Sports families are found in pretty much every sport imaginable. Brothers, and sometimes sisters, grow up playing with each other or even competing against one another. Whether it be the Williams Sisters in tennis, the Alomars in baseball, or the Currys in the NBA; seeing an athlete compete against their sibling has become commonplace.
The world of wrestling is no different when it comes to siblings. Sometimes the siblings are of equal stature or close to it; think of Bret Hart and Owen Hart or The Hardy Boyz. But other times, as you’ll see below, one brother clearly outshines the other. On these occasions you may not even be aware that the wrestler has a sibling as they have nowhere near the star power that their brother has.
Unlike other sports, wrestlers rarely ever go by their given names so many aren’t even aware that there may be family ties between wrestlers. Growing up, I had no idea that Booker T and Stevie Ray were related but I was confident that Billy Gunn and Bart Gunn were brothers! Promotions often hide the fact that their wrestlers are related but that’s where we come in to point out these familial ties. Some of these siblings you may have heard of but others will come as a complete shock. Here is our list of 15 wrestlers you didn’t know had siblings in the wrestling industry.
15 15. Ricky Steamboat – Vic Steamboat
Ricky is known around the world as one of the best in-ring performers of the last 30 years. He was a champion in both WCW and WWE and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009. A two-time winner of PWI’s Match of the Year, Rickey was one of the few wrestlers who spent his entire career as a face. Many don’t realize it, but Steamboat was actually his wrestling surname as his real last name is Blood. Ricky’s younger brother, Vic, rode off big bro’s success and adopted the Steamboat surname for his pro wrestling career. Vic didn’t reach anywhere close to the level that Rickey did and only had a handful of matches with WWF and WCW in the early-to-mid 90s. He spent most of his career wrestling for regional NWA territories in the northeast and never stepped into the squared circle against his more famous older brother.
14 14. Al Snow – Logan Caine
Al Snow is best known for his time in ECW, WWE, and TNA and for carrying a mannequin’s head with him to the ring. He was never a star but he was seen as a great worker who could help younger talent both in and out of the ring. After serving as a trainer on Tough Enough, Snow now owns a wrestling academy that has produced many current WWE and TNA wrestlers.
Snow’s half-brother, Logan Caine, also performed in the business and he was trained by both Snow and D-Lo Brown. Caine had many gimmicks during his day including being known as “The Future” and “Con The Rocker.” Neither of those would last long and neither would Caine’s time in wrestling. He made his in-ring debut in 1997 and retired just six years later.
13 13. Kurt Angle – Eric Angle
Kurt Angle’s siblings have an extensive history of their own ranging from heroin overdoses to voluntary manslaughter, but we’ll stick to wrestling. Kurt was just inducted to WWE’s Hall of Fame prior to WrestleMania 32 and as he so often reminds us, is the only Olympic gold medalist in pro wrestling history. The prime of his career came during the early 2000s in the WWE which is when Kurt captured his first WWE Championship. It was also around this time when one of Kurt’s older brothers, Eric, would debut with the WWE. These two looked similar so many thought that they were twins however, Eric is one year older. After bouncing between OVW and spot appearances for WWE, Eric was released from his contract in 2003 and would retire shortly thereafter.
12 12. Paul Orndorff – Terry Orndorff
Only one of the Orndorff’s was known as “Mr. Wonderful” but both Orndorffs had scary endings to their wrestling careers. Paul Orndorff feuded with Hulk Hogan in the debut of WrestleMania in 1985 and was still active into his early 50s. However, in the latter part of his career he began having nerve injuries and his career essentially ended on a spike piledriver at 2000 Fall Brawl. Little brother Terry didn’t have a fancy nickname or nearly the success as Paul, but he did have successful stints in Mid-South Wrestling and with WCCW under the Von Erichs. The two Orndorffs were a tag team for a brief time before bookers split them up to capitalize on Paul’s talents as an individual wrestler. We know what would happen to Paul afterwards but don’t know what would have happened to Terry as in 1982 his career came to an end after he was hit by a drunk driver.
