The WWE has employed numerous brothers throughout its history. Most of which were kayfabe brothers like Edge and Christian or The Dudley Boyz (surprise, we know), but there have been successful real-life tag team brothers, most notably Matt and Jeff Hardy. Oftentimes, however, real-life siblings or relatives won't be portrayed as such on-screen. Jake "The Snake" Roberts, for instance, had a brother and sister compete in the WWE - Sam Houston and Rockin' Robin.
But the above case is a rare one. More often than not, only one brother and sister gets the coveted call to the WWE, while the less talented siblings are left to earn wages on the independent circuit or other promotions. It happens prominently in pro sports like basketball or hockey, where for every Wayne Gretzky and Michael Jordan, there's a Brent Gretzky and Larry Jordan, so it shouldn't be surprising that the same thing happens in wrestling. Sometimes one sibling is just superior to the other, whether it be in natural talent or work ethic. And sometimes all it takes is a little luck or the right circumstances.
Either way, some of these siblings have been more fortunate than their brother or sister. Here's to the less successful siblings!
15 EL Hijo de Dos Caras (Alberto Del Rio)
Guillermo Rodríguez is known by several different names in the ring, but he's most famously known as the brother of WWE's Alberto Del Rio and the son of famed luchador José Luis Rodríguez, who wrestled as Dos Caras. The 28-year-old heavyweight hasn't experienced the success that his brother had, but he did have a small role in NXT in 2012 under the name Memo Montenegro.
Working unmasked, he lost his debut match in just 21 seconds to Big E Langston and later jobbed to Xavier Woods. He had little impact with the brand and was released upon his own request shortly after. While it might be tough for him to see his brother rise the ranks of the WWE, Guillermo has had considerable success himself back in Mexico with the International Wrestling Revolution Group, Lucha Libre Elite, and World Wrestling Council. He currently holds the IWRG Junior de Juniors championship, a belt he has had for over six months.
14 Vic Steamboat (Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat)
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat might be one of the most intimidating and bad-ass names in WWE history. His real name, Richard Henry Blood Sr., might even be cooler. The same can't be said about his brother, Victor Hersey Blood, who took on the Steamboat moniker and wrestled as Vic Steamboat, which sounds like the name of the cheap, knock-off wrestling figure your mom would come home with after specifically asking for Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat.
Anyway, as the younger brother, Vic aimed to follow in his brothers footsteps but came up short. That said, he did have a relatively decent career, winning CWA and IWCCW Heavyweight titles over Tony Atlas (twice) and Iron Sheik. At the height of his career in 1993, he was ranked the 106th best singles wrestler by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
13 Mando Guerrero (Eddie Guerrero)
The older brother of Eddie Guerrero, Mando wrestled primarily in the 80s and 90s, though he competed sporadically throughout the early 2000s, most recently in 2012 with Pro Wrestling Superstars. He competed in a battle royal won by The Godfather which also featured Brutus Beefcake, Dan Severn, Gangrel, Konnan, Raven, and Tommy Dreamer, so we can only assume it was both awesome and hilarious.
Mando would have been 60 during that battle royal, but in his earlier days he had a small taste of the big time, appearing in three WCW matches in 1994 as a tag team with brother Chavo Guerrero. He's also an seven-time NWA Americas Tag Team Champion and a two-time NWA Hawaii Heavyweight Champion. He's since worked as a stunt man for several films and even appeared as a referee in the Andy Kaufman biopic Man on the Moon.
12 Michel Vigneault (Rick Martel)
Michel Vigneault was an acclaimed Stampede Wrestling performer in the 1970s, competing under the name Michel "Mad Dog" Martel. The older brother of Richard (Rick "The Model" Martel) by 12 years, Michel was an inspiration for the three-time WWE Tag Team Champion. The two worked as a tag team in the 70s for different promotions while the younger Rick was just 17-years-old.
Michel might not have had the charisma or been as skilled as his younger brother, but he was technically sound and an admirable worker. His career was cut short, however, as he died at just 33-years-old following a match in Puerto Rico. Rick was just 21-years-old at the time and had to travel to the island to identify his brother's body. He contemplated giving up wrestling, but opted to continue doing so in honor of his brother. Two years later, in 1980, he was hired by the WWE.
