Kevin Von Erich
American professional wrestler
Kevin Von Erich
Kevin Ross Adkisson is a retired professional wrestler under the ring name Kevin Von Erich of the Von Erich Family. He is the last surviving son of wrestler Fritz Von Erich and had four brothers that wrestled, David, Kerry, Mike and Chris, as well as an older brother, Jack, Jr. , who died in 1959.
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This Date in Pro Wrestling History (May 5): 75 years worth of memorable moments
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¡ Es hora de Cinco de Mayo, Cagesiders, para hablar sobre lo que ocurrió en esta fecha en la historia de lucha Pro! Today we are going to do something a little bit different in your This Date in Pro Wrestling History post since it's a holiday, but mostly just because a lot of noteworthy things have happened on this date in the world of wrestling. With that in mind, here are the top stories worth remembering from May 5th over the past 75 years -- May 5, 1939 Cowboy Bill Watts is born William F. Watts, Jr. in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma He grows up to become an NWA, Mid-South & WWWF legend, as well as a WWE Hall of Famer and the former owner/promoter of Mid-South Wrestling and the UWF. Watts was also the proud father of former WCW & TNA star, Erik Watts. Titles held by Cowboy Bill Watts: AWA (Boston) United States Heavyweight Champion MSW North American Heavyweight Champion Additional Heavyweight Championships in: NWA Florida, Southern (Florida), Gulf ...
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Kurt Angle arrested for DUI, Foley/Wrestle Reunion news, CLASH note - Examiner.com
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Foley now joins Vader, Kevin Von Erich, Tommy Dreamer, The Steiner Brothers, Carlos Colon, Kevin Sullivan, Mikey Whipwreck, Molly Holly, The Godfather, Harry Smith and the New Age Outlaws as announced talent for the show. Saturday night in Taylor, MI,
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Wrestling: 50 Classic Superstars You Want To See Face CM Punk - Bleacher Report
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But Kevin Von Erich was the best chain wrestler of the Von Erich boys and he was better than people give him credit for. Von Erich's "barefoot drop kid" was powerful and his leg locks left opponents screaming for release. The man who spoke in broken
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Paul Heyman's Autobiography Delayed + Kevin Von Erich - Wrestling Inc.
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Kevin Von Erich is set to make an appearance at the Los Angeles WrestleReunion event in January. Von Erich lives in Hawaii these days and doesn't often visit the continental US. Vader, Tommy Dreamer, The Steiners, Carlos Colon, Kevin Sullivan,
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Francine To Become A Mommy, Colt Cabana Video, More - Wrestling Inc.
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Kevin Von Erich's heritage in professional wrestling speaks for itself. The Von Erich family is considered to be one of the most popular wrestlers in this business' history. The oldest of 5 sons, Kevin started wrestling in 1976 for his father's
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COLLECTIBLES COLUMN: Mattel's new WWE line of Von Erich figures - first ... - Pro Wrestling Torch
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In addition to including figures of popular wrestlers like Eddie Guerrero and the Ultimate Warrior, the series will also include the first modern-era figures of Kerry and Kevin Von Erich. There will be two variations of the Kerry Von Erich figure: one
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The View From Down Here – Cult Of Personality - Inside Pulse
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But I have to say Kevin Von Erich has become the single strongest man I have ever seen. Not physically, but his dignity and his attitude are something to behold. I digress. Yet one thing stood out: the deaths of David and Kerry Von Erich,
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DOT NET DAILY - ProWrestling.net
Google News - almost 6 years
-WWE Hall of Famer Kevin Von Erich celebrated his 54th birthday on Sunday. He was bron on May 15, 1957. -Freebird Buddy Roberts is celebrating his 66th birthday. He was born on May 16, 1945. -Tommy Rogers (a/k/a Thomas Couch) of The Fantastics fame
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COLLECTIBLES COLUMN: Is Mattel's new line of WWE figures an improvement over ... - Pro Wrestling Torch
Google News - almost 6 years
In 2011, Mattel will release the first action figures of Daniel Bryan and Wade Barrett, along with rare legends like Kerry and Kevin Von Erich. Collectors who prefer Jakks figures can either track down the latest TNA figures – which aren't nearly as
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kevin Von Erich
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 58
    On April 2, 2016 Kevin appeared at the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony to discuss his relationship with The Fabulous Freebirds.