11 11. Jake Roberts – Sam Houston
Even the most diehard of wrestling fans may have been oblivious to the fact that Jake the Snake had a half-brother in the WWE during the same time he was there. Of course with kayfabe as strong as it was back in the day, the announcers never even mentioned that Sam Houston was Roberts’ brother. Houston was a jobber during his late 1980s run in the WWE and even participated in a couple of matches against Roberts. Houston did manage to make it on a couple of PPVs as a participant in the Royal Rumble match and also a tag partner to the Ultimate Warrior at Survivor Series. Never able to elevate above jobber status, Houston eventually went to WCW and other promotions before calling it quits in 2015.
10 10. Jake Roberts – Rockin’ Robin
We are doubling up on Jake the Snake as not only did he have a half-brother that was a wrestler, but he also had a half-sister in the business as well. Rockin’ Robin was in the WWE from 1987-1990 which coincided with both Roberts’ and Sam Houston’s tenures. Robin would win the WWE Women’s Championship after defeating Sensational Sherri and would be the company’s last women’s champion until the title was re-activated by Alundra Blayze in 1993. The highlight of her career wasn’t being a women’s champion, but rather opening WrestleMania V by singing “America the Beautiful.” It's too bad Robin's WWE time was essentially over when the company decided to deactivate the women's division. She could have had plenty more good years with the company.
9 9. Ted DiBiase Jr. – Mike DiBiase
The Million Dollar Man produced some Million Dollar offsprings and these DiBiases are the third generation of the wrestling family. Ted Jr. you are aware of as he had a successful run in WWE alongside Randy Orton and Cody Rhodes as a member of The Legacy. Even though Ted is a junior; his brother Mike is actually older and wrestled in several regional promotions from 2006 until his retirement in 2009.
There is also a third DiBiase brother, Brett, who has also retired. (What is it with DiBiases retiring so young?) Brett made it up as high as FCW but recurring knee injuries caused him to step away at the age of 23. It's safe to say none of Ted DiBiase's sons had the same success he did in the industry.
8 8. Charlie Haas – Russ Haas
Before there was the World’s Greatest Tag Team, there was the Haas Brothers consisting of Charlie and Russ. The two wrestled in various regional promotions before eventually making it to the WWE’s developmental territories in 2000. Unfortunately, we would never know what would become of the Haas Brothers as younger brother Russ suffered a fatal heart attack late in 2001.
Afterwards, Charlie would wrestle with R.C. Haas (Russ-Charlie Haas) written on his taped wrists. Haas would eventually team with Shelton Benjamin and would eventually marry Jackie Gayda. While they were an amazing tag team, it's too bad we couldn't see what the Haas brothers could have done at the highest level. Charlie and Jackie's first born son was named Thomas Russell Haas, in memory of Russ.
7 7. Bob Orton – Barry O
Bob Orton having a brother in the business may not be a surprise, but what that brother did may shock some people. Randy Orton’s uncle, Barry O, never wrestled in WWF/WWE but he did testify in a sexual harassment scandal against the company. Barry O was once a driving partner with Terry Garvin who would go on to work in WWE’s front office. In the early 1990s there were allegations that Garvin sexually molested ring boys. When Barry O heard of the allegations, he testified that Garvin had accosted him in the late 1970s when they were traveling partners. Garvin was already being investigated for accosting a 19-year-old and Orton just supplied further evidence. The WWE would eventually reach a settlement with the 19-year-old but, somehow, the bad blood between Barry O and the WWE didn’t damage the relationship that Bob or Randy Orton would have with the company.
6 6. Tamina Snuka – Deuce
The WWE went different routes with the children of Jimmy Snuka. Deuce first joined the WWE in 2005 but it wasn’t revealed that he was Jimmy Snuka’s son until 2008. Originally he was set to join Orton's Legacy stable, but plans for that were called off. He would be gone from the company in 2009 shortly after botching a spot at WrestleMania during The Undertaker-Shawn Michaels match. A year later Tamina would make her WWE debut but right away we were notified that she was the daughter of “Superfly.” She adopted her father’s Superfly Splash as a finisher and was trained by Afa and Sika, AKA the Wild Samoans. Tamina has been employed by the WWE since 2010, but just like her father, she has never captured a championship belt.
