Professional wrestling has always had its fair share of second- and third-generation wresters. The business has also had plenty of brothers and other siblings teaming together. Over the years we have seen many wrestlers claim to be brothers who were actually not related in real life, including Edge and Christian, The Dudleys, and Kane and The Undertaker.
There have also been plenty of real brothers who have become successful tag teams. Some of the brothers on this list have captured multiple tag team championships in addition to being great singles competitors. Current teams such as The Usos, the Singh Brothers, and the Hardy Boyz are all brothers competing together in the WWE. There have also been some great and not-so-great sets of brothers to compete in the past including The Briscos, Harlem Heat, and the Wild Samoans.
Some of these teams were not so successful, even though they had a special connection in the ring that most tag teams do not. This list does not include those that have claimed to be brothers, or it may have turned out quite a bit differently. Here are the best and worst of brothers who have competed as tag teams over the years.
15 Best: The Usos
Twin brothers Jimmy and Jey Uso are the sons of former wrestler Rikishi and members of the Anoa’i wrestling family. They first competed in Florida Championship Wrestling where they held the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship. The Usos joined the WWE in 2010 and have been managed by their cousin Tamina Snuka as well as Jimmy’s wife Naomi. The Usos have been very successful and held the WWE Tag Team Championship twice before capturing the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship. They also won Slammy Awards for Tag Team of the Year in 2014 and 2015. If the WWE keeps them together as they should, the Uso brothers could become even more successful. They have joined the ranks of their relatives Afa and Sika as one of the greatest Samoan tag teams of all time.
14 Worst: Bo And Duke Rotundo (aka Bo Dallas And Bray Wyatt)
Before they were known as Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas in the WWE, Bo and Duke Rotundo were two-time Florida Championship Wrestling tag team champions. In fact the brothers, who are the sons of Mike Rotundo (I.R.S.), set a record for holding the titles for a combined 161 days. While Duke would go onto become Bray Wyatt and become a WWE Champion, Bo was a big bust and never did much of anything in the WWE. Bo is probably jealous of his brother’s success as the leader of the Wyatt Family and would have been better off joining his brother in the faction. While Wyatt was the leader of his successful family, Bo was a member of the Social Outcasts and has all but disappeared.
13 Best: The Rougeau Brothers
Brothers Jacques and Raymond Rougeau were third-generation wrestlers as part of a great wrestling family. The pair competed in the WWE from 1986 to 1990 and were known as The Fabulous Rougeaus. They held the WWE Tag Team Championship once although it is not recognized by the WWE. They defeated the Hart Foundation when they used Jimmy Hart’s megaphone. The referee reversed the decision later on and the WWE pretended it never happened. The Rougeaus were also three-time Canadian International Tag Team Champions. Raymond retired in 1990 and Jacques went on to have singles success as The Mountie, then won three more WWE Tag Team Championships as Jacques, as he teamed up with Pierre as The Quebecers. Their other brother Armand Rougeau signed with the WWE in 1986 but suffered from a serious back injury which caused him to retire.
12 Worst: Carlito and Primo Colon
Carlito and his real-life brother Primo were actually the first tag team to unify the WWE Tag Team Championship with the World Tag Team Championship. That accomplishment might make it sound like they were a great team, but that wasn’t exactly the case. They did hold the WWE Tag Team Championship once and the World Tag Team Championship once before Primo would move on to team with his cousin Epico and win another WWE Tag Team Championship. Carlito has had the most success in his father’s promotion in Puerto Rico, winning the World Wrestling Council Universal Heavyweight Championship 17 times. It seems as if all the Colons wrestling in the WWE have underperformed or at least not been given the right opportunities to succeed.
