Fans have seen this happen on several occasions over the years to varying degrees of success. At times, family members have been organically inserted into the storyline, elevating the quality of the feud, but at other times, WWE has shoehorned family members in the hope of making things work.
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10Best: Chris Jericho Punches Rebecca
The feud between Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels in 2008 was nothing short of phenomenal. Two of the greatest of all time consistently delivered in every segment they were involved in, but the segment that included Shawn Michaels’ real-life wife Rebecca was the best, by far.
The two men shared words and when Michaels turned to leave, Jericho pulled him back. When Jericho tried to punch Michaels, he ducked, which resulted in Jericho punching Rebecca straight in the face. It was a shocking, truly unexpected moment that elevated an already amazing feud.
9Worst: Torrie Wilson’s Dad And Dawn Marie
In 2002, Torrie Wilson and Dawn Marie embarked on an extremely personal feud, tinged with teases of lesbianism to titillate and entertain fans. After Wilson defeated Marie at No Mercy that year, Marie responded by starting a relationship with Wilson’s Dad, Al.
They ended up getting married and Al suffered a kayfabe heart attack while consummating the marriage. All of this led to another match between the two women at Royal Rumble, which Torrie won, bringing their feud to a tepid end. Al couldn’t really act and the entire storyline was ridiculously convoluted and over the top.
8Best: Randy Orton Punts John Cena’s Father
The feud between Randy Orton and John Cena went on way too long, but it certainly had its moments. Back in 2007, when things were still pretty fresh, Randy Orton decided to make things extremely personal when he pulled Cena’s father over the barricade and proceeded to punt him right in front of his son.
It was a brutal, unexpected moment that was perfectly fitting with Orton’s Legend Killer gimmick at the time. The feud never reached its natural conclusion because Cena got injured, but WWE got the chance to drag it out for years once he returned.
7Worst: DDP Stalks The Undertaker’s Wife
Diamond Dallas Page was one of WCW’s biggest stars, but his WWE run was a massive failure, to put it kindly. WWE robbed him of everything that made him special and turned him into a bit of a jobber.
One of his main storylines in 2001 saw him stalk The Undertaker’s wife, Sara, for several weeks. When things got too much for her, she decided to end things once and for all, by working a match against him. Predictably, she couldn’t do anything to DDP. So The Undertaker intervened, beat the living daylights out of his wife’s stalker, and then let her pin him.
6Best: Custody Of Dominick
In one of Eddie Guerrero’s final feuds, he took things to another level by alleging that Rey Mysterio’s son Dominick, was actually his son. Eddie alleged that he left Dominick with Rey because the luchador was having trouble conceiving, but now he wanted him back.
It was ridiculous and over-the-top, but it worked. The feud also involved Mysterio’s wife and Aalyah, and it led to a ‘Custody of Dominick’ match at SummerSlam in 2005. Mysterio won that match, gaining custody of his son. Unfortunately, Guerrero passed away before the feud could reach its natural conclusion.
5Worst: Bret Hart Evens The Odds For Natalya
After winning the Raw Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 32, Charlotte Flair entered a feud with Natalya. With Ric Flair in Charlotte’s corner, the odds were stacked against Natalya, so she brought out Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart to even things up for her.
When they wrestled at Payback that year, WWE booked a dirty finish that evoked memories of the Montreal Screwjob and undercut everything the wrestlers had done before it. It was entirely pointless and Natalya didn’t even manage to win the gold, making all of it an exercise in futility.
4Best: Miz Dad Protects His Son
All of the ‘Best in the World’ stuff led to Shane McMahon turning heel and having an extremely personal feud with The Miz, which also got his father involved. At WrestleMania 35, the two men waged war in a great Falls Count Anywhere match. With The Miz knocked out on the announcer’s table and Shane setting up for an elbow drop, George Mizanin jumped the guardrail to protect his son. It was awesome and fans loved it.
When McMahon attacked George, The Miz lost it and took the fight to the heel once more. Even though The Miz lost the match, all of it made a lot of sense in the context of the story WWE was telling.
3Worst: Zack Ryder’s Dad Costs Him The Intercontinental Championship
At WrestleMania 32, WWE swerved everyone by having Zack Ryder win the ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship. It came out of nowhere, but fans loved it because the Long Island Iced-Z finally got to have his WrestleMania moment.
The next night on Raw, he lost the championship to The Miz, thanks to a little help from Maryse, who slapped his father. The distraction gave The Miz long enough to put Ryder away and pick up the pinfall victory. Not only did it cheapen Ryder’s moment, the inclusion of his father felt forced and unnecessary because it ultimately led to nothing.
2Best: Dominick Tries To Help His Father Slay The Beast
When Rey Mysterio earned a shot against Seth Rollins’ Universal Championship, Brock Lesnar emerged, taking him and his son Dominick out with a brutal attack. Eventually, Lesnar won the WWE Championship and defended the gold against Mysterio in a No Holds Barred match at Survivor Series in 2019.
Lesnar dominated most of the match until Dominick got involved and both Mysterios delivered a breath-taking double attack on the champion. Lesnar managed to win anyway, but Dominick’s inclusion made the match far more unpredictable and also set him up for his eventual in-ring debut against Seth Rollins at SummerSlam earlier this year.
1Worst: Aalyah And Murphy Are In Love
The feud between Rey Mysterio and Seth Rollins started off great and organically introduced Dominick Mysterio to the WWE Universe. But then WWE dragged it out longer, and then a little longer.
It even introduced an unlikely love story between Mysterio’s daughter, Aalyah and Murphy. It was forced, unnecessary, and just pointless. To make matters even worse, Aalyah isn’t a strong actor. It is easy to see why Vince McMahon would be a fan of her, but the entire story is pointlessly contrived to put as many Mysterios on programming as possible.
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