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Fritz Von Erich
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Ring name(s) Fritz Von Erich
Tetsu no Tsume (Iron Claw)
Billed height 6' 4" (1,93 m)
Billed weight 260 lb (118 kg)
Born August 16, 1929(1929-08-16)
Jewett, Texas
Died September 10, 1997 (aged 68)
Billed from Denton, Texas
Trained by Stu Hart
Debut 1958
Retired 1982

Jack Barton Adkisson (August 16, 1929 - September 10, 1997) was an American professional wrestler under the ring name Fritz Von Erich, better known today as a wrestling promoter and the patriarch of the Von Erich wrestling family. He was also the owner of the World Class Championship Wrestling territory.[1] Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jewett is a city located in Leon County, Texas. ... is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Motto: North of Ordinary Location within the state of Texas County Denton County Government  - Mayor Perry McNeill Area  - City 161. ... Stewart Edward Stu Hart, CM (May 3, 1915 – October 16, 2003) was a Canadian amateur wrestler, professional wrestler, promoter and trainer. ... Jan. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 228th day of the year (229th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 253rd day of the year (254th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The Von Erich family is a legendary professional wrestling family. ... Not to be confused with World Championship Wrestling. ...

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Career

Football career

Jack attended Southern Methodist University, where he threw discus and played football. He played one season of pro football for the Dallas Texans, and then tried the Canadian Football League. He did play for the CFL for a while. While in Edmonton, he met legendary wrestler and trainer Stu Hart, and Hart decided to train and book Jack in his Klondike Wrestling promotion. By the end of the 1950s, Fritz Von Erich relocated to Buffalo, New York and would be a top drawing heel throughout the country due to his large size, ring skills and interview ability. However, in 1959 his oldest son Jack died of an accidental electrocution (his son was actually knocked unconscious after touching an exposed electrical wire and drowned when he landed face first in a puddle of melting snow), and he stopped traveling to the east coast, allowing former partner Waldo Von Erich to use the Von Erich name in the World Wide Wrestling Federation. The death hit Fritz hard, and he blamed himself for the incident, reasoning that he could have prevented the incident had he not been on the road so much. He had five other sons who eventually wrestled under the Von Erich name: Kevin, David, Kerry, Mike and Chris. The first college tennis match was played at Southern Methodist University. ... The Dallas Texans played in the National Football League for one season, 1952, with a record of 1–11. ... “CFL” redirects here. ... CFL is an acronym for: Canadian Football League Compact fluorescent light bulb Continental Football League Courant, Fredericks and Lewy This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... For other places with the same name, see Edmonton (disambiguation). ... Stewart Edward Stu Hart, CM (May 3, 1915 – October 16, 2003) was a Canadian amateur wrestler, professional wrestler, promoter and trainer. ... Nickname: Location of Buffalo in New York State Coordinates: , Country State County Erie Government  - Mayor Byron Brown (D) Area  - Total 52. ... Sign warning of possible electric shock hazard An electric shock can occur upon contact of a human or animal body with any source of voltage high enough to cause sufficient current flow through the muscles or nerves. ... Waldo Von Erich Walter Sieber worked as a professional wrestler under the name Waldo Von Erich, and was billed as the brother of Fritz Von Erich. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... Kevin Ross Adkisson (born May 15, 1957 in Belleville, Illinois) is a retired professional wrestler under the ring name Kevin Von Erich of the famous Von Erich Family. ... David Adkisson David Allen Adkisson (July 22, 1958 - February 10, 1984) was an American professional wrestler famous under the ring name David Von Erich (of the famous Von Erich Family). ... Kerry Gene Adkisson (February 3, 1960 – February 18, 1993) was an American professional wrestler under the ring names Kerry Von Erich, The Modern Day Warrior, and The Texas Tornado and was part of the Von Erich family of professional wrestlers. ... Michael Brent Adkisson (March 2, 1964 – April 12, 1987) was an American professional wrestler under the ring name Mike Von Erich. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


St. Louis Wrestling Club

His major circuit was Sam Muchnick's NWA territorial stronghold in St. Louis, Missouri. Sam Munchnick was a professional wrestling promoter from Saint Louis, Missouri. ... National Wrestling Alliance logo The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) is the largest governing body for a group of independent professional wrestling promotions and sanctions various NWA championships. ... The St. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Missouri Coordinates: , Country State County Independent City Government  - Mayor Francis G. Slay (D) Area  - City  66. ...


National Wrestling Alliance

He was even considered a top contender to be voted NWA World Tag Team Champion with his son David, but then-champions Gene and Ole Anderson were very vocal in their dislike of " gimmick" wrestlers and the board of directors did not want the champion to have an obviously fictional ring name. Jack offered to wrestle under his real name when he was up again for a possible title reign in the 1970s but again, the board of directors voted it down. In 1975, Adkisson became president of the NWA, after Sam Muchnick gave up the position, even though he continued to wrestle in his own promotion, which other members of the board of directors found as a conflict of interest.His time as president was seen as the time when the World Heavyweight Championship was devalued and unity within the NWA was damaged. The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Tag Team Championship is the premier tag team title in the NWA. There have been several versions of this title, but the title recognized by the NWA is the version that was recently defended primarily in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). ... In professional wrestling, a gimmick is a wrestlers personality, behavior, attire and/or other distinguishing traits while performing. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Japan

Fritz was a huge star in Japan as well, and was a major part of rebuilding Japanese wrestling after the stabbing death of Rikidozan. He became a star due to his feuds with Antonio Inoki and Giant Baba, and his "Iron Claw" hold, which became one of the most popular wrestling moves in Japan. New Japan Pro Wrestling is one of the most popular professional wrestling promotions in the World. ... Rikidōzan (Japanese: 力道山, Korean: 역도산, November 14, 1924 - December 15, 1963) was a professional wrestler, known as the Father of Puroresu and one of the most influential men in wrestling history. ... Antonio Inoki (アントニオ猪木), real name Kanji Inoki (猪木寛至 Inoki Kanji, born February 20, 1943) is a retired Japanese professional wrestler and mixed martial artist who now resides in New York City. ... Shohei Baba (Baba Shōhei, 1938–1999) was a professional wrestler and co-founder of All Japan Pro Wrestling. ...


