Wrestling Legends-The Von Erich Family

They were hard-bodied, golden-haired, bare-chested hunks of Texas men.

Their real name was Adkisson. Their stage name was Von Erich. Fritz and his handsome sons Kevin, David, Kerry, Mike and Chris were wrestling legends.

Every Texas female in the late 70s and 80s knew of the handsome Von Erichs. I remember hearing various girlfriends talk about having seen one of the Von Erichs out and about.

My grandmother loved wrestling and she loved the Von Erichs. I remember her looking at a photo of one of the Von Erich boys and remarking, "well, if he ain't got it, then Santa Claus sure can't bring it".

The Von Erich Family
The Von Erich Family
Fritz Von Erich and his Iron Claw
Fritz Von Erich and his Iron Claw

Fritz Von Erich-The Iron Claw (1929-1997)

Jack Barton Adkisson was born in 1929 in Jewett, Texas. He was 6'4" 240 lbs and adopted a wrestling persona known as Fritz Von Erich. He is known for his "Iron Claw" and creating World Class Championship Wrestling. He is the father of six sons, and all but one died prematurely and tragically.

Fritz Von Erich died in 1997 from lung cancer that had spread to his brain.

Jackie Von Erich (1953-1959)

Jack "Jackie" Barton Adkissson, Jr. was the first son of Fritz Von Erich. Jackie tragically died at age 6. He had gone to a neighbor's house. The neighbor had been remodeling and left some wiring exposed. Jackie brushed against the wiring knocking him unconscious. He fell face down into a puddle of melted snow and drowned.

Kevin Von Erich
Kevin Von Erich

Kevin Von Erich (1957- )

Kevin Von Erich was born in 1957 and become known as The Golden Warrior. He is 6'3" and 235 lbs.

Kevin started wrestling in 1976 at the age of 19. At a time when high-topped boots were common wrestling attire, Kevin wrestled barefooted. Even though he admired another barefoot wrestler, it evidently wasn't his original intent to wrestle barefooted. Someone had hidden his shoes before a match and he was unable to locate them before having to go on. It simply stuck after that.

Kevin is retired from wrestling and lives in Hawaii. His son Ross is an up and coming wrestler going to college in Texas.

David Von Erich
David Von Erich

David Von Erich (1958-1984)

David Von Erich was born in 1958 and became known as the Yellow Rose of Texas. He was 6'5". Some cites report him as tall as 6'7". He was a big ole boy no matter how you look at it.

In Feb 1984 while on tour in Japan, he complained of stomach pain and feeling tired. He died of gastroenteritis at age 25.

Kerry Von Erich
Kerry Von Erich

Kerry Von Erich (1960-1993)

Kerry Von Erich was born in 1960. He was 6'3" and 260 lbs. He became known as the Texas Tornado and the Modern Day Warrior. In my opinion, Kerry is the cutest of all the Von Erichs.

He lost his foot in a motorcycle accident where he was reportedly riding barefoot and struck a parked vehicle. He continued his wrestling career wearing a prosthesis.

After his motorcycle accident, he became addicted to the painkillers and after being arrested for possession of painkillers without a prescription, he committed suicide in 1993 at age 33.

Kerry is the father of Lacey Von Erich, the only female Von Erich to enter into the wrestling arena.

Tribute to Kerry Von Erich

Mike Von Erich
Mike Von Erich

Mike Von Erich (1964-1987)

Mike Von Erich was born in 1964. He was 6'1" 200 lbs.

He suffered a shoulder injury during wrestling and even though he seemed to have recovered from it, he developed a high fever (107 degrees) four days later and it was discovered that he had Toxic Shock Syndrome. This caused him to lose body mass and affected his career. In 1987, at only 23 years old, he committed suicide by overdosing on tranquilizers.

Chris Von Erich
Chris Von Erich

Chris Von Erich (1969-1991)

Chris Von Erich was born in 1969. He was the smallest of the Von Erichs. He suffered from asthma and it stunted his growth. He was only 5'6".

