What are you doing, right now? Are you sitting in a one bedroom apartment with a leaky ceiling and chewing on a bologna sandwich? Do you have $29.12 remaining in your bank account? Scraping by until payday?
Perhaps you’re sitting in a fully furnished basement and waiting for your mother to cook dinner? What are you having, tonight? Lobster? Don’t forget to wear a bib. Those things can get quite messy.
Whatever you’re doing, you are a representation of your family. They may be proud or disappointed, but either way, they’re reacting to you life. It’s just the way it goes. Family usually want to either hug you or hook you in the jaw.
Much like wrestling families. There are many. And there is an entire new generation coming up through the ranks. However, not everybody is out there trying to grab the “brass ring” on their own.
These Are 8 Wrestling Kids Living Off The Family Name, And 7 Making A Name For Themselves:
15. Living Off Name: Brooke Hogan
Face the facts Hulkamaniacs. Anything Hulk Hogan related in the 21st century has been nothing more than a bore. Since the year 2000, Hogan has been limping his way through the industry while desperately trying to maintain relevance.
However, there is no denying that once upon a time (particularly in the 1980s), Hogan oozed charisma. He couldn’t wrestle worth a damn but Hogan had a presence about him that drew in millions of fans from all around the world.
Obviously this charisma has not rubbed off on Hogan’s daughter Brooke, whose music was mundane and whose acting skills (on reality TV and in TNA) may have marred professional wrestling.
14. Making a Name: Cody Rhodes
Sometimes, a wrestler simply doesn’t need WWE to succeed. And, Cody Rhodes is a prime example of this theory. What did WWE do for Cody? They made him a cheap rip-off of his brother, Goldust.
As you know, Cody and Goldust are the sons of the late, “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. And, to his own credit, Goldust managed to make a name for himself during the famed Attitude Era.
However, Cody moved away from WWE and the gimmicks to wrestle on the independent scene, and make his own way. Since his departure, Cody has gone on to captured the ROH World Championship.
13. Living Off Name: Brittany Page
You may not be that familiar with Brittany Page; daughter of former WCW star, Diamond Dallas Page. Well, here’s what you need to know about this wrestling daughter and her career.
Brittany can be found instructing in some DDP Yoga videos. Fine. Nothing really to complain about there. That’s not “living off the family name.” That’s helping run the family business. It’s common.
However, in 2016, Brittany announced that she would be launching a women’s wrestling league, which would feature second generation “wrestlers.” Brooke Hogan being one of them. Not exactly Charlotte Flair quality.
12. Making a Name: Rachael Ellering
Paul Ellering will go down in professional wrestling history as one of the greatest managers of all time. Not for his work with The Authors of Pain (who have shown much improvement alongside Ellering), but for his time with The Road Warriors.
But what about his daughter, Rachael Ellering? What will become of her professional wrestling career? Well, time will tell. Rachael is young and her career has only just begun. However, she is definitely making waves.
Rachael has already competed in NXT and advanced to the second round of the Mae Young Classic before falling in defeat. However, you have to believe that her WWE run will not end there.
11. Living Off Name: David Flair
Perhaps this is more of a past tense situation. Nonetheless, David Flair managed to find some success in WCW back in the ’90s, for no real reason at all, besides the fact that Ric Flair was his father.
Not that David was the worst thing going on in WCW at the time. The ship was already sinking at this point, so, whatever was going on was going on, as explanations were often hard to find.
Nowadays, the Flair legacy is being upheld by David’s sister, Charlotte, who has proven to be better at all aspects of the business than her brother. But hey! At least David made the most of an awful situation in WCW.
10. Making a Name: Ted DiBiase Jr.
There was so much potential with Ted DiBiase Jr. However, WWE know how to squander potential. Which is exactly what happened here. The son of “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, could have been a star.
Ted Jr. would capture a few World Tag Team Championships alongside partner Cody Rhodes, but there wasn’t much left for him in WWE. So, Ted Jr. backed his bags and left the company behind.
No longer an active professional wrestler, Ted Jr. has since retired from the business to pursue philanthropic side of life. Ted Jr. now devotes his time to helping those in need; especially the youth.
9. Living Off Name: Cody Hall
Paying tribute to your father is one thing; becoming a carbon copy of his gimmick is another. Which is the feeling you get with Cody Hall, son of Scott Hall. Take one look at Cody and you’ll be transported back to the ’90s.
Cody not only wears replica ring gear but has also adopted his father’s mannerisms and finishing move. Once again, there is nothing wrong with paying tribute, but there is a fine line between imitation and theft in professional wrestling.
Cody is known only on the independent circuit at this point and his biggest claim to fame might be an association with the Bullet Club. There is no telling if WWE will eventually give Cody a look and a tryout, although, it’s likely that his father is pushing.
