The wrestling business isn't an easy one to get into. It seems that there are hundreds or thousands of wrestlers all over the world working towards a place in WWE. Second and third generation superstars are becoming much more common as many stars use the family links they have to be able to get their foot in the door. Some of these women didn't need help to turn heads, but there are a few who are still finding it hard to work their way up through the ranks.
There are a number of female wrestlers all over the wrestling circuit who have followed in the footsteps of their parents, but not all of them have been able to make it to WWE. With the Women's Revolution in full swing, more and more women are deciding to join the business and now there are more female wrestlers around the world than ever before.
There are a number of wrestling daughters in WWE right now and many who could be working their way towards the company in the near future. Not all the daughters of wrestlers have been able to make a splash on the Independent Circuit, which means that they remain relatively unknown to many fans of the business. The following list looks at 15 wrestling daughters who have been able to follow in the footsteps of their parents. Some of these women are relatively unknown, but they have famous parents and could be seen as future stars in the business.
Natalya is one of the most famous wrestling daughters in the world and the only female third generation superstar to ever wrestle in WWE. Natalya is the niece of Bret "The Hitman" Hart and the daughter of Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart. She is the only female graduate of the Hart Family Dungeon, a place where she trained with her husband Tyson Kidd when she was just a teenager.
Natalya has been part of WWE now for almost a decade and in that time she is a former Divas and SmackDown Women's Champion. She has helped to train a number of women who are coming through the ranks at the Performance Centre and has been a main cast member on Total Divas for the past seven years. Nattie's grandfather Stu Hart was part of the wrestling business for more than four decades before he retired in 1986 and it seems that many of his 12 children and grandchildren have followed in his footsteps.
14 Shaul Guerrero
Eddie Guerrero was one of the most popular wrestlers in WWE back in the early 2000s until his tragic passing back in 2005. Guerrero's widow Vickie joined WWE following his passing and became known as the General Manager of both Raw and SmackDown over the course of the next decade.
Eddie's children grew up around the business with Shaul and Sherilyn Amber exposed to the business from a young age. It isn't that much of a shock that his oldest daughter was signed by WWE back in 2010 and wrestled on the developmental roster for a few years before she asked for and was granted her release in 2014 after it was revealed that she was struggling with personal issues. Guerrero did meet her future husband Aiden English while she was working for WWE and even though she's stepped away from the business recently, she still supports the SmackDown star.
Paige had a different route into WWE, since her parents were never part of the company, but they are seen as part of one of the best-known wrestling families in the UK. Paige's parents allowed her to start wrestling when she was just 13 years old and she was then traveling around the world the following year wrestling on shows and gaining the experience she needed to turn WWE's head.
Paige was just 19 years old when she was signed by WWE and sent to FCW. She later became the Inaugural NXT Women's Champion when the division was rebranded. Paige rose to become a popular star in WWE back in 2014 when she made her main roster debut and became the youngest ever Divas Champion. Paige's family still runs their own wrestling promotion in Norwich, England but she has been able to achieve all of the accolades her parents once dreamed for her.
12 Rachael Ellering
Rachael Ellering is the daughter of current NXT star Paul Ellering, who appears as the manager of The Authors of Pain and is also a WWE Hall of Famer. She has also been able to test her mettle in WWE in recent years. Rachael was signed to NXT back in 2016 and made a handful of appearances on the show before she then took part in the Mae Young Classic last year, where she wasn't able to make much of an impact after she was eliminated in the second round but did later go on to make a number of appearances on NXT TV.
Despite her father's influence, Rachael wasn't one of the women that the company decided to sign to a permanent contract back following the tournament and she has returned to the Independent Circuit in recent months where she continues to work her way up through the ranks.
11 Tessa Blanchard
Tessa Blanchard is a third generation female wrestler after following in the footsteps of both her grandfather Joe Blanchard and her father Tully Blanchard. She hasn't been able to have a lot of success in the wrestling world since she has appeared on WWE TV a number of times but the company has failed to sign her to a contract. Her first appearance was back in 2014 as part of Adam Cole's Rosebud's before she moved on to have a number of matches in NXT where she was on the losing side each time.
Blanchard was also part of the Mae Young Classic where she was eliminated in the first round. The star hasn't been seen on WWE TV since the summer of 2017 and has since gone on to make a number of appearances on the Independent Circuit. Tessa has wrestled for the likes of Lucha Underground, Shine, and GFW and continues to do her family name proud on the wrestling circuit.
10 Alana Leslie
Alana Leslie is the daughter of Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake and the goddaughter of WWE legend Hulk Hogan. She hasn't been around the wrestling business for very long and only signed with Jersey Championship Wrestling a few years ago where she is known as Baby Beefcake. Alana started wrestling training when she was 18 years old and is now 21, but she still hasn't been able to make much of an impact in the wrestling world.
With Hulk Hogan fighting her corner, hopefully, she will come on leaps and bounds in the coming months, but Alana was forced out of action last summer when it was revealed that she needed surgery. This probably pushed her back a few months and when she's healed and cleared to return to the business. Her best is yet to come and she will definitely be a name that the WWE Universe will know in the future.
Tamina Snuka has been in WWE now for the past eight years and she had help gaining her place on the roster since she is the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy "The Superfly" Snuka. Tamina hasn't been as successful as many other female wrestlers over the past decade since she still hasn't been able to lift a Championship.
Tamina hasn't been used as effectively as she could have been on the main roster over the past few years, but the women being promoted from NXT have been able to take her spot in the SmackDown Women's Division and Tamina has been unable to stake a claim for herself when it comes to reclaiming the position. Snuka is also a member of the Samoan family that includes The Usos after her father married into it, which has allowed her to appear on a few episodes of Total Divas with The Usos and her daughters.