Chris was very close to Mike and when Mike died in 1987 Chris took it hard. Mike's death and his own inability to live up to the Von Erich wrestling fame led him to commit suicide in 1991 at the age of 22.

Ross Von Erich, son of Kevin Von Erich
Ross Von Erich, son of Kevin Von Erich
Lacey Von Erich, daughter of Kerry Von Erich
Lacey Von Erich, daughter of Kerry Von Erich

The Next Generation of Von Erichs

Ross Von Erich is the son of Kevin Von Erich. He was born in 1988 and is attending college in Texas.

Lacey Von Erich is the daughter of of Kerry Von Erich. She was born in 1986. She also wrestles barefooted like her Uncle Kevin.

Both of them have begun to follow the Von Erich legacy of wrestling. Who knows what the future holds with these two upcoming Von Erichs?

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foxility profile image

foxility 7 years ago

mmm, Sexy pics. This was really interesting, i enjoyed it a lot.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks foxility! Such a tragic thing to happen to a family. This was a family with such promise, potential and handsome young men.


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

I'm curious as to what you interested in finding the history of this family.

The pictures. Oh my goodness, the pictures.


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

I remember these guys. I was a big wrestling fan in the 70's and 80's. The VonErich's were among my faves.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Proud Mom, it was because of my grandmother's interest in Wrestling. She loved it. Being from Texas as well, all my friends used to talk about seeing the brothers out and about. It was a big thing. I also identified with the family for losing a child. However, I cannot begin to image the pain their mother must have felt in losing so many children and under such tragic circumstances.

BT.....was I able to tell you something you didn't know about them?


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

I haven't watched wrestling in years. I didn't really know about Ross or Lacey. I guess I had moved on to monster trucks by then. Now that I think about it, wrestling came after roller derby, and before monster trucks. Dang I'm a big ole redneck!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

There's more online about Lacey than Ross. There is a lot of stuff about Kevin as well. It'll be interesting to see how this next generation does.

Maybe you could do a hub on the history of redneck sports? :)


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

Very tempting idea. Aside from hockey, the only sports I watch are redneck sports. From arm wrestling, right on down to the lumberjack competition!


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

Where might I go to watch you roller disco, BT? And will you be in the tutu-ed unitard?


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Go for it ! I think it would be an awesome hub. There is so much you could cover and you'd find loads of YouTube videos of that stuff.


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

I'll have to put this one into the rotation. I'll get to it as soon as I can.

Proud Mom, I haven't roller discoed since high school. If you're curious, that would have been the early 80's. The era of Dance Fever, and Solid Gold Dancers!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

I remember seeing Roller Derby on TV as a kid and they were vicious. I never could get rollerskating down enough to actually Roller Disco.


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

Oh, me too, BT. I still have my skates. But I also know most who did it then can be found secretly doing it still. Figured you were one of them.


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

I went to the rink several years ago, and they made me sign a waiver against broken bones LOL!


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

Because of your age, or because of your skates? :-))  Don't see many of the 4 wheeled kind anymore.

My husband bought roller blades and decided to first try them out by leashing up the pony disguised as a dog and heading down our hill.  Came back missing a large amount of skin.

I'll stick with my standard issue.


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

Oh it was my age, all right. They gave me a big diatribe about how much easier our bones break as we get older. I almost wanted to smack the kid, as I wasn't much past 35 at the time. Now I'm 43, that must be positively ancient, in roller years.


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

Oh the nerve!!!!!!!! You'd think it would have been obvious to the wee one that the spandex would've held your bones together just fine.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Poor BT....LOL   I own a pair of rollerblades that I bought in 2004.  It's something I'd like to learn to do.  But I discovered that for rollerblades you really have to bend your kness and lean forward for them to even fit right.  I try to stand too erect and the back of them digs into my calves.  I'm just not coordinated enough for this.  LOL


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

I'm not coordinated enough to even try, so you're one up on me.


