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Ric Flair vs Mike Von Erich
Ric Flair vs Mike Von Erich
Published: 2014/08/24
Channel: Gaijins rareolestuff
The Dynamic Duo attack Mike Von Erich 8/19/85 Ft Worth
The Dynamic Duo attack Mike Von Erich 8/19/85 Ft Worth
Published: 2014/11/20
Channel: Gaijins Stuff
MIKE VON ERICH IN BANANA YELLOW TRUNKS NEAR SLEEPERS, CLAWS ETC BRIAN ADIAZ
MIKE VON ERICH IN BANANA YELLOW TRUNKS NEAR SLEEPERS, CLAWS ETC BRIAN ADIAZ
Published: 2016/07/08
Channel: My Wrestling Obsession
MIKE VON ERICH VS MIKE WILLIAMS W/ ADIAZ ATTACK & WHIPPING VON ERICH
MIKE VON ERICH VS MIKE WILLIAMS W/ ADIAZ ATTACK & WHIPPING VON ERICH
Published: 2016/07/10
Channel: My Wrestling Obsession
Fritz Von Erich has a surprise for Michael Hayes
Fritz Von Erich has a surprise for Michael Hayes
Published: 2014/08/26
Channel: Gaijins rareolestuff
Dream about wrestler Mike Von Erich 12/23/03
Dream about wrestler Mike Von Erich 12/23/03
Published: 2016/03/05
Channel: LisaLisaJesusFreak
Mike Von Erich Vs Jake "The Snake" Roberts
Mike Von Erich Vs Jake "The Snake" Roberts
Published: 2011/03/20
Channel: TheIronClaw1
Jake Roberts on the Von Erich Tragedies!
Jake Roberts on the Von Erich Tragedies!
Published: 2016/03/04
Channel: THE HANNIBAL TV
Mike Von Erich vs Buddy Roberts
Mike Von Erich vs Buddy Roberts
Published: 2014/08/30
Channel: Gaijins rareolestuff
Michael Hayes/ Mike Von Erich ring jacket angle
Michael Hayes/ Mike Von Erich ring jacket angle
Published: 2014/08/23
Channel: Gaijins rareolestuff
Mike Von Erich vs Michael Hayes
Mike Von Erich vs Michael Hayes
Published: 2014/08/22
Channel: Gaijins rareolestuff
Kerry Von Erich Presents Jeff Jarrett w/ Bro Mike
Kerry Von Erich Presents Jeff Jarrett w/ Bro Mike's Jacket & Dutch Mantell Rips It Off & Destroys It
Published: 2017/04/27
Channel: My Wrestling Obsession
Mike Von Erich on JTGMtv
Mike Von Erich on JTGMtv
Published: 2017/02/07
Channel: Expanded Wrestling Universe
Kevin,Mike & Lance Von Erich vs Brian Adias, Crusher Yurkov & Black Bart
Kevin,Mike & Lance Von Erich vs Brian Adias, Crusher Yurkov & Black Bart
Published: 2014/08/20
Channel: Gaijins rareolestuff
Mike Von Erich interrupts Michael Hayes
Mike Von Erich interrupts Michael Hayes
Published: 2015/02/04
Channel: Jose Guy
12 Famous WWE Wrestlers Who Committed Suicide
12 Famous WWE Wrestlers Who Committed Suicide
Published: 2016/07/16
Channel: World OF Stars
Von Erich
Von Erich's Family Gravesites- Dallas (Grove)
Published: 2015/07/23
Channel: David Meece
Never Say Never Mike
Never Say Never Mike
Published: 2010/08/23
Channel: kai6093
Best of WCCW Wrestling #1 Von Erichs
Best of WCCW Wrestling #1 Von Erichs
Published: 2016/12/10
Channel: 4WrestlingFans
Kevin Von Erich
Kevin Von Erich's First Match Barefoot
Published: 2012/02/04
Channel: Jason Bugg
The Freebirds vs David, Kerry & Mike Von Erich
The Freebirds vs David, Kerry & Mike Von Erich
Published: 2014/08/24
Channel: Gaijins rareolestuff
WWE Classics- WCCW 2/18/84
WWE Classics- WCCW 2/18/84
Published: 2012/02/03
Channel: WWE
Von Erich Grave - Kerry David Fritz Mike Chris - With Directions
Von Erich Grave - Kerry David Fritz Mike Chris - With Directions
Published: 2011/06/08
Channel: Wicked24Seven
JBL on Kerry Von Erich
JBL on Kerry Von Erich's Death
Published: 2015/11/21
Channel: Legendary Jobber
Freebirds vs Von Erichs (streetfight) part 1
Freebirds vs Von Erichs (streetfight) part 1
Published: 2009/07/09
Channel: sxdx20000
Steve Austin Shoots on the Von Erich
Steve Austin Shoots on the Von Erich's
Published: 2014/07/07
Channel: YourEternalDestiny1
The Von Erich Family Legend
The Von Erich Family Legend
Published: 2007/12/13
Channel: AirTexas
DORIS (VON ERICH) ADKISSON HAS DIED
DORIS (VON ERICH) ADKISSON HAS DIED
Published: 2015/10/29
Channel: 1WrestlingVideo
