Wrestlers almost never go by their actual names. It's what makes the whole scene so much fun. The raunchy nicknames and the wild story-lines are all part of the show.
Could you imagine a wrestling match headlined by Paul Levesque and Steve Borden? Two ordinary names coming out with ridiculously entertaining entrances. No. Triple H and Sting sounds 10x better.
Same thing goes for rappers and singers. Several don't use their real names. They create a new brand with a new and more enticing name. The reason isn't to hide the name their parents gave them, it's to create a whole different persona.
That does make it incredible difficult to decipher which wrestlers are related, and which aren't. I mean, how could we know a tag team of wrestlers are actually brothers or cousins if their ring names are outrageously different than their actual birth names. This isn't the NFL, where the last name is placed on the back of the jersey.
Wrestling is unlike any other professional sport in that manner. I mean, sure, some athletes in other sports go by a nickname, but that almost never interferes with the last name. The last name is close to the heart, so it's no surprise.
But the WWE has such a long and rich history, that fans are bound to miss the relations between wrestlers.
If you've ever wondered about the WWE family trees, this is the list for you. So, go ahead, click through and see if two of your favorite wrestlers happen to be brothers, cousins, or in-laws. Then next time you watch a match with your buddies you can drop a little wrestling family knowledge on them. BOOM!
The Anoa'i family wrestling ties go on, and on, and on. There are several members on the list, including Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
Some of the family tree is common knowledge, but a lesser-known name is Roman Reigns, who just so happens to be Rikishi's cousin and as a result, cousin to his sons The Usos as well.
If you have some free time. And I mean A LOT of free time. Do yourself a favor and scroll through the Anoa'i family history. There are so many members that have had a tremendous impact on the WWE. It's quite possible that it has left the biggest impact of any family in history.
Booker T and Stevie Ray teamed up to make the feared "Harlem Heat" tag team. The two also happen to be brothers.
It's actually commonly known to older fans but those of a younger generation who may not be that familiar with WCW may not realize the relation. The two won the WCW Tag Team Championship a record nine times in their illustrious careers and are widely regared as one of the greatest tag teams of all time.
Sabu is well-known for his hardcore wrestling style. A style that has allowed him to win several championships around the globe.
Want to get an idea of where he gets it from?
Perhaps his uncle, The Sheik, a wrestler from the 1980s ... who was one of originators of hardcore wrestling. Some confuse The Sheik with The Iron Sheik, and believe Sabu is his nephew. I'll put that to rest right here.
It's fairly well-known that Jerry Lawler is the father of WWE competitor Brian Christopher, but what many may be unaware of is the fact that his first cousin is The Honky Tonk Man.
Lawler, who is now a color commentator, faced his cousin a great deal throughout his career. Hardcore WWE fans likely know the two are related, but odds are the casual fan is not that aware of the relation shared between these Southern Superstars.
The Rock and Nia Jax have a couple things in common.
One, they both have notable careers outside of professional wrestling. The Rock is an actor, while Jax is a plus size model.
The other thing.. They are cousins. Not only are the two related, but both are very close. The Rock mentors Jax and has played a major role in her journey towards WWE. Jax currently competes in NXT.
Rockin Robin was the cream of the crop when in the WWE in the late 1980s, as she held the crown from 1988 through 1990.
That part, many wrestling fans know about. However, it's unlikely that fans, especially casual, realize that Rockin Robin is related to Jake "The Snake" Roberts, who is her half-brother.
Jake is nine year's older, but the two started wrestling right around the same time. The Snake was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in April of 2014.
Put your hand over The Shockmaster picture real quick and take a long look at Cody Rhodes. Now do the same to Rhodes and look at The Shockmaster.
If someone told you they were related in anyway, you'd probably look at that person like they have three heads. Well, that person is telling the truth, as The Shockmaster (Fred Ottman) is his uncle.
Rhodes is currently enjoying a solid career in WWE, while The Shockmaster will be forver remembered by his implosion at the Clash of Champions XXIV, when he teamed up with the British Bulldog and Sting.
James Snuka is best known by is ring name, "Deuce," so people may not realize that he is the brother of Tamina Snuka. That is, unless, they know him by his other ring name, Sim Snuka.
Either way, there is little chance fans will recognize this relation, especially since he went by the latter for about a year.
Deuce's wrestling career was short lived (by most calculations), as he started in the late 90s and finished in 2009. Meanwhile, Tamina still competes today in WWE.
This brother-sister combo are the offspring of a wrestling legend in Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka.
Greg "The Hammer" Valentine has racked up an incredible amount of championships over his career that spanned over four decades. Brian Knobbs also wrestled close to the same time as Valentine, and is best known for his tag team called the Nasty Boys, where he dominated with partner Jerry Sags.
That's what many fans know about these two former WWE studs. Some may be surprised to hear that the two are related. Based on looks, it isn't shocking, but they aren't bound by blood.
Valentines wife's sister is married to Knobbs, making them brother-in-laws.
Many of the older generation wrestling fans know the tag duo labeled "The British Bulldog," featuring the Dynamite Kid and Davey Boy Smith.
Fun fact about the two strapping team of wrestlers. They were actually cousins.
For those of you who don't know this, I'm sure it must be such a tremendous revelation. Many related wrestlers have faced each other over the year's, but it has not been often that relatives are on tag team's. Yes, it's happened, but it's always more fun when it's a pair of dudes no one realizes are related.
Irwin R. Schyster (Mike Rotunda), better known as IRS, was the wrestling world's famously hated tax collector. Mostly a road agent, IRS made occasional appearances at WWE shows, but is also the son-in-law of the great Blackjack Mulligan.
That's right, IRS become forever linked by blood to Blackjack when he hitched up with his daughter Stephanie back in the 1980's.
Blackjack may want to make sure he pays his taxes on time.
Dusty Rhodes and Jerry Sags may seem like polar opposites, but believe it or not, the two are related. Not by blood, but by Jerry Sags tying the knot with the sister of Dusty Rhodes's wife.
Thus bring two of WWE's most unique wrestlers ever together on a family tree. The brother-in-laws actually teamed up in the WCW Fall Brawl of '94. One of these men would become an American Dream" while the other will forever be known as a "Nasty Boy."
Back in the day, Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy was dropping his 300 pound body all over wrestlers in dominating fashion alongside "Dr. Death" Steve Williams.
His legacy was carried on by someone, who, well, doesn't exactly look or act like him.
His son Slam Master J, looked liked a wanna be Eminem as he hits the ring in Du-rag, wife beater, and gold chain. Not exactly the upbringing you'd expect from Bam Bam, but he's his son.
If you had to guess which professional wrestler is the Road Warrior's brother, who would you say? The Road Warrior Hawk sounds like the easy, and also the correct answer. It's certainly what I would have said.
Nope, he is not. But I'll tell you who is. Shockingly enough, it's John Laurinaitis.
Yes, you heard that correct. The King of "People Power" is a sibling of Road Warrior Animal. Of all the people who are related on this list, it's quite possible that this takes the cake. I mean, come on, how crazy?!
Did you ever look at two guys and think, "good God, how are they related."
That's what it's like when anyone hears that Bo Dallas and Bray Watt are brothers. Okay, I'll give them the long hair, but the face and body. I mean it really isn't even close to looking alike.
Bo Dallas has the appearance of a golden boy model, while Bray Watt is is sloppily overweight and hairy. It simply doesn't make any sense.