    More Details Hide Details He has been married since August 1, 1980 to Pam Adkisson. They currently live in Hawaii and run a family investment business together. Kevin also dabbles in commercial real estate, and owns the rights to Southwest Sports (the distributor of World Class Championship Wrestling), which was later renamed K.R. Adkisson Enterprises. Together they have four children; Kristen Rain (born February 3, 1981), Jillian Lindsey (born February 10, 1985), David Michael Ross (born June 1, 1988), Kevin Marshall (born November 11, 1992). He and Pam have 8 grandchildren as well. Kristen and Joseph Nikolas, her husband, have one daughter, Adeline Claire and twin sons, Eli and Rush, and sons Abram and Josiah Jill is the mother of three daughters.
  • 2014
    Age 56
    On June 15, 2014, at Slammiversary, Kevin accompanied his sons Ross and Marshall to the ring for a tag-team match.
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  • 2009
    Age 51
    On April 4, 2009, Kevin represented the Von Erich family as they were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Michael Hayes.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2007
    Age 49
    Kevin was also featured in the 2007 WWE produced DVD The Most Powerful Families in Wrestling in a segment on the Von Erich family.
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  • 2006
    Age 48
    In 2006, Kevin, and a number of others from World Class Championship Wrestling's heyday, participated in Heroes of World Class Wrestling, an independently produced retrospective documentary about the promotion and the Von Erich family.
    More Details Hide Details The documentary featured comments from Adkisson, Gary Hart, Skandor Akbar, Bill Mercer, Mickey Grant, David Manning, Marc Lowrance and via earlier interviews, Chris Adams. Later that October he sold the rights to the (pre-1988) WCCW name and tape archives to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). WWE subsequently began broadcasting WCCW's syndicated programming on their subscription video on demand service WWE Classics On Demand with Kevin and Michael "P.S." Hayes acting as hosts and later included WCCW footage on the WWE Network. WWE produced The Triumph and Tragedy of World Class, their own documentary on the territory in 2007.
    On January 20, 2006, Kevin and his son Ross Adkisson (billed as Ross Von Erich) appeared on a local wrestling card in Longview, Texas as guests of Roddy Piper's Piper's Pit.
    More Details Hide Details During the segment, in which Kevin and Piper talked about going to the Sportatorium as teenagers, Skandor Akbar interrupted the interview to berate both Kevin and Ross. At one point, Akbar pushed Ross, which prompted Kevin to apply the iron claw on Akbar. Greg Valentine then pulled Akbar away, with Kevin, Ross, Piper and The Grappler taking in the cheers of the crowd.
  • 2005
    Age 47
    On October 3, 2005, Kevin made an appearance on the WWE Raw Homecoming show alongside other WWE Hall of Famers.
    More Details Hide Details Later that night, as Dusty Rhodes and the WWE Hall of Famers were gathered in the ring, Rob Conway came out and interrupted Rhodes. This eventually led to Conway's beatdown by several Hall of Famers, in which Kevin used the legendary Iron Claw on Conway, to the raves of the partisan Dallas, Texas crowd. Jim Ross said afterwards that he never thought he would live to see the Iron Claw again.
  • 2001
    Age 43
    Away from the ring, Kevin and Chris were close friends; Kevin served as a pallbearer during Adams' funeral in 2001 and traveled to England to visit Adams' family afterwards.
    More Details Hide Details In recent interviews, Kevin stated that Adams was the toughest wrestler he's ever wrestled in his career and he showed a great amount of respect for the British-born wrestler. Kevin had several close matches with NWA World Champ Ric Flair, including the main event of the 2nd David Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions at Texas Stadium, but never won the title.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1995
    Age 37
    Kevin eventually cut back on his ring appearances and formally retired by the end of 1995.
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  • 1991
    Age 33
    Sixteen months after his brother joined the World Wrestling Federation, Kevin wrestled a dark match on Dec 2, 1991 at a Wrestling Challenge taping in Corpus Christi, TX where he faced and defeated Brian Lee.
    More Details Hide Details Kevin's last round of glory occurred in the mid-1990s while competing for Jim Crockett, Jr.'s NWA promotion based at the Sportatorium; where he won the vacant North American heavyweight title, formerly held by Chris Adams. He then formed a very brief alliance with manager Skandor Akbar.
  • 1989
    Age 31
    During that time, Kevin competed very little; other than wrestling in other independent cards promoted by either himself, Chris Adams or Gary Hart. Kevin did not participate at all in the August 4, 1989 card in which World Class formally became USWA Texas, while brother Kerry, who competed on the card earlier, reportedly left the Sportatorium shortly after his match.
