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At Workhorse Fitness Performance Center we will transform you from a mark to a worker where you will be equipped with the tools necessary to do local shows or go on tour with our sister companies in preparation of your debut with the WWE, Impact, AEW, ROH & MLW in the US UWN & QPW in the Middle East, Triple A in Mexico, NJPW in Japan or the UWF in South Africa.
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At Workhorse Fitness Performance Center we will transform your body through the Physiology Of Muscle Growth, Education & Training. We will teach how to maximize muscle growth and minimize weight training time in the gym so you can maximize your time in the ring developing your character for your WWE Debut.
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At Workhorse Fitness Performance Center we have everyone from World Renowned Hart Family coaches to the Legendairy and former WWF Training Center Head Coach Leo “The Legend” Burke helping you to develop your Character, Gimmick, Entrance Music, Style, Finishing Move, Work Name, Match & Full Pro Package to send to the WWE.
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Welcome to the Official Website of the Workhorse Fitness Performance Center! Located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada where we are continuing the Age Old Tradition of producing the Best Wrestlers in The World. Imagine being named alongside such Calgary Trained Wrestlers as “Bad New Brown”, Owen Hart, Brian Pillman, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Christian, Davey Boy Smith, Dynamite Kid, Edge, Gorilla Monsoon, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, The Honky Tonk Man, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, Junkyard Dog, Ken Shamrock, Roddy Piper, Tyson Kidd & Natalya Neidhart.  All these names were trained in the City of Calgary, and all their training stemmed in one way or another from the infamous Hart Dungeon or by one of the many Workhorse Fitness Performance Center Coaches.

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Workhorse Fitness Performance Center is an International Training Center with World Renowned Coaches that transform Workers in to Performers by Training, Educating & Moulding diverse students of different faiths, ages, genders and cultures to have respect for each other’s intrinsic value. WFPC will educate our students from bumping right through to in-ring psychology in order to develop the moral, ethical and professional competencies for successful living, working, leadership and service to others. WFPC is committed to Professional Excellence, Health & Nutrition with the highest consideration for Personal Values, Ideals & Issues. WFPC seeks to benefit the public interest by creating and propelling the next generation of Professional Wrestlers to further the art of physical storytelling, otherwise known as Pro Wrestling Sports Entertainment.

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10 Greatest Canadian Wrestlers of All Time

A Countdown of the Greatest Canadian Wrestlers of All Time.

There is a rich history of Canadian Professional Wrestling that goes back nearly a century when Maple Leaf Wrestling opened its doors in 1930 and produced a player like future WWF on-screen President, Jack TunneyMaple Leaf made way for Stu Hart’s Stampede Wrestling out of Calgary in 1948 and out of Hart’s acclaimed Dungeon came some of the Best Wrestlers the world has ever seen.

Gauging the talent north of the border, in 1984 Vince McMahon dipped into the field and bought Stampede, ushering in numerous Canadian Stars including The Hart Foundation, Rick Martel, The Rougeau Brothers & Dino Bravo.  This influx of talent and prestige turned the WWF into what it is today.  After selling the company back to Stu Hart after purging the top wrestlers, Stampede remained strong until closing its doors in 2008.  These two promotions made it possible for pro wrestling to flourish in the Great White North as there are currently well over 50 active promotions producing live shows yearly.

To this day, Canada is still very well represented in the industry as the likes of Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Eric Young, Bobby Roode, Tyler Breeze & Tye Dillinger all currently compete in the WWE.

The following list of Canadian Wrestlers turns out to be some of the very best workers to ever grace the squared circle.  This list is based on in-ring skill, success, longevity, and impact on the sport.

Ahead we countdown the Top 10 Greatest Canadian Wrestlers of All Time.

10.
Rick Martel

10. Rick Martel

Without question one of the most colorful personalities of the 80’s, Quebec’s Martel had a solid, if not spectacular WWF Career...
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9.
Trish Stratus

9. Trish Stratus

The only woman to grace this list, Trish Stratus is a superstar who proved that with hard work, dedication, and the right attitude, pro wrestling dreams can come true...
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8.
Kevin Owens

8. Kevin Owens

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7.
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper

7. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper

Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the recently deceased “Hot Rod” was truly an innovator of the sport...
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6.
Christian

6. Christian

Hitting the list at Number 6 is one of the most Underrated Superstars that the WWE has ever had. Christian has one the best WWE resumes of any retired wrestler...
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5.
Edge R-Rated Superstar

