Professional wrestling likes to consider itself a family business. Over the years, generations of wrestlers have passed their love of the business onto their children, creating legacies spanning back decades. Some of the biggest stars in wrestling are but a fraction of the contribution their family has made to the sport. From these pillars of the industry, the culture of pro wrestling has almost guaranteed its long-term survival, for as long as there are families of wrestlers encouraging their descendants to follow in their footsteps, there will always be a core for any wrestling organization to build upon. Here, then, are some of the greatest and most well-known wrestling families in history, who have provided multiple generations of wrestlers, many of whom have become big stars in the business, and some of whom look to do so in the very near future.
Admittedly, this dynasty is just in the fledgling stages, but when it originates with the 16-time World Champion Ric Flair, it’s already well ahead of the rest of the pack. Ric Flair, obviously, is one of the biggest legends in the history of professional wrestling, a symbol for both the NWA and WCW in the 80’s and 90’s, the founder of the iconic Four Horsemen, a two-time WWE Hall of Fame inductee, and possibly the greatest all-around wrestler to ever walk the face of the Earth. Over the years, several of Flair’s children have attempted to make the jump into the wrestling ring, but have been unable to follow in their father’s massive footsteps. David Flair had a brief and much-derided run in WCW, ten attempted a brief comeback in WWE’s developmental system, before leaving the wrestling business entirely. Another son, Reid, was a successful amateur wrestler who also spent time in the independent circuit, before dying suddenly of a drug overdose. However, first at Reid’s urging and then in his memory, Ric Flair’s daughter Ashley found her way into WWE’s developmental league, eventually making her debut as Charlotte. Since her entry into the world of pro wrestling, Charlotte’s rise has been meteoric, developing from a completely untrained rookie into one of the best female wrestlers in North America, and NXT Women’s Champion, in just about two years. Charlotte’s rise continued following her WWE debut, as she captured the WWE Divas title only months after her promotion to the main roster. With WWE putting more and more focus on women’s wrestling, the best years of Charlotte’s career are still ahead, and she has a chance to become almost as big a star as her legendary father.