The world of wrestling has featured many families trying to make their mark in the industry. We have witnessed several examples of second and third generation stars that continue the tradition of living the pro wrestling journey similar to their fathers. The Rock and the Rhodes brothers are the better examples of continuing the family legacy in a great way.
There are also other forms of family ties in the wrestling business like being siblings in the industry. The Hardys (Matt and Jeff) along with The Steiners (Scott and Rick) would be successful tales of brothers both shining in the wrestling world. Sadly, such stories don’t always go as positively as these examples.
Most of these stories feature various members of a family having terrible careers or being relatively overrated. The families selected all have less than stellar moments in the wrestling business and harmed their legacies for a multitude of reasons. Some of them have achieved success but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re good and the end of the day the negatives overshadowed any positive impact they might have had.
In the future, many more relatives of wrestling stars will likely embark on a road into the wrestling business. As of now, the selections on this list hold the claim for being the worst. We’ll break them all down with fifteen of the worst pro wrestling families of all time.
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15 The Jarrett Family
The Jarrett family has been involved in the wrestling industry for a long time through three generations. Jerry Jarrett became a promoter running various companies throughout his career. Many wrestlers despised working for Jarrett claiming he would pay them unfair wages while somehow finding enough money to pay his son, Jeff Jarrett. The reputation of Jerry saw a plethora of performers despising his business practices in the industry.
Jeff Jarrett also has a pretty awful history of stories following his career. As a wrestler, Jarrett received many opportunities in both WWE and WCW. Jeff never could run with the ball and always hit a ceiling, despite getting bigger pushes than other talents.
Both father and son combined to launch TNA together in hopes of creating competition following the death of WCW. They had a falling out for many years when Jeff cut Jerry out of the company. Karma hit Jeff when Dixie Carter eventually sent him away. The build up of negative moments for the Jarrett’s have made them one of the worst wrestling families.
14 The Darsow Family
Two generations of the Darsow family have been involved in pro wrestling with Barry Darsow and Dakota Darsow. Barry worked as Smash in the Demolition tag team. Despite having the longest WWE Tag Team Championship reign in company history to this point, Smash wasn’t all that talented in the ring. The character and mystique involved in the Demolition gimmick helped get him over. His son Dakota tried to follow in the footsteps of his father but achieved little success.
Dakota was signed to a developmental contract with the WWE under the name of Maverick Darsow. The lack of talent hindered his position in the company and he never moved up the card. Dakota had no special qualities about him. He basically just received the opportunity due to the fact that the WWE was undergoing a time period where they signed several generational prospects. Dakota flopped in both WWE and later TNA. Neither member of the Darsow family had the most athletic talent, but at least Barry achieved something.
13 The Nemeth Brothers
There’s no argument pertaining to Dolph Ziggler’s athletic talent, as he’s been a part of many great wrestling matches throughout his run. The problem is, he's always fell short of getting to the next level. Ziggler’s career has to be viewed as a disappointment. Think of all the stars to enter the WWE from Daniel Bryan to The Shield to Kevin Owens that all passed Ziggler by on the totem pole.
Briley Pierce is the real life brother of Ziggler and never got past the developmental stage in the WWE. Pierce is one of the names that claimed Bill DeMott was a bully of a trainer and helped share stories that ultimately led to the WWE firing DeMott. Unfortunately, that’s the most relevant moment of Pierce’s wrestling career. Briley wasn’t improving enough to get on the main roster and saw his wrestling career end as he moved into the world of comedy, something his brother Dolph is also considering nowadays.
12 The Harris Brothers
Ron and Don Harris are one of the rare pairs of twin brothers to enter the wrestling business together. The Harris brothers looked alike, rocked similar tattoos, shared similar names (which seemed to be picked out of a hat) and both equally stunk at pro wrestling. They looked intimidating as the typical "badass bikers" that could strike fear into their opponents with a slight glance. However, the look of the Ron and Don was the only thing the twins had going for each other quite frankly. WWE hired them on multiple occasions and they flopped both times as the "Blu Brothers" and "The Disciples of Apocalypse."
Vince Russo hired them to play his enforcers on WCW television when they finally left the WWE during the end of the 90s. That set up the biggest push of their careers with three reigns as the WCW World Tag Team Champions. The Harris Brothers were the definition of an average tag team with no personality or in-ring skill that would endear them to the fans. Their career consisted of various flops and the only positive that can be said of them was they looked scary.
