[Kerry von Erich Gallery]
[The von Erich Gallery]
[IC Champions Gallery]
||Kerry Von Erich (1960-1993)
||Kerry Gene Adkisson
||February 3, 1960
||Divorced from Cathy w/2 Daughters
|Height & Weight:
||6'2" - 254 lbs
||Fritz Von Erich
The Modern Day Warrior
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..