Family fallouts are pretty common in real life, most families tend to have arguments, some severe which leads to people not talking, whilst others are quickly sorted out. This is exactly the same for wrestling families, who have to put up with the constant politics and ego’s that comes with the sport.
There have been several cases of some of the biggest wrestling families in history totally combusting due to different issues and winding up hating each other because of it. This article will look at 15 wrestling family members who hate each other, whether it’s over something petty or serious.
15. The Sammartino Family
Bruno Sammartino is a legend of the industry, one of the all-time greats who changed wrestling for the better. However, his son, David, you may not have actually heard of.
David struggled to make the same impact on the wrestling industry that his Hall of Fame father had and David reportedly resented Bruno for trying to help him in his career, with David wanting to make a mark himself.
14. The Bella Family
The Bella Twins have grown their family in recent years with the marriage of Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella and a future marriage set for John Cena and Nikki Bella, but while things have been happy, that doesn’t mean they don’t have their share of fallouts.
With the popularity of Total Divas creating the spin-off, Total Bellas, the fallouts, and arguments of the Bella family have been well documented for the entire world to see. While their arguments are usually petty and not too serious, there have been occasions where different members of the family have fallen out for more serious issues.
Whether it’s individual relationships, or the Bella Twins themselves, the family have certainly had their share of fallouts. Notable by his absence on the show is the Bella’s father, who they don’t connect with, providing at least one long-term fallout inside the popular family.
13. The Knight Family
The Knight family are one of the greatest wrestling families to ever come out of the UK and provided WWE with one of its top female superstars in the form of Paige. Anyone who knows the family, knows that they can be controversial and aren’t shy about sharing their opinions.
Many in the family have bashed WWE from time to time, especially during the difficult year that Paige has recently had, and it was during that time that one of her brothers risked a major fallout in outing her difficulty.
Her brother revealed very openly that things were not going well between her and Alberto El Patron and admitted that his sister would hate him for sharing the revelation, and it is unknown whether the fallout ever happened.
12. The Rhodes Family
Thankfully, this situation managed to resolve itself prior to Dusty Rhodes’ death, hence why it ranks lower on the list. But, even though the Rhodes brothers and their father, The American Dream were all on one page towards the end of Dusty’s life, that wasn’t always the case.
In fact, Dusty and Goldust had a major fallout for a long time, which meant that Cody and his brother didn’t really know each other well until they teamed up in WWE. With Goldust going through a tough spell in his life and falling to drugs, the father and son began to drift and fell out.
11. The Jarrett Family
The Jarrett family might not be as well known as others on this list with their big fallout actually taking place in TNA. While everyone talks about the McMahon family (we will get to them) being historic bookers, the Jarrett family have also done plenty.
The father and son combination of Jeff and Jerry worked together to launch TNA (now Impact Wrestling) and it did work to decent success. But after several fallouts, Jeff eventually cut Jerry from the company, something that obviously caused bad blood between them.
10. The Nemeth Family
For those that don’t know, the Nemeth family revolves around Dolph Ziggler, who has two brothers. One of those worked in WWE development and actually came out against Bill DeMott for his bullying tactics.
However, his other brother has had a very different year, finding himself in jail for the next 15 years after murdering an army veteran following a botched robbery. This obviously put Ziggler in a negative spotlight that he didn’t deserve, nor want, and the fact he hasn’t made any comment on the situation shows how he feels about it and his brother’s actions.
9. The Austin Family
When it comes to Stone Cold Steve Austin few people have a bad word to say about him. Arguably the greatest of all time, Austin helped take WWE to the next level with his incredible ticket and merchandise numbers, but one person who might disagree is his ex-wife, Debra.
She was used on screen several times during Austin’s run and while things appeared to be rosy, behind the scenes that was not the case. Debra and Austin finished their relationship with divorce papers, and her comments made it clear things didn’t end calmly.
