David Von Erich


Real Name - David Adkinsson
Lifespan - ?/?/?? - 2/10/84
6'7" 230 lbs. - Dallas, TX

Aliases - none

Athletic background - n/a

Teachers - Fritz Von Erich, Dory Funk Jr.

Professional background - WCCW(`77-`83), St. Louis(`79), Florida(`81-`82), All Japan(`81-`83)

Groups - Von Erichs

Peak Years - `79-`83

Career Highlights - n/a

Finisher(s) -
- Iron Claw

Favorites -
- Dropkick
- Atomic Drop
- Armdrag
- High Knee
- Punch

Ringwork Rating -
move set - 4
science - 3
aerial - 2
power - 5
strikes - 6

Intangible Rating -
entertainment - 6
selling - 5
bumping - 4
carrying - 5
heat - 8
legacy - 4

Place in History - The first of the Von Erichs to get a push on a national level, David may have very well been the first in his family to win the NWA title. Tall and athletic, David was a good worker (some say the best) and certainly had his chances to shine. David was a partier though and one could make an arguement that is why Kerry was getting the near miss title matches before David's death. Others feel he was not as handsome as his brothers and Fritz held him back as a result. In any event, Kerry was left to hold up the family's claim to greatness and perhaps it was David's unfortunate death that allowed Kerry to become the NWA champion soon after. David though will be best remembered as a "could've been," who died so young due to the excesses for which he and his brothers became notorious. His death also marked the first (overlooking Jack Jr.) in the family's tragic story.