Retirement

In 1982, he held his first retirement match against King Kong Bundy in the newly renamed World Class Championship Wrestling promotion, based in Dallas. The promotion was known for its high production values, use of entrance music and the use of television syndication. The promotion was one of the most successful territories in the United States, with major draws like his sons, the Fabulous Freebirds, Christopher Adams, Abdullah the Butcher, Bruiser Brody, Gino Hernandez and Rick Rude. By the end of the eighties, the promotion's talent pool was thin and it was eventually merged with Jerry Jarrett's Memphis promotion to create the United States Wrestling Association. Chris Pallies (born November 7, 1957) is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, King Kong Bundy. ... Not to be confused with World Championship Wrestling. ... In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... The Fabulous Freebirds were a groundbreaking professional wrestling tag-team that attained fame in the 1980s, performing into the 1990s. ... Christopher Adams (also known as Christopher Loofboro) (February 10, 1955 – October 7, 2001) was a professional wrestler, wrestling promoter, trainer and judoka. ... Larry Shreve (Born Lawrence Shreve on November 2, 1936), best known as Abdullah the Butcher, and also at times the Madman from Sudan, is a professional wrestler. ... Frank Goodish (1946-1988) was a professional wrestler better known in the professional wrestling world as Bruiser Brody. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Jerry W. Jarrett (born September 4, 1942 in Nashville, Tennessee) is an American promoter and professional wrestler, and the father of wrestler Jeff Jarrett. ... For other uses, see Memphis (disambiguation). ... The United States Wrestling Association or USWA was a professional wrestling promotional organization based in Memphis, Tennessee. ...


Within a 10-year span, four of the remaining five Adkisson sons died premature deaths:

  • David, 25 years of age, died in 1984 under circumstances that are still debated today. His cause of death was officially listed as acute gastroenteritis, but many believe, despite considerable evidence supporting the official cause, that he actually died of a drug overdose. Ric Flair implies this in his autobiography To Be The Man, stating that Bruiser Brody destroyed evidence pointing to an overdose.
  • Mike died of a self-inflicted drug overdose in 1987 at the age of 23. He had apparently never completely recovered from a near-fatal bout with toxic shock syndrome, a condition very rarely seen in men, in 1985.
  • Chris, depressed over his brothers deaths and his inability to excel as a wrestler, committed suicide in 1991 at the age of 21.
  • Kerry, the most successful in the ring, also committed suicide in 1993 after well-documented substance abuse problems. He was 33 years old.

Kevin is the only survivor of the Adkisson sons. Richard Morgan Fliehr[2] (born on February 25, 1949 in Minneapolis, Minnesota[2]) better known by his ring name Ric Flair , is a legendary American professional wrestler of iconic staus signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on its SmackDown! brand. ... Frank Goodish (1946-1988) was a professional wrestler better known in the professional wrestling world as Bruiser Brody. ... Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a rare but potentially fatal disease caused by a bacterial toxin. ...


Death

Fritz's wife Doris divorced him in 1992, and he died of brain and lung cancer on September 10, 1997 aged 68. Fritz Von Erich's unofficial biography states that his son Kevin may have in some way watched or killed his father. The book went on to say Kevin had a very shaky relationship with his father and Kevin wasn't among his favorite children. Fritz also was supposedly to have felt Kerry's suicide could have been stopped if Kevin would have been there for his brother. The book can be found on Amazon.com. The book was written by, Ron Mulinax and the book is titled Fritz Von Erich, Master of the Iron Claw.[2]


Finishing & Signature Moves

  • The Claw

In the late 50s, his move was "The Claw." When he was going to take out his opponent, Fritz would hold him down on the canvas, hold up his own hand high over his head and look to the crowd to tell him use "The Claw." Fritz would then lower his hand, grab hold of the opponent's stomach and grasp it tightly till he gave up. At that point, Fritz would find it difficult to release "The Claw" and it would be necessary for the referee and managers to help get the hand released and the downed wrestler would then stagger out of the ring.


Championships and accomplishments

  • NWA Canadian Open Tag Team Championship (3 times) - with Karl Von Schober (2) and Gene Kiniski (1)
  • NWA Southern Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) (1 time) - with Waldo Von Erich
  • NWA International Tag Team Championship (Amarillo version) (1 time) - with Killer Karl Krupp
  • NWA North American Heavyweight Championship (Amarillo version) (4 times)
  • Other titles
  • World Heavyweight Championship (Wequetequock version) (2 times)

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Notes

  1. ^ Foley, Mick. Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks (p.129)
  2. ^ Fritz Von Erich dead at 68. Slam! Sports (September 11, 1997). Retrieved on 2007-05-30.

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References

  • Mick Foley (2000). Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks. HarperCollins, 511. ISBN 0061031011. 

See also

Preceded by
Sam Muchnick
President of the National Wrestling Alliance
19751976
Succeeded by
Edward Gossett

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