Kerry Gene Adkisson [1960 - 1993]
"The Modern Day Warrior"
Part of the legendary Von Erich professional wrestling family, Kerry Von Erich was born in Niagara Falls, New York. Von Erich was a standout football player and discus thrower at the University of Houston (he qualified for the 1980 U.S. Olympic team but the U.S. subsequently boycotted the games). In 1984, Von Erich, who also wrestled under the names The Modern Day Warrior and The Texas Tornado, captured the NWA World Heavyweight Championship after defeating Ric Flair (who regained the title just 18 days later). Von Erich's victory served as a memorable tribute to his brother, David, who had died three months earlier. In 1986, Von Erich was involved in a serious motorcycle accident and one of his feet had to be amputated. He continued to wrestle with a prosthetic foot and soon became addicted to painkillers. Von Erich committed suicide at the Von Erich family ranch on February 18, 1993, at the age of 33.
I am a native Texan who grew up watching the Von Erich clan wrestle and loved every round of it. Kerry and Kevin were my favorites. When they were gone, my interest in wrestling was (almost) gone. Now, in 2015, two young, young friends, Ellen and Joe have peaked my interest once again.
In the infamous 11/12/88 match at the Showboat Sports Pavilion in Las Vegas, Colonel DeBeers, while attempting to drag Kerry out of the ring, unwittingly pulled off his boot to reveal an empty sock. Kerry rolled out, put his leg under the ring apron, reattached the device and went on to win the bout. I was their that night in Vegas and couldn't believe what I saw/ An interesting footnote: although it was long thought that the public had no knowledge of Kerry's use of a prosthetic device in the ring (and Fritz is assumed to have disclosed this for the first time shortly after Kerry's suicide), at least some fans in the Metroplex were indeed aware of it. In late 1988, a column in a Dallas newspaper included an account of the Vegas incident, quoting heavily from a report in Dave Meltzer's Wrestling Observer Newsletter. We have not yet been able to locate the article via microfilm search, but will add it here if and when we do.
kevin has a daughter who wrestles now on wwe
I have several autographed 8x10 photos of Kerry, Kevin, David and Mike. Any collectors out there? Does anybody know what these might be worth?
I truly was a great fan of kerry like another comment kerry would have needed an intervention, he felt very guilty when his younger brother chris took his own life, guilty because in his own words if he wasn't on the road for the wwf and in texas he could have kept an eye on him but that wasn't kerry's fault but eventhough the guilt ate him up!! chris had his own demons! But kerry needed help desperately and he obviously was lookin at some jail time for his last cocaine conviction rather then goin to prison he chose to leave his daughters fatherless and take the biggest secret to his grave that he wore a prostetic foot while wrestling, i did some research on this and some of the boys in the wwf had no clue he had one he would even shower with his boots on, but curt hennig and bobby heenan knew so if they did for sure vince knew so this would be the reason for the drug problem, he was in constant pain that is why with all the pain prescriptions he needed! but I dont wanna dwell on his misfortunes but If kerry were alive today where would he be? what would he be doin maybe he would be a road agent for the wwf that would be possible but one thing is for sure he would be involved in wrestling to some capacity, He is very missed for sure he was truly a great performer but for a guy to do the things he did in the ring with only one foot my hat goes out to him because one thing is for sure he loved his fans always gave autographs to anyone that wanted one he posed for pics all that stuff he was such a true gentleman, some other stars of his era couldn't be bothered without mentioning names some would blow you off and tell you to hit the road but kerry remembered how he got there the fans made him the international star he was and he knew it, he adored his millions of fans and for those who bought a ticket to watch kerry von erich perform they sure got there money's worth god bless and rest in peace my brother
I grew up watching the Von Erichs wrestle. Kerry was always my favorite although I was a fan of Kevin too. It's sad that he had an addiction that cost him being a superstar in the WWF and even an eventual WWF Heavyweight Champion. Either way, I still am a huge fan and watch his matches (and Kevin's) a lot and feel for his family and friends. He truly was misunderstood and a real Wrestling legend and gentleman. RIP
I love the Von Erich Clan. True Texas . They made Dallas rock!
I grew up watching the Von Erichs wrestle. They all left us way too soon. Kevin is the only one of them left. God Bless them all... The talent they had will not been see again.
My heart aches for Kerry. Imo, he was the most talented of the Adkisson brothers (in the ring). David was adept in the commerce dept. Kevin, well he was strong ethically, and personalble. Kerry was misunderstood and needed a swift kick in the butt and he needed an intervention. Hiding his addictions unfortunately, led to his downfall. He checked out too soon.