The professional wrestling industry is one that is open to anybody who can get the job done inside of the ring and on a microphone. Your background or ethnicity or who your parents are do not matter as it pertains to your abilities to be a sports entertainer. Characters such as John Cena, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Kenta Kobashi, Hulk Hogan, Andre The Giant, Alberto Del Rio, The Rock, Eddie Guerrero, Ron Simmons and so many others of differing backgrounds and different nationalities all won world championship titles during their in-ring careers, and all are remembered because of what they achieved and not because of what they did in their personal lives.
You probably would not be shocked to learn that former World Wrestling Entertainment performer Barry Horowitz has a Jewish background. If the fact that he was, at one point of his career, referred to as “The Star of David” did not give it away, then the time when he had “Hava Nagila” as his entrance theme during the one WWF run that had him as a babyface would have probably done it. Here is a piece of random knowledge for those of you who only remember Horowitz as a jobber who was featured on television on Saturday mornings: He held numerous singles championships during what was a rather successful pro wrestling career.
Then, there are the wrestlers with backgrounds that you probably never gave a second thought of for whatever reasons. This includes two men who share what is one of the most famous and most respected last names in all of the industry. The individual who is atop of this list is a performer who is widely regarded as one of the greatest athletes in the history of the North American wrestling industry, a man who played his over-the-top character about as well as anybody could have and a wrestler who was inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame years too late.
10 Boris Malenko
9 Dean Malenko
8 Lanny Poffo
7 Billy Kidman
5 Madusa (aka Alundra Blayze)
4 Robbie E
2 Matt Bloom
1 Randy Savage
Randy Savage, real name Randy Poffo, was part of the famous wrestling family that also included his father Angelo and his brother Lanny (Lanny played “The Genius” and he inducted Savage into the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame class). “The Macho Man” was a character unlike any other before or after him, and his trademark elbow drop off of the top rope is one that wrestlers attempt to duplicate to this day. Other than possibly not knowing about his Jewish heritage, you may also be unaware that Savage was a talented baseball player who tried to make it as a pro. Those of us who love the wrestling business are lucky that his first career dream did not come true.
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