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The Von Erich family is a legendary professional wrestling family. Their actual birth names are "Adkisson", but every member of the family that went into the wrestling business used the ring name "Von Erich", after the family patriarch, Fritz (real name - Jack). For the video game, see Pro Wrestling (video game). ... -1... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... 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 curse is a supposed "curse" on the family. While patriarch Fritz lived until his natural death, four of his five wrestling sons died premature deaths within a 10-year span (as well as his eldest son who was electrocuted as a child). David died in 1984 under circumstances that were disputed for years, while Michael, Kerry, and Chris all committed suicide in subsequent years. Kevin Von Erich is the sole survivor of the Adkisson sons.

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Fritz Von Erich

Main article: Fritz Von Erich

Fritz Von Erich was born on August 16, 1929 in Jewett, Texas. Standing 6'4" tall and weighing 240 lbs, Fritz was an imposing figure who quickly became a top heel in the wrestling business due, in no small part due to his devastating finishing maneuver, "The Iron Claw." 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. ... 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. ... In professional wrestling, a heel is a villain character. ... Professional wrestling holds include a number of set moves and pins used by competitors to immobilize their opponents. ...


Originally trained by Stu Hart, Fritz became a top star in many National Wrestling Alliance promotions, most notably in St. Louis and in World Class Championship Wrestling.[1] Stewart Edward Stu Hart, CM (May 3, 1915 – October 16, 2003) was a Canadian amateur wrestler, professional wrestler, promoter and trainer. ... 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. ... Not to be confused with World Championship Wrestling. ...


Despite never having won the NWA World Heavyweight Title, he maintained his presence within the Alliance, holding many other major belts. Fritz also served as NWA President for a short period in the 1970s, as well as President of WCCW when it moved to Dallas, Texas. Fritz was also a major part of Japanese wrestling, where he was known as "Tetsu no Tsume" (in English, "The Iron Claw"), and helped rebuild the business after the death of Rikidozan. National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Championship is a wrestling title that was spun off from the first World Title; which tracks its lineage to George Hackenschmidts 1905 title and Frank Gotchs 1908 version. ... “Dallas” redirects here. ... 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. ...


Fritz is the father of the other members of the Von Erich family, and the grandfather of Kevin's son, Ross; and Kerry's daughters Lacey and Hollie. He died of lung cancer which spread to his brain in 1997.[2]


Jack Adkisson

Fritz Von Erich's first son. Died after accidentally being electrocuted and drowning at the age of 7 years old.


Kevin Von Erich

Main article: Kevin Von Erich

Born May 15, 1957 in Belleville, Illinois, "The Golden Warrior" Kevin Von Erich is the second oldest son of Fritz Von Erich. 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. ... is the 135th day of the year (136th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Belleville is a city in St. ...


The majority of Kevin's career was spent working in World Class Championship Wrestling, where he had many memorable feuds against legendary wrestlers such as Chris Adams, The Fabulous Freebirds, and Ric Flair. It was there that Kevin became known for utilizing the body scissors and iron claw as his trademark manoeuvers, as well as wrestling barefoot. Not to be confused with World Championship Wrestling. ... Christopher Adams (February 10, 1955 – October 7, 2001) was a professional wrestler, wrestling promoter, trainer and judoka. ... The Fabulous Freebirds The Fabulous Freebirds were a professional wrestling tag team that usually consisted of three wrestlers. ... 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. ...


Kevin retired in 1995 and is now settled down with his family and working in real estate. He has been married for over twenty five years and has two daughters, two sons, and a grandchild. He occasionally makes appearances in wrestling shows, but never wrestles. He is the sole survivor of the sons of Fritz Von Erich. Though he remained in Texas for several years after his retirement, Kevin and his family eventually moved to Hawaii. Official language(s) No official language See languages of Texas Capital Austin Largest city Houston Largest metro area Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington Area  Ranked 2nd  - Total 261,797 sq mi (678,051 km²)  - Width 773 miles (1,244 km)  - Length 790 miles (1,270 km)  - % water 2. ... Official language(s) English, Hawaiian Capital Honolulu Largest city Honolulu Area  Ranked 43rd  - Total 10,931 sq mi (29,311 km²)  - Width n/a miles (n/a km)  - Length 1,522 miles (2,450 km)  - % water 41. ...


In May 2006, Kevin sold the World Class footage to Vince McMahon and World Wrestling Entertainment. By July 2006, Kevin had made two brief appearances at WWE shows when they filmed in Dallas, one before the sale and one after. In his first appearance, at WWE Homecoming, he beat down Rob Conway with several other legends, even applying the legendary Von Erich Claw. He also made a brief appearance on the July 15, 2006 episode of WWE Saturday Night's Main Event. Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 25, 1945) is an American wrestling promoter, occasional professional wrestler, on-screen personality, former play-by-play announcer, and film producer. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 196th day of the year (197th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Saturday Nights Main Event is a professional wrestling television program that aired occasionally from 1985 to 1991, under the World Wrestling Federation banner on NBC in place of Saturday Night Live. ...


