One of the appeals behind good professional wrestling is the emotion on display. Wrestlers are generally strong and tough fighters, but they’re also emotional people who wear their hearts on their sleeves, and few subjects inspire emotional people to action more powerfully than their families. Throughout wrestling’s long history, superstars have been using their actual families in their storylines to bring some real life flavor to their gimmicks and feuds.
Occasionally, this happens because everybody in the family is already in the wrestling business. The children of wrestlers occasionally take it upon themselves to step into the ring, and their famous family wanted to give them a boost early in their career. That isn’t what this list is about. This list is about the times when wrestlers dragged their families into the ring despite the fact they were anything but trained professionals. Many of these wrestlers chose to employ their young, preteen children in order to garner sympathy and support. Others used their real wives to make fans hate their opponents when they took things too far. Keep reading and learn about 15 wrestlers who brought their families with them into their violent, crazy world.
15 Cactus Jack - His Son Was Threatened
14 The Sandman - His Son Worshipped Raven
13 Hulk Hogan - His Son Picked His Ring Gear
12 The Undertaker - His Wife Was Stalked
11 Kevin Steen - His Infant Son Pinned His Rival
10 Torrie Wilson - Her Father Married Her Rival
9 Shane McMahon - His Sons Danced Him To The Ring
8 Randy Anderson - His Family Tried To Save His Job
7 Bret and Owen Hart - Their Mom Cost Bret His Title
6 Davey Boy Smith - His Wife Lied About Being Hit On
5 Jake Roberts - His Wife Was Definitely Hit On
4 Rey Mysterio - His Children Were Victimized
3 Ricky Steamboat - His Family Stood By Him
2 Ric Flair - His Son Fought His Boss
1 Charlotte - Her Dead Brother Was Insulted
Two years after Reid Flair passed away of a heroin overdose, his older sister Charlotte was gaining traction in the WWE women’s division. Charlotte had been connected to her father and her famous family since her debut, which was understandable, and it was effective as long as WWE kept the references to people who could actually step into the ring if called upon. Virtually everyone felt like they went way too far, however, when Charlotte’s rival Paige mocked the Flair’s by asking “Your brother didn’t have much fight in him, did he?” The reference to an untimely death of a close family member immediately brought WWE under fire, especially after Ric posted on social media that he wasn’t told about the comment, and it made both him and Reid’s mother feel extremely hurt.
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