We are more likely to see stories involving relatives in wrestling than other forms of sports due to how unique the industry is. Very few have the skills and get the breaks to excel in the pro wrestling world to make a living out of it. The job is a lifestyle that extends to the family of the performer. This has created various second generation stars or relatives of successful wrestlers trying their hand to make a profession for themselves. Siblings have become far more common with the new generation of talent coming through but have always been a part of the business.
Many tag teams are portrayed as brothers working together. Most of these situations feature two guys that aren’t actually related but are just playing the role. Edge and Christian are not brothers. They were best friends from childhood but they are not related at all. Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley are obviously not brothers but they played the role to perfection. While you don’t need to be related to be an effective tag team, history has shown us blood relatives that grew up together definitely have a chemistry that can’t be replicated. Some of those tag teams happened to feature one better talent of the two and we’ll look at those situations.
There’s also the siblings that have very little in common and entered the industry in very different ways despite being relatives. Cody Rhodes and Dustin Rhodes have very little in common aside from being the sons of the legendary Dusty Rhodes. Cody has gone out of his way to mention that he doesn't enjoy teaming with Dustin and never wants to return to that place in his career again. That proves not all siblings can work well together. The landscape of how siblings interact is one thing but it’s even more fascinating when one is clearly more talented than the other. These are the stories being discussed here as we break down the top fifteen wrestlers that were far better than their siblings.
15 Bret Hart and Owen Hart > Smith and Bruce Hart
14 Scott Steiner > Rick Steiner
13 Alicia Fox > Christina Crawford
12 Kerry Von Erich > Mike Von Erich
11 Dolph Ziggler > Ryan Nemeth
10 Shane McMahon > Stephanie McMahon
9 Nikki Bella > Brie Bella
8 Carlito > Primo
7 Animal > John Laurinaitis
6 Bray Wyatt > Bo Dallas
5 Booker T > Stevie Ray
4 Roman Reigns > Rosey
3 Jeff Hardy > Matt Hardy
2 Charlotte > David Flair
1 Randy Savage > Lanny Poffo
The greatest example of sharing the same genes, but not the same talent would be the careers of Randy Savage and Lanny Poffo. The brothers were second generation stars following in the footsteps of father Angelo Poffo. Savage achieved great fame as one of the first big WWE stars during the golden era as “The Macho Man” and he is still beloved today for his superb work. It would be hard to argue anyone was a more complete performer than Savage. Lanny portrayed "The Genius" in the WWE and was painfully average. There was nothing outwardly horrible about him, but he looked terrible in comparison to how unbelievably good his brother was. Randy Savage’s greatness was on a level that sibling Lanny Poffo was nowhere close to matching.
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