Being a professional wrestler and being a parent just aren't two things that go hand in hand. In fact, being a pro wrestler might be one of the world's worst jobs for a parent to have. Wrestlers are on the road for long stretches at a time. Oftentimes, the children of pro wrestlers don't see much of their famous parents, and this can have a negative impact on them as they get older.
As a result of the grind that is the life of a pro wrestler, some of the business' top stars have offspring with some embarrassing stories. Often such stories involve the kids' relationships with their parents, or their own failed attempts at becoming famous.
Throughout the course of this article we run into pro wrestlers who had children that (in most cases) wanted to follow in their footsteps, even if the relationship they had with their parents was heavily strained. That's just pro wrestling, however. It is the strangest form of entertainment in the world, and it doesn't always work out great for families.
Perhaps this next generation of wrestlers have things a bit more together, and are able to spend more time with their kids than wrestlers of yesterday did. Maybe we won't have embarrassing stories to tell about the kids of Randy Orton or John Cena. The generation which came before them, however? There are plenty of reasons for those wrestling legends to be embarrassed of how some of their kids turned out.
Here are 20 things these wrestling legends would like you to forget about their kids.
20 Ric Flair: David's WCW Run
Ric Flair is said to be very proud of his son David, who is now a police officer. But there is no way Ric is proud of David's run in WCW.
David Flair tried hard, and at times could be somewhat entertaining, but he was not ready to be a professional wrestler when WCW threw him into the ring in 1999. Things just never seemed to click for David as a pro wrestler, and he often seemed awkward in promos and backstage segments.
He eventually took on more of a crazed and deranged gimmick, which he wasn't half-bad at. He formed a mini-faction with Daffney and Crowbar and actually ended up winning the Tag Team Championships in early 2000.
David's contract was picked up by WWE when they bought WCW in 2001. They sent him to developmental, but eventually the company let him go in 2002.
19 Jerry Lawler: The Grand Master Goes To Jail
Jerry Lawler's on-screen character didn't want anyone to know that Brian Christopher was his son. The real Jerry Lawler may have shared that sentiment in 2009, when his son was sentenced to 30 days in jail stemming from public intoxication arrests.
Brian was arrested for public intoxication twice in 2009. As part of his plea agreement he was required to go to treatment for substance abuse. Brian decided to skip out on getting treatment, so the courts threw him in jail for a month. He is said to have cleaned up in recent years, and runs his own independent wrestling shows.
Brian Christopher had a successful run in WWE from 1997-2001, and has returned to the company on a few occasions since then. He still performs on a few independent shows from time to time.
18 Hulk Hogan: Brooke's Failed Singing Career
Brooke Hogan seems like a very nice person. But she is just not a very good singer. At least not good enough to make a career out of it. Brooke Hogan has been trying from an early age to be a breakout pop star, but she's never been fully able to get over the hump.
The closest she has come was in 2005-09 during the period when the reality show Hogan Knows Best reality show was airing, and the Brooke Knows Best spin-off which followed it.
She's gotten some roles in Hollywood however, including such blockbuster hits as Sand Sharks and Two-Headed Shark Attack.
Brooke Hogan was also previously an authority figure on Impact when her dad had a role with the company. Two-Headed Shark Attack gets better reviews than Impact does, however.
17 Batista: Daughter Does Naughty Things On Camera
Athena Bautista was apparently looking to get into the adult entertainment industry in 2010. She and her boyfriend leaked a full-on sex tape through World Star Hip Hop, and the couple is said to have promised more videos to come.
The video is quite explicit and one I'm sure Athena's boyfriend would rather her father not see. Perhaps the guy in the video was not interested in being Batista Bombed by the former World Heavyweight Champion, because no further videos were released by the pair.
Despite only being in his 40s, Batista is already a grandfather at least twice over. He had two daughters, with the one that didn't do adult things on cam already having two kids.
Batista, who now goes by his real name Dave Bautista, is currently enjoying a successful post-in-ring career in Hollywood, having just landed a role in the upcoming Avengers movie.