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The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

PM I reckon they thought BT would break his antlers before his neck, and they wanted them for a trophy.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

LOL @ The Old Firm. You have a good point there.


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

Was that in the waiver? You are hilarious, TOF!!!


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The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

Shall we leave his waver out of this. he's grubby enough as it is?


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

I'm blushing, TOF. All the way to my toes!!!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

LOL......where did BT run off to?


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

We might have scared him off.

KCC, I'm LOVING all of your hubs! You are a great writer!


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

I was just off thinking about redneck sports. I may be able to put this together.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Awwwwwwwww thanks PM......you're way too kind!

BT....I would be so thrilled if you would write that hub. I really think it would be a hit! Don't you guys?

Sorry for the delay....I've been working on a hub myself.


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

Yes, a hit. Right between the antlers. J/K BT--I think it's a great idea.

Frankly, I don't know of any other kind of sport. Well, polo maybe. Rednecks would be smart enough to stay away from the steaming divot. But 9 years ago, I proved golf can be a redneck sport while in the thriving metropolis of Jal, NM.


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The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

She-ite, I've just looked at the ads this hubs attracting. - They're all for Gays!! Proud Mom-DON'T LEAVE US ALONE!


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

Well, I don't know how much protection I would be, but I'm here for you, TOF.

It's the pictures, I tell you. The pictures!


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The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

Not BT's black spandex tights?


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

That's funny. The ads I see, are all for sexy singles and bikini models. I think it just shows you what it thinks you like, TOF. You do talk about that bear a LOT.


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

Hey KCC. I just noticed that your author score is up to 99! Awesome!!


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

Uh oh. I don't know about any bear. Would you care to share, TOF? Or guide me to the right hub to find out for myself.

It may very well be the unitard, but I hate to beat a dead horse.......


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

OMG....I leave you guys alone for 2 minutes and suddenly we're talking about gays and black spandex.......LOL Want to tell us about the bear TOF?


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The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

You keep bringing him up, but don't worry BT. I think that they're only designer incontinence pants. You're getting on a bit you know.


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

Okay, now I need to borrow a pair! No, maybe you better just give them to me, I don't think you want them back.


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

The bear made his debut in one of my hubs, but TOF immediately adopted him. Been living with him ever since.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Designer Incontinence Pants......do we think they will ever go to printing little cutsy stuff on them like they do for toddler's Huggies Pull-ups?

I bet someone like Viagra or somebody would love to get a hold of the advertising space.


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The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

PM, BT's probably too modest to tell you about the bear, or too  embarrassed. Here's the link:  http://hubpages.com/entertainment/A-Jackalopes-Rev

KCC, Incontinence pants: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QETZxWAqSvQ


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

Seriously. I need a pair!!

I don't think anyone would want "Little Blue" anything written on their drawers!!


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

Oh, TOF!! At my spry age of late 30 something, I didn't have any need for these until I stumbled onto HubPages a couple of months ago. Now they are a requirement when I log on!! That guy was beyond hilarious!!!! I may camp out at Wal-Mart and watch to see who's buying them now. They have a massage chair right there. I could get pretty comfy.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks for posting the link BT ! PM....late 30-somthing? That sounds suspiciously like 39. Are we knocking on 40's door?


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

Actually, I'm only 36, and 40 doesn't scare me at all. Now ask me again in 3 or 4 years, I may sing a different tune.


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

Count your blessings. I kicked in 40's door, and I'm dragging it behind me on a very heavy chain!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

I hear you PM.....I'm 46 and 40 is nothing. And so far, 50 isn't intimidating me yet....but like you, ask me again in a couple of years.

Are the chains wrapped around your antlers, BT?


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Lots of tragedy in that family. I was also a Roller Derby fan and saw them live in Muskogee, Oklahoma. The woman were hot and kind of scary. That attraction lead to a lot of trouble in my later years (Ha!)


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

That sounds like the makings of a hub to me, Christoph!


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

That's a little too close to home, Christoph! Hot and scarey women who cause trouble should be reported immediately to the authorities. I don't want them lurking around my windows.

