It's not uncommon for children to follow in their fathers footsteps. As kids, we think the world of our dads and hope to be like them one day. This is no different for the children of famous wrestlers. Today, the WWE and TNA have a number of these once terrorizing kids on their roster. In celebration of Father's Day, here is a list of pro wrestling's six most famous fathers.
Despite being named a bad celebrity dad by ABC News, until recently, Hulk Hogan wouldn't have made this list. Although he is a father of two, neither of his children were involved in pro wrestling. But a few weeks back, TNA Wrestling signed his daughter Brooke to a contract, and she now appears regularly on TNA Impact. There are no plans in motion to have Brooke wrestle, but I wouldn't be alarmed if that route was eventually explored.
How can you have a list of famous wrestling fathers without the king of sports entertainment, Vincent Kennedy McMahon. Vince purchased the then-WWF off his father Vince Sr., and launched the organization from a regional business into a world wide global monopoly. Vince McMahon has two children, Stephanie and Shane. Shane no longer directly works for the WWE, while Stephanie is the head of creative.
Father to Dustin "Goldust" Rhodes, and current WWE superstar Cody Rhodes, Dusty Rhodes was one of the biggest superstars of the 80s. As an integral part of the NWA and later WCW, Rhodes held numerous championship belts throughout his illustrious career. He may best be remembered for his feud with "Nature Boy" Ric Flair over the NWA Heavyweight Championship. Behind the scenes, Rhodes was considered an innovator, having introduced fans to concepts like War Games and Battle Bowl. Rhodes remains active in pro wrestler, working Vince McMahon and the WWE.
Perhaps pro wrestling's most famous patriarch. Stu Hart was a celebrated wrestling legend in Canada, having owned and operated Stampede Wrestling for numerous years. But the Stu, along with his wife Helen, gave fans around the world gifted talents of sons Bret "Hitman" Hart and Owen Hart. Though Bret and Owen were the only two children to make it big, several his other sons were professional wrestlers as well. He also trained numerous successful students, namely Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho.
"The Million Dollar Man" was one of the biggest heels for Vince McMahon's WWE in the late 80s. Molded after McMahon himself, Dibiase was a fixture at the top of the card until he retired in 1993. Dibiase, who is the son of "Iron" Mike Dibiase, has three sons who wrestle. Mike Dibiase, Ted Dibiase Jr. and Brett Dibiase. During his time in the ring, the most popular Dibiase feuded with the likes of Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan and "Macho Man" Randy Savage. Though he never won the Heavyweight Championship, he was regarded as a top contender for the belt.
Larry "The Ax" Hennig
Larry "The Ax" Hennig is a name that doesn't get much love in modern day pro wrestling. Born in 1936, the husky Hennig laced up the boots in an era of territories and little television. Hennig was a notable fixture in the Minneapolis area, where he worked for the AWA. Hennig brought his son Curt into the wrestling fold, and Curt eventually became "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig. And perfect he was. "Mr. Perfect" was the most solid in-ring performer for Vince McMahon in the late 80s and early 90s. He could have an awesome match with a broomstick. Larry "The Axe" Hennig is also grandfather to current WWE star Michael McGillicutty, who is the son of Curt.
Of course, there are many other fathers who did not make the list. This includes Jimmy Snuka, Ricky Steamboat, and Mike Rotunda. Regardless, it seems like as long as these acclaimed families keep popping out children, Vince McMahon and the wrestling community will never have to worry about filling their roster.
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