5 5. Alberto Del Rio – El Hijo de Dos Caras
Who knew that Paige’s future brother-in-law is in the wrestling industry? El Hijo de Dos Caras (The Son of Two Face) is also the brother of Alberto Del Rio. Unlike Del Rio, who is an international celebrity and has worked for promotions all across the world, El Hijo is still trying to find his mark in the business. He was with NXT in 2012 and 2013 thanks in part to his brother who was World Heavyweight Champion at the time. However, El Hijo would never get promoted to one of the main brands and eventually returned to Mexico. In Mexico he adopted his current gimmick which is a play off his father, Dos Caras (Two face). With how often Del Rio has bounced between promotions in recent years, it would not be a surprise to see he and El Hijo square off at some point.
4 4. Dolph Ziggler – Briley Pierce
It’s hard to believe, but Dolph Ziggler has been with the WWE for a dozen years now. Ziggler made his on-screen debut as a member of The Spirit Squad and, even though it would make sense, Ziggler’s little brother was not a member of the Spirit Squad. Ryan Nemeth AKA Briley Pierce is Dolph’s younger brother and joined OVW in 2010 and then would sign with WWE in 2011. He never made it past the developmental level and wrestled for FCW and NXT for two years. After being released in 2013, Pierce moved to the indie circuit and is still active today. Like his older brother, Pierce is also an actor and TV writer and is currently living in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem he'll reach his older brother's level in the business.
3 3. Road Warrior Animal – Marcus Laurinaitis
Did you know that there is a third Laurinaitis brother? Joe AKA Road Warrior Animal is the oldest of the bunch and is one half of possibly the greatest tag team in wrestling history. Middle brother, John, AKA Johnny Ace has been with WWE for 16 years as a producer and on-screen authoritative figure. Johnny Ace is also the stepfather to the Bella Twins after marrying the Kathy Colace in 2016. Youngest brother Marcus was trained by his two older brothers and wrestled for a couple of minor promotions before joining WCW in 1993. He was one half of the tag team The Wrecking Crew and challenged for the WCW Tag Team titles on occasion. That was about the highlight of Marcus’s career and he is now the 4th most famous Laurinaitis after his brothers and nephew, James, who became a star linebacker in the NFL.
2 2. Rikishi – Sam Fatu
The legendary Anoa’I wrestling family has produced dozen of wrestlers over the years and four generations of the family have appeared in WWE. Rikishi was a second generation performer as was his brother Umaga. However, most people don’t know that Rikishi actually had an identical brother, Sam Fatu, who also went by the Tonga Kid.
Fatu made his WWE debut when he was just a teenager in the early 1980s. He was initially aligned with his uncles, Afa and Sika of the Wild Samoans, and would then team up with Haku AKA Meng. Fatu would also wrestle in WCW for a brief while before retiring after a tour of the Indy scene in 2011. Among Fatu’s other relatives are the Usos (nephews), Roman Reigns (cousin), and Yokozuna (cousin).
1 1. Randy Savage – The Genius
Randy Savage and his younger brother, Leaping Lanny Poffo (AKA The Genius) were a packaged deal for the WWE. They joined the company together in 1985 and left the company together in 1994. But during those nine years their careers couldn’t be any more different. Savage is on the Mount Rushmore of wrestlers during this time period and was the WWE’s second biggest star after Hulk Hogan. He was a two-time World champion, an Intercontinental champion, and won the 1987 King of the Ring. Savage’s success would continue in WCW as he won four World Heavyweight championships and was a founding member of nWo Wolfpac. After distancing themselves from Savage for years, he was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2015.
Poffo’s status was at the opposite end of the spectrum compared to his brother as Poffo was a jobber for most of his career. In the late 1980s he adopted The Genius gimmick which was an arrogant heel with a high IQ. He would continue in this gimmick until leaving the company in 1994. He then signed with WCW and to show how clueless that organization was at the time, they paid Poffo for five years but never used him at a single event. No TV tapings, no dark matches, no house shows…nothing. Poffo collected checks for doing nothing at all and would return to WWE TV in 2015 when he inducted his big brother into the Hall of Fame.
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