8. Making a Name: Tessa Blanchard
If you’re the offspring of somebody who was a member of The Four Horsemen, then you’re already under pressure. Such is the case with Tessa Blanchard, daughter of an original Horsemen, Tully Blanchard.
Tessa has already appeared a few times in WWE, having been added as a Rose Bud (Adam Rose’s party posse), a jobber in NXT, and most notably, a participant in the inaugural Mae Young Classic tournament.
Unfortunately, Tessa was eliminated in the first round by eventual tournament winner, Kairi Sane in a strong showing. Following the Mae Young Classic, it was back to the independent circuit for Tessa.
7. Living Off Name: Nick Hogan
Time for Nick Hogan. The pride of the family … If you consider being an entitled, reckless driving douchebag something in which a parent can take pride. Sure, Brooke is lacking in talent, but Nick is seriously lacking in morals.
After being ticketed a number of time for speeding, Nick would then crash a car that has severely altered the life of his passenger, who is expected to never fully recover from the accident. Meanwhile, Nick is walking without harm, today.
Nick contributes nothing to society. This is someone who is living directly off Hulk Hogan and his legacy. Nick is another rich kid who feels the laws do not apply to him and his carefree lifestyle.
6. Making a Name: Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns is the son of Sika; one-half of The Wild Samoans. Now, Sika is certainly not a name that jumps to mind when thinking about WWE legends. Sika did his job well but was never on the level of “Mach Man” Randy Savage.
So, one can conclude that Roman cannot really live off his father’s name, since it’s not a huge name within the industry, However, Sika is a member of the Anoa’i family and thus, his son Roman as well.
And sure, there are those who will always believe that because of this association, Roman has received a push. In reality, Roman has shown improvement in all areas, including promos (which can still use some work).
5. Living Off Name: Teddy Hart
Imagine the pride Stu Hart must have felt when he held his first male grandson, Edward Annis (who would one day become Teddy Hart), in his arm. Stu may have even believed he was holding the next Bret Hart. But off course, Teddy was a disaster.
Teddy was born to B.J. Annis (a wrestler himself) and Georgia Hart. And, like many of those with Hart D.N.A., Teddy took to wrestling. Only, Teddy was different from the usually disciplined Hart bunch.
Teddy is notorious for bad behavior. And, as such has blown his opportunity to become a WWE Superstar. But, worse than that, Teddy was once accused of sexual assault. The charges have been dropped, but you can draw your own conclusions there.
4. Making a Name: The Usos
Much like their cousin, Roman Reigns, Jimmy and Jey Uso are not depending on the Anoa’i family tree to get by in WWE. In fact, The Usos may very well be the best tag team in the entire company.
Jimmy and Jey are the sons of Rikishi. Once again, a name that does not come to mind when thinking about WWE legends. The guy in the thong was nowhere close to the guy flipping off the boss during the Attitude Era.
Nonetheless, The Usos have made it through the system, their way. They have helped make the SmackDown Live Tag Team Division appear far more superior than the teams put in place over on Monday Night Raw.
3. Living Off Name: Natalya
Natalya is the daughter of former WWE Superstar, and one-half of The Hart Foundation tag team, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart and Ellie Hart. And, of course, that Hart D.N.A. would lead Natalya into the ring.
Natalya is a solid performer and can be counted on to help with younger talent. However, there was always something missing with Natalya, as she never quite rose above the pack. Natalya has always been a reliable middle.
Much of the blame here should be handed to WWE, who once provided Natalya with a flatulence gimmick. And yes, reminding fans that Natalya is a member of the Hart family is a good call, but look at what the company has done.
2. Making a Name: Charlotte Flair
Yes, Charlotte Flair wears the robe, comes down to similar music, and uses the “WOOO” catchphrase (insert I.W.C. bitching here about what was just written about Natalya), but she is so much more than the daughter of Ric Flair.
The women on the rise in WWE, and while it’s difficult to place one woman at the forefront of the Evolution, Charlotte is definitely a worthy candidate. Already a history-maker, Charlotte will continue to push forward and break barriers in WWE.
There has been a lot of talk about a Women’s match in the main event of WrestleMania. And, it no longer feels like an if but rather a when it will happen. Again, there are so many women deserving of that spot.
1. Living Off Name: Noelle Foley
Noelle Foley, daughter of the hardcore legend, Mick Foley. Probably the most searched wrestling daughter on the internet. But, a future WWE Superstar? Probably not. Even though, Noelle has expresses interest in the business; or did she really?
Noelle’s wrestling training was documented on the family’s reality television show, Holey Foley. So, was this for real or simply for the cameras? Does Noelle truly have the itch that only rope burn can cure? It’s doubtful.
Noelle is a social media presence and the new fantasy of the I.W.C.P. (Internet Wrestling Community Perverts). Noelle has been taking full advantage of the Foley name and along the way to wherever she is going.
But hey! Noelle just might show up somewhere in WWE, someday. However, this could be another case of Eva Marie.
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