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 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.
14 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.
13 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.
12 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.
11 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.
10 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.
9 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.
8 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.
7 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.
6 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.
5 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.
4 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.
3 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.
2 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.
1 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.
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