Wrestling is a business that often runs in the family. Of course, you've got obvious examples such as Vince McMahon taking over WWE from his namesake father, with daughter Stephanie and son-in-law Triple H waiting in the wings to take over. We all know that there are two "grandsons of plumbers" out there in the wrestling business—Dusty Rhodes' sons Dustin (aka Goldust) and Cody (please don't call him Stardust). Likewise, it's well-established that Randy Orton (son of Bob Orton Jr.), Roman Reigns (son of Wild Samoan Sika), Charlotte Flair (daughter of Ric Flair), and so many others had famous dads—or sometimes moms—involved in the business.
Then there are others in the WWE Hall of Fame, not yet in the Hall of Fame, or maybe, in some cases, hardly likely to get inducted at all, who have kids we never realized were, or still are, part of the wrestling industry. Sometimes it's because they used different names in the ring, or sometimes it's because their involvement in wrestling was extremely low-profile. Now, we've listed 10 of these wrestling kids—as well as their (usually) far more famous parents who spent some time in WWE—as we look back at some examples of multiple generations in the world of professional wrestling.
10 Terry Gordy (Jesse AKA Slam Master J)
Although fans of WWE during its Ruthless Aggression Era will most likely recognize Jesse as the current Luke Gallows' tag team partner when the latter was still known as Festus, or maybe even for his later repackaging as Slam Master J, it may be a bit of surprise for some to find out that the goofy mid-carder is actually the son of a Fabulous Freebird.
As the son of late Freebirds founding member Terry Gordy, Ray Gordy wasn't exactly Hall of Fame material like his dad during his WWE run. But fans, at the very least, did get to see his face. That's because the elder Gordy was brought in by WWE in 1996, only for the company to put him under a mask as The Executioner and essentially make him fodder for The Undertaker.
9 Demolition Smash AKA Repo Man (Dakota Darsow)
It may be a stretch to call the former Repo Man/“Hole in One” Barry Darsow a WWE legend, but it’s easy to forget that he was one-half of a legendary WWE tag team as Demolition Smash. It’s also easy to forget that his son had a few brief stints in wrestling’s major leagues.
After lasting less than a year in WWE’s developmental ranks, Dakota Darsow made a couple of quick appearances on Impact Wrestling in 2011 and 2012, which included two losing efforts against recent WWE Performance Center signee Zema Ion/DJZ. While Dakota hasn’t done much in the wrestling business since then, he does have a much more honorable real-life day job (sheriff’s deputy) than his dad’s kayfabe ones from back in the day.
8 Afa (Manu)
On the May 27, 2019, episode of Monday Night Raw, Shane McMahon sent a message to Roman Reigns by defeating—or more like mercilessly beating down on—one of his relatives in a squash match. That relative was Reigns’ cousin, independent wrestler Lance Anoa’i, whose dad, Samu, was one-half of The Headshrinkers, and whose grandfather, Afa, was one-half of The Wild Samoans.
But what about Afa Anoa’i Jr., Lance’s uncle? Yes, that was him teaming up briefly with fellow second-generation stars Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, and Ted DiBiase, Jr. in The Legacy, working under the ring name Manu. His stint with the faction (and in WWE), however, was short-lived, due to purported attitude problems behind the scenes.
7 The Sandman (Tyler & Oliver Fullington)
Rey Mysterio's son Dominick isn't the only child to appear in a televised wrestling storyline and later on return to the world of wrestling as a full-grown adult. Jim "The Sandman" Fullington's son Tyler made his in-ring debut over a decade ago and has since appeared occasionally at independent shows, mostly in his home state of Pennsylvania. Additionally, Tyler's younger brother, Oliver (pictured above with his dad), has also made his share of indy appearances.
For those who don't remember, Tyler wasn't even 7 years old when he was involved in his dad's 1996 ECW feud against Raven, which culminated in The Sandman getting "crucified" in front of a live audience. Yes, that's the same segment that reportedly offended Kurt Angle so much that he backed out of his prospective ECW debut.
