Kerry Von Erich
American professional wrestler
Kerry Von Erich
Kerry Gene Adkisson 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. He is best known for his time with his father's promotion World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW), where he spent eleven years of his career, and his time in World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
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5 YRS AGO - ENNIS: Dana White and Vince McMahon should learn from each other - MMATorch
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Harley Race, Terry Funk, Dory Funk, Kerry Von Erich, and many more found most if not all of their history erased when they arrived in WWE. Because he was the biggest game in town, he felt it was bad business to acknowledge other groups, even if it was
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On this date in ECW history: Shane Douglas throws down the NWA title - Cageside Seats (blog)
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Wait a second, I'm Kerry Von Erich. I'm the fat man himself, Dusty Rhodes. This is it tonight, Dad. God, that's beautiful. And Rick Steamboat, and they can all kiss my ass." "I am not the man who accepts a torch to be handed down to me from an
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The Fall of “The Nature Boy” - D Magazine
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In fact, he was involved in one of the most iconic matches, when Kerry Von Erich defeated Flair for the NWA championship at Texas Stadium, following the death of Kerry's older brother David. (A clip from that match is after the jump, as is a pretty
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Wrestling: 52 of the Most Ripped Superstars in Wrestling History - Bleacher Report
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Wrestlers like Sting, Lex Luger, Kerry Von Erich and Rick Rude shaped the 1980s wrestler who was tone, tanned and well defined which led to more interest by women and casual fans. The likes of Jesse “The Body” Ventura, “Superstar” Billy Graham and even
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WWE: Randy Orton and the 22 Most Unstable Wrestlers of All Time - Bleacher Report
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Kerry Von Erich was a talented wrestler inside the ring but couldn't control his life otherwise. His drug problem got the best of him and he took his own life in 1993. It was a sad day for wrestling, as it was when his brothers, Mike and Chris,
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// The 411 Wrestling Top 5: Week 134 – Un-Dream Matches - 411mania.com
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Kerry Von Erich, the 411 staff ranks their 5 worst matches imaginable! Check out the full article to see what matches made the list and why! Hello everyone and welcome to 411 Wrestling's Top 5 List. What we are going to is take a topic each week and
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411's Countdown To Summerslam: 1990 - 411mania.com
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The curse of the IC Champion continued when Curt Hennig became the third champion in a row to drop the title in three years in what some would describe as unexpected in a match wth Kerry Von Erich. For the most part however this was a poor PPV as it
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CM Punk Part Of A Cover Story On ESPN.com - Inside Pulse
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In the '80s music was an integral part of marketing until the music companies wanted payment for the rights to use such songs as Survivor's “Eye of the Tiger” (Hogan), Rush's “Tom Sawyer” (Kerry Von Erich), ZZ Top's “Sharp Dressed Man” (Jimmy Garvin),
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Professional Wrestling: The 50 Greatest Wrestlers of the 1980s - Bleacher Report
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Now the loud-mouthed commentator for RAW, Lawler was a successful champion in the Mid-South area under Jerry Jarrett. Won the AWA heavyweight championship and feuded with the likes of Kerry Von Erich. When he got to the WWF, The King was a mid-carder
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A local director doesn't stand by and wait for traditional film and TV ... - Fort Worth Star Telegram
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He has also optioned the life story rights of Cathy Murray, the one-time wife of Dallas wrestler Kerry Von Erich, who killed himself in Denton in 1993. Calhoun and Maden have developed a script from Murray's story, which they hope to get into
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WWE Smackdown, ROH Best in the World, WWE and TNA weekend (correspondents ... - ProWrestling.net
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The listing notes that Iron Sheik, Kerry Von Erich, and Paul Orndrorff are among the wrestlers who will be featured on the spoof show, which airs on Saturday morning at 6:30 am READ OUR INSIDER NEWS BEFORE ANYONE ELSE! BECOME A MEMBER FOR JUST $7.50 A
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WWE's Ultimate Warrior: The Top 10 Matches of His Career - Bleacher Report
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When asked what he was, he replied not being like Kerry Von Erich and the Road Warriors but something else...the ULTIMATE warrior. Even his early interviews were different. He seemed more coherent and snorted a lot less. Anything can happen in the WWE,
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Pat Laprade Live – C*4 - RDS
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Il est un genre « heartthrob babyface », le style beau bonhomme avec un bon physique, un peu à la Rick Martel ou Kerry Von Erich. Le match parfait pour un Mathieu St-Jacques qui a juste l'air méchant de nature. Il s'agissait donc d'un vrai test pour
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COLLECTIBLES COLUMN: Mattel's new WWE line of Von Erich figures - first ... - Pro Wrestling Torch