Best Of WCCW Wrestling 3.2
Best Of WCCW Wrestling 3.2
Published: 2017/02/25
Channel: 4WrestlingFans
Tribute to the Von Erich Family
Tribute to the Von Erich Family
Published: 2010/10/30
Channel: 80swrestling
Legends of wrestling - michael von erich vs hulk hogan
Legends of wrestling - michael von erich vs hulk hogan
Published: 2012/07/14
Channel: Powerspyin onegames
Entertainment Tonight story on the death of Kerry Von Erich
Entertainment Tonight story on the death of Kerry Von Erich
Published: 2009/08/19
Channel: cf1969
World Class Wrestling: Flair & Fritz - The Confrontation
World Class Wrestling: Flair & Fritz - The Confrontation
Published: 2011/11/06
Channel: Guerin Shea
Kerry Von Erich Vs Mike Blood
Kerry Von Erich Vs Mike Blood
Published: 2011/03/07
Channel: TheIronClaw1
WWE Classics- WCCW 3/18/84
WWE Classics- WCCW 3/18/84
Published: 2013/02/07
Channel: WWE
David Von Erich Terry Gordy And Michael Hayes Vs Mike Sharpe Ben Sharpe And Tom Steel
David Von Erich Terry Gordy And Michael Hayes Vs Mike Sharpe Ben Sharpe And Tom Steel
Published: 2011/08/07
Channel: TheIronClaw1
Kevin Von Erich And Michael Hayes Interview
Kevin Von Erich And Michael Hayes Interview
Published: 2010/11/29
Channel: TheIronClaw1
Michael Hayes vs Kevin Von Erich  First Blood Match - Hawaii
Michael Hayes vs Kevin Von Erich First Blood Match - Hawaii
Published: 2014/07/17
Channel: AbsentArtsChannel
LACEY VON ERICH TALKS OF DAD KERRY, FAMILY, THE CLAW-HOLD, & MORE ...
LACEY VON ERICH TALKS OF DAD KERRY, FAMILY, THE CLAW-HOLD, & MORE ...
Published: 2015/10/06
Channel: 1WrestlingVideo
Freebirds vs Von Erichs (streetfight) part 2
Freebirds vs Von Erichs (streetfight) part 2
Published: 2009/07/09
Channel: sxdx20000
WWE 2K16 - Beefcake, Von Erich, Awesome, Hayes, Gilbert and Snuka entrances
WWE 2K16 - Beefcake, Von Erich, Awesome, Hayes, Gilbert and Snuka entrances
Published: 2016/02/12
Channel: Spinebuster Productions
Michael Hayes vs Kerry Von Erich 5/27/1983
Michael Hayes vs Kerry Von Erich 5/27/1983
Published: 2015/02/01
Channel: Jose Guy
The Von Erichs: Front Row Ringside
The Von Erichs: Front Row Ringside
Published: 2013/04/14
Channel: TellemHawk
World Class Wrestling: Fritz Von Erich vs. Michael Hayes - THE FINAL DEBATE
World Class Wrestling: Fritz Von Erich vs. Michael Hayes - THE FINAL DEBATE
Published: 2011/11/12
Channel: Guerin Shea
Terry Gordy vs David Von Erich
Terry Gordy vs David Von Erich
Published: 2009/08/14
Channel: sondog42
RIP Dead Wrestlers: Michael Adkisson
RIP Dead Wrestlers: Michael Adkisson
Published: 2013/04/12
Channel: RIP Dead Wrestlers
Kevin Von Erich And Michael Hayes Interview 2
Kevin Von Erich And Michael Hayes Interview 2
Published: 2011/01/07
Channel: TheIronClaw1
Kerry Von Erich vs. Michael PS Hayes 3/4/1983
Kerry Von Erich vs. Michael PS Hayes 3/4/1983
Published: 2015/02/01
Channel: Jose Guy
Part 3 Michael Hayes & Buddy Roberts vs Kevin Von Erich & Kerry Von Erich  1986
Part 3 Michael Hayes & Buddy Roberts vs Kevin Von Erich & Kerry Von Erich 1986
Published: 2017/02/22
Channel: Poizu Tzug
Kerry Von Erich & Chris Adams vs Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin
Kerry Von Erich & Chris Adams vs Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin
Published: 2014/08/26
Channel: Gaijins rareolestuff
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Mike Von Erich
Mike Von Erich.jpg
Birth name Michael Brett Adkisson
Born (1964-03-02)March 2, 1964
Dallas, Texas
Died April 12, 1987(1987-04-12) (aged 23)
Lake Dallas, Texas
Cause of death Suicide
Family Von Erich
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Mike Von Erich
Billed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[citation needed]
Billed weight 210 lb (95 kg)[citation needed]
Trained by Fritz Von Erich
Debut 1983

