Kevin Von Erich has been discussing his brother, the former Intercontinental Champion Kerry Von Erich, and how Kerry’s life changed forever after losing his foot after a motorcycle crash that nearly killed him.
The Von Erich family are Texas wrestling royalty. Headed by their patriarch Fritz Von Erich, the family were mainstays of Frtiz’s promotion, World Class Championship Wrestling. Kevin along with brothers Kerry, David, Mike, and Chris all competed in the ring but sadly, most of the brothers met a tragic end with only Kevin surviving out of the five.
In conversation with Gerald Brisco and John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield on their ‘Stories with Brisco and Bradshaw,’ Kevin Von Erich discussed his brother Kerry and how he dealt with losing his foot. Amazingly, the life-changing injury didn’t cause Kerry Von Erich to hang up his wrestling boots and four years after his accident happened he joined the World Wrestling Federation.
Kevin Von Erich said:
“Kerry had gotten some sloppy habits by then and it was him not putting his best foot forward and I’m sure he would’ve really loved it if it was the old Kerry. But there was something in my brother, the idea of having that foot cut off to him, he was half a man. He couldn’t stand the idea of people knowing that he was maimed, that he was a cripple. He was really hard on himself about that. I was proud of him, all of the family was proud of him but to Kerry, he had a lot higher – he was demanding of himself. He just really decided it wasn’t worth it to him and Kerry was never like that. The drugs and all that, he really got in trouble when he got up there and that was too bad.”
While in the WWF Kerry competed as The Texas Tornado and won the Intercontinental Title once by defeating Mr. Perfect at SummerSlam in 1990. Sadly Kerry Von Erich died by suicide three years later, just days after his 33rd birthday.
The Von Erich family are survived in wrestling by Kevin Von Erich and his sons Marshall and Ross Von Erich who currently compete for Major League Wrestling. The Von Erich family was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2009.