8 Fourth Generation Pro Wrestlers

The Family Business.

WWE

When The Rock debuted as Rocky Maivia, it seemed a boon that he could use the names of both his Father and Grandfather without so nakedly relying on the legacy to get him over more than whatever his specific talents were.

The strategy and name failed, ultimately, but then perhaps he was always destined to until he found whatever it was within him that made him The Rock rather than just the son of the 'Soul Man'. It's a common problem for wrestlers with parents or other family members that already have a well-established relationship with the fanbase. Bret and Owen Hart were able to forge new paths beyond being (two of) Stu Hart's sons, Jeff Jarrett became a more popular wrestler (and, with TNA, arguably more popular promoter to the wrestlers at least) thanks to the time he broke through, and Randy Orton has eclipsed even the most history-making moments from his family's relatively rich past.

Then there are the Curtis Axels and Ted Dibiase Jr's, unable to turn good utility work into something with the money-drawing magnetism of their majestic fathers.

Simone Johnson won't likely debut on television as 'The Great One', but she'll carry something the expectation of some electricity, for better or worse. Thanks to her famous Father's famous Father's famous Father, She's also one of only a very select few to boast three generations behind her...

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We Need To Talk About Kevin (Nash). Michael can be found in articles or on podcasts extolling the virtues of New Generation WWF, New Japan Pro Wrestling or the new WWE angle they definitely definitely won’t ruin this time.