Brothers are a common phenomenon in wrestling. This makes sense; the consecutive SuperBowl successes of Peyton and Eli Manning at least hint at a genetic component to athletic success. The presence of siblings in a wrestling promotion contributes a degree of logic and realism to the proceedings; after all, it seems only natural--and a tag team of brothers is even more logical, for surely siblings would work together more effectively than a tandem composed of mere acquaintances.

Wrestling brothers might indeed form a legendary and oft-decorated team, like Rick and Scott Steiner; or each might be recognized as a legitimate star in his own right, like Dory and Terry Funk (each a former NWA world champion). If they were once a single zygote, then you have TagTeamTwins, such as Ron and Don Harris (they would also qualify as a SiblingTeam). If there are a bunch of them, like the Harts or the Von Erichs, that's a WrestlingFamily.

But sometimes there's a dearth of brother combinations in a promotion. Does the promoter remedy the situation by sending out scouts to recruit talented young brother duos? No, this is wrestling. He fixes the problem the same way he fixes every problem: by inventing the answer out of whole cloth and lying to us about it.

When a promoter forms a tag team from two guys who look vaguely alike and slaps a new surname on one or both of them, the result is a set of Unrelated Brothers.
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!!'''Examples:'''

* When former AWA tag team champions Mike Enos and Wayne Bloom arrived in Wrestling/{{WWE}} in 1991, they were immediately rechristened Beau and Blake Beverly.
* Wrestling/{{Christian}} Cage and Wrestling/{{Edge}} were introduced as brothers upon their entrance to Wrestling/{{WWE}} in 1998. As their characters evolved in the mid-2000s, this aspect of their relationship was deemphasized, but was never officially [[RetCon retconned]] until 2010 when the two finally referred to themselves simply as best friends since childhood. It doesn't help that Edge is actually ''one month'' older than Christian (Edge born October 30th, and Christian on November 30th, both in 1973).
* Wrestling/{{Kane}} was introduced to Wrestling/{{WWE}} in 1997 as Wrestling/TheUndertaker's brother, though in 1998, this was retconned to him being revealed as 'Taker's ''half''-brother. Their status as being only half-brothers is largely ignored in-universe, though the recent DVD release of ''The Undertaker's Deadliest Matches'' does feature Undertaker, doing narration, making reference to their status as half-brothers, so it hasn't been retconned yet, at least so far as anybody knows.
** A lot of real world half-siblings will simply reference their half-sibling as their brother or sister.
** Mostly this one is still remembered; best example is that whenever they team-up, the tag-team is called the "Brothers of Destruction." It is occasionally referenced when they feud.
* Wrestling/TheDudleyBoys are a collection of half-brothers, each allegedly having the same father but different ''mothers''. The most famous are Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley, who formed a successful tag team in Wrestling/{{WWE}} and later Wrestling/{{TNA}}; however, the clan had its origins in the original Wrestling/{{ECW}}, where several more half-brothers dwelt, including Little Spike Dudley, Dudley Dudley, the late Big Dick Dudley, Little Snot Dudley, Dances with Dudley, Chubby Dudley, and Sign Guy Dudley.
** There have also been Psycho Sam Dudley (real name: Mark Vartanian), who teamed with Big Dick Dudley in the New York City-based USA Pro (later USA [=Xtreme=]) Wrestling, Schmuck Dudley (real name: Jeff Roth), who teamed with Little Snot Dudley in the Florida independent scene, and [[Series/FamilyMatters Urkel Dudley]] in the Florida independent promotion Outlaw Championship Wrestling.
* Wrestling/{{WWE}} of the 1970s saw a set of ''three'' Unrelated Brothers: Johnny, Jimmy, and Jerry Valiant. In their heyday, Johnny and Jimmy looked so much alike that they were able to exercise most of the advantages of TagTeamTwins (additionally, both brothers wore tights embroidered with "Johnny", to further confuse hapless referees).
* Doug Basham was a singles wrestler for much of his career, until he reached Wrestling/{{WWE}} in 2003. OVW mainstay Damaja was immediately repackaged as Danny Basham and the pair debuted as brothers. With matching attire and shaved heads, they looked remarkably alike.
* In 1991, Tom Burton entered the GWF and was rechristened Tom Davis to form the Dirty Davis Brothers with established star Mike Davis.
* While working in Florida in the mid-1980s, the legendary Dory Funk Jr. and Wrestling/TerryFunk decided they needed another brother so they were joined by Jesse Barr, sporting a Lone Ranger-style mask and going by the name Jimmy Jack Funk. They were even able to convince [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] to bring him in to the WWF to team with "Hoss" (aka Dory) after Terry got a singles push.
* Former Wrestling/{{WWE}} tag team champions Jay and Jules Strongbow were unrelated. Neither was named Strongbow, and it probably goes without saying that neither was really Native American.
* Jerry Graham had three storyline brothers: Wrestling/EddieGraham, "Crazy" Luke Graham, and former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE World Heavyweight Champion]] [[Wrestling/SuperstarBillyGraham "Superstar" Billy Graham]]. None were related to him, nor were they really named Graham.
** The only Grahams who were actually related to each other were Eddie and Mike, in RealLife father and son Edward and Michael Gossett.
* Ron and Jimmy Garvin often teamed in the NWA; sometimes they were billed as brothers, sometimes as simply "The Garvins". In real life, neither is named Garvin, but Ron ''is'' Jimmy's stepfather. Their other brother Terry Garvin who was the [[UnusualEuphemism President, Vice-President, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer of the Terry Garvin School of Self Defense]] was not really related to them at all.
