The wrestling world features more relatives working together than most other lines of work. We have seen many second or third generation wrestlers try their luck in the industry with hopes of following in the footsteps of their parents. That’s a very common thing today, with the aspiring talent likely seeing the life their parent lives and wanting to achieve the same goals to make them proud. There’s another form of family that is also more common in wrestling than you would realize on the surface. Various siblings have been a part of the business with combinations of brothers, sisters, or brothers and sisters.
Many worked as tag teams and it makes the most sense. Tag partners need to have a sense of trust and the ability to be on the same page at all times in the wrestling ring. Who better to have that connection with than your brother or sister? Not all of the siblings are in teams. Some work frequently against each other or just don’t have any association aside from being the same business. The sibling stories will sometimes see both parties succeed such as Bret Hart and Owen Hart. Both men managed to gain success with their own identities without harming the other.
That isn’t the case in most of the sibling scenarios in pro wrestling sadly. The majority of stories will see one of the brothers or sisters being better than the rest and that means someone is viewed as being worse. Considering the drastic difference in talents between each performer entering the wrestling business, the math just makes sense than some wrestlers aren’t as good as others. That applies to relatives in these situations. We are going to take a look at some of the stories that shows one of the siblings failing to compare to the others. These are the top ten wrestlers that were significantly worse than their siblings.
10 Matt Hardy
The Hardy brothers may be the best tag team of siblings in WWE history, but Jeff Hardy always stood out as the bigger star from day one. Matt Hardy may have been more technically sound in the ring and a more consistent performer, but he lacked a certain star power to ever make it as a main eventer in WWE. The personal demons of Jeff were always a troubling factor, but he made it to the top of the mountain in 2008, winning his first WWE World Championship. Matt struggled to ever get past the mid-card, until a dying TNA made him their champion. The career of Matt is something to appreciate but he just paled in comparison to Jeff.
9 Rick Steiner
Many would have claimed Rick Steiner was the better of the Steiner Brothers during their early days, but that hot take ended in the late 90s. Scott Steiner evolved into one of the best heels of his time following a character revamp as the villainous Big Poppa Pump. WCW’s final years were a mess, but Steiner’s work was one of the final shining lights, with memorable matches against Goldberg, Booker T and others. Rick tried working in singles, but just couldn’t catch on with the fan base. The matches were fine, but he lacked the charisma or personality that caused Scott to excel once the two split.
8 John Laurinaitis
One of the oddest sibling pairings that is hard to believe features Animal from the Road Warriors being the brother of John Laurinaitis. Road Warrior Animal donned the face paint and made up half of the most popular tag team in wrestling history with Road Warrior Hawk. Laurinaitis had a less successful in-ring career in North America and ended up having to spend the majority of his career in Japan, due to WWE and WCW not believing in his talents. Later known as Johnny Ace, he did end up making his way back to the States as a backstage employee in WCW and was brought over to WWE as the man in charge of hiring and firing wrestlers. Most despise Laurinaitis and he was definitely the lesser of his siblings.
7 Bo Dallas
Another bizarre brother pairing that features one name being far above the other is Bray Wyatt and Bo Dallas. The average wrestling fan would assume you were playing a cruel prank on them if sharing that the two drastically different performers are siblings. Wyatt has become one of the top names in the company with his unique character, but Dallas has seen the exact opposite happen to him. Bo struggles to find relevance on the main roster following his NXT run and has been relegated to a glorified enhancement talent. The age of Dallas is luckily young enough to give him more opportunities in the future, but he is not on the level of Wyatt.
6 Bruce Hart
The legendary Hart family is synonymous for wrestling legacy in Canada. Stu Hart’s dungeon created many wrestling stars including a couple of his sons. Bret Hart went on to become one of the biggest stars in WWE history and Owen Hart also had a Hall of Fame worthy career. The other brothers didn’t have the same skill set to make it in WWE and Bruce Hart stood out as a failure as a wrestler. Bruce was known for having a massive ego and being a shady individual. Bret called out Bruce for being a poor worker and very jealous of his success. It adds up with Bruce still taking shots at Bret in recent years and this is likely because he failed to follow in his brother’s footsteps as a WWE Champion.
Carlos Colon entered the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014 and both of his sons were part of the induction process. Primo and Carlito showed the drastic difference in their presences that night. Carlito popped the crowd with hilarious off the cuff one-liners and Primo dryly read his planned speech. The career of Carlito was criticized for a lack of commitment to WWE but you can’t argue with his talent as one of the most exciting performers at his peak. Primo doesn’t have the same kind of personality and it has shown during his entire WWE career. The company tries giving him various gimmicks and he has yet to make anything work nearly as well as Carlito did.
4 Lanny Poffo
It isn’t very fair to many of the wrestlers on the list to be compared to their siblings considering some of them are legends. This is the case for Lanny Poffo having to get lost in the spotlight of his brother Randy Savage. Through any metric or reasoning, Savage can be argued as one of the greatest superstars in wrestling history. That made it tougher for his brother Lanny, who wasn’t terrible by any means, but was nowhere close enough to matching his sibling. Lanny is often remembered for his work as The Genius, reciting promos before matches in entertaining fashion, but the biggest accolade of his wrestling career will always be being Randy’s brother.
3 Stevie Ray
Various brothers on this list worked in tag team action and achieved great success such as the Harlem Heat. Booker T and Stevie Ray captured ten WCW tag title reigns as a team, but they eventually were forced to split up by the fans. The crowd believed in Booker T as a singles face and wanted to see him move up the card. This resulted in both men having to work on their own for the first time in their WCW careers. Booker became the last big main event star in the company before they were bought by WWE and Stevie Ray couldn’t keep up with his brother. Stevie joined the nWo but was one of the most forgettable members of all time. Booker would later go on to become a legend in WWE, while Stevie unofficially retired.
The Samoan relatives to work in WWE are always hard to keep track of in terms of how everyone is related, but the most surprising revelation is realizing Roman Reigns is the brother of former wrestler Rosey. Reigns is obviously “the guy” in WWE today and is hoped to become a mainstream star of the next decade for the company. His brother Rosey had the polar opposite of a career as a comedic tag team performer with The Hurricane. Rosey is remembered mostly for his S.H.I.T acronym (Super Hero in Training), while Roman has already main-evented two WrestleMania events. Tough luck and genetics cursed him in favor of his brother.
1 David Flair
Ric Flair could easily be argued as the greatest in-ring performer of all time, so it’s not that ridiculous knowing that two of his children entered the wrestling world for WCW and WWE. David Flair was given a big contract by WCW in the 90s, with a noteworthy push, and it flopped. In turn, WWE signed Ric’s daughter Charlotte to a developmental contract many years later and it gave them one of the top female stars in the industry today. Charlotte picked it up quickly and has a natural athletic ability that didn’t carry over to her older brother. David’s failure is one of the biggest in pro wrestling history. It wasn’t his fault that WCW decided to give him national television time over some of the best wrestlers in the world before he was ready, but his body of work is among the worst in wrestling history.