11 The Singh Family
Two generations of the Singh family have been involved in the wrestling business and neither of them could deliver great entertainment. Tiger Jeet Singh wrestled over two decades in Japan performing under the stereotypical Indian heel type character. The longevity of Singh’s career definitely is impressive, but his in-ring work left a lot to be desired. Despite spending so many years in Japan, very few pure wrestling fans remember him fondly or refer to him among their favorite performers.
His son Tiger Ali Singh had an even worse career with the majority of his time taking place with the WWE. His run of being a wrestler and manager led to disappointing results. Singh was boring with a stale character of an arrogant heel talking down to the fans. His lack of in-ring skills and personality caused him to flop every time he was given a chance on television. If you watch back any of his work on the WWE Network, you’ll quickly realize he was one of the worst wrestlers of his time, which is truly saying something in a period that was filled with some awful performers.
10 The McMahon Family
No family has been as important to the world of pro wrestling as the McMahons. That doesn’t exempt them for the many terrible things they have done throughout the years. Vince McMahon became an effective heel character as the authority figure opposing Steve Austin. Unfortunately, his ego grew to new levels and it led to the rest of the McMahon’s coming to television. Shane McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and Linda McMahon all became fixtures on the program.
Shane, Stephanie and Vince all were great characters. The only problem is they have dominated television one too many times over the years at the expensive of the other talents. Shane is popular for his risk-taking high spots, but he was never a great worker. Stephanie is an amazing heel until she sacrifices the wrestlers on the show by making them look weak in comparison. Vince has made many personal decisions that hurt the product in the past.
For as many great things as the McMahon family is responsible for, they have done twice as many terrible things.
9 The Annis Family
Teddy Hart is viewed among the biggest disappointments in history of the pro wrestling business. The high-flying spectacle that came with his amazing aerial moves showed his huge potential to become a future star in the business. WWE made him one of the youngest wrestlers they signed to a developmental contract. His poor decision making and horrible personality saw his career go downhill and he would get exiled from every major wrestling promotion. His current position in the wrestling industry is on the outside looking in.
Everyone views him as a member of the Hart family, but his only blood relative in wrestling is his dad. B.J. Annis wrestled in Stampede Wrestling and fell in love with Stu Hart’s daughter Georgia Hart. They got married and that merged the families together. B.J. had a lackluster career with minimal talent. Very few people even remember his wrestling career and he is mostly referred to as the dad of the talented Teddy Hart.
8 The Von Erich Family
You can’t argue with the success of the Von Erich family in Texas during the time of the territories. The Von Erich boys were legitimate Superstars to the fans in Texas. However, if you watch their matches back today, they're pretty subpar. Kerry Von Erich had the most potential and still couldn’t get past the mid-card during his time with the WWE. They were all slightly above average wrestlers that benefited from being in the right place at the right time.
The next generation of Von Erich children have fared much worse in the wrestling landscape. Ross and Marshall Von Erich have struggled to find relevancy together as a tag team traveling the world. Lacey Von Erich was one of the worst female wrestlers in the history of the business. The Von Erich family of this generation has harmed the legacy that was already somewhat overrated. Many may find disbelief with their placement here, but watching the matches back will put it in perspective.
7 The Armstrong Family
“Bullet” Bob Armstrong made a name for himself wrestling in the 60s working for three decades before finally retiring in the 90s. His body of work saw Armstrong perform all over the Southeastern United States area. He never really was considered one of the best in the world or a legendary performer, but still received a spot into the WWE Hall of Fame. His matches were quite vanilla with no flare whatsoever. That was allowed in the era, but his work does not stand the test of time today.
The second generation continued the tradition with Road Dogg, Scott Armstrong, Steve Armstrong and Brad Armstrong all trying to be wrestlers. Brad, Steve and Scott all had subpar careers with nothing of note happening to them. Road Dogg achieved the most success in the WWE, but that was more due to his personality than his ability to have good matches. No one will ever accuse any of the Armstrong’s of being too athletic.
6 The Orton Family
WWE celebrates the Orton family as one of the superior in the wrestling industry, but that simply isn’t true. Bob Orton Sr. had a strong career in his era but never stood out as one of the bigger stars of the time. “Cowboy” Bob Orton found more success in the WWE as one of the flunkies next to the legend Roddy Piper. Orton accompanied Piper and Paul Orndorff to the ring for the first WrestleMania main event against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T.