* Wrestling/{{Arn|Anderson}} and Ole Anderson were billed as almost every possible familial combination, including brothers, but usually uncle and nephew; they are unrelated. In fact, of the four Andersons--Gene, Lars, Ole, and Arn--only Gene is even named Anderson. Gene had a son named Brad Anderson, who never even got pushed as part of the Anderson Family.
* Waldo Von Erich was not related in any way to [[Wrestling/VonErichFamily Fritz Von Erich]], patriarch of the five wrestling Von Erich brothers.
** "Cousin" Lance Von Erich was likewise unrelated to the Fritz side ''or'' the Waldo side of the family, though he was billed as being Waldo's son. Fritz famously revealed this, breaking {{Kayfabe}} in a time when it was king, after Lance left the territory on bad terms.
* Axl and Ian Rotten, whose pairing as brothers began in the GWF in 1992 and continues to this day.
* In 1994, Wrestling/{{WCW}} competitor The Equalizer was "revealed" as Dave Sullivan, the brother of veteran wrestler Wrestling/KevinSullivan.
* The IWF tag team of the Long Riders, Kip Winchester and Brett Colt, entered Wrestling/{{WWE}} in 1993 and, in a nod to their prior identities, were renamed Billy and Bart Gunn, the Smoking Gunns.
* In their early days, Wrestling/HulkHogan and Wrestling/BrutusBeefcake were billed as brothers; either as Hulk and Dizzy Hogan or Terry and Ed Boulder, depending on the promoter.
* World Class Championship Wrestling mainstay Solomon Grundy (your typical "wrestling hillbilly" gimmick) competed in Mexico in the early 1990s. During his tenure there, he was joined in tag team matches by his brother, Aaron Grundy--played by Mike Shaw, who had been Norman the Lunatic in the NWA and would subsequently portray Makhan Singh in the GWF and Bastion Booger in Wrestling/{{WWE}}.
* After the British Bulldogs split up in the late 1980s, [[Wrestling/DynamiteKid the Dynamite Kid]] competed in Japan, where he teamed with Johnny Smith under the pretense that Johnny was former partner Wrestling/DaveyBoySmith's brother; he was not.
* Early in Tommy Dreamer's career, he changed his name to T. D. Madison and teamed with G. Q. Madison in IWCCW.
* The Dupps--Puck Dupp, Jack Dupp, Bo Dupp, Stan Dupp, and sister Fluff Dupp--are, respectively, Marty Garner, Mike Maverick, Murray Happer, Trevor Murdoch, and Seven Briggs (and are/were completely unrelated).
* In the 1990s, Vladimir Koloff was supposed to be Wrestling/NikitaKoloff's brother. Neither were really related; neither were really Russian (neither was their "uncle," former [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE World Heavyweight Champion]] Wrestling/IvanKoloff).
* In Wrestling/{{WWE}}, Domino and Cherry were not really brother and sister.
* Neither are Paul Burchill and Katie Lea.
* In a rare instance of an ''official'' {{Retcon}} by Wrestling/{{WWE}}, it was revealed that Brett and Brian Major were never really brothers; they now go by Curt Hawkins and Wrestling/ZackRyder. (This being wrestling, ''those'' aren't their real names either.)
* A 2005 Wrestling/{{WWE}} example, perhaps best left forgotten, were James and Chad Dick.
* Though the Wrestling/{{WWE}} tag team of Jesse and Festus were referred to as the Daltons in their introductory vignettes, their relationship appears to have been erased at the same time as their surname. (Jesse ''is'' the son of the late Terry Gordy, however.)
* Michel Pigeon debuted in Calgary in 1968 as Jos [=LeDuc=], the brother of established Canadian star Paul [=LeDuc=].
* Early in his career, Buddy Roberts of the Fabulous Freebirds competed as Dale Valentine, brother of the legendary Johnny Valentine.
* Though Omar Atlas is probably best-remembered as a 1980s Wrestling/{{WWE}} {{Jobber}}, one of his earlier outings was in the Houston territory as Omar Negro, the "brother" of his real-life friend Cyclone Negro.
* Beloved Wrestling/{{WWE}} competitor S. D. Jones began his career in the Mid-Atlantic territory as Roosevelt Jones, the brother of established star Rufus R. Jones.
* Shortly before the Toryumon split, current Wrestling/DragonGate wrestler Genki Horiguchi got a little brother named Hiromi Horiguchi. After the schism, Genki went to DG and Hiromi stayed with Toryumon Mexico, so they never met in the ring. It wasn't revealed they were only kayfabe brothers until years later.
* In Wrestling/{{WWE}}, [[TheGiant The Great Khali]] and his translator/manager Ranjin Singh were revealed to be brothers. Wrestling/{{WWE}} booking being [[ThreeMonthRule what it is]], there's no telling how "true" this remains any given week. When Jinder Mahal made his debut, he was introduced as the kayfabe brother-in-law of both Khali and Singh (having supposedly married their sister).
* Parodied on ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''. The Brothers Strong do not look at all similar, but it later turns out they really are brothers.
* Before they debuted in Wrestling/{{WWE}} as Men on a Mission in the early 1990s, Mabel and Mo competed as the Harlem Knights in the [=PWF=] and [=USWA=], billed as brothers Nelson and Bobby Knight; they are unrelated.
* The Amazing Red and Crimson in Wrestling/{{TNA}}.
* The Golden Brothers (Mike & Dizzy Golden) who competed in Texas All-Star Wrestling in the mid-1980s were not related; Dizzy Golden was one Bill Smithson, whose most famous persona was [[Wrestling/TheMoondogs Moondog Spike]] in [=IWCCW=] and the [=USWA=].
* Wrestling/RoderickStrong, better known for his work in Wrestling/{{TNA}} and Wrestling/RingOfHonor, started in the Florida IPW independent promotion in early 2000 teaming with his "brother" Sedrick Strong.
* In a rather obscure example, Trisa Hayes Laughlin, better known to Wrestling/{{ECW}} fans as Wrestling/{{Beulah McGillicutty}}, had a brief run in Stampede Wrestling in TheEighties as Wrestling/BrianPillman's "sister" Theresa. Hayes and Pillman had been dating at the time in RealLife, so that's how she got the gig.
* [[Wrestling/TheBigShow The Giant (Paul "The Big Show" Wight)]]'s original gimmick in Wrestling/{{WCW}} was Wrestling/AndreTheGiant's "son."
* In Wrestling/WrestlingSocietyX, Wrestling/SaraDelRey played Vic Grimes' "sister," "Nic Grimes."

