Kerry Von Erich
Years before ever competing in his first World Wrestling Federation (WWF) match, the "Texas Tornado" Kerry Von Erich had
already taken the wrestling world by storm. As a member of the famed Von Erich family, Kerry was a huge star in many Southern
wrestling territories, most notably the World Class region. In fact, six years before touching down in the WWF, he defeated
the legendary Ric Flair for the NWA Championship at Texas Stadium.
When he finally made his WWF debut in July 1990, Von Erich's powerful, unpredictable and devastating past earned him the
moniker the "Texas Tornado". He used his family's famed claw, coupled with a devastating discus punch, to tear through one
WWF Superstar after another. His immediate impact earned him an Intercontinental Championship less than one month in his World
Wrestling Federation tenure. He capitalized on his opportunity, defeated Mr. Perfect for the title at SummerSlam.
Three months after winning the Intercontinental Championship, Von Erich lost the title to Mr. Perfect. The loss failed to
set him off course, though, as he spent the next two years competing on some of the biggest events of the time, such as
WrestleMania VII, where he defeated Dino Bravo.
Von Erich committed suicide on February 18, 1993 by shooting himself with a magnum revolver in the chest, at his father's
ranch in Denton, Texas. He drove a Jeep over a steep embankment at the time he shot himself. His death came one day after being
indicted on a drug charge; he was facing jail time for a pending prescription forgery charge.