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Kevin Ross Adkisson (born May 15, 1957) is a
retired professional wrestler under the ring name Kevin Von Erich
of the Von Erich Family. He is the last surviving son of wrestler
Fritz Von Erich and had four brothers that wrestled, David, Kerry,
Mike and Chris, as well as an older brother, Jack, Jr., who died in
1959.
Kevin started wrestling as Kevin Von Erich in 1976.
He spent most of his career wrestling for his father's promotion,
World Class Championship Wrestling. He teamed with his brothers and
had a huge feud against the Fabulous Freebirds (Michael Hayes,
Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts), where they had many six-man tag
matches.
Kevin also had a long feud with Chris Adams that
lasted for months and had many violent matches. Kevin would also
tag-team with Adams on numerous occasions before and after their
feud. Away from the ring, Kevin and Chris were close friends; Kevin
served as a pallbearer during Adams' funeral in 2001 and traveled
to England to visit Adams' family afterwards.
A longtime friend of the Hart family away from the
ring, Kevin also represented the Von Erich family in 1999 during
the funeral of Owen Hart.
Kevin was also known for wrestling barefoot, highly
unusual in a sport where almost all wrestlers wear high-topped
boots. Kevin later admitted in an interview that he never set out
to wrestle barefoot, but that before his debut match, someone hid
his boots as a rib, and he wasn't able to find them before his
match, so just went out barefoot to wrestle, and it later became
his trademark. Kevin was also a huge fan of Jimmy Snuka, who also
wrestled barefoot, and like Snuka, Kevin often performed a flying
body splash from the top rope, which Snuka calls The
Superfly.
Kevin had several close matches with NWA World
Champ Ric Flair, including the main event of the 2nd Memorial show
at Texas Stadium, but never won the title.
On October 3, 2005, Kevin made an appearance on the
WWE Homecoming show alongside many WWE Hall of Famers. Later that
night, as Dusty Rhodes and the WWE Hall of Famers were gathered in
the ring, Rob Conway came out and interrupted Rhodes. This
eventually led to Conway's beatdown by several Hall of Famers, in
which Kevin used the legendary Iron Claw on Conway, to the raves of
the partisan Dallas, Texas crowd. Announcer Jim Ross said
afterwards that he never thought he would live to see the Iron Claw
again.
On January 20, 2006, Kevin and his son Ross
Adkisson (billed as Ross Von Erich) appeared on a local wrestling
card in Longview, Texas as guests of Roddy Piper's Piper's Pit.
During the segment, in which Kevin and Piper talked about going to
the Sportatorium as teenagers, Skandor Akbar interrupted the
interview to berate both Kevin and Ross. At one point, Akbar pushed
Ross, which prompted Kevin to apply the iron claw on Akbar. Greg
Valentine then pulled Akbar away, with Kevin, Ross, Piper and The
Grappler taking in the cheers of the crowd.
Kevin stood 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) and weighed 235 lb
(108 kg). His favorite hold was the body scissors. To demonstrate
the power of his legs, he once did a publicity stunt where he
secured a large bag of grain between his legs and squeezed it until
it burst. He uses this hold repeatedly during the matches shown on
this DVD and even applies it once to a standing opponent!
This DVD covers the perioed from 1984-1986 and
includes the following matches, all shot in their entirety:
Kevin Von Erich vs Killer Khan
Kevin Von Erich vs Gino Hernandez
Kevin & Kerry Von Erich vs Killer Khan/The
Missing Link
Kevin Von Erich vs Chris Adams
Kevin Von Erich vs Chris Adams (again)
Kevin Von Erich vs Thor
Kevin Von Erich vs Gino Hernandez (again)
Kevin Von Erich vs Matt Borne
Kevin Von Erich vs Abdullah the Butcher
Kevin Von Erich vs Black Bart
Kevin Von Erich vs Matt Borne (again)
All images included with this description are
actual scans from the video, they are not file copies. DVD runs
approximately 2 hours.