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David Von Erich (1958-1984)


Real Name - David Alan Adkinsson
Lifespan - 7/22/58 - 2/10/84
6'7" 230 lbs. - Dallas, TX

Athletic Background - Basketball, Football (North Texas State University)

Teacher(s) - Fritz Von Erich, Dory Funk Jr.

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

Aliases - none

Groups - Von Erichs

Peak Years - `79-`83

Finisher(s) - 
- Iron Claw
- Sleeper

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

Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set

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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 (many would say the best) and certainly had his chances to shine.  There has always been debate about whether he was slated to win the NWA Championship before his death. David was a free spirit and some feel the NWA would never trust him with the belt. Others feel he was not as handsome as his brothers and Fritz held him back as a result. Some feel his Missouri title run and an angle building up what would be the Texas Stadium show were evidence that he was going to have a title run. 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 (aside from young Jack Jr.) in the family's tragic story.