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There will be two variations of the Kerry Von Erich figure: one depicting him during his WWF days as the Texas Tornado, and another complete with a blue robe similar to the one he wore to the ring when he defeated Ric Flair for the NWA World title
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TNA: Why Wrestling Matters to Wrestlers and Fans Like Myself - Bleacher Report
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It matters because we lost Randy Savage and Kerry Von Erich way too early. It means Wrestlemania and pomp and circumstance and Andre the Giant, and of course, the adoring fans that treat our wrestlers as Gods
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COLLECTIBLES COLUMN: Reader Q&A on rare collectible items, Undertaker signing ... - Pro Wrestling Torch
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Undertaker, Ricky Steamboat, the Bushwackers, Earthquake, and Kerry Von Erich were at baggage claim as my family picked up our bags. I only scored the ones you see but saw how rare it was for Undertaker to sign
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WWE: Kharma and the Top 15 One-Hit Wonders in WWE History - Bleacher Report
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"The Texas Tornado" Kerry Von Erich debuted in WWE and was instantly pushed into stardom. He won the Intercontinental Championship as a fill-in for Brutus Beefcake and carried the title for months. Von Erich had many high profile matches at
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WWE News: Kharma and the 23 Most Unstable Wrestling Personalities in History - Bleacher Report
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Kerry Von Erich was yet another talented worker with superstar potential whose life was cut short by the negative externalities of wrestling. Unable to keep his drug use under control, the standout member of the legendary Von Erich family would
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The View From Down Here – Cult Of Personality - Inside Pulse
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Yet one thing stood out: the deaths of David and Kerry Von Erich, of Gino Hernandez, of Chris Adams, of Terry Gordy – they affected people. They really did. Would that happen nowadays if a modern era wrestler died? First, I think it's important to
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kerry Von Erich
    THIRTIES
  • 1993
    Age 33
    One day after being indicted for the second charge, which likely would have resulted in extensive jail time (being a violation of his probation), Kerry committed suicide by a shot to the heart on February 18, 1993 on his father's ranch in Denton County, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details Bret Hart states in his biography ("My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling") that Kerry had told him months before about his plans, that he had wanted to follow his four late brothers (two of whom had committed suicide), and that they were calling him. His marriage had fallen apart as well and according to Hart, Von Erich believed his death was inevitable. On March 16, 2009, WWE.com announced that the Von Erich family would be inducted into the 2009 class of the WWE Hall of Fame by longtime rival, Michael Hayes. The family members inducted were Fritz, Kevin, David, Kerry, Mike, and Chris Von Erich. Kevin received rings for his father, Fritz, as well as each of his brothers. WWE made two Hall of Fame rings with Kerry Von Erich's name inscribed on the interior which were presented by Kevin Von Erich to Kerry's daughters, Hollie and Lacey, attending with their mother Cathy (Kerry's ex-wife). The event was held close to the Von Erichs' home at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on April 4, 2009.
  • 1992
    Age 32
    Following a series of house show losses to Kamala, Von Erich left the WWF in August 1992.
    More Details Hide Details Kerry returned to Texas and claimed the USWF Texas Heavyweight Championship, which he lost to Dynamite Dixon in November. This would be Kerry's last championship belt. Kerry returned to Dallas to compete in the Global Wrestling Federation (GWF), where he began teaming with former arch-rival Chris Adams. Kerry's final match took place on February 12, 1993. It was a tag team match in the GWF at the Sportatorium on which Kerry and Chris Adams lost via disqualification to Johnny Mantell and Black Bart. After the amputation of his foot, Kerry became addicted to pain killers, followed by several drug problems. Among the many of them were two arrests, the first of which resulted in probation.
    He made his last pay-per-view (PPV) appearance at the Royal Rumble in 1992; he participated in the Royal Rumble match for the vacant WWF World Heavyweight Championship.
    More Details Hide Details He was eliminated by the eventual winner Ric Flair, the man Von Erich beat eight years before for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Kerry's push continued to subside in early 1992. He was relegated to a house show feud with Skinner in which he came out victorious; in February he began a house show series with Rick Martel and was winless. After an absence of several months, Von Erich returned to action following WrestleMania VIII and defeated Marc Roberts on the April 20th episode of WWF Superstars. However he now found himself as an opening card act programmed against low level competition like Barry Horowitz, Kato(Paul Diamond), and Skinner. While undefeated against them in multiple matches, Von Erich was unable to move back up into contention as he suffered several losses against Rick Martell, Nailz, and Kamala.
  • 1991
    Age 31
    In October 1991 Von Erich renewed his old rivalry with "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, being among the first to face him when the NWA World Champion joined the WWF.
