There have been a lot of successful 2nd and 3rd gen wrestlers like Randy Orton,Roman Reigns,Bray Wyatt,etc.
But today we look at the unlucky ones who didn't lived up the feat of success of there fathers.
Better luck next time fellas!
At least Scott Putski somehow got the body size of his father back when he was still wrestling but the success? Not so much. He was one of many obscure WCW talents that never got hold of any championship belt.
He also had a brief run on WWE in 1997 where he had a feud with Brian Christopher (aka Grandmaster Sexay) unfortunately for Scott while on his PPV match he injured his knee really bad. After that he was released from the company soon.
He had the looks that Vince likes but the talent that his father got? Nope.
WWE doesn't really know what to do with Curtis Axel right now. He's a former Intercontinental Champion,he then became a Paul Heyman guy and feuded with CM Punk,then became Ryback's tag-team partner (they've broken recently too.)
His team with Ryback never got anywhere,they never won the tag-team champs even though there billed as a "strong team" but they constantly lose matches.
Until now he's stuck at WWE's midcard and if he didn't get into any interesting storylines,he might just get released next year or just like what would happen to JTG,he might not appear on tv a lot.
Combining the names of his father and grandfather really didn't do much,but at least he's not called Michael McGillicutty anymore. That's more worst!
Lanny "The Genius" Poffo
Poor Lanny,he's career will never be as big as his father and brother. He may be best known for his time in WWE as The Genius as Mr. Perfect's sidekick of some sort.
Even though he gets to work with big names like Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior he's nothing more than Mr. Perfect's manager. And also you'll never be successful if your losses are more than your wins!
His brother Randy Savage clearly is far more better than him and became one of WWE's biggest names ever,even out reaching the feat of there father. Lanny though? Well he's just another jobber.
Here's another obscure talent that I got from the vaults of WCW; it's Erik Watts! Do you know him? Probably not.
When your father is a successful wrestler and promoter those are some big shoes to fill,and Erik unfortunately didn't come close to the success of his father.
I don't know much about him other than he never really got to the top and will never be remembered by many fans.
NOTE: Please don't confuse him with former Tough Enough contestant; Eric Watts
Ted DiBiase Jr.
Ted DiBiase isn't too bad really but he never lived up to the hype he go the moment he debut. He was always billed to be the next big thing and champion like his father but he never even got hold of the IC and US belts.
His time in The Legacy is probably the best memorable moment for him but he was outshined by Randy Orton and Cody Rhodes whom in my opinion are far more better than him.
Even if he tried to do the Million Dollar Man gimmick that his father did,no one really bought it and took it seriously. After a few years of stay he was released in 2013.
Sim Snuka (aka Deuce)
Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka is definitely one of the best wrestlers of all time and I'm a big fan of the man too! His son though? Not so much.
Snuka Jr. started off his career in WWE as 1/2 of the Deuce and Domino tag-team,they did became tag champions but never got into anything far more bigger than that.
After the whole Deuce and Domino gimmick he came back as Sim Snuka. He tried to join The Legacy (a faction full of 2nd generation superstars) but he got kicked out quickly and got beat up by the group.
He was then involved in the Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels match on WrestleManai 25 on 2009. Snuka was dressed up as a cameraman and was supposed to catch Taker diving from the ring. Unfortunately he wasn't on the right spot and landed head first!
He was released from WWE after that and was never seen again. It seemed like WWE never really had plans for him. His sister Tamina though is doing decent right now.
When you think of the Orton family,you'd probably never think of Barry Orton.
He's brother "Cowboy" Bob Orton had a great career on WWE and his father Bob Orton Sr. was a main eventer. Obviously Randy Orton (who's Barry's nephew) is one of the biggest superstars ever in WWE's history.
Barry on the other hand is nothing but another jobber who kept losing a lot of matches. He will never have the feat of success his family members have.
David Sammartino never got close to the success and fame of his father. Back in the mid 80's Bruno still wrestles but he's already around 50 years old at that time so in comes David Sammartino who will become his tag-team partner and manager.
But when Bruno retired and David was on his own,nothing really happened for him. He had a brief run in WCW but no one really remembered him for it,he had a title shot at the Cruiserweight title at Dean Malenko but loss.
The reason why Bruno used to have a grudge on Vince McMahon is that his son was never properly used according to him and that he was treated like a jobber. Fortunately these grudges ended when Bruno was inducted into the Hall of Fame. I'm sure David will never be there though.
Shawn Stasiak is probably best remembered as "Meat" where his gimmick is to have sex with women,because if he didn't have enough sex he wouldn't have the energy to win matches. Very crazy!
His father is a one time WWE Champion and had a great career on different promotions,Shawn on the other hand never got to see success.
His last run on WWE was on 2002 and never really got him anywhere.
When your father is Ric Flair and you went into the wrestling business there's A LOT of pressure onto you!
David Flair failed to fill the shoes of his father. He was involved in various storylines in WCW but no one got interested him. He never got to win any championship belts.
He was also in WWE for a short time,probably most memorable when he got beat up by The Undertaker and Big Show backstage. He never really stayed on WWE for too long,he had one match against William Regal and loss.
His sister on the other hand; Charlotte is doing pretty well for herself in NXT. David Flair had been out in the wrestling business for a long time now,it seems like it was never really meant for him.