16 Mick Foley: Noelle Is Literally Dating A Clown
Mick Foley is said to not be a fan of his daughter Noelle's current love interest, and would probably rather fans forget all about the guy. While most fathers have some trepidation about who their daughter's date, Mick may have some legitimate reasons for concern.
First off, the guy is known as Frank the Clown. He dressed up as a clown and travels around to WWE events. Why does he do this? Nobody is too sure. It's gotten him a lot of slack from fans, however, although that is mostly because no one can believe he is lucky enough to be dating the drop dead gorgeous Noelle Foley.
In recent months, Frank has been using the hatred he generates from fans into a manager role at various independent wrestling events.
15 Kevin Nash: Father-Son Domestic Disturbance
Kevin Nash would probably rather wrestling fans forget the details surrounding the time he and his son were arrested together for domestic violence.
The incident occurred on Christmas Eve 2014, when police were called to the Nash family home in Florida. According to reports, 18-year-old Tristen came home intoxicated and was rude to Nash and his mother. It should be noted that Tristen is 6'5" and over 200lbs, while his father, who was 55 at the time, is almost seven feet tall. They are a rather gigantic father-son combo to be involved in a domestic disturbance.
It will be interesting to see if Tristen ever decides to go into pro wrestling. He is probably about 20 years old now, and one day could form an interesting tag team with Scott Hall's son Cody, who is currently wrestling in Japan.
14 Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart: Daughter's Farting Gimmick
Nattie Neidhart, better known as Natalya to WWE fans, has accomplished a lot in her career. She is essentially a player-coach for the women's division, and is pretty much universally respected.
Natalya's father, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, has a lot to be proud of. But Jim may not want wrestling fans to remember a somewhat ill-conceived storyline Natalya was involved with in 2012. That was the year WWE experimented with giving Natalya a "farting gimmick." And it was exactly how it sounded; Natalya would be involved in several scenes where her character simply passed gas backstage. It never went anywhere, and it never should have.
A former Divas champion, Natalya has yet to become a major title challenger in the new women's revolution, but that could change in the not too distant future.
13 Rikishi: Didn't Go To Son's Wedding
Rikishi Fatu's two sons are Jimmy and Jey Uso. The three of them belong to the legendary Anoa'i wrestling family. The Usos' real names are Josh and Jon Fatu. Uso is just the Samoan word for "brother."
Jimmy married Trinity McCray, better known to wrestling fans as Naomi. It is said, and was mentioned on the reality series Total Divas, that Rikishi did not approve of the wedding because Naomi is not of Samoan heritage. Jimmy also has two children from a previous relationship.
Rikishi would later say that any tension between he and his son over his marriage to Naomi was overblown to help promote Total Divas, but he still didn't go to the wedding. It should also be noted that several Anoa'i family members have married people without a Samoan background.
12 Tully Blanchard: Daughter Grew Up in Magnum T.A's Home
Magnum T.A and Tully Blanchard had a bloody rivalry during the 1980s. Fans of that era still talk about their classic "I Quit" match.
What Tully probably would rather fans didn't know is that in 2005, Magnum TA ended up marrying Tully's ex-wife, and four of Tully's children moved in with him. One of his kids, Tessa, is currently an up-and-coming 21-year-old who has appeared on NXT. She is also said to be dating Ricochet, who also goes by Prince Puma in Lucha Underground.
In a shoot interview years later a reporter attempted to ask Tully how his ex-wife ended up marrying his biggest in-ring rival, and Tully simply told the guy he would have to ask them.
The 63-year-old Blanchard was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the Four Horsemen in 2012.
11 Saraya Knight: Daughter Paige's Tapes
Legendary women's wrestler and promoter Saraya Knight, aka Sweet Saraya, would probably rather wrestling fans forget all about Paige's recent leaked sex tapes.
