Professional wrestling seems to be one of those industries that is filled with second generation talent. Other professional sports have their share of second generation stars; just look at the Golden State Warriors with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Sticking with the Warriors, their assistant coach Luke Walton has been doing a remarkable job filling in for head coach Steve Kerr. Luke was one of those players who would be more likely to make the list of worst second generational athletes, so it’s a good thing he found his calling on the bench.
For whatever reason, pro wrestling has an above average rate of multi-generational talent. The wrestling business can be very fraternal, and perhaps some of these guys are given special opportunities that aren’t afforded to others. Many second generation wrestlers like The Rock, Randy Orton, Randy Savage, and Bret Hart, went on to become huge superstars, while others have not done so well. We know who some of the best second generation wrestlers are, so here is a look at the 10 Worst Second Generation Wrestlers.
10. Curtis Axel
Curtis Axel is actually a third generation wrestler; his father was the late Curt “Mr. Perfect” Hennig, and his grandfather is Larry “The Axe” Hennig. While Curtis is not a total disaster as a professional wrestler, he has certainly not lived up to his family legacy. Axel joined the WWE as part of The Nexus under the ridiculous name Michael McGillicutty. He won the WWE Tag Team Championship along with David Otunga when the two were part of The New Nexus in 2011. Hennig was rebranded as Curtis Axel as a tribute to his father and grandfather, with the help of Paul Heyman. He managed to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship, but has not done much since then.
9. Shawn Stasiak
When you are best known as “Meat”, you know something is going wrong with your career. Shawn is the son of former WWWF Heavyweight Champion Stan “The Man” Stasiak. Shawn’s reign as “Meat” started in the late 1990s when he was aligned with Ryan Shamrock, Terri Runnels, and Jacqueline. Shawn was actually a 15 time WWE Hardcore Champion when the title seemed to change hands almost nightly in the summer of 2002. He also won the WCW World Tag Team Championship three times as part of a mostly unforgettable team with Chuck Palumbo. Shawn Stasiak is now a chiropractor and motivational speaker.
8. Sim Snuka
Sim Snuka, otherwise known as Jimmy Snuka Jr. or Deuce, is the son of WWE Hall of Famer and two time ECW Heavyweight Champion Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka. Superfly’s son is best known for being one half of the WWE tag team Deuce & Domino, who looked like they belonged on the set of the TV series Happy Days. Deuce & Domino managed to win the WWE Tag Team Championship before breaking up. He became known as Sim Snuka in the WWE and was involved in a brief storyline with The Legacy. Deuce was relegated to dressing up as a cameraman who was supposed to catch The Undertaker after a suicide diva at WrestleMania XXV, but failed. Needless to say, his sister Tamina is on track to have a much better career than he ever will.
7. Ted DiBiase Jr.
Ted DiBiase Jr. is the son of “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase. The senior DiBiase was a three time WWF Tag Team Champion, WWF North American Heavyweight Champion, King of the Ring winner, and WWE Hall of Famer. The junior DiBiase had a lot to live up to and has not been able to pull his weight. His best days were back in 2008 when he was a part of The Legacy along with fellow second generation superstars Randy Orton and Cody Rhodes. DiBiase Jr. is a two time World Tag Team Champion along with Rhodes. In 2013 he chose not to renew his WWE contract in order to spend more time with his family. DiBiase starred in the 2009 video The Marine 2 and is scheduled to star in the 2016 film Acre Beyond the Rye.
6. David Sammartino
Bruno Sammartino’s name goes hand in hand with old school professional wrestling. He is one of the best wrestlers of all time, and held the WWWF Championship for almost eight years, but the same cannot be said for his son David Sammartino. Vince McMahon senior brought in David to team up with his father and to be managed by the legend. After Bruno left the business, David really struggled on his own. He was used as a jobber in the WWF and only appeared in one televised match in WCW. David was trained by his father and feuded with Larry Zbyszko for most of 1981. In 1985 Sammartino wrestled against Brutus Beefcake at the original WrestleMania in New York City. David Sammartino was fired by the WWF because he was arrested for punching a fan who spat at him.
5. Wes Brisco
Wes Brisco comes from the Brisco wrestling family which includes his father, WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Brisco, and his uncle, former NWA World Heavyweight Champion and WWE Hall of Famer Jack Brisco. The odds are that Wes Brisco won’t ever come close to being considered for hall of fame status. Wes wrestled in the WWE’s developmental system, but never made it up to the main roster. He is best known for his time in TNA, where he was a Gut Check winner and a member of the Aces & Eights faction. Brisco has bounced around the independent circuit and wrestled for New Japan Pro Wrestling in 2014.
4. Barry Orton
The difference between Barry Orton and the rest of his wrestling family is like night and day. Barry is the son of Bob Orton, Sr., who held championships in the American Wrestling Association, Central States Wrestling, and Championship Wrestling from Florida, among others. Barry is the brother of WWE Hall of Famer “Cowboy” Bob Orton, and the uncle of Randy Orton. Barry Orton was better known as Barry O. and was mostly a jobber in the WWF. After his wrestling career came to an end he started taking minor roles in movies such as Honeymoon in Vegas, Killer’s Mind, and People I Know.
3. David Flair
David Flair is the son of the legendary WWE Hall of Famer and 16 time World Heavyweight Champion “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. If his father was not Ric Flair, there is likely no way David would have made it to the big time.
David Flair was brought into WCW in the late 1990s and was involved in storylines with Ric, Stacy Keibler, Kimberly Page, and Crowbar and Daffney. David somehow managed to capture the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship and the WCW World Tag Team Championship (with Crowbar). His best known work in the WWE involved getting beaten up by The Undertaker. David Flair could not hold a candle to their sister, WWE Divas Champion Charlotte.
2. Scott Putski
Scott is the son of WWE Hall of Famer Ivan Putski, who held the WWF World Tag Team Championship along with Tito Santana at one point. Ivan had famous feuds with WWF Champion Superstar Billy Graham as well as Ivan Koloff, The Iron Sheik, and Jesse “The Body” Ventura. His son Scott wrestled in the WWE back in 1997 and feuded with another second generation wrestler, Brian Christopher (son of Jerry “The King” Lawler). Scott severely injured his knee at a pay-per-view event and quickly left the company. He wrestled in WCW from 1997 to 1999 and lost to Goldberg for the World Heavyweight Championship in under one minute.
1. Erik Watts
Erik is the son of WWE Hall of Famer Bill Watts. Bill was a promoter and served as Executive Vice President of World Championship Wrestling. He also held the WWWF United States Tag Team Championship along with the legendary Gorilla Monsoon. Erik Watts played quarterback for the University of Louisville before becoming a professional wrestler. He was one of the most hated men in WCW during the early 1990s despite being branded as a babyface. He joined the WWF in 1995 where he was known as Troy and was a member of Tekno Team 2000. From there he would wrestle in ECW, All Japan Pro Wrestling, TNA, and on the independent circuit.