

Ladbrokes news’ James Curtis takes a trip down memory lane to highlight five of the best Brits to grace the WWE (or WWF depending on your age!)

British Bulldog

Davey Boy Smith was as conspicuous as you can imagine a 5ft 11in, 18-stone man with shoulder length braids and a Warrington accent would be but relied on more than just gimmicks to become a WWF legend.

Married into wrestling royalty – the Hart family – Smith burst onto the scene as one half of The British Bulldogs with his cousin Dynamite Kid, eventually winning the world tag team title.

He added another tag team strap with Owen Hart in a glittering career that saw him crowned European Champion twice, Hardcore Champion twice and Intercontinental Champion once!

William Regal

Long after British Bulldog was running around in Union Jack leggings William Regal was bringing a touch of English class to the American masses.

A winner of the European (4), Hardcore (5), Intercontinental (2) titles, a four-time tag team Champions and the 2008 King of the Ring Regal is still employed by the WWE as a highly respected trainer and manager.

Lord Alfred Hayes

Potentially better known for his silver tongue as a wrestling ring announcer Hayes was a WWF staple from 1982 to 1995.

He may not have added to his many titles while at the WWF, but his London Bridge finishing move made him a fan favourite and he was inducted into the Wrestling Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Wade Barrett

Wade ‘Bad News’ Barrett is known for giving opponents a souvenir in the shape of a high impact elbow smash.

A four-time Intercontinental Champion, the Preston-born star walked away with the 2010 Slammy Award for Shocker of the Year!

Rowdy Roddy Piper

He may be as Canadian as watching a CFL game with a pint of maple syrup and a barrage of apologies but Piper was marketed as a Scot by virtue of his Celtic heritage.

His kilt-wearing and bagpipe-playing ways saw wrestling fans take him to heart and he was named Best Personality at the 1986 Slammy Awards.

An Intercontinental and tag team champ, Piper was inducted into the hall of Fame in 2005 and continues to put Scotland on the map – albeit away from the WWE spotlight!

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.