11 Best: Jerry and Jack Brisco
Long before Jerry Brisco was known as a stooge for Vince McMahon, he was in a very successful tag team with his brother Jack Brisco. They wrestled in Florida, the NWA, Georgia Championship Wrestling, Puerto Rico, and many other regional territories. The Briscos convinced shareholders of Georgia Championship Wrestling to sell to Vince McMahon in 1984 and the story goes that they were given jobs in the WWE for life. They were unable to capture the WWE Tag Team Championships before Jack left the business. The two were eight-time NWA Florida Tag Team Champions. They also held many other versions of the NWA Tag Team Championships a well as the World Wrestling Council Tag Team Championships. Gerald and Jack Brisco were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2008.
10 Worst: Cody Rhodes/Stardust And Goldust
From 2013 to 2015, real-life brothers Cody Rhodes and Goldust teamed together and feuded with each other in the WWE. During part of that time, Cody became known as Stardust. The sons of Dusty Rhodes were able to capture the WWE Tag Team Championship twice during that time. Cody eventually left the WWE and Goldust stayed behind. The problem is that the brothers had a hard time getting on the same page. If they had teamed up for a longer period of time and weren’t concerned with funny gimmicks they may have been much better together. Cody also held WWE Tag Team Championships with Drew McIntyre, Hardcore Holly, and Ted DiBiase Jr. twice. Goldust has also been a WWE Tag Team Champion with Booker T.
9 Best: Bret And Owen Hart
Even though brothers Bret “The Hitman” Hart and Owen Hart didn’t team up very much, they were two great wrestlers who could have been huge as a tag team. Bret is one of the best of all time, and his brother Owen lost his life tragically in a wrestling-related accident. Bret and Owen Hart actually feuded with each other more than they teamed up. But when they did, they mostly feuded with Jerry “The King” Lawler in USWA. After a long and very personal feud, the brothers reunited as part of The Hart Foundation and Team Canada. Bret was a two-time WWE Tag Team Champion with Jim Neidhart and Owen held WWE Tag Team Championships with The British Bulldog, Jeff Jarrett, and Yokozuna twice. They likely could have won many more titles if they teamed up more often.
8 Worst: Ron And Don Harris
The Harris Brothers were twins who competed under many different names. They competed in the WWE with little success, under gimmicks including The Blu Brothers and The Disciples of Apocalypse, Skull and 8-Ball. They also competed in ECW as The Bruise Brothers and in WCW as Creative Control. The Harris Brothers used their real names and were a part of the nWo 2000 faction. They won the WCW World Tag Team Championships three times and then went to Japan and briefly wrestled in TNA. Ron and Don Harris also held championships in the Championship Wrestling International Alliance, Continental Wrestling Association, Pacific Northwest Wrestling, Smoky Mountain Wrestling, and the United States Wrestling Association. The brothers now work in marketing and production and their company Aroluxe was in talks to purchase TNA in 2016.
7 Best: Afa And Sika (aka The Wild Samoans)
Afa and Sika were early members of the famous Anoa’i wrestling family, which also includes wrestlers such as Yokozuna, Roman Reigns, Umaga, Rikishi, The Usos, and more. Brothers Afa and Sika joined the WWE in 1979 as the Wild Samoans. The pair held the WWE Tag Team Championships three times and were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007. The Samoans also competed in the NWA before Sika would compete as a singles competitor in WWE. They opened up The Wild Samoan Training Center and trained wrestling family members, as well as the likes of Batista and Billy Kidman. Sika is the father of Roman Reigns and former WWE Superstar, the late Rosey. The Samoans formed the Usos Foundation in 1999, long before Jimmy and Jey Uso would debut in the WWE.
6 Worst: The Headhunters
The Headhunters didn’t spend much time in the WWE, but they did compete in the 1996 Royal Rumble under the name The Squat Team. After that they appeared on Raw being billed as The Arabian Butchers, managed by Jim Cornette. Manuel and Victor Santiago are twin brothers who were mainly known as The Headhunters and competed in ECW, Mexico, and Japan. These big men weighed in at a combined 652 pounds and were billed from the Dominican Republic. They won tag team championships in CMLL, International Wrestling Association Japan, IWA, International Wrestling Revolution Group, Wrestling International New Generations, and World Wrestling Council. If they were given a chance in WWE they could have been a pair of monster heels, but that never worked out for them.
