There was a good post on the Camel Clutch Blog about the worst brothers in wrestling’s annals.
Three of families involved in the article have ties to 1980s WWF wrestling, all of which I have my own opinions on:
- Lanny Poffo, brother of Randy “Macho Man” Savage—Poffo, who wrestled as a Frisbee-throwing babyface as Leaping Lanny and as a heel as The Genius, gets an unfair rap being on the list of worst siblings. Let’s face it, Savage was an all-time great, and many, many wrestlers couldn’t approach his ability. But Poffo was a good hand in the ring despite being saddle with ridiculous gimmicks in the WWF in the 1980s. His prior work in Tennessee for the outlaw International Championship Wrestling promotion and Midsouth Championship Wrestling seems to bear out the idea that he was decent in the ring.
- Barry O, brother of Cowboy Bob Orton and uncle of Randy Orton—It is hard to argue with Barry O’s inclusion on the list. O was a well-known jobber to just about anyone who ever attended a WWF house show at the old Boston Garden in the mid-1980s. His matches were often greeted by chants of “Boring! Boring!” from the crowd, which incited O to jump to the middle turnbuckle and conduct the crowds chants like a maestro. He didn’t do a lot in wrestling, however, especially compared to his brother and nephew.
- The “other” Harts, brothers of Bret “Hitman” Hart and Owen Hart—This was a harsh choice I thought as well. Sure, some of the Hart brothers rode the coattails of father Stu Hart, but Keith and Bruce Hart were good workers who had success in the ring for Stampede Wrestling, which was a respected regional promotion in the 1970s and ‘80s. Anyone remember Bad Company, Bruce’s team with Brian Pillman?
Two of the names that didn’t make the list, that I was actually surprised about, were Mike and Chris Von Erich.
I don’t want to belittle deceased wrestlers, but the younger Von Erichs did not approach the level of Kevin, David, or Kerry Von Erich. If there were ever wrestlers whose entire brief careers were made on the reputations of their siblings, Mike and Chris were them.
Any other families I’m missing from the 1980s?