8. The Swann Family
This is a very recent incident but one that has the potential to cost Rich Swann his job. The WWE 205 Live star has recently been arrested and suspended by WWE for domestic violence against his wife and it’s fair to say they aren’t on the best of terms right now. WWE was quick to react, as he was suspended minutes after the news broke that Swann was in trouble with the law.
Swann was starting to get a push on television before his actions and it looks like his job could now be on the line given WWE’s zero tolerance of domestic violence, which puts him in a very difficult situation moving forward.
7. The Huffman Family
Booker T and his brother, Stevie Ray, were an incredible tag team during their run, but as has happened with other tag teams, the brothers ended up falling apart in real life, not talking to each other for over five years. For anyone who watched the tag team in WCW, they seemed extremely close, making this one of the more shocking entries here.
6. The Fatu Family
This is a situation that certainly wasn’t too cool and once again showed the power of Total Divas, opening wrestlers families to an audience like never before. The problems between Jimmy Uso and his father, Rikishi, were made very clear during his marriage to Naomi.
The WWE Hall of Famer chose not to turn up to his own son’s wedding, which aired on an episode of Total Divas because he didn’t approve of his wife. While Rikishi has claimed things were exaggerated for television, he still didn’t attend the ceremony, which no doubt left a bitter taste in the Uso’s mouth.
5. The British Bulldogs
Real life cousins, Dynamite Kid and Davey Boy Smith created one of the best tag teams of all time in The British Bulldogs, with their feud with The Hart Foundation being one of the greatest ever.
Despite that, the pair didn’t get on in real life as well as they might’ve done inside the ring. It started with the decision of Smith to take the rights to the British Bulldog name, stopping Dynamite Kid from using it causing a real rift between the pair.
Kid’s most recognizable gimmick was under that name and it went on to have a major impact on his career, while Davey Boy Smith had a solid career alone in WWE and WCW. Kid ended up being bitter and frustrated with how things played out, and it’s hard to argue with him.
4. The Guerrero Family
The unfortunate, untimely death of Eddie Guerrero caused major heartache for everyone, from wrestling fans to co-workers, but most importantly, to his family. Death can cause major issues in any family and that was sadly the case with the legendary Guerrero’s.
Following his death, WWE provided Vickie Guerrero with an opportunity to stay with the company, giving her an increased role that saw Vickie show just how good she was on the microphone and at gaining heat.
Eddie’s brother, Hector Guerrero, took exception to this, claiming that she ‘sold out’ to the WWE and claiming she never kept in touch with the family. His wife went on to slate her for how she uses the family name but never acknowledges anyone and it’s fair to say that Eddie’s death had an even bigger impact than some noticed.
3. The Von Erich Family
The Von Erich’s are another of wrestlings greatest families, producing some of the most historic moments there has ever been, with their closeness providing a real chemistry inside the ring that fans could buy into.
However, it was the decision to cast a non-family member as Lance Von Erich that created problems. When the need for someone opened up the decision to create Lance, a cousin to Kerry and Kevin was made and it certainly didn’t work.
2. The McMahon Family
One of the most famous wrestling families is, of course, the McMahon family. Wrestling runs through the family and creating the juggernaut that is WWE didn’t come without its hardships, yet for the most part, the family remains fairly close.
That was until Triple H entered the scene when he married Stephanie McMahon. The bad blood and tension between The Game and Shane McMahon have been reported countless times with Triple H pretty much taking the spot that most thought Shane would fall into.
1. The Hart Family
Arguably the greatest and most talented family in wrestling history, the Hart families legacy is still continuing today through SmackDown Live’s Natalya. However, there has been a pretty big divide in the famous family for some time that hasn’t left them as close as people might imagine.
Bret Hart has mentioned that the death of his brother, Owen, really ripped apart the family and made the family take sides against each other, with Owen’s widow being incredibly against anything to do with WWE.
The fact that one of the most legendary families is no longer the tight close unit they were during their prime is a real shame, which can hopefully change down the line.
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