5 Best: Harlem Heat
Even though Booker T went on to achieve great success as an individual, Harlem Heat was one of the best tag teams of all time consisting of brothers. Booker and Lash Huffman were best known as Booker T and Stevie Ray and achieved the most success in WCW. They started off as The Ebony Experience before becoming Harlem Heat when they joined WCW in 1993. This pair of real-life brothers managed to win the WCW World Tag Team Championship a record 10 times. The two brothers feuded towards the end of WCW, and Booker T went on to the WWE while Stevie did not. Booker, as we know, is a five-time (say it five times) World Champion, and he also won the WWE Intercontinental Championship and was a three-time WWE United States Champion. He held the WWE World Tag Team Championship with Test, Goldust, and Rob Van Dam, and the WCW Tag Team Championship with Test.
4 Worst: The Singh Brothers
Until Jinder Mahal made his run and captured the WWE Championship, the WWE Universe probably didn’t know much about the Singh Brothers. Now known as Sunil and Samir Singh, brothers Gurvinder and Harvinder Sihra were best known as The Bollywood Boyz. They captured the Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling Tag Team Championship five times, the Global Force Wrestling Tag Team Championship, the Real Canadian Wrestling Tag Team Championship, and the Ring Ka King Tag Team Championship. It is unknown when the Singh Brothers will join SmackDown’s tag team division or if they will continue to be lackeys for Mahal. They haven’t had the opportunity to show how good they can be in the ring but they will certain have some heat once they start to wrestle.
3 Best: The Hardy Boyz
When the Hardy Boyz made their WWE debuts as jobbers in the mid-'90s, it was hard to believe they would go on to become such a successful tag team. Matt and Jeff Hardy would stay in the WWE through 2010 where they would also become known as Team Xtreme and help popularize ladder matches and feud with great teams such as the Dudleys and Edge and Christian. The Hardy Boyz are six-time WWE Tag Team Champions, two-time TNA World Tag Team Champions, and one-time ROH Tag Team Champions. Their careers were revitalized as The Broken Hardys in TNA before they rejoined the WWE at WrestleMania 33, capturing the gold once again. The Hardys are not only great together, but Jeff Hardy is a two-time World Heavyweight Champion, former WWE Champion, and three-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion. His brother Matt is also very accomplished and is a two-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion.
2 Worst: Jake And Jesse (a.k.a. The Gymini)
The team known as Gymini in the WWE competed in 2006. They were commonly used as enhancement talent on the WWE show Velocity and also wrestled on SmackDown. This pair of twin brothers was more commonly known as The Shane Twins, Mike and Todd, outside of the WWE. They held the NWA World Tag Team Championship as well as the NWA Florida Tag Team Championship four times. The Shane Twins also held the Deep South Tag Team Championship, Intendent Pro Wrestling Tag Team Championship five times, Jersey All Pro Wrestling Tag Team Championship, and World Professional Wrestling Federation Tag Team Championship. At one point Gymini was wrestling in dark matches before SmackDown and was managed by Angelina Love. After retiring from the ring, they became bouncers at a club in Tampa.
1 Best: The Steiner Brothers
Brothers Rick and Scott Steiner started out wrestling for the University of Michigan. They became best known wrestling in the WWE and WCW. The Steiners wrestled in WCW from 1988 to 1992 and 1996 to 1998 where they held the NWA/WCW Tag World Tag Team Championship seven times. They then wrestled in the WWE from 1992 to 1994 and were two-time WWE Tag Team Champions. In addition, they also were two-time IWGP Tag Team Champions in New Japan Pro Wrestling and competed in ECW and TNA, among other promotions. Scott would become the more successful singles competitor, and held the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. He was also a member of the nWo during his time in WCW. The controversies surrounding Scott may prevent the brothers from being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, but they certain deserve the honor.