6 Jimmy Snuka (Deuce AKA Sim Snuka)
We all know that “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka’s daughter, Tamina, has been part of WWE’s women’s roster for what seems like eons. However, not everyone may be aware that her older brother, James Snuka Jr., was once a WWE Tag Team Champion—and responsible for one of the biggest botches in WrestleMania history.
Working a ‘50s greaser gimmick and using the ring name Deuce, Superfly’s namesake son was part of an especially weak era for tag team wrestling in WWE. After Deuce N' Domino broke up, he switched to the name Sim Snuka and failed his tryout with The Legacy. However, he's probably most notorious as the cameraman who failed to catch The Undertaker as he dove outside the ring at WrestleMania XXV.
5 Tugboat AKA Typhoon (Berkley Ottman)
Okay, we admit it's a stretch to consider Fred Ottman, aka Tugboat and Typhoon in WWE, as a legend. But maybe he is a legend for the wrong reasons. That's because as The Shockmaster in WCW, he committed one of the most embarrassing wrestling bloopers of all-time—at least until Titus O'Neil became meme fodder at last year's Greatest Royal Rumble.
Unlike most of the names on this list, Berkley Ottman did not follow in his dad's footsteps as a wrestler. He is, however, part of the wrestling business, as he replaced grizzled veteran Mark Yeaton as WWE's timekeeper in 2014 when the latter was released by the company—and proceeded to (kayfabe) botch when he rang the bell prematurely during the Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker match at SummerSlam 2015.
4 Sid Vicious (Gunnar Eudy)
Regardless whether he was Vicious in WCW or Sycho in WWE, Sid Eudy was known in the 1990s as a tall, imposing figure with a lot of charisma to make up for his lack of technical ability—not to mention his infamous promo bloopers in both companies. He also made a brief appearance on reality television several years back, as his son Frank was a houseguest on the U.S. edition of Big Brother.
While Frank appears to have taken a different career path than his dad with "half the brain that we do" (per his most notorious WCW promo), Sid's other son, Gunnar, tried his luck in the squared circle about a decade ago. However, it doesn't seem as if he's been doing much in the world of wrestling since then.
3 Jacques Rougeau (Cedric & Jean-Jacques Rougeau)
After a successful tag team run alongside his brother Raymond in The Rougeau Brothers, Jacques Rougeau moved to the singles ranks as The Mountie. He then returned to the tag team division as one-half of The Quebecers alongside the wrestler currently known as Pierre Carl Ouellet.
All in all, Jacques had a pretty good run in WWE's mid-card scene in the '80s and '90s. That's more than what could be said about his sons, including Cedric, who apparently failed to impress WWE officials in a recent tryout with the company, and Jean-Jacques, who had quit the business a few years prior.
2 Goldust & Terri Runnels (Dakota Runnels)
More than two decades before Dustin Rhodes/Runnels became relevant again via his classic match against younger brother Cody at AEW Double or Nothing, WWE was peeling off the layers of his "bizarre" Goldust gimmick. Through vignettes, it was revealed that his valet Marlena was actually his then-wife Terri and that the young couple had an "adorable" daughter named Dakota.
It may surprise some of you to know that Dakota, now in her early 20s, has given the wrestling business a shot. Last year, she and former Impact Wrestling star Robbie E took part in a segment for Overdrive Pro Wrestling that drew inspiration from WWE's infamous "abduction" angle featuring Triple H and Stephanie McMahon.
1 Vader (Jake Carter)
After impressive, dominant stints in New Japan and WCW, Big Van Vader was brought in by WWE in the mid-'90s, only for politics to get in the way and derail his push as the company's next great monster heel. By the end of his WWE run, he was reduced to jobber-to-the-stars status. Even with that in mind, many still argue that he deserves a posthumous induction into WWE's Hall of Fame.
Meanwhile, the real-life Leon White's son, Jesse White, mostly flew under the radar as a second-generation wrestler during his two years in WWE's developmental ranks. Perhaps WWE shouldn't have renamed him Jake Carter— which, by the way, is the name of The Miz's character in WWE Films' The Marine franchise.