David Von Erich

Main article: David Von Erich

"The Yellow Rose of Texas" David Von Erich is the third son of Fritz Von Erich. He was born on July 22, 1958. 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). ... is the 203rd day of the year (204th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


David had many memorable feuds, mostly in Fritz's World Class Championship Wrestling promotion. It was there that he faced off with Ric Flair several times for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (never winning), as well as teamed with brothers Kevin and Kerry against the Fabulous Freebirds. David also wrestled in Missouri, winning the Missouri Heavyweight Championship on a couple of occasions. Not to be confused with World Championship Wrestling. ... 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. ... The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) World Heavyweight Championship is the primary professional wrestling title in the National Wrestling Alliance. ... The Fabulous Freebirds were a groundbreaking professional wrestling tag-team that attained fame in the 1980s, performing into the 1990s. ... The NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship was a major title in the Central States area in the National Wrestling Alliance in the 1970s and 1980s. ...


David died in 1984, reportedly shortly before he was booked to win the NWA World Heavyweight Title from Ric Flair. The official doctor's report states that he died of acute enteritis, but Ric Flair stated in his autobiography To Be the Man that "everyone in wrestling knows" it was a drug overdose that really killed him and that Bruiser Brody (a fellow wrestler who found David) disposed of the narcotics by flushing them down a toilet before the police arrived. Mick Foley also claims that he died from an apparent drug overdose.[1] Brody, a close friend of Von Erich, would later admit that he overreacted in the moment of tragedy and flushed David's pain killers down the toilet. It has been confirmed that David Von Erich's official cause of death was a heart attack caused by ruptured intestines, which were the result of acute enteritis. It should be noted that David is, to the best of anyone's knowledge, the only person that was voted to win the NWA World Championship by the board of directors but died before actually winning the title. Flair also stated in his autobiography that Von Erich would have been a long-term NWA Champion if he had actually lived to do so. Enteritis is the inflammation of the small intestine (inflammation of the large intestine is termed colitis). ... To Be the Man is an autobiographical book written by Ric Flair and Keith Elliot Greenberg, and edited by Mark Madden. ... Frank Goodish (1946-1988) was a professional wrestler better known in the professional wrestling world as Bruiser Brody. ... Michael Francis Mick Foley, Sr. ... Enteritis is the inflammation of the small intestine (inflammation of the large intestine is termed colitis). ...


A tribute show was held a couple of months later in his honor, during which his younger brother, Kerry Von Erich, won the NWA title from Ric Flair.[1] 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. ...


Kerry Von Erich

Main article: Kerry Von Erich

Kerry Von Erich is the fourth son of Fritz Von Erich. He was born on February 3, 1960 in Niagara Falls, New York. Known as "The Modern Day Warrior" and "The Texas Tornado," Kerry was by far the best-known of the 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. ... is the 34th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Much like his brothers, Kerry spent the majority of his career wrestling in World Class Championship Wrestling. Amongst the many major feuds he had were those against Gino Hernandez, Iceman Parsons, Chris Adams and The Fabulous Freebirds. Not to be confused with World Championship Wrestling. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Iceman King Parsons Iceman Parsons (born King Parsons) was a professional wrestler that sometimes went by Iceman King Parsons. ... Christopher Adams (February 10, 1955 – October 7, 2001) was a professional wrestler, wrestling promoter, trainer and judoka. ... The Fabulous Freebirds The Fabulous Freebirds were a professional wrestling tag team that usually consisted of three wrestlers. ...


Kerry became the most successful of the Von Erich family when he won the NWA World Heavyweight Title from Ric Flair at the David Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions, a tribute show to his deceased older brother.[1] Kerry lost the belt three weeks later to Flair. Kerry also wrestled for several months in both the World Wrestling Federation and Global Wrestling Federation, two national promotions that were rising to fame at the expense of regional promotions such as WCCW. 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. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... Global Wrestling Federation was a professional wrestling promotion based in Dallas, Texas. ...


On June 4, 1986, Kerry was in a motorcycle accident that nearly ended his life. With a dislocated hip and a badly injured right leg, Kerry was in bad shape. Doctors tried hard, but could not save his foot, eventually amputating it. According to brother Kevin, Kerry injured the foot following surgery by attempting to walk on it prematurely, thus forcing the doctors to amputate it. He was able to continue wrestling after the accident with a fused ankle and until his death kept the amputation secret to the majority of fans and even some fellow competitors. is the 155th day of the year (156th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ...


