Kerry Von Erich

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Title History

  •  NWA Texas Tag Team titles w/ Bruiser Brody defeating Tim Brooks and Mark Lewin (July 23, 1979);
  • NWA Texas Tag Team titles w/ Tiger Conway Jr. (1980);
  • NWA (World Class) American Tag Team titles w/ El Halcon defeating Mr. Sakurada and Mr. Hito (August 1980);
  • NWA Texas Tag Team titles w/ Sweet Brown Sugar defeating Tim Brooks and Stan Stasiak (August 1, 1980);
  • NWA (World Class) American Heavyweight title defeating Gino Hernandez (December 28, 1980);
  • NWA (World Class) American Tag Team titles w/ Bruiser Brody defeating Gary Young and Gino Hernandez (January 11, 1981);
  • NWA (World Class) American Heavyweight title defeating Ernie Ladd (June 4, 1981);
  • NWA (Texas) World Tag Team titles w/ Terry Orndorff defeating Chang Chung and Great Kabuki (October 1981);
  • NWA (World Class) American Tag Team titles w/ Terry Orndorff (October 25, 1981);
  • NWA (Texas) World Tag Team titles w/ Al Madril defeating Bill Irwin and Frank Dusek (December 1981);
  • NWA (World Class) American Tag Team titles w/ Al Madril (1982);
  • NWA (World Class) American Heavyweight title defeating Bugsy McGraw (March 8, 1982);
  • NWA (Texas) World Tag Team titles w/ Al Madril defeating Bugsy McGraw and Bill Irwin (April 1982);
  • NWA (World Class) American Tag Team titles w/ Kevin Von Erich defeating King Kong Bundy and Bugsy McGraw (July 5, 1982);
  • NWA Missouri Heavyweight title defeating Harley Race (January 23, 1983);
  • NWA (World Class) American Tag Team titles w/ Bruiser Brody defeating Michael Hayes and Terry Gordy (June 17, 1983);
  • NWA (World Class) World Six Man Tag Team titles w/ Kevin and David Von Erich defeating Buddy Roberts and Terry Gordy and Michael Hayes (July 4, 1983);
  • NWA (World Class) World Six Man Tag Team titles w/ Kevin and David Von Erich defeating Buddy Roberts and Terry Gordy and Ric Flair (sub for Michael Hayes) (December 2, 1983);
  • NWA World Heavyweight title defeating Ric Flair (May 6, 1984);
  • NWA (World Class) World Six Man Tag Team titles w/ Kevin and Mike Von Erich defeating Buddy Roberts, Terry Gordy and Michael Hayes (September 3, 1984);
  • NWA (World Class) American Heavyweight title defeating Gino Hernandez (October 29, 1984);
  • NWA (World Class) World Six Man Tag Team titles w/ Kevin and Mike Von Erich defeating Jake Roberts and Chris Adams and Gino Hernandez (December 31, 1984);
  • NWA (World Class) World Six Man Tag Team titles w/ Kevin Von Erich and Brian Adias defeating One Man Gang and Mark Lewin and Jack Victory (sub for Tim Brooks) (September 2, 1985);
  • NWA (World Class) American Tag Team titles w/ Kevin Von Erich defeating Chris Adams and Gino Hernandez (September 20, 1985);
  • WCWA (World Class) World Six Man Tag Team titles w/ Kevin and Lance Von Erich defeating Buddy Roberts and Terry Gordy and Michael Hayes (May 4, 1986);
  • WCWA (World Class) World Tag Team titles w/ Kevin Von Erich defeating Brian Adias and Frankie Lancaster (November 25, 1987);
  • WCWA (World Class) World Heavyweight title defeating Al Perez (March 6, 1988);
  • WCWA (World Class) World Heavyweight title defeating Iceman Parsons (May 8, 1988);
  • WCWA (World Class) World Tag Team titles w/ Kevin Von Erich defeating Terry Taylor and Iceman Parsons (July 1, 1988);
  • WCWA (World Class) World Six Man Tag Team titles w/ Kevin Von Erich and Michael Hayes defeating Iceman Parsons and Buddy Roberts and Kamala (sub for Terry Gordy) (July 8, 1988);
  • WCWA (World Class) World Heavyweight title defeating Jerry Lawler (November 4, 1988);
  • WCWA (World Class) World Tag Team titles w/ Kevin Von Erich Awarded (Febuary ??, 1989);
  • WCWA (World Class) World Tag Team titles w/ Jeff Jarrett defeating Jimmy Golden and Robert Fuller (March 12, 1989);
  • USWA Texas Heavyweight title defeating The Punisher (October 20, 1989);
  • USWA Texas Heavyweight title defeating Jerry Lawler (January 5, 1990);
  • USWA Texas Heavyweight title defeating Matt Borne (June 1, 1990);
  • WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight title defeating Curt Hennig (August 27, 1990);
  • USWF (Texas) Heavyweight title;

Career Highlights

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 that year!
  • March 24, 1980 – WWF: Kerry Von Erich pinned Jose Estrada in his Madison Square Garden debut

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 separate occassions.
  • February 1984: Kerry von Erich’s oldest brother David died shockingly during a tour of Japan of a reported intestinal infection.
  • ~~~June 6, 1984: A tribute card was held in David’s memory in Texas and Kerry defeated Ric Flair to win the NWA World title!
  • 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 and ankle.
  • ~~~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 boot!
  • 1986: Kerry von Erich became addicted to pain killers following his accident dispite his continued success in the wrestling business.
  • December 13, 1988 – SuperClash III: Jerry Lawler (AWA champion) beat Kerry von Erich (World Class champion) in a Unification match.
  • ~~~Kerry lost the match, and his title, by referee stoppage, in one of the most controversial decisions in wrestling history!
  • ~~~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 Tornado”.
  • 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 and 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 on.
  • 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 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 announced that his son, Kerry, will be re-entering a drug rehabilitation program.
  • October 1, 1992: Kerry von Erich is sentenced on six felony counts of prescription forgery.
  • ~~~He recieved a ten year suspended license, ten years 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 his parole.
  • 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.
  • ~~~Kerry was the third of the von Erich brothers to commit suicide, with brothers Mike and Chris taking their own lives before him.
  • ~~~Kerry von Erich was also the fourth of the five brothers to pass away, leaving Kevin as the only surviving member.
  • March 20, 2009 – SmackDown!: The WWE announced that the von Erich Family would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
  • April 4, 2009 – WWE Hall of Fame: The von Erich Family was officially inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Michael Hayes.
  • April 5, 2009 – WrestleMania 25: The entire WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2009 was introduced to the live crowd as a tribute.
  • June 15, 2014 – TNA Slammiversary: Kerry Von Erich was ringside with his sons Ross and Marshall Von Erich. Ross and Marshall Von Erich (TNA Debut) defeated Jessie Godderz and Zema Ion by disqualification.