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Top 15 Wrestlers Who Were Surpassed By Their Kids

Professional wrestling has long been handed down between generations. Look at some of the big promoters … the Crocketts, Jarretts and McMahons … second, third and fourth generation respectively in the business. I’m a total mark and listen to a bunch of wrestling podcasts as a good mark does. Steve Austin, Jim Ross and Chris Jericho talk of how difficult it was to get into the business being an outsider, which is probably why I’m not writing for WWE or Lucha Underground. Some though had an inside track. Many of the children of wrestlers, growing up together inside the locker room, have gone on to star in the WWE. The Usos (sons of Rikishi), Bray Wyatt & Bo Dallas (sons of Mike Rotunda), Curtis Axel (son of Mr. Perfect) just to name a few. But remember that for every Charlotte, there’s a David Flair who just never lived up to Ric’s reputation.

Speaking of Charlotte, she’s an amazing performer, but her father is one of, if not the best professional wrestler of all time. While she may be the Divas champ she’s got a long way to go to even get near the 16-time World Champ. So this is all you’ll likely be reading about the stylin and profilin, limousine ridin, jet flyin … you get it. WOOOOO!

In some rare cases though, children outshine their parents even those that come from pretty well-known families. Vince McMahon has done way more with the WWE than his father ever dreamed of. I always love seeing how the younger generations will perform with the spotlight on them. You hear that name and instantly think of their famous parent and what they did in the ring. Sometimes it looks like people will take off and then they stall, but this list is dedicated to those who broke through the wall and forged their own path.

But enough of my blathering on like I’m some sort of wrestling historian (please think of me as a wrestling historian) and onto the Top 15 Wrestlers Surpassed by Their Kids!

15 "Bullet" Bob Armstrong

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14 Saraya Knight

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13 Jerry Jarrett

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12 Joe Blanchard

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11 Dos Caras

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10 Mike DiBiase

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9 Larry “the Axe” Hennig

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8 Grizzly Smith

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7 Gory Guerrero

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6 Dory Funk Sr.

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5 Warren Bockwinkel

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4 Angelo Poffo

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3 Bob Orton Jr.

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2 Stu Hart

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1 Rocky Johnson

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Rocky Johnson held a number of regional titles as well as the WWF Tag Team Championship. He was even inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, but come on. We’re talking about The Rock here. Did anyone expect Rocky Maivia to become the mega star he is? If someone said that guy was going to be a Hollywood star people would have said you were crazy. Since 2010 The Rock’s movies have grossed more than $1.5-billion. BILLION! He’s held the WWE World Heavyweight Title eight times in addition to the Intercontinental Championship, tag team titles and winning the Royal Rumble. He’s headlined a number of WrestleMania events. There’s really no arguing that The Rock surpassed his father by a mile.

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