5. Edge R-Rated Superstar

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4.
Chris Benoit

4. Chris Benoit

Yes, Chris Benoit did an absolutely vile thing that ended with him taking 2 lives as well as his own. No excuses....
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3.
Owen Hart

3. Owen Hart

Undoubtedly the most heartbreaking story in the history of the WWE is that of Owen Hart. At 34 years old his life came to a tragic end when his safety harness malfunctioned ...
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2.
Chris Jericho

2. Chris Jericho

At 46 years old, Chris Jericho is still going strong. Not born in Canada but still spending the majority of his youth in Manitoba, Y2J is currently pulling...
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1.
Bret Hart

1. Bret Hart

Simply put, Bret Hart is the best pure wrestler to ever step inside a WWE ring. His moniker, “The Excellence of Execution” was just a nickname, but it was the perfect description of the “The Hitman's...
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Top 10 Greatest WWE Wrestlers of All Time

WWE – World Wrestling Entertainment, is an American Integrated Media & Entertainment Company that is primarily known for Professional Wrestling. WWE has also branched out into other fields, including Movies, Real Estate & various other Business Ventures.  Ahead we Countdown the Top 10 Greatest WWE Wrestlers of All Time.

10.
CM Punk

CM Punk

Phillip Jack Brooks (born October 26, 1978), better known by the ring name CM Punk, is an American mixed martial artist, comic book writer and retired professional wrestler. He is currently signed to the Ultimate ..
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9.
Randy Orton

Randy Orton

Randal Keith Orton (born April 1, 1980) is an American professional wrestler and actor. He is signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown brand.
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8.
Bret Hart

Bret Hart

Bret Sergeant Hart (born July 2, 1957) is a Canadian-American retired professional wrestler, retired amateur wrestler, writer and actor. A member of the Hart Wrestling family and a Second-Generation ...
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7.
Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan

Terry Gene Bollea, born August 11, 1953), better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan, is an American semi-retired professional wrestler, actor, television personality, entrepreneur and musician.
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6.
Triple H

Triple H

Paul Michael Levesque (born July 27, 1969), better known by the ring name Triple H (an abbreviation of his original WWE ring name Hunter Hearst Helmsley), is an American business executive, professional wrestler, and actor...
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5.
John Cena

John

John Felix Anthony Cena Jr. (born April 23, 1977) is an American professional wrestler, actor, rapper and television host. He is currently signed to WWE, where he appears for both the Raw and SmackDown brands.
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Shawn Michaels

Shawn Michaels

Michael Shawn Hickenbottom (born July 22, 1965), better known by his ring name Shawn Michaels, is an American actor, professional wrestling personality, television presenter and retired professional wrestler...
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3.
The Undertaker

The Undertaker

Mark William Calaway (born March 24, 1965), better known by the ring name The Undertaker, is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE as a free agent.
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2.
Steve Austin

Steve Austin

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1.
The Rock

The Rock

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Without question one of the most colorful personalities of the 80’s, Quebec’s Martel had a solid, if not spectacular WWF career.  He first arrived in the company in 1980 and quickly won Two Tag Team Championships with legend Tony Garea.  After 2 years in the WWF, Martel left for the American Wrestling Association and that’s where he seemed to blossom into a star, carrying that promotion’s World Heavyweight Championship for 19 Months.

His ascent in the AWA did not go unnoticed and Martel was once again hired to the WWF in 1986, quickly striking up a tag team with Tom Zenk known as the Can-Am Connection.  After that team fizzled out, he partnered with Tito SantanaStrike Force as they’d be known as, would turn out to be much more successful as the duo captured the WWF Tag Team Titles at Wrestlemania IV from The Hart Foundation.

Martel’s success in babyface tag teams was no surprise.  He had unlimited charisma and that perfect come back energy that can energize any crowd.  So, it actually comes as a surprise when Martel turned heel, labeling himself “The Model” and playing the role of a self-centered, narcissistic pretty boy.  But you know what? This worked too as Martel quickly became one of the most hated villains in the entire company.

“The Model” gimmick lasted until 1995 when Martel left the WWE.  He may possibly go down as a bust but Martel had a very solid career and he takes number 10 on this list.

The only woman to grace this list, Trish Stratus is a superstar who proved that with hard work, dedication, and the right attitude, Pro Wrestling dreams can come true.  Signed to the WWF in 2000, the Ontario native had no experience in wrestling.  Let’s call it what it is. She was hired for her looks, as she had spent the previous few years as a model and fitness competitor.  She began her career as a manager and a host of some various shows before deciding to take a run at becoming a full-time wrestler.