WWE Studios and The Rock were in the midst of filming a movie about Saraya and Paige's family when the tapes were released, which made the entire situation even more awkward. Paige and WWE have been on the outs since she and current boyfriend Alberto Del Rio were drafted to different brands. Alberto left the promotion and is now with Impact Wrestling, and Paige has been out with an injury as of late.
It'll be interesting to see if Paige returns to WWE following this. She clearly takes issue with how the WWE has treated her and Alberto, but Paige has value to the company, especially with the movie about her family being produced.
10 Dusty Rhodes: Dustin And Him Didn't Speak For Years
The late Dusty Rhodes is probably having a great time looking down on all the success his son Cody is having on the non-WWE pro wrestling scene at the moment. He was never a fan of the outlandish gimmicks that his family had always seemed to get stuck with in the WWE.
It was around the time that Dustin turned into Goldust that his relationship with his father soured badly. It is believed that Dusty didn't care for Terri, who Dustin was married to at the time. According to Dusty's biography on the WWE Network, he drove an hour to play golf with Dustin, only for Dustin to cancel last minute because Terri was sick. Somehow that one event led to them not speaking for years.
The two later patched things up, however.
9 Hulk Hogan: Nick's Terrible Car Accident
Hulk Hogan would probably prefer fans forget the details of his son Nick's horrible 2007 car accident which left a family friend in need of full-time nursing care for the rest of his life.
Nick Bollea, who often goes by Nick Hogan, was an aspiring race car driver and had received a licence to compete on the Formula D circuit despite only being 17 years old. Throughout 2006 and early 2007 Nick had received four speeding tickets, but continued to drive like a maniac on the roads. One night in August 2007, Nick and his friends from his pit crew were driving around Florida at high speeds when Nick's Toyota Supra fishtailed and crashed into a palm tree.
Although the car was totalled, Nick was left relatively unscathed. His passenger, a 22-year-old named John Graziano, was not wearing his seatbelt and received serious eye and brain injuries.
8 Jerry Lawler: Wasn't Around For Brian Christopher Growing Up
When Brian Christopher first showed up on Monday Night Raw, Jerry Lawler, while in character, refused to acknowledge he was his kid. Turns out that while Brian was growing up in real life, things weren't too much better. Christopher would later say he was lucky if he got to see his father a few times a year growing up, as the King was out on the road most of the time.
Still, Brian must have idolized his famous father to some degree, otherwise he wouldn't have gone into the same business. Christopher certainly had a knack for being a pro wrestler as well. Like his father, he knew exactly how to play the slimy heel. In fact he played it so well that fans started to rally behind him and Scotty 2 Hotty as Too Cool. His over-the-top persona was entertaining, and the fans appreciated that, even if they did find him a little annoying. The same can be said for Jerry Lawler.
7 Ric Flair: Reid's Drug Problems
Twenty-five-year-old Reid Flair died of a heroin overdose on March 29th, 2013. Prior to his death, there had been signs that Ric's youngest son had substance abuse issues. In 2009 he was arrested for driving while intoxicated, and police found drug paraphernalia and heroin in the car.
Charlotte media would later report that police had responded to drug overdoses involving Reid at least twice previously, once when he was found passed out at the wheel of a car.
Reid was a talented amateur wrestler and was attempting a career as a pro-wrestler when he died. His older sister Ashley, who now wrestles as Charlotte Flair, says she was motivated to begin her pro wrestling career to carry on Reid's dream.
Ric Flair is said to have placed his Hall of Fame ring in Reid's casket.
6 "Cowboy" Bob Orton: Son Went AWOL From the Marines
"Cowboy" Bob Orton was one of the main players in the first WrestleMania. As "Rowdy" Roddy Piper's right-hand man at the time, he was involved in several big storylines in the 1980s pro wrestling boom period. His son Randy has gone on to become one of the most successful pro wrestlers of his era. There is one thing Bob Orton would like you to forget about his son Randy, however.
Randy Orton joined the Marines in 1998 after graduating high school. He would end up regretting his decision. Orton was charged with going AWOL in 1999. He was convicted and ended up spending 38 days in a military prison.
