Articles on Chris
Q&A with Chris
Living in Michigan, exposure to the Von Erich's was minimal. But ESPN began showing USWA wrestling for one hour at four p.m. each weekday. Each day, after school, I had the tv on - I ruled that set for one hour. This was my first glimpse of Chris Von Erich. Being a teenager, the first thing that attracted me to Chris was his looks. He had that little boy charm and an all - around sweet disposition about him. Until then, Jeff Jarrett had been my favorite. And while I still liked him, Chris was quickly wrestling his way into my heart. Unfortunately, he wasn't televised often, but the more I saw of, him the more I realized that he was more than good looks and pretty eyes. Chris Adkisson had heart and he had guts. He worked his way into a world made for big men. He didn't let his small stature hold him back. He was the type of man who warranted respect - and while most were critical of him, I kept in mind that a lot of people wouldn't have even tried. Right there, that made him golden.
I've only got some matches and interviews on tape, a few magazine interviews and a few pictures. Memories are what keep him alive. I've had the chance to chat with Ms. Doris, Chris's Mom, and I found out things I never knew about him. Like his favorite color. That he liked to draw. Pet names. He was really into Indians. The things that made Chris what he was. Chris made me believe in him, in the Von Erich name. My one dream had been to meet him, to tell him what a fan I was and how I believed in him. I never got that chance, but now I feel I've been given a chance. Chris was a fighter, a man and a champion. He didn't have a gimmick or a catchy sounding name. The beautiful, styled robes he donned for his walk to the ring were the only 'flashy' parts of his image. In the ring, he had the basic trunks and boots. The one thing I remember the most was how his socks used to stick up above the boots. He had that 'go out there and be the best I can' air about him, and in my opinion, he did just that.
Tragedy took Chris from his family, friends and fans. That's what most people remember about him. No one knew his favorite color was blue. No one knew that he once had a snake named Fluffy. Lets remember Chris Barton Adkisson (VonErich) as a human, with a sense of humor and a kind heart.
I hope I was able to convey my feelings for Chris, but to be honest, this doesn't do him justice. Nor could I ever find the words to do so. My one hope is that he is at peace and knows he touched someone. Someone who will never forget the name Chris VonErich. To me, he was a champion - and I didn't need a gold belt to show me that.
Such a beautiful shell
Was grotesquely filled,
Consuming pain in Angelic eyes,
The terrors of your visions.
What were you thinking,
With the lead to your head?
Were your tears only for yourself?
In zealous convictions you now see as Lies,
But to turn back now shows weakness.
So, you've blown it away in bits of gray,
Exchanging despondence for Death's Ardor,
Yet sympathy remains for you,
A life lived in smoke and mirrors,
An inheritance starving for Fame,
Fed on cold empathetic Left Overs.