There are numerous well-known wrestling families. The Usos and Roman Reigns are the biggest TV factions right now, and the Anoa’i family currently controls all of professional wrestling. With Cody and Dustin Rhodes continuing their father, Dusty Rhodes,’s legacy, the Rhodes family is always on our minds. There are numerous others, but very few wrestling families have achieved the same things as the Von Erichs, and no family has had to deal with shattering heartbreak after heartbreak the way they have.
The Von Erich Family Altered The Landscape Of Wrestling
The Von Erich family’s legacy begins with Fritz, the father. He gained popularity in the 1960s and was well-known for his finisher, “The Iron Claw.” However, he had his greatest success outside of the ring as the founder of the Texas-based regional promotion World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW). His sons were the show’s main attraction, but one by one, nearly all of them passed away in their primes.
They created an enduring impression before they actually passed away. In Texas, they were held in awe. They competed against well-known wrestlers like Harley Race and Ric Flair. They achieved victories. Some individuals appear destined to rank among the top stars in the industry. One even gained attention from WWE, the biggest spotlight ever. However, only one of the five sons would live.
Death Struck The Von Erich’s So Often That It Came To Be Seen As A Curse
Before wrestling, the family’s tragic history began when son Jack perished in a terrible accident at the young age of 7. Through the 1980s and 1990s, that tragedy evolved into a full-fledged curse. When David Von Erich, a.k.a. “The Yellow Rose of Texas” to wrestling fans, passed away in Tokyo at the young age of 25, it marked the beginning of the era. Although acute enteritis, an inflammation of the small intestine, was determined to be the cause of death, many of his friends and coworkers attributed it to drug usage.
Just three years later, in 1987, Mike Von Erich died in Texas after overdosing on tranquilizers. He didn’t have the same love for wrestling that the rest of his family did, but still he took part, until an injury to his shoulder injured his career. Not long after, he was dead at 23.