Where'd your cowboy go?


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

I too wondered about the avatar. What gives, Christoph?


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ajcor 7 years ago from NSW. Australia

great hub Thanks KCC - I have never heard of them but really it's pretty tragic for so many to die by their own hands - the poor mama......cheers


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

I was wondering where you were, ajcor. Hadn't seen any of your hubtivity in awhile. Just wanted to make sure you hadn't succumbed to the heat!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks Ajcor....there are a lot of videos of them on YouTube if you're interested in seeing more of them. I do feel sorry for their mom and the few left behind. I don't think I've seen a family with so much potential, yet so much tragedy, most at their own hand.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Well, I've been wanting to change it for a while because I write in various places and I need a unity of avatars--one for every site--so I needed to make them all the same.  I waited because I had a silly Help Me Choose My Avatar contest a while back, and it started a big hubbub.  Hard to explain really.  Anyway, so many people were against me changing it that I felt obligated to wait for a long time.  Besides, that guy isn't me any more--not for a long time.  Hope that explains it.

It's funny you would say that about the idea for a hub though.  I started one that I hadn't realized may in fact be related to that very thing.  Not sure if I can finish it though.  It's too personal (and kind of naughty.)

By the way, why does that hit home for you? Do you have scary women stalking around?


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ajcor 7 years ago from NSW. Australia

KCC I will look at the videos - pretty awful for them all...

thanks for worrying Proud Mom - I feel just like an oil slick but we are going for a swim soonish..... should make things better...

naughty is good..Christoph ...go with the flow of your words...tic


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Well, Christoph.....maybe.....you could write your hub as if it were a dream.....that's what they did on "Dallas" isn't it? Besides, your secret would be safe with us. LOL I am kidding, of course. Surely, you can find a way to write it so that it's not TOO revealing or embarassing.

Yeah, I think PM should tell us about her fear of hot scary women on skates.


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

Well, goodness gracious!! I hope not!!! Them being in Muskogee is too close to home. Don't want such beings lurking around here......

Probably best to keep the personal, naughty stuff close to the vest. Some of the people lurking around hubpages scare me........... :-))


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

No...haven't we always heard..."Sex sells". Naughty is good. Besides, it's a long time until Santa makes his 2009 Nice & Naughty list. You have plenty of time to make it right with the big man.


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

Oh, I was kidding. The hot women on skates scare me more than the people around here.

Now where'd TOF go? Nervous about our finding out the living arrangements with the bear?


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

I have GOT to go to bed. I appreciate the banter. You guys are a hoot!!!!!!


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The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

PM ,The bear lives with twelve million elective eels in my compost heap, planning revenge on BT for the lousy trick he pulled.

A Vietnam vet. I know showed up for coffee and I've spent the last couple of hours making him feel guilty. He got drunk here a week ago and slept on the sofa. Some time during the night he blundered into my TV and drove the back of it through the wall. I didn't find out for two days! (It was the spare TV) I wasn't impressed. - (even if the wall was!)

I couldn't even give him a decent telling off as his wife's grandmother died today. (His wife is half his age, the old lady was ninety, - and his mother-in-law is ten years younger than he is. I know an odd lot!)


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

Sounds like a weird family dynamic - all those suicides.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

I think they lived in a world with so much self-imposed pressure to perform and then with the media/fans expectations, it was just all too much for them.  When you watch the video of Fritz talking about his boys, he seems quite genuine in his love and adoration of them.  So, I don't think he ever meant them any harm in their upbringing.  I think the boys just really wanted to please people and always felt like they weren't quite good enough.  It's certainly a tragedy.


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

Electric eels. Compost Heaps. Maybe I should warn BT. I noticed Christoph didn't take very kindly to no one warning him of the plot against him.

London Girl, it took me a moment to realize the family dynamic you were talking about wasn't in reference to the man who slept over at TOF's place. Good thing I went to bed before these posts last night.

