The wrestling industry is hugely profitable for descendants of wrestlers who succeeded in the business as we’ve seen so many children of legendary wrestlers try their hand at what their parents excelled at. Because of the preference given to them knowing that “they have wrestling in their blood”, many children and descendants of Hall of Famers have tried to take wrestling as their profession and it’s obvious to know that a child will try to follow in their father’s footsteps and try to become a great superstar like him.
The rapport some of these wrestlers form with the wrestling companies allows them to push their children into the business, but only the talented survive in this competitive industry as many of these children turn out to be the exact opposite of their parent and soon perish to the dark corners of wrestling and then out of it completely. Sure, some of the children turn out to be extremely talented and some of them even surpass the legacy of their ancestors, like Randy Orton or Roman Reigns achieving what their fathers never could. But it’s mostly of the case of a wrestler greedily pushing their children into the company hoping for further fame and respect, but in turn their children turn out to be complete busts.
Some of these second or third generation wrestlers are given opportunities to shine at the developmental process, but the lack of talent for wrestling really leaves the companies with no chance but to oust them. So many children or grandchildren of legendary wrestlers have perished because of their lack of talent in the ring and put a dark mark on the legacy of their ancestors who built the family heritage with their hard work, only to see their reputation go down the drain through their desperate children.
5 Lacey Von Erich (then)
Von Erich retired from wrestling after announcing on Twitter that “we all knew she wasn’t a Von Erich in the ring” and then moved onto taking care of her family and spending more time being a mom than a wrestler. She runs her own advertising company in Southern California as well, and doesn’t seem to come out of wrestling anytime soon as she seemed to be quite uninterested wrestling in the first place and probably did it “for the family name” for which she did nothing but disappoint.
4 Jake Carter (then)
3 Jake Carter (now)
Manu then returned to the independent scene from where he has initially begun with, returning to World Xtreme Wrestling. He had some good years at the promotion before moving onto some matches for Regional Championship Wrestling. Manu has been wrestling for Pennsylvania Premiere Wrestling since 2014, capturing the promotion’s Heavyweight title once. There were rumors of Manu battling serious health issues earlier this year when he posted some cryptic tweets on Twitter indicating so, but he soon informed everyone that he was okay. Manu’s attitude problems is what led him to such low key promotions, and the lack of anything really attractive also didn’t make for a wrestler in him.
2 Lanny Poffo (now)
El Hijo de Dos Caras derived the latter part of his name from father Dos Caras, who was labeled as the “best heavyweight ever to come out of Mexico”. El Hijo is also the brother of WWE Superstar Alberto Del Rio, but could never make it big like this brother or father. He started out his career as Memo Montenegro in NXT, as his debut was a one to forget as he lost inside 21 seconds to Big E. Hijo would then go on to lose more matches as the lack of popularity didn’t let him excel either in the company and he would ask for his release in 2013 and would return to Mexico.
After leaving, Dupree moved onto the indy circuit in Europe before moving to Japan where he wrestled for Hustle and All Japan Pro Wrestling. He was mainly a tag team guy in these promotions as well as the lack of that “main event quality” disabled a top level push for him as he moved to Wrestle-1 next, and was put into that same tag team division. Dupree, now retired from wrestling also came into news when a shoot interview revealing all the dirty secrets of the WWE locker room came out some years back. Dupree recently filed a lawsuit against WWE over royalties and how he should be paid when his content airs on the WWE Network. He apparently also started helping his father revive his Grand Prix Wrestling promotion in 2013, as his wrestling career is filled with controversy and somewhat of a disappointment.
Brian would have short stints in different wrestling promotions after his release from WWE, as he wandered around places trying to make a name for himself but failing. He would use his Grandmaster Sexay gimmick in the independent circuit as some of his fans paid to watch him, but he was mostly there just for gags. In 2009, Lawler was arrested many times for drug uses and disorderly conducts and faced a 30 day jail sentence. He has been drug/alcohol free since 2013 and even went onto release his music album Bringing Sexay Back last year. Christopher is now concentrated on running his own independent shows and also does inspirational speeches at schools.
Watts moved to the independent circuit after leaving TNA going on to primarily work for a Georgia based wrestling promotion called Great Championship Wrestling before going on to win the Intercontinental title at AWA Superstars of Wrestling. The title was retired by the AWA board of directors a year later as Watts returned to Great Championship Wrestling to be the promotions booker. He currently plays the authority role for the promotion in their weekly live events as his fall from grace has been remarkable, but you can’t blame it as his wrestling skills were just not good enough to the make it to the big stages.
Rosey went on to work on the independent circuit for a while and also went to Japan only to get nothing but failure. He would be re-called by WWE who put him in OVW with his cousin Manu to form the Sons of Samoa, but he left the promotion after sometime. Rosey would again move to the independent scene, competing for some low-key, unknown promotions. Aside from wrestling, Rosey was a featured contestant for an ABC reality show called Fat March where overweight people would have to walk miles. He also runs his own restaurant called Island Boi BBQ. Rosey was hospitalized in 2014 due to congestive heart failure but made a full recovery. He now runs a wrestling promotion called Epic Championship Wrestling with father Sika, as with his unfit body he could’ve never made it to the bigger stages.
After retiring from wrestling, Shawn would become a chiropractor and got his certificate from the Academy of Physical and Manual Medicine in New York in 2007. Stasiak currently works for the Advanced Comprehensive Medical team based out of Texas as a professional chiropractor. In addition to that, he also works as a motivational speaker, enacting a character he had created during his college days. A video surfaced online in 2015, where Stasiak showed himself training and said he wanted to return to the ring and win the WWE Championship, making them the first ever father/son couple to do so, but that doesn’t seem possible anymore.
1 Ted DiBiase Jr. (now)
David would try his hand in other independent promotions on his own, with his relationship with his father being strained because of his reckless lifestyle and also because David resented his father after he didn’t want to compete alongside him. David would also have a stint in WCW but dissolved into leaving the wrestling business after his failure in the company. Sammartino is currently semi-retired and has been working as a personal trainer since 1996. He occasionally makes appearances in the ring in many Legends Events as his last competed match was against Larry Zbyszko in 2010. David Sammartino is the perfect example of an arrogant kid trying to hog his dad’s fame, as the untalented wrestler should’ve listened to his father and never joined the industry in the first place.
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