***Special Note*** This is not the full
interview -- I seem to have misplaced
the rest of it -- so if you have the
rest of this please send it in and I'll
make sure you get the credit for it.
For the past several months, Kerry Von
Erich has engaged in a heated war with
Matt Borne. It was a battle that Von
Erich didn't want any part of - at
first. After all, Kerry and Matt had
been tight friends for three years.
In the early spring, Borne, who had
teamed with Von Erich often in the past,
had requested a match for Von Erich's
USWA Texas title, Von Erich turned him
down flat. Kerry had seen what could
happen when friends wrestle each other.
But Borne, who at this point had started
to wrestle more aggressively, continued
to apply pressure on Von Erich for the
Finally, Borne was responsible for a
heinous act that Von Erich would
have to pay attention to. He
attacked 20 year old Chris Von Erich,
beating the youngest Von Erich sibling
senseless until Kerry ran out from the
dressing room to save him.
After that brutal attack, Kerry not only
wanted to wrestle Borne, he lusted to
drive him from the USWA forever. The
first time they locked in Dallas, the
battle was so intense that it carried
all the way out of the arena to the
parking lot of the Sportatorium. After
that brawl, there could be no turning
back. One of these men would not
survive the coming weeks.
As it turned out, it was Borne who would
leave Texas Borne used an assist from
Percy Pringle to win the Texas title
from Von Erich on May 25 in Dallas. But
Von Erich won a bloody steel cage match
on June 1, and downed Borne again in
another cage bout a week later. Borne
packed his bags and left the federation.
Von Erich has celebrated his triumph by
undertaking one of the most ambitious
schedules of his career. In addition to
defending his Texas title, Kerry has
also been wrestling in the IWA and in
several independent federations. By
early July, the rumor mill was working
over time. It was widely reported that
Von Erich had signed a contract to
wrestle in the WWF beginning in August.
Will Von Erich soon be plying his trade
in the WWF? We sent Associate Editor
Bob Smith to Dallas to find out.