The "Toilet Bowl" is about to begin on DIY Network. I've got to get my popcorn popped and grab the bean bag before someone else gets to it first!

You're one of my favorites, KCC!!!!


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B.T. Evilpants 7 years ago from Hell, MI

PM, most of these things that TOF talks about, come from my revenge hub, and my run for the presidency. While I appreciate the thought, no warning is needed. He's been out to get me for months!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

The feeling is mutual PM. Thanks for all you do! BT...I really have to get over and read your stuff. I'm trying really hard to catch up. My housework has fallen behind as well.


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

don't worry, the house work will still be there tomorrow.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Ahhh.....tell me it isn't so, LondonGirl! I hate a messy house. Drives me bananas. But, evidently, it phases no one else in my house. *sigh*


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The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

Hi KCC, I had to become your fan too. Where yo bin all my hub life?

BT , I love you like a brother, it's Tinkerbell the bear who's out to get you. Being used as a bum wiper isn't in it if he gets his limp wristed paws on you again!


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

Here we go with the blushing again.....


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The Old Firm 7 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

Aw gee, sorry PM


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Proud Mom 7 years ago from USA

You're forgiven, TOF. :-)))))


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

You guys....LOL


joe 7 years ago

I remember the Von Erichs very well I grew up watching them ,this was a real shame I hope Lacey and Ross do not fall to the "Von Erich curse"


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

I agree Joe! I hope things have finally settled down for that family. Such pain there. They deserve more happiness.


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djronniebruno 7 years ago from Dallas, Texas

wow. very informative.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by DJRonnie!


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trish1048 7 years ago

Hi KCC, What a tragic story. I cannot for the life of me understand how it is parents go on with life after such horror. The thought of losing even one child is beyond my comprehension. It has to rip your heart out and I don't know how you can have one minute go by every day of your life and not think about it and just feel incredibly lost and broken. Beyond sad.

Growing up I spent many weekends at my grandparents' house. My grandfather was a huge wrestling fan. I was very young so I don't remember the wrestlers' names (it was over 40 yrs ago), but I remember I loved sitting with him and watching. I continued watching it through my teens. Then I shifted to boxing, as my hubby enjoyed that. Today, I don't watch either one, but I've enjoyed the memories you stirred for me.

Thanks for sharing.

PS: I just joined your fan club, can't believe I haven't before now :)


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

I wasn't even aware of how tragic their story was until I began doing the research for this article. I knew of some of the deaths, but not all of them. It would be interesting to interview the mom.

Glad you enjoyed it! I joined your fan club as well. How have we missed doing that before now?


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trish1048 7 years ago

I don't really know, the important thing is we found out and joined :)


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Lucey Knight 7 years ago from North Richland Hills, Texas

Excellent hub. My Dad knew Jack Sr. When I was in junior high, the wrestlers, including Kerry came to WG Thomas Collesium in Haltom City. I still have his autograph on the program he signed for me. The tradgedy that surrounded this family was very, very sad. Thank you for this hub.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks Lucey! Glad you were able to add your personal note to my hub. It's nice to run into someone who actually got to meet them and 'knew' them. I only 'knew' them through friends and my grandma.


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Lucey Knight 7 years ago from North Richland Hills, Texas

Thank you. That was a time when "wrestling" was so wonderful. Now it is to soap operaish......Thanks for providing such a good hub and reviving my memories.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

You're most welcome, Lucey! And thank you!


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oldness49 7 years ago from linda.barrett@insightbb.com

I didn`t know what happened to them!Thanks!Visit my sites please tell me how to make mine as good as yours!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Oldness, thanks for stopping by! I'll have a look at your hubs!


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Mitch King 7 years ago from Wilsoville, OR, USA

I was into wrestling in the 80's so I remember the Von Erichs well. They were great competitors and they had excellent sportsmanship.


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas Author

Good sportsmanship makes such a difference. Thanks for adding your rememberence of the Von Erichs, Mitch!


