Wrestling is definitely a family business. The McMahons have been running the WWE show ever since Jess McMahon and co-founded it back in 1952, then known as the Capitol Wrestling Corporation. With Vince McMahon getting older, some speculate if his daughter Stephanie and her husband Triple H will be the ones taking over. But there are more families involved in WWE.
Sons and daughters have picked up where their fathers left off, leading to the creation of highly decorated wrestling dynasties. Wrestling being what it is, with its sometimes weird and wonderful storylines, there have also been some fake families - such as The Undertaker and Kane being portrayed as half-brothers. While there are several known siblings in WWE, there are actually some that have downplayed their family relationships. Here are some of the WWE stars you probably forgot were siblings.
20 Booker T And Stevie Ray
The siblings got their break in professional wrestling back in the WCW days when they formed the legendary tag-team popularly known as Harlem Heat. However, when WWC and WWE merged, Booker T's career flourished while Stevie Ray faded away into obscurity. Stevie Ray as part of Harlem Heat, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2019.
19 Bray Wyatt And Bo Dallas
Bo Dallas and Bray Wyatt share a rich wrestling bloodline. They are the grandsons of wrestling legend Blackjack Mulligan, sons of Mike IRS Rotunda and the nephews of Barry and Kendall Windham. It's easy to forget these two are even related at all because Bray Wyatt And Bo Dallas are polar opposites.
18 Carlito And Primo Colon
The Colon brothers had excellent tag team matches and had excellent technique and in-ring chemistry together. Carlito won the US Championship, Intercontinental Championship and also the WWE Tag titles twice with his brother Primo. However, WWE eventually released Carlito and hired their cousin Epico to become Primo’s new tag team partner.
17 Cody Rhodes And Golddust
Cody Rhodes and Goldust - sons of the legendary professional wrestler and WWE Hall of Famer, the late Dusty Rhodes, can be considered two of the best wrestlers of all time. The duo did well both as solo performers and as a tag team and won the WWE Tag Team Championships two times.
16 John Laurinaitis And Road Warrior Animal
We often forget that Joe Laurinaitis AKA Road Warrior Animal and John Laurinaitis are brothers, with Road Warrior Animal being the more famous of the duo. A lot of people assumed Road Warrior Hawk and were brothers. John Laurinaitis was a staple in the tag team division of All-Japan Pro Wrestling and a six-time tag team champion while working in a major promotion in the Far East.
15 Greg “The Hammer” Valentine And Brian Knobbs
Brian Knobbs was one half of The Nasty Boys tag team and the duo went on to dominate the tag team division over the next decade while Greg The Hammer Valentine accomplished a lot on his own too including battling with Roddy Piper in a Dog Collar Match. The duo is related - Valentine’s wife Julie’s sister, Toni, is married to Knobbs.
14 The Undertaker And Michelle McCool
Former two-time WWE Divas Champion and two-time WWE Women's Champion Michelle McCool became the first female wrestler to have held both titles. While The Undertaker is one of the most prominent characters in the history of professional wrestling and is a seven-time WWE world champion. When the duo tied the knot, it was a match made in WWE heaven.
13 Rockin' Robin, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, And Sam Houston
Former pro, Grizzly Smith's children Rockin' Robin, Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Sam Houston didn't share a last name during their run with WWE and with no resemblance fans missed the fact that the trio were in fact siblings. As a matter of fact, Jake The Snake Roberts and brother Sam Houston competed in the same bout once.
12 Slam Master J And Terry "Bam Bam" Gordy
Back in the day, Terry Bam Bam Gordy was one of the biggest stars of the WWE and is best remembered as part of the Fabulous Freebirds. Terry Gordy’s legacy was carried on by his son Slam Master J who looked more rapper than wrestler which was quite underwhelming for a son of a wrestling legend. Bam Bam was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2016 as part of the Fabulous Freebirds.
11 Rikishi And Roman Reigns
WWE Hall of Famer Rikishi is by far one of the leading members of the Samoan Dynasty that features a myriad list of famous WWE greats. Some of these notable wrestlers include the likes of The Rock, Umaga, his sons Jey and Jimmy Uso and not forgetting his cousin Roman Reigns. We get it, it's kinda hard to keep up.
10 Tamina Snuka And Deuce
Tamina Snuka was born into a wrestling family - her father was famous WWE wrestler Jimmy Snuka. Her brother, too, worked in the WWE for a number of years. James Wiley Smith Thomas Reiher Snuka performed with the WWE under the ring name Deuce. He wrestled alongside Dice Domino in the tag team Deuce ‘n Domino.
9 Alberto Del Rio And Sicodelico Jr
Alberto Del Rio's family is notable prominent in the world of Lucha Libre. His father - Dos Caras, is recognized as one of the greatest professional wrestlers to ever come out of Mexico. Del Rio and his cousin Sicodelico Jr also a professional wrestler were signed up by WWE around the same time.
8 Roman reigns And Yokozuna
Roman Reigns has many famous relatives that have graced the WWE stage - a few of his famous relatives include The Rock, The Usos and Yokozuna. His relationship with former WWE Champion Yokozuna isn't one the WWE like to publicize owing to the fact that during his run, the late Yokozuna was portrayed as being of Japanese descent.
7 The Undertaker And Brian Lee
For years The Undertaker and Kane were been portrayed as real-life brothers but the two aren't related at all. He is however related to Brian Chainz Lee. If you can recall, Lee was the infamous imposter Undertaker. Lee’s remarkable resemblance to The Undertaker was not a coincidence. The duo was in fact related - they are cousins.
6 Randy Savage And The Genius
Randy Savage And The Genius came from a family of wrestlers, Savage was the WWE’s second-biggest star - he was a two-time World champion, and an Intercontinental champion, and won the 1987 King of the Ring. The genius, on the other hand, didn't achieve the level of success his brother did
5 Natalya And Brett Hart
Brett Hart is one of the greatest superstars in the history of WWE, his niece Natalya is also making waves of her own, she is a winner of both WWE’s Divas Championship and WWE’s SmackDown Women’s championships. The stars come from a long line of professional wrestlers. It's safe to say that Natalya has had iconic mentors.
4 Nia Jax And The Rock
Like Roman Reigns and the Usos, The WWE diva is a member of the Anoa'i family of wrestlers that includes her famous cousin Dwayne The Rock Johnson. Jax is a She is a former WWE Raw Women's Champion, while cousin The Rock has been listed as one of the all-time greatest professional wrestlers - the dude has won too many championships to count.
3 Roman Reigns And Rosey
The late Rosey's time on WWE may have been short-lived - but he did prove he had talent when he won the World Tag Team Championship alongside the Hurricane. His brother Roman Reigns, on the other hand, found unimaginable success with WWE and has won several championships. They come from an impressive lineage of iconic wrestling superstars.
2 Jerry “The King” Lawler And The Honky Tonk Man
Jerry The King Lawler had Elvis Presley connotations built into his in-ring character, but he was not the only Elvis fan to hit the WWE circuit. His cousin The Honky Tonk Man had Elvis Connotations too, that alone, should have been an indicator of the relationship between the two iconic stars.
1 Billy Kidman And Mikey Batts
Before he joined WWE Kidman held the WCW Cruiserweight Championship 3 times and went on to become WWE Cruiserweight Championship during his run WWE. The same cannot be said for his cousin Mikey Batts who despite being a familiar face on the independent wrestling scene did not even make it on the main roster with WWE. Goes to show that sometimes success doesn't run in the family.
Sources: BleacherReport.com, SportsKeeda.com, TheSportster.com, Wikipedia.com