11 Dos Caras (Mil Máscaras)
Aaron Rodríguez Arellano (ring name Mil Máscaras) is a WWE Hall of Famer regarded as one of the most influential luchadors of all-time. We mentioned his brother, Dos Caras, earlier as the father of Alberto Del Rio. Though Mil Máscaras' time in the WWE was short, he feuded with Superstar Billy Graham over the World Heavyweight Championship, competed in a Royal Rumble and became the first masked wrestler to compete at Madison Square Garden.
His brother, meanwhile, was no slouch either, but he never made any appearances in the WWE. Dos Caras won the UWA World Heavyweight Championship three times and, at 62-years-old, won the Tag Team Titles in Tokyo with his then-72-year-old brother Mil Máscaras. He topped out at 263 on the PWI 500 list in 1997 and was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 1998, which doesn't quite hold the same significance as the WWE Hall of Fame.
10 Joe Malenko (Dean Malenko)
Dean Malenko didn't achieve the success he deserved in the WWE, but won a Light Heavyweight Championship and was part of the ever-popular Radicalz, which featured Eddie Guerrero, Perry Saturn, and Chris Benoit. Prior to finally reaching the WWE in 2000, he wrestled in Mexico and Japan as a tag-team with his brother Joe.
Joe Malenko did have some success in North America, but he's clearly the less famous of the two brothers. Dean, for instance, was ranked number one on the PWI 500 in 1997, while Joe topped out at 101 in 1993. The elder Malenko was never featured in prominent feuds or had serious shots at championships, though he did wrestle briefly for ECW and teamed with brother Dean at a WCW show in 1992.
9 Smith Hart (Bret Hart)
The oldest of the Hart brothers also has the distinction of having the worst professional wrestling career. While brothers Bret and Owen became big-time stars in the WWE, Smith wrestled sporadically in the 1970s and 80s with Stampede Wrestling, NWA, and numerous appearances in Japan and European countries. He competed in a stable alongside brothers Bruce and Keith.
Though he was never officially signed by the WWE and didn't have much of a wrestling career at all, he did make a few TV appearances for the company during angles involving The Hitman. He and the other Hart brothers climbed the cage during Bret and Owen's 1994 match at SummerSlam, while Smith and the rest of the Hart clan double crossed Vince McMahon to help Bret score a win against the chairman at WrestleMania XXVI. Still, his relationship has never been all that great with the company, evidenced by one of his recent tweets: "#LoveToKnow Why WWE never hired my brother Bruce or I for creative?"
8 Stevie Ray (Booker T)
If you followed WCW during its heyday, surely you're aware of Harlem Heat and the dominance the tag team displayed in the 90s. Booker T. Huffman Jr. and brother Lash Stevie Ray Huffman won the WCW Tag Team Championships a record ten times before feuding prior to the company being bought out by the WWE.
Stevie Ray is seven years older than his brother and was by far the less talented athlete, but it was still slightly surprising that he never caught on with the WWE, especially given their presence as a tag team. Regardless, the WWE rightly felt it was worthwhile to give Booker T a singles push and it worked. Stevie Ray, meanwhile, wrestled briefly for World Wrestling All-Stars, before retiring in 2002. Since retiring, he and Booker have opened a wrestling academy and he has debuted his own talk radio show, Straight Shooting with Stevie Ray.
7 Johnny Ace (Road Warrior Animal)
After a 14-year career in the ring, John Laurinaitis, the brother of Road Warrior Animal, eventually made it to the WWE, but not exactly in the role he had dreamed. Still, being the Senior Vice President of Talent Operations and interim Raw General Manager isn't anything to scoff at. Yet, it has to be tough watching your brother experience tremendous success with someone else, while then watching your nephew, James Laurinaitis, become a dominant NFL linebacker. Or maybe not.
Regardless, Laurinaitis' post-wrestling career has been much better than his in-ring career as Johnny Ace, though he did play major roles in the WCW and All Japan Pro Wrestling, where he was a four-time Tag Team Champion. Better yet, he did get to experience the WWE in-ring experience as an executive, fighting Teddy Long and John Cena in a pair of 2012 matches.
