Cody Rhodes and the 7 Best 2nd-Generation WWE Superstars
The WWE is a family and wrestlers are born into it.
Over the years, the WWE Universe has seen many wrestlers join the business because of their fathers or grandfathers.
The Rock. Randy Orton. Eddie Guerrero. Randy Savage. Mr. Perfect. The list goes on and on.
In the WWE today, there are some Superstars who continue their family legacy as they attempt to make a name for themselves.
Here is a list of the seven best second-generation Superstars today.
Natalya is the daughter of original Hart Foundation member Jim Neidhart.
She debuted as a heel, but quickly turned to a face when she began managing Tyson Kidd and David Hart Smith. The Hart Dynasty were given a decent push, but things eventually fell apart.
Natalya defeated McCool and Layla in a two-on-one handicap match to win the Divas title for her first time at the 2010 Survivor Series.
She formed a team with Beth Phoenix, known as the Divas of Doom, after she was drafted back to Smackdown in 2011.
Since then, Natalya has feuded with Eve, Kaitlyn, Tamina and Rosa Mendes. She is now seen accompanying The Great Khali to ringside.
Natalya is a great worker when given the chance. With Eve gone, the WWE needs Natalya back in the title picture.
Jey and Jimmy Uso are the sons of Too Cool member, Rikishi.
The Usos made their debut with Tamina on May 24, 2010 as heels when they attacked The Hart Dynasty. The feud continued until late September at the 2010 Night of Champions event.
The Usos were drafted to SmackDown in 2011 and turned face in the process. They immediately feuded with Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater of The Corre. After the feud with the Hart Dynasty and The Corre, WWE didn't have anything planned for The Usos.
After many unsuccessful attempts at the Tag Team titles, they began appearing on the fifth season of NXT.
The Usos have made rare appearances with the main roster, including a win on the Dec. 28 edition of SmackDown against the Prime Time Players.
With the rejuvenated tag team division, it’s a shame that The Usos aren’t a bigger part of it. They are very entertaining, but haven’t received the push necessary to get over. Maybe they’ll be a bigger part once Kane and Daniel Bryan lose their titles.
Tamina is the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka.
She made her debut with The Usos on May 24, 2010.
After the feud with The Hart Dynasty, she began an on-screen relationship with Santino Marella and accompanied he and Vladimir Kozlov to the ring.
She was then drafted to SmackDown and turned heel by teaming with Alicia Fox and taking on AJ Lee and Kaitlyn, The Chickbusters.
She then appeared on the fifth season of NXT and continued her feud with Kaitlyn. She later turned face and teamed with Kaitlyn and Layla to take on Natalya, Beth Phoenix and Eve Torres at the 2012 Money in the Bank.
She returned at Survivor Series after three months on inactivity. In her first match, she defeated Alicia Fox.
Tamina looks to be in position to become the next dominant Diva. If Kaitlyn can hold on to the Diva’s title until WrestleMania, I can see a match between these two taking place with Tamina winning her first championship.
The newcomer is the son of Sika, one half of the Wild Samoans.
Roman Reigns was signed in July 2010 to a developmental contract and made his debut in September.
In early 2012, he became a main eventer. On Feb. 5, he defeated future teammates Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins to become the No. 1 contender for the FCW Heavyweight Championship, but was unsuccessful.
Reigns, along with Ambrose and Rollins, made their main roster debut when they attacked Ryback at Survivor Series during the WWE Championship match. They won their debut match in a six-man TLC match against Ryback, Kane and Daniel Bryan.
Since then, they have attacked Randy Orton, Sheamus, Team Hell No and most recently, The Rock.
Reigns isn’t as known as Ambrose and Rollins, but his future is very bright. The Shield act can continue to elevate these three if done properly.
The Essence of Mustachioed Magnificence is the son of Hall of Famer, Dusty Rhodes.
He made his debut back in 2007 in a segment featuring his father and Randy Orton.
He captured his first championship, the World Tag titles, with Hardcore Holly. They held the titles for 202 days before Rhodes turned on Holly and joined Ted DiBiase Jr.
They were joined by Orton in 2008 to form the stable, Legacy.
After Legacy broke up in 2010, he became “Dashing” Cody Rhodes and feuded with Christian and Rey Mysterio in the process. He won his first singles title by defeating Ezekiel Jackson for the Intercontinental title in August 2011.
Rhodes is once again a part of a tag team. This time it’s with Damien Sandow as Team Rhodes Scholars. They received multiple tag title shots at Hell in a Cell and on the Nov. 14 edition of Main Event, yet they were unsuccessful both times.
They get another opportunity at gold at the Royal Rumble. Rhodes is a talented wrestler and the partnership with Sandow has given him new life.
Alberto Del Rio
The current World Heavyweight Champion is the son of famous luchador, Dos Caras.
Four months after his debut, he competed for the World Heavyweight title at the 2010 TLC event in a Fatal 4 Way, but lost.
The following month, Del Rio outlasted 39 other Superstars to win the 2011 Royal Rumble. Although he was unsuccessful in capturing the title from Edge, everyone in the WWE Universe took notice of the Mexican Aristocrat.
Later that year, Del Rio won the Money in the Bank, thus becoming the first Superstar to win both the Royal Rumble and Money in the Bank in the same year.
He cashed his briefcase in at SummerSlam and defeated CM Punk for the WWE title.
He returned to Raw on April 2 after tearing a groin muscle in December and entered into a feud with World Heavyweight Champion, Sheamus. Del Rio lost to Sheamus in three consecutive pay-per-views.
On Dec. 16, he turned face for the first time and defeated The Big Show for the World Heavyweight Championship on Jan. 11 in a Last Man Standing match.
Del Rio was pushed to the moon upon his debut. Now, with a couple of years of experience and a face turn, it seems like Del Rio has been given a fresh start.