Kerry had a history of drug problems. Amongst the many of them were two arrests, the first of which resulted in probation. After the second, which violated the probation and likely would have resulted in extensive jail time, Kerry committed suicide by a shot to the heart in 1993 on his father's ranch.


Mike Von Erich

Main article: Mike Von Erich

Mike Von Erich, born March 2, 1964 in Denton, Texas, was the fifth son of Fritz Von Erich. Michael Brent Adkisson (March 2, 1964 – April 12, 1987) was an American professional wrestler under the ring name Mike Von Erich. ... is the 61st day of the year (62nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... Motto: North of Ordinary Location within the state of Texas County Denton County Government  - Mayor Perry McNeill Area  - City 161. ...


Mike replaced David in the feud the Von Erichs had with the Fabulous Freebirds following David's death. The Fabulous Freebirds were a groundbreaking professional wrestling tag-team that attained fame in the 1980s, performing into the 1990s. ...


After suffering a shoulder injury in 1985 on a tour of Israel, Mike was forced to have surgery. Shortly after, it was discovered that he suffered from Toxic shock syndrome, a rarity in men, and was forced to retire after not being able to return to the ring at full strength anymore. He committed suicide in 1987 by intentional overdose of a tranquilizer. Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) is a rare but potentially fatal disease caused by a bacterial toxin. ...


Chris Von Erich

Main article: Chris Von Erich

Born September 30, 1969 in Denton, Texas, Chris Von Erich was the youngest, shortest, and least athletic of the Von Erich family. He made many attempts to succeed in the squared circle due to an incredible love of wrestling that kept him going despite numerous injuries. He managed one major feud with Percy Pringle in the USWA, but his career didn't take off like the rest of the family's. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Motto: North of Ordinary Location within the state of Texas County Denton County Government  - Mayor Perry McNeill Area  - City 161. ... “Paul Bearer” redirects here. ... The United States Wrestling Association or USWA was a professional wrestling promotional organization based in Memphis, Tennessee. ...


After several years of not being able to succeed in the wrestling business Chris became depressed and frustrated. He was also heartbroken over the loss of his brothers. He committed suicide in 1991.


Other members

Ross Von Erich

Ross Von Erich is the stage name of Ross Adkisson. He is the son of Kevin Von Erich and the grandson of Fritz von Erich, and the heir to the Adkisson family name and Von Erich legacy. Ross, like his father before him is also a football player. He is also an alumnus of Billy Ryan High School in Denton, Texas. Billy Ryan High School is a secondary school located in east Denton, Texas. ... Motto: North of Ordinary Location within the state of Texas County Denton County Government  - Mayor Perry McNeill Area  - City 161. ...


Waldo Von Erich

Main article: Waldo Von Erich

Waldo Von Erich was the stage name of Canadian professional wrestler Walter Sieber. Though billed as the brother of Fritz Von Erich when they teamed, he is not related to the Adkisson family. Waldo is retired and currently working in therapy. 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. ...


Lance Von Erich

Main article: Lance Von Erich

Lance Von Erich was the stage name of professional wrestler William Kevin Vaughn. He was billed for a brief period of time in the 1980s as the son of Waldo Von Erich, but there was no biological relation between the two. Lance also has no biological relation to the Adkisson family. Kevin Vaughn Kevin William Vaughn was a professional wrestler better known as Lance Von Erich. ...


Hollie Von Erich

Is the first daughter of Kerry Von Erich. 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. ...


Lacey Von Erich

Lacey Von Erich is the stage name of Lacey Adkisson. She is the daughter of Kerry Von Erich and the grandaughter of Fritz Von Erich. Lacey signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment on August 7, 2007. She was assigned to Florida Championship Wrestling in Tampa where she made her debut on September 15, 2007 managing Billy Kidman. On September 25, 2007, Lacey then appeared as the valet for Ryan O' Reilly along with Maryse. On October 9, 2007 Lacey made her in-ring debut in a loss against Nattie Neidhart. World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... is the 219th day of the year (220th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Nickname: Location in Hillsborough County and the state of Florida. ... is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ... Peter Gruner (born May 11, 1974 in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is a professional wrestler on the World Wrestling Entertainments Smackdown! Brand, best known by his stage name of Billy Kidman. ... is the 268th day of the year (269th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ... Maryse Ouellet (born January 21, 1983) is a French Canadian Glamour model and professional wrestler currently working for World Wrestling Entertainment on the SmackDown! brand as Maryse as well as training in its developmental facility Ohio Valley Wrestling. ... is the 282nd day of the year (283rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ... Natalie Katherine Nattie Neidhart[1] (born May 27, 1982 in Calgary, Alberta) is a Canadian professional wrestler who is currently signed with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ...


Notes

  1. ^ a b c d 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.

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st Century. ... is the 150th day of the year (151st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

References

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

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