We know that the majors are always on the look out for second/third generation stars. The Rock, Roman Reigns, Bray Wyatt, Bo Dallas, Goldust and Stardust, The Usos, Charlotte Flair, Natalia Neidhart, Justin Gabriel, Randy Orton, Tamina Snuka and Curtis Axel are all in that category in WWE (although TNA doesn’t have as good a record – Wes Brisco, Garrett Bischoff, Lei’d Tapa didn’t last overly long). So who are the next generation currently plying their trade in the indies?

tama and haku (Tama Tonga and his dad, Haku)

TAMA TONGA Tama Tonga is the adopted son of former WWE star Haku (known in WCW as Meng) and adopted brother of Camacho. At age 32 he’s running out of time to move to a major organisation, but then New Japan is hardly a small company. Tama is a member of the powerful Bullet Club group which also features the Young Bucks, Doc Gallows and AJ Styles. He was trained at Bully Ray and D-Von’s Team 3-D Academy and early in his career he and Idol Stevens held tag team gold in Puerto Rico’s World Wrestling Council. He’s also been a tag champ twice in Mexico’s CMLL, teaming with El Terrible to beat Atlantis and Diamond Azule for the titles and then with Rey Bucanero to beat Hiroshi Tanahashi and Jushin Thunder Liger.

lance-anoai (Lance Anoa’i – a chip off the old block)

LANCE ANOA’I Lance Anoa’i comes from an amazing line of wrestlers. He’s the son of Samu from the Headshrinkers, grandson of Afa from the Wild Samoans, and is related to The Rock, Roman Reigns, The Usos, Rikishi, Yokazuna, Umaga and Rosey. The 22-year-old will hope to follow in his relatives’ illustrious footsteps and is already winning championship gold, having won the heavyweight title in Pennsylvania Premier Wrestling this past weekend. He’s also held heavyweight, tag and television titles in World X-treme Wrestling C4. He’s also wrestled for Pro Wrestling Syndicate and Maryland Championship Wrestling. zizou(South Africa’s Zizou Middoux)

ZIZOU MIDDOUX Zizou Middoux’s heritage may not be as internationally recognisable as Anoa’i’s but there isn’t a South African wrestling fan who hasn’t heard of his father Terri Middoux who has been a superstar for decades in SA. Zizou joined his dad in South Africa’s WWP when he was just 14 and winning the WWP tag titles with his dad at age 18 and has also competed in SAPW, but his big break came last year when he travelled to the US to train at Ring of Honor’s training school. He has appeared in a number of main roster matches in ROH, but so far mainly as a jobber. But barely 20 years old now, he has plenty of years ahead of him to prove himself.

finlays (The Finlay family)

DAVID FINLAY JR Being Fit Finlay’s son means one thing, you’re going to grow up loving to fight. David Jr is just 21, but has already notched up some impressive results, having won 24 of 42 matches so far this year. He mainly fights in the UK in All Star Wrestling and in Germany’s European Wrestling Promotion, but it can’t be long until we see him following in his dad’s footsteps and heading to North America. spirit (Black Spirit)

BLACK SPIRIT aka EL HIJO DE LA PARK

Currently competing under the name Black Spirit, this 25-year-old Mexican is the son of LA Par-K (the original La Parka from WCW). He debuted in 2008 and initially denied the family relationship (sound familiar Brian Christopher/Jerry Lawler?) but eventually acknowledged it. After starting in the smaller Mexican indies, while working under the name El Hijo de LA Park, he went on to compete for both AAA and CMLL. Since 2013 he has returned to the Black Spirit name, in the hope of carving out a name for himself and not relying on his dad’s name. So there you have it – Tonga, Samoa, South Africa, Ireland and Mexico’s contributions to the future of pro wrestling. Let us know of any other up-and-coming second/third generation stars you want us to profile.

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