Father time shows no mercy and doesn’t discriminate. However, it does get tempting to question father time’s credibility when some wrestlers stay active and challenge it deep into their late forties, fifties or even sixties. Not to mention all the timeless moments that these wrestlers are associated with that we manage to subconsciously think of them as if they are forever young.
It’s hard to not associate being a grandparent with being old. Therefore, it’s easy to understand why the majority of these names would come off relatively as a shock, especially since a number of them have just recently laced their boots or are still active between the ropes. Here are 10 wrestlers you didn't know are grandparents:
This one will definitely come off as a jaw dropper considering that the six-time world champion granddad was just wrestling a few months ago at the “Granddaddy of Them All” against his long-time nemesis Triple H at WM 35. Batista has managed to do fine with Father Time so far. Safe to assume that even Father Time isn’t reckless enough to risk a Batista Bomb for not giving Dave what he wants. The Animal might have hung his wrestling boots after that match but he still has his grandsons to put over. Over his shoulders, that is.
9 Brock Lesnar
The former reigning defending Undisputed Universal Champion Brock Lesnar may be the mayor of suplex city as well as the most destructive force that has ever set foot in a WWE ring, but he’s also known for his love of privacy and his family. Luckily for the Beast Incarnate, his family extends beyond one generation of children as his marriage to Sable has offered him the chance to be a step-grandfather to her daughter’s kid. Here Is to hoping that Paul Heyman hangs around Lesnar and his family so that the grandchild can hear all about their grandfather straight from the mouth of the best hypeman a legendary wrestling figure like Brock can have.
8 Stone Cold Steve Austin
Another case of a step-grandfather on this list, Stone Cold makes the cut due to his step-daughter having a son of her own. One has to wonder if The Texas Rattlesnake has a similar no nonsense straight forward approach in his relationship with his step-grandson. This is begging to be a Reality TV show.
The young man will get to share multiple beers with his grandfather in the future. The advantage to being blood is that unlike Austin’s wrestling peers, the young man will not be treated to a Stone Cold Stunner and some middle fingers right after. Or will he?
Kane becoming a mayor is one level of surreal. Being a grandfather is just some next level stuff. Well technically, he’s another step-grandfather on this list. Being the ultimate company man, Kane has to definitely consider WWE as family after all these years of loyalty and service. A safe bet would be that the same sense of family love translates into his actual own life. The Big Red Machine would make for an interesting Santa on a Christmas eve dinner. One can’t imagine it anything below peak wholesomeness. As long as there are no mentions of May 19th at least.
Sable being a grandmother is a statement that will deeply hurt for all of the men that came of age during the Attitude Era. Before she was married to Brock Lesnar, Sable was in another marriage and gave birth to a daughter in her early 20s.
A few years ago, Sable welcomed a new member to her family as her daughter gave birth to a baby boy. As she shares the same private lifestyle as Lesnar and as she has been outside of the spotlight for a good while, it’s easy to imagine her enjoying this new chapter in her life.
5 Road Dogg
Oh, you didn’t know? Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, D-Generation X proudly brings to you The Road Dogg Jesse James. And we got two words for you. Grandfather list. The New Age Outlaw is definitely a surprise on here especially when you compare his grandfather status to that of his former stablemates in DX. While Gunn might not be that far off in following in his footsteps as his son is in his mid-20s, it might be years before Shawn Michaels does, and way many more years before Triple H or X-Pac catch up.
4 Ken Shamrock
It isn’t exactly some revolutionary revelation that people have soft spots for their children and grandchildren. For a man who was once billed as “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” during his WWE tenure, having seven children and ten grandchildren is an ironically huge number of soft spots.
The man who was one of the most feared figures in combat sports is now as certified of a family man as it can get. A lot of kids can talk a great deal about their fathers or grandfathers being cool but not many can claim that as authentically as these seventeen Shamrocks.
3 Jake “The Snake” Roberts
Jake is forever going to be considered one of the best heels the business has ever seen. However, the wrestling world might be guilty for being too taken by Jake’s fall from grace and his marvellous DDP assisted comeback story to remember that he is a man who has a life beyond fall and redemption. The wrestling legend isn’t just a grandfather, he is one with ten grandchildren. Support systems are pretty crucial to people who have struggled with issues like Jake’s and having ten grandchildren is definitely one impressive support system in this regard.
Now it does get easier to fathom the probability of Rikishi being a grandfather when we remember the fact that he is the father of Jimmy and Jay Uso. However, we also still have the image of all the “stinkfaces” over the years as well as all the smooth dancing moves with Too Cool engraved in our minds to battle with. With his wrestling days behind him, it’s easy to imagine him dedicating a lot of his time to his grandchildren, specially with his sons being tied to the hectic WWE lifestyle as one of the top tier teams of the modern era.
1 Bret Hart
Bret Hart has always been a fan of family-oriented wrestling product and was quite vocal about it during the WWE’s push for a more edgy direction to compete with WCW. With that in mind, it is safe to assume that he enjoys being a grandfather a great deal. It wouldn’t be far-fetched to assume that Bret occasionally sips from a “The Best There Is, The Best There Was, The Best There Ever Will Be Grandpa” mug on an occasional morning. It also wouldn’t be far-fetched that his grandchildren have asked him for a pair of the classic pink Hitman shades that all kids wanted back in the 90s.