At first, the results weren’t pretty, well, wrestling-wise at least.  Trish was clunky and botched more than a handful of spots.  But gradually Trish got better.  In fact, she seemed to look better each time she performed and by 2004 she was arguably the best female wrestler on the roster.  Her biggest competition was Lita, and the two carried what was a pretty stagnant division and opened the door for future female wrestling in the WWE.

How Trish compares to the current crop of women wrestler’s is open to argument but the proof of Trish’s impact was evident.  She captured 7 Women’s Titles, the most in the company’s history and proved the theory that she was just a pretty girl who got lucky wrong.

Although very new to the WWE as opposed to the rest of this countdown, “KO” has already made his mark.  In just over two years with the company, Owens has already captured the NXT Championship, Two Intercontinental Championships, and is the current Universal Champion for the RAW Brand.  Not bad for a guy who most believed would never make it to the WWE based on his appearance.

Another Quebec native, Owens is a 16 year veteran of the sport and at 32 years old means he’s dedicated half of his life to the wrestling business and it shows.  He’s perfected his craft as a vicious, conniving heel and supplements that with outstanding mic skills.  He’s come a long way to get to the WWE, wrestling all over the globe, and he’s making the most his opportunity and then some.

“The Prize Fighter” has given himself a legitimate chance of being one of the top guys in the company for a very long time.  If this list were written 5 years from now, Owens might be in the top 3.

Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the recently deceased “Hot Rod” was truly an innovator of the sport.  Piper was signed to the WWF in 1984 and within a year became involved in a feud with Megastar Hulk Hogan which culminated in a tag team main event match at Wrestlemania IHogan, the megastar baby face matched up with the maniacal Piper was a perfect fit and helped hype their first ever pay per view immensely.

Piper had the ability to basically do anything in the business,  he could work as a heel, cutting seething promos on his weekly Piper’s Pit, while even taking the liberty of caving in Jimmy Snuka’s head with a coconut on one show.  He could work as a fan favorite, battling Adrian Adonis through 1986 & 1987 with the crowd rallying around him.  He could wrestle with the best of them, no more apparent than in his scintillating Wrestlemania VII classic with fellow Canadian, Bret Hart.  But man, could he talk.  Piper was undoubtedly one of the best mic workers in Pro Wrestling History.

The “Rowdy” One was clearly before his time.  He was the heel everyone loved to hate and then eventually the legend everyone revered.  And although he didn’t accomplish the championship gold that many other on this list did, he undoubtedly left his mark on this sport which was recognized when he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005.  Others have tried to emulate but there could just possibly never be another Roddy Piper.

Hitting the list at number 6 is one of the most Underrated Superstars that the WWE has ever had.  Christian has one the best WWE resumes of any retired wrestler, capturing 20 Championships in his tenure, 2 of them World Heavyweight Championships, while also becoming just the 12th Grand Slam Champion“Captain Charisma” had it all.  The Ontario native had a great look, was a terrific in-ring worker, and he was an absolute riot on the microphone.

Starting off his WWE career as in a tag team with Edge, the duo would go on to win 9 Tag Team Titles, etching themselves as one of the best tag teams of all time along the way.  But Christian’s singles career is where the slight disappointment lies.  As mentioned earlier, he was a Two-Time World champion.  But in reality, Christian was a guy who deserved to be a 6 or 7Time Champion, minimum.  Now it didn’t help that he left the WWE for the rival TNA promotion for 3 years during his prime, but at the end of the day, Christian was one of the best and most consistent guys in the locker room.  His 2011 feud of the year with Randy Orton over the WHC was proof of that.

Christian’s career was unfortunately cut short by injuries but his impact on the WWE was huge.  He was a guy that could do it all in the sport and did it all as far as accomplishments.  With a little better booking, he could’ve been higher ranked, but “Captain Charisma” is undoubtedly still one of the Best Canadian Wrestlers of All Time.

On the subject of Christian, Edge, his best friend was on the other end of world championship success in the WWE.  The Rated R-Superstar all in all won a staggering 32 Championships in his career along with a Royal Rumble, a Money In The Bank, and a King of the Ring.  He was an 11-Time World Champion and just seemed to be a guy that was always near the title picture and constantly putting on instant classic matches.