6 Christina Crawford (Alicia Fox)
Don't worry, if you missed watching Christina Crawford in the 2011 version of Tough Enough, you can catch her as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleading squad. But one might wonder her career possibilities given she is the sister of current WWE Diva Alicia Fox and it's certainly not above the company to hire the less talented brother or sister just because.
However, Christina's foray into wrestling was short-lived. She wrestled as Caylee Turner in Florida Championship Wrestling after signing a developmental contract with the WWE in 2010. She only competed in 19 matches for the promotion and one in NXT before she was released from her contract in 2012. She went to TNA shortly after and wrestled in one dark match before deciding to switch careers. It was probably for the best.
5 Fobia (Psicosis)
No, we're not talking about the ridiculous inspirational superhero character concocted by former wrestler and now motivational speaker Shawn Stasiak (seriously, look it up). Fobia is also the name of Psicosis' brother, who has wrestled throughout Mexico and various other promotions.
Sure, Psicosis didn't really leave much of a mark in the WWE either, but that can be attributed to bad booking, as the high-flyer was a treat to watch in the WCW. Fobia, meanwhile, who like Psicosis was trained by Rey Misterio Sr., was never really considered by the WWE and didn't show much in the ring, as evidenced by his 5-13 record in recorded matches. He did, however, join forces with his brother after Psicosis left the WWE to create the tag team Los Hermanos Castellanos.
4 Terry Orndorff (Paul Orndorff)
While Mr. Wonderful, Paul Orndorff, was enjoying success in both the WWE and WCW throughout the 1980s and 90s, his brother Terry had already given up on a career in wrestling thanks to a devastating car accident. Terry showed some potential in the early 80s, winning the NWA American Tag Team Championship with Kerry von Erich and the UWF Mid-South Championship with The Junkyard Dog, but he quit after just two years in the industry as he was unable to make a complete recovery from the injuries he suffered in the car accident.
Admitting he only got into wrestling because of his older brother, Terry has few regrets about his post-wrestling career; he worked 30 years as a union boilermaker and even earned his pension. He still remembers his brief foray into the ring quite fondly.
3 Logan Caine (Al Snow)
Logan Caine had the privilege of being trained by his half-brother Al Snow, but he wasn't able to catch the eye of any talent scouts in his six brief years as a pro wrestler. While Snow was winning six Hardcore Championships and one European Championship in the WWE, Caine was spinning his wheels on the independent scene, though he did win the Heavyweight Championship and Tag Team Championship in Violent Championship Wrestling.
His last record professional match was in 2003 against Goth Brimstone in VCW, but he had been working with Miami's Dynamic Championship Wrestling as recent as 2014. By most accounts, Caine was once a promising young talent, but sometimes it takes more than in-ring ability and charisma. Sometimes it takes a little HEAD.
2 Briley Pierce (Dolph Ziggler)
The younger brother of Dolph Ziggler came closer than most on this list to appearing regularly on TV for the WWE. Ryan Nemeth, who wrestles under the name Briley Pierce, had early success in OVW, FCW, and NXT, but could never put it all together to earn a permanent gig on the WWE's main program.
In 2013, his final year with NXT, Pierce was on the losing end of 15 of the 16 matches he participated in, which, unless you're The Brooklyn Brawler, is a good sign that you're likely on your way out of the company. He was released in May of 2013 and after a short hiatus he went to Japan, where he's currently the DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Champion. He has also wrestled for Millennium Pro Wrestling, where he now goes by Hot Young Briley, which is not a name that's going to earn him any big promotions anytime soon.
1 Zak Knight (Paige)
The older brother of two-time WWE Divas Champion Paige, Zak Bevis has wrestled under quite a few names in his 15-year career. The 26-year-old first wrestled as a pro in 2002 with World Association of Wrestling and has stuck with the promotion since, while also wrestling for many others. In 2015 alone, Bevis (now Zak Knight) worked for 15 different promotions. Unfortunately, none of them were the WWE.
Zak's parents are both professional wrestlers, as is his stepbrother Roy and, of course, his sister Saraya-Jade (Paige). He and his sister attended a tryout for WWE talent scouts at the O2 Arena, months after he had appeared in a three-on-one handicap match against the Big Show on Smackdown in London. Needless to say, the tryout went a lot better for his sister.