    More Details Hide Details Flair defeated Von Erich multiple times during the WWF's tour of England that month. Later that month "The Texas Tornado" suffered his first lopsided loss when he was squashed by The Undertaker in less than four minutes on the November 10th episode of Prime Time Wrestling. At Survivor Series, he teamed with Sgt. Slaughter, Jim Duggan, and Tito Santana against Colonel Mustafa, The Berzerker, Skinner, and Hercules. He did not eliminate anyone, but his entire team survived.
    Von Erich continued to be heavily pushed for the first half of 1991 and did not suffer another pinfall defeat until August 17, 1991 when he was defeated by The Warlord in Landover, MD.
    More Details Hide Details At SummerSlam, he teamed with the British Bulldog and Ricky Steamboat in a six-man tag team match to defeat the team of The Warlord and Power and Glory (Paul Roma and Hercules).
    At the Royal Rumble in 1991, he participated in the Royal Rumble match where he entered fifth and was eliminated by The Undertaker after lasting nearly half an hour.
    More Details Hide Details He made his WrestleMania debut at WrestleMania VII, defeating Dino Bravo following a Tornado Punch.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1990
    Age 30
    At Survivor Series in 1990, while still Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, he wrestled in a Survivor Series match where he teamed with then WWF World Heavyweight Champion The Ultimate Warrior (formerly The Dingo Warrior in World Class) and the Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal).
    More Details Hide Details He was eliminated by long-time rival Mr. Perfect, but his team won the match.
    In mid-1990, he signed a contract with Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and debuted on the July 28, 1990 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event as a fan favorite under the ring name Texas Tornado (with him being openly acknowledged as Kerry Von Erich by announcers), defeating Buddy Rose, who coincidentally was his first opponent in his career.
    More Details Hide Details At SummerSlam, Tornado substituted for the injured Brutus Beefcake and defeated Mr. Perfect (Curt Hennig) to win the WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship. After he became champion, Tornado defended the title for three months including a match against Haku on the October 13 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event before losing the title back to former champion Mr. Perfect in a rematch on the December 15 (taped November 19) edition of Superstars. Kerry lost this match, and the title to Perfect due to alleged interference from "Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase.
  • 1984
    Age 24
    On October 27, 1984, Hernandez, Adams, and Roberts defeated the Von Erichs to win the Six Man Tag Title in a match that saw Bobby Fulton substitute for an injured Kevin.
    More Details Hide Details On October 29, he defeated Gino Hernandez for his fifth NWA American Heavyweight Championship. On November 22, he teamed with Iceman Parsons to defeat Jake Roberts and Kelly Kiniski. He later refereed a Texas Deathmatch between longtime rival Terry Gordy and Killer Khan, which Gordy won, via Kerry's decision. On December 25, Kerry again got a shot at the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, a title he had lost many months ago. The champion Ric Flair intentionally got disqualified to retain the title. On December 31, the Von Erichs defeated Hernandez, Roberts, and Adams to regain their NWA Six-Man Tag Team Title. During his last days in WCCW, Kerry Von Erich would be embroiled in a feud with Jerry "The King" Lawler (AWA World Heavyweight Champion) over who would be the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion. Kerry was then the WCWA (World Class Wrestling Association (World Class' final used name before the USWA days) Heavyweight Champion. They would meet at an interpromotional event called SuperClash III to settle the dispute. Prior to this match, Kerry accidentally cut his arm causing it to bleed. During the match, he also received a cut to the head. When he later had Lawler in a clawhold on the mat with Lawler's shoulders down, the referee saw the blood on Kerry's head, thought it was excessive, and stopped the match. The crowd thought Kerry won by submission but instead "due to excessive bleeding" the referee stopped the match and awarded the decision and the WCWA Championship to Jerry Lawler.
    After ending their rivalry with the Fabulous Freebirds, Von Erich brothers next feuded with Gino Hernandez, Chris Adams, and Jake Roberts. Kerry's angle with Adams was born out of Adams' angle with his brother Kevin, which began on September 28, 1984 (when Adams turned heel against Kevin following a tag team loss).
    More Details Hide Details In order to remain on kayfabe terms, Adams and Kerry wrestled as a tag team two days later in San Antonio, since the heel turn had not aired on television yet.
    Kerry's biggest career highlight was on May 6, 1984, when he beat "Nature Boy" Ric Flair in a historic match, in front of over 45,000 fans at Texas Stadium to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Kerry's victory was a tribute to his brother David, who had died three months earlier and for whom the event, the David Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions, was named. He lost the belt 18 days later in Yokosuka, Japan, back to Flair in a bout that was marred by controversy: Von Erich's feet were on the bottom rope following a reversed rollup, but the referee ignored this and made the count. Kerry has the 12th shortest NWA World title reign in history. In reality, the NWA only allowed Kerry a short reign, and was told to drop the belt to Flair before the Night of Champions encounter on May 29 between Flair and Ricky Steamboat. On July 4, the Von Erichs lost the six man tag title to the Fabulous Freebirds. The title was held up due to the Freebirds winning after interference by Killer Khan. On September 3, they defeated the Freebirds in a handicap steel cage Loser Leaves Texas match for his fourth six man tag title reign.