Also born in Ontario, Edge met the WWE with immediate success, winning his first championship, the Intercontinental Title in just over a year after joining the roster.  For the next 12 years, Edge would be one of the most recognizable superstars in the entire company.  His success would pay off in spades when he finally got to do what every WWE star dreams off, main event Wrestlemania.

At Wrestlemania 24, Edge took aim at The Undertaker’s legendary streak.  And although unsuccessful, he proved that he could be the Top Draw in the WWE as he and Undertaker tore the roof off of The Citrus Bowl in Orlando that night.  After Wrestlemania 24, he would go on to main event 11 more Pay-Per-Views before ultimately retiring at just 38 years old due to injury.

Edge had his fair share of detractors for a number of different reasons, but no one can deny what he brought to the wrestling world.  Championship-wise he was the most successful wrestler in WWE History and was then a no doubt first ballot Hall of Famer.

Yes, Chris Benoit did an absolutely vile thing that ended with him taking 2 lives as well as his own.  No excuses. But if we’re just focusing on the wrestler, Benoit was without question one of, if not the best technical wrestler to ever step in a WWE Ring“The Crippler” was a master tactician, blending hard-hitting brutality with beautiful technique.  What Benoit lacked in personality, he made up for with pure intensity and it seemed like every time he worked a match, it had the potential for 5-Star Brilliance.

Hailing from Montreal, Benoit spent his first 10 years in the business traveling from country to country cultivating his craft.  He found permanent success in the WCW from 1995-2000 before jumping ship to the WWE where he engaged in epic feuds with the likes of Chris Jericho, Kurt Angle & The Rock to name a few and cemented his legendary status with a World Heavyweight Championship victory in the main event of Wrestlemania XX.

That would be Benoit’s only world title win in the WWE but he also captured the Intercontinental Title 4 Times, the Tag Titles also 4 Times & the United States Title 3 Times“The Crippler” was one of the best of all time and his execution was nearly perfect.  There was only one person to be better in that category and he also happens to be Canadian.  But we’ll get to that.

Undoubtedly the most heartbreaking story in the history of the WWE is that of Owen Hart.  At 34 years old his life came to a tragic end when his safety harness malfunctioned and he plummeted to the ring underneath at the Over The Edge Pay-Per-View in May of 1999.  It was a sickening blow to the entire Professional Wrestling World as a young man was struck down in what seemed like the prime of his career.

Owen, unsurprisingly trained at the aforementioned Dungeon run by his father Stu in Calgary, Alberta, spent the first five years of his career training and working the independent circuit before joining brother Bret in the WWF permanently in 1991.  From there he found success as a tag team specialist before broadening his horizons and challenging Bret for the WWF Title through the first half of 1994.  Their matches to this day still stand up as some of the best of all time.  When it was all said and done, Owen Won 2 Intercontinental Titles, 4 Tag Titles, a European Title & a King of the Ring.

Before his death Owen was widely regarded as one of the best in-ring workers in all of the then WWF and the rumor was that he was destined for bigger things.  In the years since his passing rumors speculated that Triple H’s eventual “The Game” gimmick was supposed to be for Owen.  Had that been the case and with still 6 years before turning 40, the sky may have been the limit for “The Lionheart”.  All we can do is now is speculate and reflect on the genius that was Owen Hart.

At 46 years old, Chris Jericho is still going strong.  Not born in Canada but still spending the majority of his youth in Manitoba, Y2J is currently pulling out some of his best stuff while being a member of the RAW Brand.  From his friendship Kevin Owens, to the “List Of Jericho”, to the “stupid idiot” angle, Jericho is about as over as anyone in the WWE right now.

But as good as Jericho is currently, and it could be the most entertaining he’s ever been, we all have to remember that Chris has been doing this at a very high level in the WWE for over 17 years.  In that span, he has become one of the most successful titlists in the company’s history, compiling 25 Title Wins including 6 World Championships.  The guy is just an everything man for the WWE, carrying the company when he needs to while putting over young stars repeatedly.

One of the craziest and impressive traits about Jericho is his ability to leave, come back, and still get over with the WWE Fans.  He takes time out to tour with his band, Fozzy, but never forgets the WWE, and they never forget him.  He’s truly a once in a lifetime talent.

