Society loves a good sports dynasty.
A dynasty, as defined by Miriam-Webster, is "a family, team, etc., that is very powerful or successful for a long period of time."
We love those.
Don't believe me? Look at the NFL and the Manning family. The League never misses the opportunity to rub their story in the faces of its fans. Every week it seems as though there is at least one reference to their heritage.
When Peyton and Eli actually have to play each other? Forget about it. The entire focus of all NFL programming shifts to the brothers. We hear from mom, dad and brother Cooper. And a whole plethora of analysts debate who is the better QB. The Manning name is spoken ad nauseam.
Cameras shoot to the sky boxes during the games and show Archie and his wife sweating bullets as they watch their quarterback sons march up and down the field.
No matter how tired we get of hearing about the lineage of the Manning dynasty, we eat it up each and every time.
We eat it up because there is something so intriguing about being able to trace the lineage of a current great back through history and revisit those who laid the framework for them to build upon. When those forefathers excelled at their craft and achieved any level of greatness, it makes it that much more interesting.
The same goes for pro wrestling.
Take a look at today's WWE roster and you will see a number of second- or third-generation stars that populate the television screens of millions of sports-entertainment fans.
Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes, Curtis Axel, Natalya, Alberto Del Rio, Bray Wyatt, Los Matadores and the Usos are all members of wrestling dynasties that have laid the groundwork from which their children and grandchildren can continue to grow the family legacies.
They have all been faced with the task of filling boots that were enormous to begin with. Some have already managed to fill them. One, in particular, has outgrown those boots. Still, others will opt to replace those boots with their own as they try to make their own name.
Whatever the case may be, the eight elite wrestling families on this list are here because, like Peyton and Eli Manning, every generation sought to be better and to continue the legacy of the father, uncle or brother that came before them.
Without further ado, here are eight of the finest wrestling families in history.