Pro wrestling has seen great success from second generation athletes more than most other fields of work. The wrestling business is its own entity and many children seek to follow their parent’s footsteps in becoming the next superstar in their family. Many second or third generation wrestlers have achieved great success thanks to their familiarity with the business and the genes of athletic talent passing on to them. The Rock, Randy Orton and Bret Hart are among the best examples of talents growing up in the wrestling business and creating their own name when given a chance to become a star.
While there are obvious benefits to having the knowledge and family history entering the wrestling business, there can be great flaws that follow a second generation wrestler. Many of the sons and daughters of former wrestling stars have been hit with the reputation of being entitled or lazy because they feel their name will carry them to success. The target on the back of a wrestler will also be larger due to other wrestlers not wanting nepotism to cause a lesser talent to pass them in the pecking order. There are both pros and cons to the journey of a second generation wrestler.
The second generation stars to achieve success have become some of the greatest stories in wrestling history but the other end of the spectrum features equally fascinating stories. The wrestlers to fail to live up to their family name and follow the path of their parents have ended their stories in quite terrible fashion. This list will explore the names that have not been able to sustain success in their attempts to reach fame. Many wrestlers gave up after falling, some just didn’t have what it takes, but all of them were definite flops. These are the top fifteen worst second generation wrestlers of all time.
15 Rene Dupree
As the son of longtime wrestler and promoter Emile Dupree, Rene Dupree was signed to WWE with the expectations of becoming a big deal. Dupree brought a great look and enough talent to hope he could blossom into a future star. Unfortunately, he didn’t improve to a level that would see him be more than a lower card act. Dupree spent the majority of his WWE career in anti-American tag teams with partners such as Sylvan Grenier, Rob Conway and Kenzo Suzuki. Despite being given one final chance on the ECW brand in 2007, Dupree violated the wellness policy drug test resulting in a suspension and, ultimately, his firing.
13 Barry Orton
11 Scott Putski
10 David Sammartino
8 Wes Brisco
7 Cody Hall
Scott Hall was one of the all-time greats with a reputation and body of work that continues to generate respect from his peers and fans. Hall’s personal demons caused issues in his family but cleaning up his act has resulted in him forming a relationship with his son and aspiring wrestler Cody Hall. Cody currently wrestles in New Japan Pro Wrestling in a learning experience and is a member of the Bullet Club. He gets to work with established pros like AJ Styles, Karl Anderson and the Young Bucks but Hall doesn’t showcase much potential other than as a believable bodyguard type.
6 Brian Christopher
5 Shawn Stasiak
4 Sim Snuka
3 Erik Watts
2 Garett Bischoff
1 David Flair
Based on the situation and the results, David Flair has to be the pick for the worst second generation wrestler of all time. As the son of all-time great Ric Flair, David was given a big contract and a roster spot on WCW television in important storylines. The waste of a spot was pretty offensive to the wrestlers working hard to get more television time and it happened right around the period where WCW began to lose money. David was a terrible wrestler with no charisma and it led to a horrible run. After a failed push, David played an insane character that would hit people with crowbars. Sadly, the audience would have benefited if they were the ones getting knocked out instead of watching him.
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