Now as good as Jericho has been with a mic in his hand, he’s been equally as good between the ropes, although he has slowed a bit.  He’s always been one of the best technical wrestlers in the world and now even pushing 50 he’s still getting it done.  Does Y2J have one more world title run in him?  Can he do enough to project himself into the number one spot of Canadian wrestlers?  Only time will tell with both but one thing is clear, if this is Jericho’s final run in the WWE, he might be saving his best for last.

Simply put, Bret Hart is the best pure wrestler to ever step inside a WWE ring.  His moniker, “The Excellence of Execution” was just a nickname, but it was the perfect description of the “The Hitman”.  Ever thing he did between the ropes was precise, exacting, and brilliant.  He could work any type of match and make it work and was involved in some of the best matches all time, most notably (in our opinion) the best wrestling match in WWE history when he battled “Stone Cold” Steve Austin at Wrestlemania XIII.  That match set the landscape for the next decade of pro wrestling as it propelled Austin to Super-Stardom while turning Bret into a villainous heel.

Growing up in Calgary, Alberta, Hart like his brother, trained in their Dad’s Dungeon.  He was signed to the WWF in 1985 and his first 6 years were spent tag teaming with his brother-in-law, Jim Neidhart.  The duo won Two Tag Titles together and was one of the best teams of the 80’s.  But by the end of that decade, it began to look very clear that Bret was destined for bigger things.  In 1991 he became a singles wrestler and won 5 World Titles while being consensus best wrestler on the planet for the following 9 years before retiring due to a head injury.

“The Hitman” personified what it meant to be a professional wrestler.  He could work equally well as a heel and a babyface and he was severely committed to his craft.  As mentioned in the opening slide, there is plenty of potential for another Canadian Superstar to emerge, but it would be extremely difficult for any of them to ever come close to matching the Legendary Hitman.

Phillip Jack Brooks (born October 26, 1978), better known by the ring name CM Punk, is an American Mixed Martial Artist, Comic Book Writer & Retired Professional Wrestler. He is currently signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he competes in the welterweight division. He is perhaps best known for his time in WWE, where he is recognized as the Sixth Longest Reigning WWE Champion of All-Time

 

Randal Keith Orton (born April 1, 1980) is an American professional Wrestler & Actor. He is signed to WWE, where he performs on the SmackDown Brand.

Bret Sergeant Hart (born July 2, 1957) is a Canadian-American Retired Professional Wrestler, Retired Amateur Wrestler, Writer & Actor. A member of the Hart Wrestling Family and a second-generation wrestler, he has an amateur wrestling background, wrestling at Ernest Manning High School & Mount Royal College. A major international draw within professional wrestling, he has been credited with changing the perception of mainstream North-American Professional Wrestling in the early 1990s by bringing technical in-ring performance to the forefront. 

 

Terry Gene Bollea, born August 11, 1953), better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan, is an American Semi-Retired Professional Wrestler, Actor, Television Personality, Entrepreneur & Musician.

Paul Michael Levesque (born July 27, 1969), better known by the ring name Triple H (an abbreviation of his original WWE ring name Hunter Hearst Helmsley), is an American Business Executive, Professional Wrestler & actor. He has been the Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events & Creative for WWE since 2013, as well as being the Founder & senior Producer of NXT.

John Felix Anthony Cena Jr. (born April 23, 1977) is an American Professional Wrestler, Actor, Rapper & Television Host. He is currently signed to WWE, where he appears for both the Raw & SmackDown Brands.

Michael Shawn Hickenbottom (born July 22, 1965), better known by his ring name Shawn Michaels, is an American Actor, Professional Wrestling Personality, Television Presenter & Retired Professional Wrestler. He has been cited by a number of peers and viewers as the greatest in-ring performer in history.

Mark William Calaway (born March 24, 1965), better known by the ring name The Undertaker, is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE as a Free Agent.

“Stone Cold” Steve Austin (born Steven James Anderson on December 18, 1964, later Steven James Williams), better known by the ring name “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, is an American Retired Professional Wrestler, Actor, Producer & Television Host. Austin is currently signed under a Legends Contract in the WWE.

Dwayne Douglas Johnson (born May 2, 1972), also known by his ring name The Rock, is an American Actor, Producer & Semi-Retired Professional Wrestler. Johnson was a college football player for the University of Miami, where he Won a National Championship on the 1991 Miami Hurricanes Team. After being cut from the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL two months into the 1995 season, he began training for a career in professional wrestling, following in the footsteps of various family members, including his grandfather Peter Maivia and his father, Rocky Johnson, from whom he inherited Canadian Citizenship in 2009.