Kerry Von Erich entering the WWF

Scott
Were there any original feud ideas for Kerry when he came into the WWF  before replacing Brutus Beefcake and winning the IC title from Curt Henning at Summerslam? Also, was his reign supposed to be longer before the office decided right off the bat he was too big of a risk to carry the title long term?

​Nah, the whole thing was very last minute and short-term planning.  Obviously Beefcake was the guy who was supposed to be big star and that went out the window.  I know Vince is in the bubble a lot of the time, but I really don't think that even he would have been foolish enough to just forget the history and trust Kerry as any kind of long term champion. ​ They knew they were getting damaged goods.  

DiBiase-Von Erich ’90-91?

Hey Scott,

Random thing I was wondering about for no particular reason. I remember hearing – in my earliest days of fandom when I didn't watch *everything* – that DiBiase bought his way into a guest ring announcer slot in order to interfere and help Mr. Perfect  win the IC title back from Kerry Von Erich. Was there ever a plan to go somewhere with that – say, build to a bigger Tornado-DiBiase program that cluminated at WM7 – before it was dropped to do the Virgil feud? Or was it just meant to start a house show program or something like that and that's why it was scarcely heard of again? Did the false start have anything to do with Kerry's drug/depression issues?

Don't ask me why my brain went there, but I thought this would be a nice change of pace for you.

They did the house show run for a week or so after the title switch, but then Dibiase had knee surgery according to The History of WWE and was basically out of action until after the Rumble.  They probably just decided to drop it at that point.  


Thanks!

p.s. Would there be any blog interest in a fantasy hockey league, or whatever you call it Canada (something involving the word "pool," right?). I decided not to do fantasy football this year, and was thinking about trying out hockey, since I enjoy the sport more anyways.


There might be.  I don't really take part in them myself. 


p.p.s Didn't the Canucks already TRY having a starting goalie who folds like a card table when the playoffs start?

​Yeah, but he was handicapped by playing in Buffalo before and probably didn't understand what the playoffs were.  ​

Von Erich mania about to begin again?

The sons of Kevin, Marshall and Ross, made the front page of the Dallas Times today in an article about there debuts.
Looks like they will be in Japan for a few months touring. They look in fantastic shape and Marshall, the youngest son of Kevin even wrestles barefoot like his father!

http://www.dallasnews.com/photos/20120821-return-of-the-von-erich-wrestling-family-the-iron-claw-is-back.ece

Maybe they'll even get into WWE developmental so that they can have their names changed be the sons of Johnny Rodz and Frankie Williams and then they can feud with each other and trade wins 50/50 on NXT for the next three years.  

David Von Erich

Hello Sir,
 
Long time reader going back many years, and for last four years I have written reviews for 411mania.com.  I also run a pro-wrestling board where friends can come and discuss.  One person posted the following today, and I was just curious on your thoughts.  Do you agree with the guys idea that WCCW would still be alive today?  Here is his post:
 
"Today is the 28th anniversary of the Ric Flair vs. Kerry Von Erich match held at Texas Stadium where Kerry won the NWA title. That would have to rank as one of the most famous matches in wrestling history.

Too bad Kerry didn't get a longer reign. At that point, even with David passing months earlier, Von Erich mania was its zenith. WCCW was the hottest promotion in the world at that point.
To this day, I believe if David lived, WCCW would still be going strong and it would be a totally different scene in Pro Wrestling.
But for a brief moment, all eyes were on Texas and WCCW!"


That's not really much of a convincing argument.  Kerry Von Erich was a much bigger star than David was, even if David was a better worker, and they had Kerry all the way until the promotion got swallowed up by Jerry Lawler.  First of all, playing the "if David lived" game isn't really fair, because David had a heart and/or intestinal condition (if we go by the official story and not the drug rumors) and something like that was going to get him eventually.  Same kind of deal as Eddie Guerrero, where you can't do the "if he lived" thing because Eddie's heart was destroyed by drugs and if he lived through one heart attack another would just get him a month later.  
Anyway, let's assume David is 100% healthy and lives to carry WCCW past 1984.  Is that suddenly going to keep Vince McMahon from destroying all the territories single-handedly with talent raids and pricing the smaller guys out of the TV markets completely?  Nope.  Much like the heart attack that killed David, Vince was an ongoing condition of the wrestling world and World Class was not going to survive into the new world because I assure you Fritz Von Erich was not the guy to compete with him.  Even when David was alive Fritz was already showing signs of the same mistakes that would kill the promotion years later, so there was just too much working against the promotion.  You can't just run with the Von Erichs on top forever.  Eventually David would have moved on, just like Kerry, and it's the same story, game over for WCCW.  Hey, David was great, no doubt, but let's not get carried away.