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Un-Americans

Lance Storm and Christian as World Tag Team Champions
Stable
Members Christian
Lance Storm
Test
William Regal
Name(s) The Un-Americans
Anti-Americans
Debut June 2002
Disbanded Late 2002
Promotions WWE

The Un-Americans (originally known as The Anti-Americans) were a professional wrestling stable in World Wrestling Entertainment who were active throughout mid-2002. The stable was composed of anti-American Canadian and British wrestlers.

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The Un-Americans were formed on SmackDown in June 2002 by the Canadian Lance Storm, who had led a similar stable known as Team Canada in World Championship Wrestling. Storm claimed that World Wrestling Entertainment had discriminated against Canadians for years, citing the Montreal Screwjob as an example. Christian (who tag-teamed with Storm regularly since the fall of the WCW/ECW Alliance) and Test, also Canadians, joined the burgeoning stable later that month. The stable was named "The Anti-Americans" shortly thereafter.

As indicated by the name, the Anti-Americans differed from previous incarnations of Team Canada in that they were anti-American rather than pro-Canadian. As a result of this, the emblem of the stable was not the Canadian flag, but an American flag flown upside down.

In July, The Anti-Americans began feuding with characters such as Rey Mysterio, Rikishi, fellow Canadian Edge and Hollywood Hulk Hogan. On July 21 at Vengeance, Storm and Christian defeated Edge and Hogan to win the WWE Tag Team Championship. They were assisted by Chris Jericho, another Canadian, who both proposed the match to Vince McMahon, and helped them win it after striking Edge with one of the belts. However, Jericho did not formally join the stable and had only helped due to an ongoing feud with Edge. Original plans, according to Storm, were to have the four Canadians form a group called "C-4", but plans were scrapped before many details could be worked out. In fact, Jericho had jumped to Raw on the same day as the stable, but still did not join them. Although, Jericho is sometimes regarded as an associate to the stable.

The Anti-Americans then jumped from SmackDown to Raw on July 29, and immediately began a feud with The Undertaker. This is when Jim Ross started referring to the group as "The Un-Americans". They went on to feud with Booker T and Goldust, who Storm and Christian defeated in a Tag Team Championship title match at SummerSlam on August 25. In the same night, The Undertaker defeated Test in a singles match.

In late August and early September, The Un-Americans attempted on several occasions to burn the American flag, but were thwarted on each occasion by Booker T, Goldust, Kane and Bradshaw. In mid September, the English William Regal joined the stable. At Unforgiven on September 22, The Un-Americans lost to Booker T, Goldust, Kane and Bubba Ray Dudley in an eight-man tag team match.

The Un-Americans logo

Storm and Christian lost the Tag Team Championship on September 23 when they were defeated by Kane and The Hurricane. Following the match, both Storm and Christian blamed one another for the loss. One week later, Storm and Christian were both defeated in singles matches (by the same man, Randy Orton), and Test and Regal lost a tag team match. The series of losses divided The Un-Americans, and the stable split in brawling fashion.

Regal and Storm continued to team with one another, retaining their anti-American sentiments, although with an emphasis on their respective English and Canadian heritage, regaining the Tag Titles on two occasions. Meanwhile, Test took on Stacy Keibler as a manager, while Christian went on to team regularly with Jericho. Currently Christian and William Regal are the only two employed by the WWE, ironically both mentoring rookies on WWE NXT while Lance Storm has retired and Test died from a drug related death in 2009.

It was commented by Jim Ross during a segment of "The Legends of Wrestling"- Patriotism, that everyone in the Un-Americans were afraid the "heat" brought on by the angle. William Regal was remarked to be the only one who was not and due to that, the angle was short lived.

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