In the unique world that is professional wrestling, it can often be difficult to separate fact from fiction. For example, over the years, promotions have had a tendency to bill certain duos as couples, or even siblings, when it wasn’t actually the case.
That being said, there are plenty of on-screen tandems that were related in some form or another behind the scenes. To help clear things up a bit, we are going to take a look at 5 on-screen pairs that were actually siblings and 5 that weren’t related in any way.
10 Are: Dustin And Cody Rhodes
Billed as the sons of the legendary Dusty Rhodes, Cody and Dustin Rhodes (aka Goldust and Stardust) were a tag team in WWE from 2013 to 2015. In fact, the pair captured the WWE Tag Team Championships twice during their stint with the company. Both men also found success as singles performers with WWE as well as other promotions. Recently, they headlined the AEW pay-per-view event, Double or Nothing.
Yes, Cody and Dustin Rhodes are real-life half-siblings. As advertised, both men are really 2nd generation stars and the sons of “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. At age 50, Dustin is the elder of the Rhodes boys by about 17 years.
9 Aren’t: The Dudley Boyz
The Dudley Boyz originally made a name for themselves in ECW back in the late 1990s. In those days, Bubba Ray and D-von, who were billed half-brothers, had several other kayfabe (fake) family members accompany them to the ring including Spike and Sign Guy Dudley. They would go on to sign with WWE and TNA as well. They are recognized as winning 18 tag titles with various promotions over the course of their careers. The Dudleys are perhaps best known for their WrestleMania TLC match with The Hardy Boyz and Edge & Christian.
Though their great friends, Bubba Ray (Mark LoManaco) and D-Von (Devon Hughes) are not really related.
8 Are: The Hardy Boyz
Matt and Jeff Hardy went from being enhancement talents in WWE to becoming one of the most successful tag teams in the promotion's history. In total, they have held world tag titles 12 times between WWE, TNA and various other promotions. Moreover, the duo recently found success by altering their in-ring personas and becoming crazed characters known as The Broken Hardys. Both Matt and Jeff Hardy have also had successful singles careers and have captured world titles in several promotions.
Just as they are billed, Matt and Jeff Hardy are indeed brothers and even use their real names when performing.
7 Aren’t: Ken & Ryan Shamrock
In 1999, WWE introduced Ryan Shamrock as the sister of pro wrestler (and MMA fighter) Ken Shamrock. Ryan Shamrock was at the center of a feud that involved her on-screen sibling and Val Venus. As part of the angle, she turned on her brother and helped Venus gain the upper hand. While Ken Shamrock would go on to have a noteworthy career in WWE, his kayfabe sister would be released from the company a few months after the feud.
Ryan Shamrock, whose real name is Alicia Webb, is not really Ken Shamrock’s sister. In fact, the two actually dated while she was in WWE back in the day.
6 Are: Harlem Heat
Booker T and Stevie Ray dominated the tag division in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) for years. Billed as siblings from 110th Street in Harlem New York, the duo captured the WCW Tag Team Championships a record-setting 10 times. Though he has since returned periodically over the years, Stevie Ray retired in 2000. As for Booker T, he would go on to WWE and become a top singles star and multiple-time world champ.
The brothers from 110th Street are, in fact, the real deal. Stevie Ray (aka Lash Huffman) is the elder sibling and is around 6 years older than his younger brother Booker T (aka Robert Booker Tio Huffman).
5 Aren’t: Kane & The Undertaker
WWE had long claimed that Kane was The Undertaker's half-brother. For years, the two were bitter rivals and competed in several matches against one another. However, in the early 2000s, the men began to work together and formed a tag team that would come to be known as The Brothers of Destruction. The pair has wrestled together periodically from 2001 to present. They recently reunited to take on D-Generation at WWE Super Show-Down in October of 2018. In total, The Brothers of Destruction have had 3 reigns as tag champs.
Despite both being extremely large men, The Undertaker (Mark Calaway) and Kane (Glenn Jacobs) are in no way related.
4 Are: The Singh Brothers
The Singh Brothers, Sunil and Samir, have been with World Wrestling Entertainment since 2016. During the early portion of their WWE run, the duo was collectively known as the Bollywood Boyz and often performed as a tag team. In 2017, they began managing Jinder Mahal.
During their time to together, Mahal would capture the WWE Championship. As a result of the 2019 WWE Superstar Shake-up, the Singh brother were separated from the former WWE Champion and eventually made their way to 205 Live, where they currently perform.
Sunil Singh (Gurvinder Sihra) is, in fact, Samir Singh’s (Harvinder Sihra ) older brother.
3 Aren’t: Paul And Katie Lea Burchill
As members of the WWE roster, Paul and Katie Lea Burchill worked together as a brother and sister duo from 2008 to 2010. During that time, they are arguably best remembered for feuds with stars like Ken Kennedy and Gregory Helms. The duo spent a significant portion of their time together with WWE’s ECW brand. After WWE decided to do away with the ECW promotion, Paul Burchill was released, and his on-screen sister was also let go a couple of months later.
Paul Burchill (Paul Birchall) and Katie Lea Burchill (Katarina Waters) are not siblings outside of the world of professional wrestling.
2 Are: The Steiner Brothers
Both Rick and Scott Steiner were successful college amateur wrestlers who decided to give pro wrestling a try. Things ended up working out pretty well for the duo as they would go to become the first tag team to hold both the WCW and WWE versions of the tag titles. They were one of the most successful tag teams of the 1990s and ended working for every major promotion of their era. Scott Steiner would also go on to find success as a singles wrestler.
Both brothers were born and raised in Bay City, Michigan and attended the same college, the University of Michigan.
1 Aren’t: The Bludgeon Brother
Eric Rowan and Luke Harper combined to make up the team known as The Bludgeon Brothers. They started teaming up during their time in WWE’s developmental promotion in NXT. In fact, they even went on to capture the NXT Tag Team Championship. The big men were also members of The Wyatt Family for several years. The pair split up and even feuded for a while, before ultimately reuniting in 2017 and calling themselves The Bludgeon Brother, and winning the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championships. These days, Eric Rowan is working with Daniel Bryan, while Harper is a contract dispute with the company.
As their screen names suggest, the two are not siblings.