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Lissa Lynn 6 years ago from upstate NY

Great hub, I'd heard of the Von Erichs before. My husband and I are huge wrestling fans and it's one of the saddest stories. Nicely done.


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thank you Lissa Lynn. It truly is a very tragic story.


Tina  6 years ago

Thank you for doing a story on the Von Erichs. My father was training to be a wrestler many years ago and something bad happened.But he brought me up watching wrestling. Then I got to see and meet Kevin,David,Kerry in Baton Rouge,La. and my father kept me with tickets to wrestling every Tuesday night until we moved; then I got tickets to a match and done a few calls. And I was eighteen by then and i got to go to the dressing room and meet Kerry in a more formal way.


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Great story, Tina, I'm jealous! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your personal experience with the VonErichs.


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MarcBlackMedia 6 years ago from California

Nice hub!

I remember watching these guys wrestle at live events down in Florida in the early 80's.

So much talent yet so much tragedy.

As a kid I loved the "feud" between David Von Eric and Barry Windham! Old school Florida championship Wrestling.


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks MarcBlackMedia! That's exactly what kind of stuff I'm talking about!


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captainchris 6 years ago

Enjoyed the read! Thanks for taking the time to share.


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thank you CaptainChris!


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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

Enjoyed this hub again. I've loved watching wrestling since I was little. Well done!!


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KCC Big Country 6 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thank you Eiddwen. The Von Erichs certainly aren't hard on the eyes either. :)


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trusouldj 5 years ago from Indiana

I loved the Von Erichs. They were the greatest. I can remember trying to talk to my friends about them, but they were to engrossed in WWF.


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mabmiles 5 years ago

My flesh are shaking whenever I heard about wrestling. Gosh! I watch a wrestling show once and I was truly agitated. I promised I won't watch again.


shawn 4 years ago

i met kevin von eric when i was 15 in burleson texas when they were there doing their thing at the high school! me and a few friends were walking round the school n at the back exit kevin was out taking a break! i was amazed at how huge he was, he had his trunks on or whatever they r called. he actually told us to come here and he spent like 10 mins. talking to us, asking where we from n what we were doing and if we watched the matches! i noticed how huge his thighs were, he was a big man! anyays i was smoking n he told me "why are you smoking" and i said i do not know and he said "well, you should stop now before you get any older" i thought that him taking the time out to talk to us and he seemed like a reg. person! i use to watch them on saturday night on ktvt!this was before i met him and i even went to will rogers to watch them fight live n i would stand by the brodcasters booth when they did the between fights broadcasts! i just wanted to share this, i thought some might have memories like mine of those days by reading this! those to me were some good days, seemed so clean and pure back then, unlike today!


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KCC Big Country 4 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thanks for sharing your experience Shawn. This is exactly the kind of thing I always heard about them back then when I was growing up too. I just never got to meet them myself. I've always been fascinated by their family story. So much tragedy, but strength of character.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

I am from the panhandle of Texas and every Saturday at 4:00 I remember my grandmother sitting in front of the TV routing for the wrestlers. She was particularly fond of the Funk's who were from that part of Texas. But I remember the Von Erich's also. After leaving home in 77, I had lost track of wrestling. But your story interested me when I was reading your profile, being from Texas myself.

But as I read it, my heart fell with each death mentioned. It truly was sad. And what that poor mama must feel for losing her children like that would be a hard blow to bear.

The was a great hub that was well researched.


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KCC Big Country 4 years ago from Central Texas Author

Thank you homesteadbound. Having similar memories of my grandmother and losing my only son, it struck a chord with me that this poor family lost multiple sons and so tragically. It's a story I had to share. I'm glad you enjoyed it.


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mythbuster 4 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

Great tribute hub for this family full of tragedies. So much suicide. What a blow to those who remain. Thanks for sharing.


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AWAFlashback 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I loved it when WCCW was on ESPN and I could watch. Wish I could have seen an event in the Sportatorium. Any updates on what Ross and Lacey are up to in their wrestling careers?

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