!!'''Variations (unrelated cousins):'''

* [[Wrestling/BobHolly Bob "Hardcore" Holly]] was eventually joined in Wrestling/{{WWE}} by "cousins" Crash Holly and Wrestling/MollyHolly.
* Wrestling/RicFlair was a cousin of the Andersons (see above) during the early years of their affiliation in the NWA.
* When Wrestling/TheSheepherders, Luke Williams and Butch Miller, entered Wrestling/{{WWE}} in 1988, they not only changed their team name to the Bushwhackers, but became cousins as well.
* In Wrestling/{{WCW}}, Tommy and Johnny Rich really were cousins. Davey Rich (aka Davey Haskins) was not.
* Biily Jack Haynes and the late Brady Boone were billed as cousins, both early in their careers in Pacific Northwest Wrestling, and, briefly, later in Wrestling/{{WWE}}.
* [[Wrestling/LittleGuidoMaritato James "Little Guido" Maritato]] was introduced in Wrestling/{{WWE}} as Jamie Noble's cousin Nunzio. The relationship was deemphasized and never subsequently mentioned, even when they wrestled each other, but never officially [[RetCon retconned]].
* Mark Canterbury and Dennis Knight were repackaged as [[WrestlingDoesntPay hog-farming]] cousins Henry and Phineas Godwin by Wrestling/{{WWE}} in the mid-1990s. This was [[RetCon retconned]] a few years later, as Canterbury and Knight reverted to their real names and changed the name of their team to Southern Justice. (And poor Tony Anthony--aka Uncle Cletus--wasn't really their uncle, either, needless to say.)
** In 2006, however, Wrestling/{{WWE}} affiliate Deep South Wrestling reformed the Godwins with Henry (Canterbury) and new cousin Ray (Ray Gordy). This iteration ended when Ray left for Wrestling/{{WWE}} proper to become a Dalton (see above).
* Wrestling/HillbillyJim and his "relatives" [[Characters/WWERockNWrestling Cousin Luke, Cousin Junior and Uncle Elmer]].
* Lance Von Erich, the "cousin" of the better-known Von Erich brothers (Kevin, Kerry, et al.), was not a Von Erich at all. He was billed as the son of Waldo Von Erich (see above), who was also unrelated.
* Michael Hayes and "Hollywood" John Tatum were billed as cousins in the Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance in the early 1980s.
* Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation mainstays Wrestling/DickTheBruiser and Wrestling/TheCrusher were allegedly cousins.
* Wrestling/{{TNA}} had Rosita (Thea Trinidad) and Sarita (Sarah Stock).
* [[Wrestling/NickDinsmore Eugene]] was Wrestling/EricBischoff's "nephew."
* Early in his career, Wrestling/ShaneDouglas was billed as "Troy Orndorff," Paul Orndorff's "nephew."
* Wrestling/TheFabulousKangaroos had Johnny Heffernan, real name Bob Della Serra, who was billed as original member Roy Heffernan's "cousin."

