Using family dynamics can enhance characters and storylines in wrestling. WWE has tried to book quite a few angles of this genre with various talented names. There must be some emotion involved in the stories for the audience to be interested in such a precise angle with some of the best settings.
Bad examples prove that chemistry and captivating storytelling are not guaranteed in wrestling. WWE being the bigger stage adds more pressure for better or worse. The mixed results show that immense greatness or mediocre disappointment can come from wrestling running in the family. The following relative WWE fights were the best and the worst of their kind.
10 Best: Rey Mysterio Vs. Dominik Mysterio
WWE is currently showing how effective a family angle with the Mysterio family can be. Dominik Mysterio betrayed his father Rey Mysterio to turn heel and join Judgment Day, creating one of WWE’s best long-running storylines in recent memory.
Rey refused to fight Dominik for many months and created more and more tension for the audience who wanted him to attack their son. Dominik harassing his mother and sister led Rey to finally break his word. The fans loved his WrestleMania 39 Match with WWE is only now beginning a new chapter of this rivalry.
9 Worst: Vince McMahon vs. Stephanie McMahon
The McMahon family drama led to almost all four members having feuds with each other at some point. Vince and Stephanie had strong chemistry on the same side whenever they aligned in any way, which didn’t lead to great success as rivals.
The Invasion storyline fell apart once Stephanie joined as owner of ECW to join Shane’s WCW match against his father and WWE. Even a good twist like Stephanie turning to face her father as Smackdown General Manager ended badly with an embarrassing “I quit” match.
8 Best: Bret Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith
Vince McMahon began to rely on Bret Hart in a leading role, leading WWE to change the game with an upgraded product in the early stages of the Next Generation Era. Bret having a sportsmanship fight with his brother-in-law Davey Boy Smith gave us an all-time great match in summer hit 1992 at Wembley Stadium.
That legendary fight is enough to be considered a great success, but years later they had a more underrated fight. Davey turning rude led him to challenge Bret for the WWE Championship before coming up short. WWE had a rare bloody match that showed just how big their rivalry was.
7 Worst: Goldust Vs Stardust
Cody Rhodes, who left WWE after the Stardust stunt ruined his reputation, could have been a career killer. WWE transitioned Cody into the act of face painting to have a spin-off version of his brother Dustin Rhodes’ performance as Goldust.
Fans loved their team run as the Rhodes brothers, but the Goldust vs. Stardust fight was a huge dud. Stardust lost all momentum, and Goldust didn’t even appear on screen consistently afterwards. AEW gave us a great match between the two of them to make up for their failed WWE run.
6 The best: Roman Reigns vs. Jey Uso
The Bloodline continues to be a great story for WWE during this recent period of success. Roman Reigns really began to show off this new stellar character when he feuded with his cousin Jey Uso at the start of his Universal Championship reign.
Jey standing up for himself and stepping up in big PPV matches against Roman made him a bigger star in his brother Jimmy’s absence due to injury. The story was flawless and still continues today with the Usos following the orders of their Tribal Chief. Fans have speculated and hoped that Jey would once again have a feud with Roman for the story to come full circle.
5 The worst: The Rock Vs Rikishi
Another interesting rivalry between the Samoan Dynasty cousins in WWE was the match between The Rock and Rikishi. WWE shocked everyone with Rikishi turning heel at the height of his popularity when he was revealed as the driver who hit Steve Austin.
Rikishi claiming he did it for Rock to get more opportunities, he only did damage to Rock to start a fight. WWE struggled for Rikishi to be a heel with both shows against Rock and Austin failing. Rikishi and Rock did not have much chemistry as opponents despite family ties in real life.
4 Best: Vince McMahon vs. Shane McMahon
The McMahon family soap opera angles from the Attitude Era peaked with Vince feuding with Shane. WWE went the father vs. son route when Shane returned from an absence to defend his mother Linda from him. Vince cheating on Linda with Trish Stratus every week and drugging her into a coma set up Shane’s return.
The intensity between the two really worked for big segments and matches. Shane buying WCW in the final Nitro was a huge moment at the time, but he jumped on the shark a few months later. Both the father and son characters have benefited more from fighting each other than from teaming up.
3 Worst: Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Hardy
WWE tried to strike gold with a brother vs. brother match when Matt Hardy betrayed Jeff Hardy in 2009. It was revealed that a mystery person trying to hurt Jeff at WWE events and harm his life outside of the ring was Matt jealous of him. his brother’s success.
The Hardy Boyz were even given the biggest stage in WrestleMania 25 have their first big game. Unfortunately, Matt’s win didn’t help him get over it, as the whole storyline felt forced. Jeff won the match, and they reunited later that year once WWE realized Matt’s heel run wasn’t working.
2 Best: Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart
Bret Hart, by becoming the face of WWE, led Vince McMahon to invest in the Hart family by setting up a feud with Owen Hart. wrestling 10 it was marked with Owen defeating Bret in the opening and looking at Bret for winning the WWE Championship in the main event.
SummerSlam 1994 gave us an all-time great cage match with the other members of the Hart family sitting ringside. WWE continued the feud for a few years with Bret as the ultimate hero and Owen as the jealous brother trying to stop him, similar to the Loki and Thor storyline in today’s Marvel movies.
1 Worst: Brie Bella vs. Nikki Bella
WWE had a compelling idea in theory when Nikki Bella betrayed her twin sister Brie Bella during the biggest match of her career against Stephanie McMahon. Brie was in the main event segments with Stephanie heading into this match to make the twist feel more impactful.
Unfortunately, everything after that between the two was disappointing. WWE booked all-time bad segments like a mock Jerry Springer talk show segment or Nikki’s infamous line wishing Brie would die in the womb. WWE took advantage of this terrible feud to reunite them with a Brie twist just three months later.