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Encyclopedia > Mike Von Erich
Mike Adkisson
An image of Mike Adkisson
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Ring name(s) Mike Von Erich
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Born March 2, 1964
Texas
Died April 12, 1987
Trained by Fritz Von Erich

Michael Brent Adkisson (March 2, 1964April 12, 1987) was an American professional wrestler under the ring name Mike Von Erich. His four brothers, David, Kerry, Kevin and Chris, also wrestled. He was the son of longtime Texas wrestler and wrestling promoter Fritz Von Erich and a member of the famous Von Erich family. Image File history File links Mike_Adkisson. ... March 2 is the 61st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (62nd in leap years). ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... April 12 is the 102nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (103rd in leap years). ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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. ... March 2 is the 61st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (62nd in leap years). ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... April 12 is the 102nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (103rd in leap years). ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... 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 and The Texas Tornado (World Wrestling Federation or WWF) and part of the famous Von Erich family. ... 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. ... Chris von Erich Chris Adkisson (September 30, 1969 – September 12, 1991) was an American professional wrestler, best known the ring name Chris Von Erich of the famous Von Erich family. ... 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. ... The Von Erich family is a legendary wrestling family. ...

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Career

Mike never wanted to be a wrestler(dubious assertion) . He was not a natural athlete like his older brothers, and wanted to work for his father's company, World Class Championship Wrestling, as a cameraman. He also wanted to be a musician away from the industry. World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW), also called the World Class Wrestling Association (WCWA), was a popular regional professional wrestling promotion run out of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. ...


When his brother David died in 1984, Mike was forced into the ring. He was actually a very good wrestler even though he did not want to do it. He was teamed with his brothers Kerry and Kevin and put into a long feud with the Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts). He also had a feud with Gino Hernandez. His last match was in 1987 against Brian Adias, whom he defeated in five seconds. The Fabulous Freebirds The Fabulous Freebirds were a professional wrestling tag team that usually consisted of three wrestlers. ... Michael P.S. Hayes Michael P.S. Hayes (born Michael Seitz on March 29, 1959 in Marietta, Georgia), is a former professional wrestler famous for his group, The Fabulous Freebirds. ... Terry Gordy (April 23, 1961 - July 16, 2001) was a professional wrestler who was most famous for being a member of the Fabulous Freebirds. ... Buddy Jack Roberts Dale Hey was a professional wrestler better known as Buddy Roberts. ... Gino Hernandez Gino Hernandez was a professional wrestler. ... Brian Adias Brian Adias was a professional wrestler best known for his time in World Class Championship Wrestling. ...


On August 22, 1985, Mike's shoulder was operated on due to an injury suffered during a wrestling tour of Israel. He was released from the hospital in good condition, but his fever shot up to 107 degrees four days later. It was later found that Mike suffered from toxic shock syndrome, a rarity among men. August 22 is the 234th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (235th in leap years), with 131 days remaining. ... This article is about the year. ... Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a rare but potentially fatal disease caused by a bacterial toxin. ...


Mike had a difficult time returning to the ring[citation needed], and was not able to perform as well as before.


Kevin once said that Mike also suffered from the pressure of having to "be David" after his brother's passing.


On April 12, 1987, he left a suicide note for his family, wrapped himself in a sleeping bag, then committed suicide by overdosing on the tranquilizer Placidyl. He was 23 years old. April 12 is the 102nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (103rd in leap years). ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kurt Cobains alleged suicide note. ... Ethchlorvynol is a sedative and hypnotic drug. ...


Championships/accomplishments

The WCWA Heavyweight Championship was the major title in World Class Championship Wrestling. ... The WCCW Middle Eastern Championship was a very short-lived title in World Class Championship Wrestling. ... The WCCW Six-Man Tag Team Championship was a title in World Class Championship Wrestling from 1982 until 1988. ... Kerry Gene Adkisson (February 3, 1960 – February 18, 1993) was an American professional wrestler under the ring names Kerry Von Erich and The Texas Tornado (World Wrestling Federation or WWF) and part of the famous Von Erich family. ... He was on WWE Homecoming last night, on USA Kevin Ross Adkisson was a professional wrestler. ... Kevin Vaughn Kevin William Vaughn was a professional wrestler better known as Lance Von Erich. ... Hulk Hogan on the cover of the November 1994 issue of Pro Wrestling Illustrated. ...

Wrestling Observer Newsletter

  • 1983 Feud of the Year (with Kerry Von Erich and Kevin Von Erich vs The Fabulous Freebirds)
  • 1984 Feud of the Year (with Kerry Von Erich and Kevin Von Erich vs The Fabulous Freebirds)
  • 1984 Match of the Year (with Kerry Von Erich and Kevin Von Erich vs The Fabulous Freebirds)

Dave Herbert Meltzer (born October 24, 1961 in San Jose, California) is the editor of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, an insider newsletter for the world of professional wrestling. ...

External link

  • Official Family Site: http://www.vonerich.com/

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