    More Details Hide Details Kevin however did help out a young Steve Austin increase his abilities in the ring during this time, and considers Austin as one of his friends to this day.
    After the failure of SuperClash III, in 1989, Kevin became very despondent over his father's decision to sell the promotion to Jerry Jarrett, who owned the Memphis-based CWA, despite his brother Kerry welcoming Jarrett into the mix; the merged promotions became the USWA.
    More Details Hide Details However, because of disputes, including suing Jarrett himself, he pulled WCCW out of the USWA in 1990, but he couldn't resurrect the promotion his father built and had no choice but shut down World Class that November. Kevin did manage to draw crowds to the Sportatorium in the early going, but with the absence of his brother, manager/booker Gary Hart, and the lack of televised matches, World Class' survival was very thin.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1982
    Age 24
    A feud between the Von Erichs and Freebirds developed roughly a month later. During WCCW's annual Christmas show in 1982, Kerry Von Erich faced Ric Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship inside of a steel cage with Michael Hayes acting as a special referee.
    More Details Hide Details As explained in The Triumph and Tragedy of World Class Championship Wrestling DVD, the storyline, developed by Gary Hart, was written as Hayes having been selected by fans to be a special enforcer type of referee in the match. Near the end of the match, Flair shoved Hayes, which resulted in Hayes punching him. Hayes then tried to place Kerry on top of Flair to make the three count. Von Erich refused to do so since it wasn't the "Texas thing to do", which led to a brief shoving match and argument between the two. Hayes, disgusted with the situation, told Terry Gordy, who had been assigned as the gatekeeper, to open the cage door. As Hayes is about to leave Von Erich was attacked from behind by Ric Flair, with the former accidentally hitting Hayes and knocking him out of the cage. The angle was written as having neither Hayes nor Gordy being aware that Kerry was shoved into Hayes. As Kerry was getting to his feet inside the ring, that was the signal for Gordy to slam the cage door shut, hitting Kerry on the head and costing him the championship.
    In early 1982, the Fabulous Freebirds, consisting of Michael Hayes, Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts, left Georgia Championship Wrestling after meeting WCCW booker Gary Hart at a show.
    More Details Hide Details Appearing in World Class, the trio instantly became fan favorites due to a combination of their unique talents and chemistry as well as their close friendship with the Von Erichs. All three rose quickly through the ranks and in late November 1982, Hayes and Gordy defeated the team of King Kong Bundy and Wild Bill Irwin for the NWA American Tag Team Championship.
  • 1978
    Age 20
    On Christmas Day 1978, he established himself firmly in the singles ranks of the promotion by defeating Bruiser Brody for the NWA American Heavyweight Championship.
    More Details Hide Details As the 1980s dawned, Kevin became one of the promotion's most viable performers and continued to win numerous championships in both singles and tag team competition with a variety of different partners. However, his highest profile partners would always be his brothers Kerry and David. As the early-1980s progressed, Kevin would appear often at other NWA-promoted territories, including St. Louis, Georgia Championship Wrestling and briefly Florida Championship Wrestling. Kevin also competed in a few matches for the World Wide Wrestling Federation.
    His first major success came in 1978 while wrestling as a tag team with his younger brother David.
    More Details Hide Details During the year, they captured the NWA Texas Tag Team Championship on two occasions as well as the NWA American Tag Team Championship.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1976
    Age 18
    Kevin started wrestling as Kevin Von Erich in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details He spent most of his career wrestling for his father's promotion, World Class Championship Wrestling. Kevin's natural athletic ability and good looks made him one of the promotion's biggest stars. He achieved great success in the company both as a singles and tag team wrestler, often participating in many of the company's high-profile feuds. Kevin was also known for wrestling barefoot, highly unusual in a sport where almost all wrestlers wear high-topped boots. World Class announcers often jokingly referred to him as "The Barefoot Boy" on WCCW broadcasts. Kevin later admitted in an interview that he never set out to wrestle barefoot, but that before one of his matches someone hid his boots as a joke, and he wasn't able to find them before his match, so just went out barefoot to wrestle, and it later became his trademark. Contrary to popular belief, he wore boots in matches in his early career, including his debut match against Paul Perschmann aka Playboy Buddy Rose and in a match against Superfly Jimmy Snuka. Kevin was a big fan of Snuka's, who also wrestled barefoot, and Kevin often performed a moved similar to Snuka's flying body splash from the top rope, which Snuka calls The Superfly.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1957
    Born
    Born on May 15, 1957.
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