Professional Wrestling: The Best Second Generation Wrestlers of All Time

David Levin@@davidlevin71Senior Writer IIJune 5, 2011

Professional Wrestling: The Best Second Generation Wrestlers of All Time

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    Their path to glory was paved once they were born. They grew up on arm bars and leg locks and for some, stardom and championship glory was predestined long before they could walk or talk.

    Wrestling, like other sports, has produced some of the best second and third generation athletes of all time. While baseball can boast sons playing with their fathers on opening day, wrestling promotions over the years have boasted dads getting in the ring with their sons for family honor.

    Some have even faced each other on occasion.

    This is a look at the best wrestlers to be born into a wrestling family.

Owen Hart

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    He was taken from us way too soon. Hart was a great technical wrestler that also lived in the shadow of Brett, his more famous brother.

    There was even a period of time when the two were opponents and in a heated feud in WWE.

    One can only think what would have happened with his career if Owen had still been with us today. He too may have been a world champion.

Jake Roberts

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    He was a champion in Florida, Georgia, the Carolina's and the WWE. Jake was a second generation wrestler who was as eclectic and odd a wrestler as they come.

    His feuds over the years with wrestlers like Ron Garvin and Randy Savage helped put him on the map as a main event wrestler.

Terry Funk

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    Son of Dory and brother of Dory Jr., he is a hardcore legend but also a great mat wrestler in his own right. A former NWA world champion who can still mix it up with the best of them.

    Best known for taking chances in ECW and his association with Mick Foley.

Greg Valentine

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    He was a sound technical wrestler in both the WWE and NWA. Son of the great Johnny Valentine, he was a bruiser who used arm bars and bruising beatings to defeat opponents.

    His feud with Roddy Piper in the early 1980's in the Carolina's nearly destroyed both of them.

Kurt Hennig

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    The son of Larry The Axe Hennig, Kurt was a former AWA world champion. 

    He was known as Mr. Perfect in WWE and was considered by some during his height of stardom to be one of the 10 best wrestlers in the business.

Barry Windham

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    The big strong Texan is the son of Blackjack Mulligan. His run in the NWA includes a run with The Horsemen and an NWA world championship.

    He teamed with Mike Rotunda in the WWE to claim tag team gold.

Brett Hart

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    Stu Hart's prized boy, Brett claimed gold in WWE and in WCW.

    Hart is a great technical wrestler and gets almost as much praise from fans in Canada as Wayne Gretzky.

    Hart's feud with Shawn Michaels and disputes with Vince McMahon are the stuff of legend.

Randy Savage

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    Angelo Paffo's boy did pretty good, becoming World Champion in WCW and World Champion in WWE. Before his time in WWE he was a legend in the Mid-South area, feuding with Jerry Lawler and Austin Idol.

    He may be most known for his marriage to Miss Elizabeth and his flamboyant costumes and his slim Jim commercials.

Dory Funk Jr.

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    Is he got you up against a turnbuckle, you had no way of getting out. His signature move was the spinning toe hold and bolo forearm that stunned his opponents.

    He feuded with Dusty Rhodes, Jack Brisco and Ric Flair in the late 1970's and early 1980's.

Randy Orton

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    Orton's a multi-title winner in the WWE and is the youngest world champion ever, as well as the face of the brand right now.

    His ability to change persona and be heel or face is great for fans.

    He is currently caught in a feud with Sheamus and Christian on Smackdown, and is presently the World Heavyweight Title holder.

The Rock

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    No one else can electrify the crowd like Dwayne Johnson, who is a third generation wrestler.

    He came into the sport with some of the best interview skills ever and proved early on that he was the force to be dealt with.

    Now a star on the big screen, The Rock has come back to wrestling to challenge John Cena at Wrestlemania next year.