!!'''Inversions (legitimate--but unacknowledged--brothers):'''

* Wrestling/RandySavage and Lanny Poffo in Wrestling/{{WWE}}.
* In 1988, Wrestling/{{WWE}} hired Wrestling/OwenHart, younger brother of established star Wrestling/BretHart. He wore a mask and competed as The Blue Blazer. The promotion never acknowledged the Blazer's until years later, during Owen's second tenure there.
* Also in 1988, Wrestling/{{WWE}} elected not to acknowledge real-life half brothers [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "The Snake" Roberts]] and Sam Houston, nor their sister, women's champion Rockin' Robin.
* In 2002, brothers Solofa Fatu, Jr. (then wrestling as Rikishi) and the late Eddie Fatu (then known as Jamal, most recently as Wrestling/{{Umaga}} were on the Wrestling/{{WWE}} roster at the same time. They never really interacted in storylines, and weren't acknowledged as brothers (though given the complexity of the Samoan wrestling family tree, they may have been the only ones who knew).
* Steve Armstrong competed in Wrestling/{{WCW}} in the early 1990s, primarily as half of the Southern Boys (aka Young Pistols) tag team with Tracy Smothers. During this time, his brother Brad Armstrong portrayed a number of masked characters, such as Baddstreet, [[CaptainErsatz Arachnaman]], and The Freedom Fighter; each of these could be considered an example of unacknowledged brothers, as none of these characters was ever identified as Brad. On one notable occasion, the 1991 Great American Bash, the team of [[Wrestling/{{Goldust}} Dustin Rhodes]], Tracy Smothers and Steve Armstrong defeated the Freebirds (Jimmy Garvin, Michaels Hayes, and the masked Baddstreet, Brad Armstrong); needless to say, the relationship between Steve Armstrong and Baddstreet was not mentioned.
* Joe and Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis (better known as [[Wrestling/TheRoadWarriors Road Warrior Animal]] and Johnny Ace, respectively) have never been acknowledged as related, let alone as brothers, even though they've been in the same promotion together--most notably the NWA of the late 1980s. Furthermore, a third brother, Marcus Laurinaitis, was a {{Jobber}} in the NWA around that time, competing as The Terminator.
** And [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] is on record as saying that Joe's son James is welcome on his roster if football doesn't work out. Although the Butkus Award for best college linebacker makes that prospect unlikely.
** The relationship has now been acknowledged by WWE. Wrestling/CMPunk called out John Laurinaitis (then [[InsistentTerminology WWE Executive Vice President of Talent Relations]]) for being such a vindictive management type because he's bitter over never being as successful as his brother, who was a member of one of the greatest tag teams of all time.
* Bob Orton, Jr and Barry O (father and uncle, respectively, of Wrestling/RandyOrton) were not acknowledged as such in Wrestling/{{WWE}} - probably due to Bob being an upper mid-carder and Barry being a {{jobber}} (or, later, Barry accusing WWE executives of sexual harassment).
* [[Wrestling/EddieGilbert Eddie]] and Doug Gilbert both entered the GWF upon its inception in 1991. Doug spent his entire tenure competing under a mask as The Dark Patriot, and their relationship was never acknowledged--even when Eddie beat Doug for the promotion's heavyweight title.
* Despite previously working as a brother team in FCW, there have been no allusions to the relationship between [[Wrestling/TheWyattFamily Bray Wyatt]] (Windham Rotunda) and Wrestling/BoDallas (Taylor Rotunda)
** Much less that their father is [[Wrestling/MikeRotunda Irwin R. Schyster]].
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