8 Mikala Smith
Mikala Smith, who is also known as Samantha Starr on the wrestling circuit, is the daughter of former wrestlers Baby Doll and Sam Houston as well as the niece of WWE Hall of Famer Jake "The Snake" Roberts. Mikala's grandparents are wrestling legends Grizzly Smith and Rockin' Robin, which means that she definitely comes from a long line of wrestlers.
Mikala hasn't been able to make the much of an impact on the wrestling circuit in recent years, which is why many of the WWE Universe are unaware that she has decided to follow her family's roots. She currently wrestles on the Independent Circuit as she climbs her way up through the ranks to hopefully one day turn the heads of WWE. Mikala definitely has the pedigree to be able to join the Women's Revolution in the coming years and continue the path that her family has already paved.
Carmella is the current Miss Money In The Bank and the longest reigning contract holder of all time, the only woman to have ever won the contract after being able to overcome the odds in the ladder match at the event of the same name in the summer of 2017. Carmella came through the ranks in NXT after signing for the company without any experience in the wrestling business, but her father was once seen as a superstar in WWE.
Paul Van Dale was a jobber in the company back in the 1990s and Carmella has decided to follow in his footsteps. She was a cheerleader before she made her way over to WWE and even though she was unable to make much of an impact in NXT when she was the manager of Enzo Amore and Big Cass, she has since been able to make up for this since she was added to the main roster's Women's Division.
6 Kayla Armstrong
Kayla Armstrong is the daughter of WWE referee Scott Armstrong, someone who has been a regular face on the WWE roster over the past few decades. Scott was part of TNA for a number of years before he joined WWE back in 2006 and has since been part of a number of storylines in the company over the past few years, including the famous Daniel Bryan/Authority storyline in 2014.
Scott has been part of the company since 2o11 and is in his second stint and he has inspired his daughter Kayla to join the business as well. Kayla has been pushing her way up through the ranks in the wrestling business over the past few years and even received a WWE tryout a few years ago. It seems that her father has been helping her to get as much experience as possible. There are a number of wrestling daughters on the circuit right now and Kayla is one of the lesser-known ones who is often overlooked.
5 Amy Hennig
Many wrestling fans will recognize the last name and realize that Amy Hennig is the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer, Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig. She is also the sister of current WWE star Curtis Axel and it seems that she is another female wrestler hoping for the opportunity to follow in her father's footsteps and make an impact on WWE TV.
Amy is the spitting image of her father with her curly blonde hair and trademark smile and is said to be as technically gifted as her father once was since she is currently being trained by wrestling legend Harley Race. Even though Amy hasn't managed to make a name for herself in the past few years, there are many fans who are aware of her and if she continues to work hard, Hennig will join her brother in WWE in the coming years.
Charlotte is the current SmackDown Women's Champion and has held every Championship available to the women in WWE over the past five years, which is why she can easily call herself The Queen without anyone debating it. Charlotte is the daughter of two-time WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair and this has been the driving force behind her career over the past few years.
Charlotte has changed the face of the Women's Division in recent years and was one of the women who forced the Women's Revolution back in 2015. Ever since her time in NXT Charlotte has been pushing the Women's Division forward. Charlotte is one of the best known second-generation female wrestlers in the world right now and there is a good reason for this.
3 Lacey Von Erich
Lacey Von Erich comes from the famous Von Erich family, one that has been hit by a lot of tragedy over the past few years. Lacey is the daughter of Texas Tornado Kerry Von Erich and wrestling is definitely in her lineage since she has been able to make a name for herself in Impact Wrestling in recent years.
Lacey's entire family is currently in the WWE Hall of Fame and even though she was a huge name during her time in TNA, she hasn't been able to follow her family's lead into WWE. Lacey retired from the business a few years ago and is now the mother of three children so wrestling has taken the backseat in her life, since her sole focus is now her children. At just 31 years old, Lacey could easily return to the business in the future.
2 Jessie Belle Smothers
Jessie Belle Smothers is the daughter of WCW, ECW and WWE star Tracy Smothers and is another female wrestler who has been able to step into her father's shoes over the past few years and even had a stint in OVW for a number of years, which was once seen as WWE's feeder territory.
She has since appeared in promotions like Shine Wrestling and FUW, but despite the pedigree that her father has Jessie has been unable to make a name for herself in the business in the years since she has been out of OVW. Wrestling is a tough business and there are only a few women who have been able to make it to WWE and follow in their parent's footsteps. Jessie isn't one of them, but never say never in the world of wrestling, since things have a way of turning around in the professional wrestling world quite quickly.
1 Noelle Foley
Noelle Foley is the only daughter of WWE Hall of Famer and former Raw General Manager Mick Foley. Noelle has become a star in her own right over the past few years after she has been seen as a form of celebrity on social media. Noelle has attempted to follow in her father's footsteps on a number of occasions and even landed a tryout for WWE as part of Network show Holy Foley, but it seems that she was unable to make the cut.
There have been rumors that Noelle will be working backstage for WWE as an announcer in the coming years since Holy Foley was created because Vince McMahon thought that Noelle was the member of the family that deserved the spotlight. It is unknown what is happening with her career at present but she does continue to attend wrestling shows and is always present on her social media accounts.
Sources: WrestlingInc, BleacherReport, WWE, Maxim, WPNWrestling, USAToday, CageSideSeats, prowrestling.wikia.com, SomeCards, The Mirror