    On January 30, 1984, he teamed up with his brothers Mike and David against the Fabulous Freebirds in a six-man tag team match, which the Von Erichs lost by disqualification.
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  • 1983
    Age 23
    Kerry was married on June 18, 1983 to Catherine M. Murray. They had two daughters, Hollie Brooke (born September 19, 1984) and Lacey (born July 17, 1986). The couple divorced on April 22, 1992.
    More Details Hide Details On June 4, 1986, Kerry was in a motorcycle accident that nearly ended his life. He suffered a dislocated hip and a badly injured right leg. Doctors were unable to save his right foot, eventually amputating it. According to his 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 prosthesis and until his death, kept the amputation secret to the majority of fans and fellow wrestlers, even going to the extreme of showering with his boots on. However, Roddy Piper stated in his autobiography: "We were the best of friends. In fact, he felt comfortable enough to sit with me in a hotel and shoot the breeze with his prosthetic off".
    He also worked for St. Louis Wrestling Club in 1983, where he once held the NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Kerry did continue to wrestle at the Dallas Sportatorium under the USWA banner, which acquired World Class in early-1989. He formed a tag team with Jeff Jarrett, and won the Texas heavyweight title twice. In 1990, Kerry feuded violently with Matt Borne, who turned heel during a ringside interview; during one match, the two battled outside the Sportatorium into the parking lot during a thunderstorm. Manager Percy Pringle also turned heel, and began feuding with Kerry. During the height of their angle, Kerry abruptly left the USWA/World Class and joined the WWF, leaving the Von Erich tradition to older brother Kevin (who was considered semi-active) and Chris. Honorary Von Erich "Gentleman" Chris Adams then became the Sportatorium's main headliner, feuding with Pringle, Steve Austin, and Jeannie Clark. World Class withdrew from the USWA soon thereafter, but without Kerry, manager Gary Hart, and lack of television and revenues, World Class ceased operations three months later.
    On June 17, 1983, he teamed with Bruiser Brody to defeat the Fabulous Freebirds for the NWA American Tag Team Championship.
    More Details Hide Details On July 4, Kerry and his elder brothers Kevin and David defeated the Fabulous Freebirds in a two out of three falls match to win the NWA Texas Six-Man Tag Team Championship. They lost the titles back to the Freebirds on August 12. On September 5, the brothers took on the Fabulous Freebirds in a rematch for the titles; the Freebirds retained their titles by pinning Kerry. On November 24, Kerry defeated Michael Hayes in a loser leaves Texas steel cage match. On December 2, the Von Erichs defeated the Freebirds for their second NWA Six-Man Tag Team Championship. On December 25, Kerry defeated Kamala by disqualification.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1980
    Age 20
    Most of Kerry's fame was made in Texas' World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW), where he was nicknamed "The Modern Day Warrior." On December 28, 1980, his first NWA American Heavyweight Championship reign came after he defeated Gino Hernandez for the vacant title. He lost the title to Ken Patera before winning his second NWA American Heavyweight Championship from The Masked Superstar. In May and June 1981, Kerry exchanged the NWA American Heavyweight Championship with Ernie Ladd.
    More Details Hide Details On October 25, he teamed with Terry Orndorff and they defeated The Great Kabuki and Chan Chung to win the NWA American Tag Team Championship. After having short angles as a singles wrestler, he began teaming with his brother Kevin. On March 15, 1982, the two brothers wrestled Gary Hart and King Kong Bundy to a double disqualification. On June 4, Von Erich defeated former NWA World Heavyweight Champion Harley Race, elevating him to main event status. Kerry started feuding with the NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair. On August 15, he got his very first shot at the NWA title against Flair in a two out of three falls match, which Flair won to retain the title. On December 25, Kerry got his next title shot against Flair in a no disqualification steel cage match, with Michael "P.S." Hayes, as the special guest referee. The Fabulous Freebirds helped Kerry to win the match, but he refused to take their help and said that he didn't want to win by cheating. Terry Gordy slammed the cage door on Kerry's head, which led to Flair winning the match and retaining the title. This culminated in a historic feud between the Von Erichs and the Freebirds that lasted for over five years.
  • 1979
    Age 19
    He debuted in his father's promotion, NWA Texas/Big Time Wrestling on May 7, 1979 against Paul Perschmann.
    More Details Hide Details In Big Time Wrestling, he held many Texas Tag Team and American Tag Team titles.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1960
    Age 0
    Born on February 3, 1960.
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