Speaking of Randy Orton and criminal activity, there is currently no news on whether or not he will be charged for arson after burning down the Wyatt Family compound.
5 Rocky Johnson: Strained Relationship with The Rock
The Rock may have idolized his father growing up, but part of him resented the man as well.
Rocky Johnson would rather wrestling fans not know about how his 12-year-old son found out about his extra-marital affairs. He would also probably wrestling fans not know that The Rock was said to be crushed at 15 years old when he found out his dad had also been charged with sexual assault. Nothing happened with the charges, and Rocky Johnson claims he was set up by wrestlers with a grudge. Still, The Rock knew his father was unfaithful to his mother and he hated him for it.
The Rock is said to have mended his relationship with his father after college. By the time The Rock got to WWE his parents had divorced, but his father had quit drinking and was on a better path.
4 Mick Foley: Noelle's Failed Wrestling Career
Vince McMahon is said to see star potential in Noelle Foley. Getting Mr. McMahon's approval is the greatest obstacle a budding WWE wrestler has to accomplish in their early career, so she should be on her way to wrestling superstardom, right?
Not so fast. What Mick Foley might want wrestling fans to forget about Noelle, is that by all accounts, she has really not picked things up in the ring. Despite already having a legion of wrestling fans following her on social media, the WWE developmental system does not feel there is enough athleticism for Noelle to pursue a pro wrestling career.
Noelle Foley will still have a career in the WWE, just not as a wrestler. Considering how many fans she already has despite her limited exposure to the WWE audience, it's safe to say the company will figure out a way to keep her around.
3 Steve Corino: Son's Arrest and Drug Problems
ECW legend and current WWE developmental trainer Steve Corino would rather that wrestling fans forget all about Colby Corino's recent troubles. The youngster lost out on a chance to train in the New Japan Pro Wrestling dojo in Japan after a drug arrest in late-2016.
Ring of Honor fans will be familiar with Colby Corino, as he has appeared on their programming in the past. He was involved in a storyline with his father and BJ Whitmer in 2016, and has also competed in the company's annual top prospect tournament.
Last December, police arrested Corino and later searched the house he was staying at. Police found a substance believed to be heroin as well as other drugs in the house. As it stands right now his arrest has caused NJPW to revoke their invitation for him to train at their dojo.
In early 2017, Colby was again arrested, this time for shoplifting.
2 Bruno Sammartino: Son Took Steroids
Bruno Sammartino has had his complaints about the wrestling industry over the years, which is partly why he never wanted his son to go into the business. Like many sons of pro wrestlers who grew up idolizing their father, however, wrestling was all David wanted to do.
David was never that successful, but would find work in the WWF and the AWA throughout the 1980s. Very briefly, David made it into WCW's cruiserweight division in the mid-'90s, but was only used for a couple of matches.
It would later be revealed that in an attempt to improve his physique and hopefully his standing in the pro-wrestling business, David Sammartino took steroids. His father had always been a proud anti-drug person, and that led to the two having a very strained relationship.
1 Fritz Von Erich: Tragedy of the Von Erich Boys
Late wrestling legend Fritz Von Erich, or Jack Adkisson as he was known in real life, would probably like wrestling fans to forget all about the tragedy of the Von Erichs. Fritz had six sons, and five of them would die before he did. Worse, three of his sons died by their own hand.
Fritz's first son, Jack Jr., was electrocuted and killed by a downed wire when he was only seven years old. David Von Erich, his thrd son after Jack and Kevin, died of a suspected drug overdose in 1984. Twenty-three-year old Michael committed suicide in 1987, Chris shot himself in the head just weeks before his 22nd birthday in 1991, and Kerry Von Erich killed himself in 1993 when he was just 33 years old.
Thankfully, the next generation of Von Erichs seems to be doing well. Kevin's two sons both wrestle from time to time, and have appeared in Impact Wrestling previously. Kerry's daughter Lacey also wrestled briefly for Impact.
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