Wrestler: Kerry Von Erich (1960-1993)
Real Name: Kerry Gene Adkisson
Birthday: February 3, 1960
Hometown: Denton, Texas
Marital Status: Divorced from Cathy w/2 Daughters
Height & Weight: 6'2" - 254 lbs
Trained by: Fritz Von Erich
Previous Gimmicks: Texas Tornado
Kerry Von Erich
The Modern Day Warrior
Finishing Move: The Claw
Notable Feuds: Freebirds
# NWA (World Class) American Heavyweight title (5);
# NWA (World Class) American Tag Team titles (7);
# World Class Texas Tag Team titles (3);
# NWA (World Class) 6-Man Tag Team titles (9);
# NWA Missouri Heavyweight title;
# NWA World Heavyweight title defeating Ric Flair ();
# WCWA (World Class Wrestling Association) World Tag Team titles (4);
# WCWA (World Class Wrestling Association) World Heavyweight title (4);
# USWA (United States Wrestling Association) Texas Heavyweight title (3);
# WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight title defeating Mr. Perfect ();
# WWWA (Pennsylvania) Heavyweight title;
# USWF (Texas) Heavyweight title;
In The Beginning:
# Kerry von Erich broke his own fathers junior world discus throwing record in high school..
# ~~~Kerry was ready to compete in the Olympics but President Jimmy Carter ordered the Olympic Team to boycot the games
World Class Championship Wrestling:
# Kerry von Erich won the World Class Tag Team titles 4 times, 3 with his brother Kevin, and once with Jeff Jarrett..
# Kerry von Erich also won the World Class Heavyweight title on three seperate occassions..
# February 1984: Kerry von Erich's oldest brother David died shockingly during a tour of Japan of a reported intestinal
# ~~~June 6, 1984: A tribute card was held in David's memory in Texas and Kerry defeated Ric Flair to win the NWA World
# 1984: Kerry von Erich was voted the most popular wrestler of the year, and finished third in the wrestler of the year..
# September 28, 1985 - AWA SuperClash: Kerry Von Erich pinned Jimmy Garvin to retain the World Class Heavyweight title..
# June 4, 1986: While driving his motorcycle in Argyle, TX, Kerry pulls to his left on a two-lane highway to pass a van..
# ~~~Kerry skids into the rear of the police car that stopped in front of van to make a left hand turn..
# ~~~Kerry flew 50 feet in the air and landed on the road and suffered a dislocated hip and a severly damaged right knee
# ~~~Kerry had to get a prosthetic foot, but did come back to early from the injury..
# ~~~The prosthetic foot was kept a secret until a match with Col Debeers, where Debeers accidently pulled off Kerry's
# 1986: Kerry von Erich became addicted to pain killers following his accident dispite his continued success in the wrestling
# December 13, 1988 - SuperClash III: Jerry Lawler (AWA champion) beat Kerry von Erich (World Class champion) in a Unification
# ~~~Kerry lost the match, and his title, by referee stoppage, in one of the most contraversial decisions in wrestling
# ~~~Kerry had Jerry Lawler in his dreaded Iron Claw finisher, but the referee called the match because of Kerry's bloodloss!
World Wrestling Federation:
# Summer 1990: Kerry Von Erich made his way to the World Wrestling Federation where he would be known as "The Texas
# July 28, 1990 - SNME: "The Texas Tornado" Kerry Von Erich pinned Buddy Rose..
# August 27, 1990 - Summerslam: Kerry von Erich defeated Mr. Perfect to win the Intercontinental title!!
# October 13, 1990 - SNME Ockoberfest: Kerry Von Erich pinned Haku to retain the IC title!
# November 19, 1990: Mr. Perfect defeated Kerry von Erich to recapture the Intercontinental title!
# November 22, 1990 - Survivor Series: Ultimate Warrior/Kerry von Erich/Legion of Doom defeated Mr. Perfect & Demolition!
# January 19, 1991 - Royal Rumble: Kerry von Erich entered the Royal Rumble at #5 but was eliminated by the Undertaker..
# March 24, 1991 - Wrestlemania 7: Kerry von Erich defeated Dino Bravo..
# August 26, 1991 - Summerslam: British Bulldog/Kerry von Erich/Ricky Steamboat defeated The Warlord/Hercules/Paul Roma..
# November 27, 1991 - Survivor Series: Jim Duggan/Sgt Slaughter/KerryVE/Tito Santana defeated Hercules/ColMustafa/Skinner/Berzerker..
# January 19, 1992 - Royal Rumble: Kerry von Erich entered the Royal Rumble at #9 but was eliminated by the Ric Flair..
# Kerry von Erich often teamed with the Ultimate Warrior on House Shows..
# Kerry von Erich developed addictions to recreational drugs (namely cocaine) and began to miss WWF events he was booked
# While Kerry was with the WWF, he worked a show in New York, and witnessed a man rob a woman's purse..
# ~~~When the guy ran towards him, Kerry short arm clotheslined him and returned the purse to the victim..
# Early 1992: Kerry von Erich was released by the WWF..
# The Death of Kerry von Erich:
# February 8, 1992: Kerry von Erich was arrested for attempting to falsify drug prescriptions..
# ~~~He was released on bond and went to rehab..
# ~~~One year later, Kerry was indicted on a cocaine possession charge and was in the process of being given a jail sentence..
# ~~~Fritz Von Erich announces that his son, Kerry, will be re-entering a drug rehabilitation program..
# October 1, 1992: Kerry von Erich is sentenced on 6 felony counts of prescription forgery..
# ~~~He recieves a 10-yr suspended license, 10-yrs of supervised probation and a $6,000 fine..
# February 17, 1993: Kerry von Erich was indicited on a cocaine possession charge and was going to go to jail for violating
# February 18, 1993: Kerry von Erich took his own life and died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. He was
33 years old..
# ~~~Sadly, Kerry was the third of the von Erich brothers to commit suicide, with brothers Mike and Chris taking their
own lives before him..
# ~~~He was also the fourth of the five brothers to pass away, leaving Kevin as the only surviving member..
Kerry Will Be Loved & Missed By All Of Us!!!
(special thanks to www.obsessedwithwrestling.com for the providing this imformation) Thanks Brad!!!