Michael Brett Adkisson (March 2, 1964 – April 12, 1987) was an American professional wrestler under the ring name Mike Von Erich. His four brothers, David, Kerry, Kevin and Chris, also wrestled. He was the son of longtime Texas wrestler and wrestling promoter Fritz Von Erich and a member of the Von Erich family.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Several wrestlers associated with Mike, such as his brother Kevin, King Kong Bundy, "Gentleman" Chris Adams, Gary Hart and Jake Roberts, have all stated that he never wanted to be a wrestler. He was not a natural athlete like his older brothers and wanted to work for his father's company, World Class Championship Wrestling, as a cameraman. He also played guitar and wanted to be a musician away from the industry.

Mike made his debut on November 24, 1983, winning a match against Skandor Akbar during "WCCW Wrestling Star Wars" at the Reunion Arena. He was then involved in several encounters with The Freebirds. Von Erich and Michael Hayes brawled on October 17, 1983, in Ft. Worth, after Hayes ripped a jacket given to Mike by his brother Kerry.

Mike teamed up with his brother Kevin against Terry Gordy and Buddy Roberts on December 25, 1983. The only time Mike ever teamed up with his brother David was in January 1984 when, along with Kerry, they battled the Freebirds. Mike took David's place teaming with Kerry after David's death in February 1984.

WCCW tried to give Mike a feud of his own against Brian Adias in October 1986, since Kerry was out of wrestling with an ankle injury. Mike and Adias were to battle in a match at Parade of Champions on May 3, 1987, but Mike died on April 12 of that year. His final match took place at the Sportatorium on April 3, 1987, against Mike Williams.

Personal life[edit]

Mike was married on February 14, 1985, to Shani Garza.[1] He underwent shoulder surgery on August 22, 1985, due to an injury suffered during a wrestling tour of Israel; he was involved in a tag match against Hernandez and Adams with his brother Kevin when his shoulder "went out." He was released from the hospital in good condition, but four days later he developed a fever of 107 °F (42 °C). He was later diagnosed with toxic shock syndrome. According to the Heroes of World Class DVD, he suffered some brain damage as a result of his illness and lost a great deal of weight.

In 1986, he suffered head injuries from a car accident in which his vehicle overturned after he lost control. In addition, Kevin cited an incident in which Mike attacked a streetlight in frustration over his current condition. Kevin once said that Mike also suffered from the pressure of having to "be David" after his brother's death. Since the two had similar facial features, many fans saw David in Mike, and from the beginning of his career the pressure was on for Mike to succeed on the same level as his brothers.

Death[edit]

A few days before his death, Mike was arrested on drunk driving and drug charges. On April 12, 1987, he left a suicide note for his family, then went to Lake Dallas, where he overdosed on the sleeping pill Placidyl and alcohol.[2] He was found dead four days later and buried at Grove Hill Memorial Park in Dallas.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Texas Marriages". 
  2. ^ Cohen, Eric. "Who's who in the Von Erich Family?". Retrieved 19 April 2009. 
  3. ^ "Pro Wrestling Illustrated Award Winners Inspirational Wrestler of the Year". Wrestling Information Archive. Archived from the original on 2006-03-16. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
  4. ^ "PWI 500 of the PWI Years". Willy Wrestlefest. Retrieved 2012-08-28. 
  5. ^ "PWI 500 of the PWI Years". Willy Wrestlefest. Retrieved 2012-08-28. 
  6. ^ "NWA American Heavyweight Title history". wrestling-titles.com. 
  7. ^ "Christmas Star Wars 1982". Pro Wrestling History. December 25, 1982. Retrieved November 23, 2016. 
  8. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2006). "(Texas) Dallas: World Class 6-Man Tag Team Title". Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. pp. 271–272. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  9. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). "Texas: WCCW Middle Eastern Title". Wrestling Title Histories. Archeus Communications. p. 396. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 

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