9. The Hart Foundation
The best wrestling personas are the real life personalities of the wrestlers involved dialled up to 11, and there is probably no better example of this than when Bret Hart was at his miserable moaning best as leader of the villainous Hart Foundation.
After years as the white meat babyface of the WWE, Hart snapped during his feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin, and soon reformed The Hart Foundation with brother Owen, brothers in law Jim Neidhart and Davey Boy Smith, and loose cannon Brian Pillman.
This new Hart Foundation - no not that one - was aggressive, vicious, and as fiercely pro-Canadian as they were anti-American, a trait that saw them hailed as kings in Canada and Europe, and despised in the States.
The group’s battles with Austin and D-Generation X laid the foundations for the Attitude Era, and the Hart Foundation headlined In Your House: Canadian Stampede has gone down in wrestling folklore as one of the best ever.
The Foundation was successful in ring, holding every available title in the WWE, as well as a couple of Slammys for Owen. The Hart Foundation allowed Bret and Owen to do the best character work of their careers, and if it wasn’t for Pillman’s untimely death - never mind the Montreal Screwjob - who knows what else they would have achieved.