Having dual citizenship means being a citizen of two countries simultaneously, sharing the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in each country. While some countries force their citizens to relinquish their citizenship if they want to obtain another, other countries do not.
The United States, for example, allows dual citizenship. In the past years, some former and current non-American WWE/AEW Superstars have obtained U.S. citizenship. A few American wrestlers have also become citizens of other countries.
WWE legend The Rock is an example. The 49-year-old is American by birthright. However, he also became a Canadian citizen in 2009 in honor of his heritage stemming from his Canadian father.
Here are five current WWE/AEW Superstars who have dual citizenship.
#5. WWE Superstar Brock Lesnar
WWE Superstar Brock Lesnar is American by birthright. He was born in Webster, South Dakota, in 1977. However, a few years ago, he obtained another citizenship.
The 44-year-old owns a farm in Saskatchewan, Canada. A few years ago, Lesnar moved from the United States to live on his farm. Before he moved, he revealed why living in Saskatchewan was better for his family.
"I grew up on a farm. I love the country. I like the wildlife. I like everything that Saskatchewan has to offer," Lesnar said during an event in Canada in 2013. "I just want to raise my kids on the farm and have them grow up learning how to work on the farm and building that strong work ethic, just like I did," Lesnar added.
In 2013, Lesnar said that he would like to obtain Canadian citizenship despite criticizing Canadian health care earlier. A few years later, he became a Canadian citizen, obtaining dual citizenship.
Five years ago, the former WWE Champion decided to represent his adopted country at UFC 200. Lesnar explained why he chose to represent Canada instead of the United States during the press conference before his fight against Mark Hunt.
"Quite simple: I live there. That's how simple it is," Brock said.
Brock Lesnar recently returned to WWE to confront Universal Champion Roman Reigns. The Beast Incarnate will go one-on-one against the Tribal Chief at WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia next month.
#4. AEW TNT Champion Miro (Rusev in WWE)
AEW TNT Champion Miro (F.K.A. Rusev in WWE) was born in Bulgaria in December 1984. He grew up in his native country before emigrating to the United States in 2005 to chase his pro wrestling dreams.
In an interview with The Pop Break, the former WWE US Champion revealed what obtaining U.S. citizenship meant to him:
"Oh, it's my biggest accomplishment in life. I've always admired the United States of America growing up. Call it brainwashing, call it destiny, call it whatever—I knew one day I was going to come here. Just to be able to be called a US Citizen here in America, it's the proudest thing I can probably say that I've achieved," Miro said.
Like the United States, Bulgaria permits dual citizenship for native-born citizens, which allows Miro to keep his Bulgarian passport after obtaining U.S. citizenship.
The current AEW TNT Champion has been undefeated since last April. Miro recently defeated Fuego Del Sol in an AEW TNT Championship match on Rampage.
#3. WWE Hall of Famer Edge
WWE Hall of Famer Edge is a proud Canadian. He was born in Orangeville, Ontario, in October 1973. The 47-year-old also kicked off his wrestling career in Canada before later moving to the United States.
Edge has been living in the United States for many years. He started working in WWE in the mid-1990s. The WWE Hall of Famer spent 15 years in Vince McMahon's company before retiring due to injury in 2011. Nine years later, he came out of retirement to rejoin the promotion.
Besides living in the United States for several years, Edge is also married to an American citizen, WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix. A few years ago, the Canadian-born wrestler obtained United States citizenship as well.
Edge has a close relationship with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. That's why the former WWE Champion called McMahon right after getting his dual citizenship:
"When I got dual-citizenship, I called him thanked him for the opportunities he afforded me in his company. I don’t know how often he hears that," Edge told Sports Illustrated.
The WWE Hall of Famer is currently feuding with Seth Rollins on SmackDown. In their latest encounter, the Rated R Superstar lost to his rival. However, Rollins recently expressed his desire to face Edge one more time.
#2. WWE and AEW veteran Chris Jericho
Former WWE and current AEW star Chris Jericho has Canadian parents. However, the 50-year-old wrestler was born in the United States.
Jericho's father is Ted Irvine, a former NHL hockey player. While he was playing for the New York Rangers, the former WWE Superstar was born. Following Irvine's retirement, he moved with his family back to Canada, where Jericho grew up.
After graduating from college, Jericho left his family's home to pursue a pro wrestling career. He eventually returned to the United States, where he competed in several promotions, including WCW, ECW, WWE, and lately AEW.
While Canada is Jericho's native country, he obtained U.S. citizenship by birthright because he was born on American soil. He spoke about having dual citizenship during his appearance on The Tonight Show in 2011. Asked about participating in an American Night themed episode of Dancing with the Stars, he said:
"Well, I’m actually a dual citizen, so yeah, I’m an American as well. I have an American passport and a Canadian passport, so I’m OK if it’s American week. Or if they want to do Canadian week, I’m there for either one. I’ll ride each side of the fence if I have to!" Jericho said.
Chris Jericho recently teamed up with Jack Hager to face Ethan Page and Scorpio Sky on AEW Rampage: Grand Slam. Nonetheless, Jericho and his partner lost the match.
#1. WWE Superstar Kofi Kingston
WWE Superstar Kofi Kingston was born in Ghana in 1981 to Ghanian parents. A year later, they moved to the United States.
In his early WWE days, the company introduced Kingston to the WWE Universe as a Jamaican superstar. Even in interviews, the 40-year-old insisted he was born in Jamaica. However, his mother Elizabeth confirmed he was born in Ghana.
"I told him: 'Kofi, your cousins watch you on TV in Ghana and want to know why you don't say you're from Ghana.' He said: 'Tell them it is business.'" Kingston's mother added.
Later, Kingston dropped the Jamaican gimmick, and WWE began introducing him as a Ghanian wrestler. The former WWE Champion has lived nearly his entire life in the United States and has become an American citizen. Because Ghana allows dual citizenship, he is now a Ghanaian-American dual citizen.
Last Monday on RAW, Kingston teamed up with his New Day partners Xavier Woods and Big E to face The Bloodline but failed .