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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
Debut: 1979
Previous Gimmicks: Texas Tornado
The Modern Day Warrior
Finishing Move: The Claw
Tornado Punch
Favorite Moves:
Notable Feuds: Freebirds
Chris Adams
Gino Hernandez
Ric Flair
Mr. Perfect
Websites: Wrestling Museum

  • 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 that year!

    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 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 contraversial 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 & 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 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 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..
  • ~~~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..