The strengths of Cowboy Bob basically consisted of wearing a cast and being a background player. His matches left a lot to be desired.
Randy Orton carries the family legacy with the most high profile career. The accomplishments of Orton are among the greatest in wrestling history, though some believe he was overrated as well. Orton received more opportunities than most due to his family ties and image.
5 The Bischoff Family
Eric Bischoff had a hell of a run in WCW by gaining power. His risk taking and big decisionsf led to the company reaching new heights. WCW took the war to the WWE and ignited the memorable "Monday Night Wars." Sadly, that power and success caused Bischoff’s ego to grow. He wanted to be on television more than he needed to and allowed his friendships with top wrestlers to impact the product. Bischoff’s strengths caused WCW to reach the top of the world, but his mistakes put them out of business.
Many years later, "Easy E" found a position in control of TNA and helped ruin their chances at success. The worst of his moves saw him book his son Garett Bischoff as a wrestler. TNA tried to make him a star of the future, but fans completely rejected the push. Garett can be considered among the biggest flops in TNA history. Both Bischoff’s have been responsible for terrible things both in and out of the ring.
4 The Colon Family
The Colon family has become more popular in recent years with the next generation having a chance to shine in the WWE. Carlos Colon is a former wrestler, but is most known for his promoting work in Puerto Rico. Many consider him a legend, but one horrible incident led to his reputation suffering in ways that can never be repaired. Bruiser Brody was stabbed to death in the shower at one of Colon’s shows. Colon allegedly threatened the wrestlers not to testify against the culprit and basically helped cover it up.
Despite the negatives associated with Carlos, his sons Carlito and Primo received opportunities in the WWE. Carlito had huge potential but never took the business seriously. WWE eventually released him after growing tired of his antics. Primo is still employed working in a tag team with his cousin Epico. The Colon relatives fail to get over every single time and will likely never have a noteworthy spot in the wrestling business.
3 The Putski Family
Ivan Putski had a highly successful career in the WWE over the course of his twelve year career. Both Vince McMahon Sr. and Vince McMahon Jr. enjoyed the loyalty and hard work of Putski. It led him to remain employed despite being one of the most boring wrestlers in the industry. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter and their readers voted Putski as both the Worst Wrestler and Least Favorite Wrestler in 1984. WWE still chose to induct him to the Hall of Fame due to his longevity.
The close ties to the WWE saw Ivan’s son Scott Putski to get signed in the 90s. It was clear he had no talent and didn’t belong in any wrestling ring, let alone in the biggest promotion in the world. Scott flopped instantly and failed to sustain any type of momentum going. The times had changed and fans no longer accepted just anyone the promotion put in the ring. Putski failed miserably and had a terrible career pass him by with no credibility.
2 The Shane Family
This is the second case of twin brothers making the list, but Mike and Todd Shane are by far the worst brothers in wrestling history. The Shane Twins were jacked and that afforded them many opportunities in the industry. They had no talent and relied on their physiques. WWE signed them to a developmental deal and eventually introduced them on television as the team known as "Gymini," as Mike and Todd received a push on the SmackDown brand.
Fans were dead silent during Gymini matches. Viewers showed no interest in watching the tag team perform. The Shane Twins were quickly pulled off the main roster and sent back to developmental. The WWE eventually realized they’d never be able to get the "meat-heads" over. Mike and Todd Shane were released and thankfully have transitioned out of the wrestling business. It's rather impressive to see two twins equally as terrible at something as the Shane twins were at wrestling.
1 The Watts Family
Bill Watts has a controversial history as a promoter leading the UWF and later gaining power in WCW. His radical rules saw him ban top rope moves and demanding 90s wrestlers work a style that was more popular in the 70s. Watts would lose his position after making racist comments, stating restaurants should be allowed to refuse service to African-Americans.
Some people enjoyed his booking style, but there’s no argument against him being a horrible person that hurt the reputation of wrestling.
Another awful move by Bill Watts was booking his son Erik Watts as a wrestler in WCW. Erik had no talent, but received a push going over superior wrestlers time and time again. Pundits criticized the blatant display as nepotism. The history books will always view Erik Watts among the worst wrestlers of all time and Bill Watts as a hateful human being that should not have stepped foot in the wrestling business.
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