Kerry Von Erich:
A Definite Threat To Hulk Hogan’s Popularity
Kerry Von Erich is “The Texas Tornado” and in recent years, you’d be hard-pressed to find any other wrestler so aptly described. With little more then six months of active competition in the World Wrestling Federation to his credit, he has quickly risen to the top rung of popularity. You’ll find little hype or bragging when it comes to this sensational second-generation wrestler. While many of the WWF stars continue to boast of what they will do, Kerry quietly goes out there and does it!
Within a matter of weeks, he was wearing the WWF Intercontinental heavyweight championship belt by virtue of a brilliant pinfall victory over Curt “Mr. Perfect” Henning. Since that time he has left no stone unturned, holding back the challenges of “Ravishing” Rick Rude, Randy “Macho Man” Savage, Akeem, Dino Bravo, Ted Dibiase, and the Barbarian. The talented Texan allows his wrestling talent to speak for itself, and it bellows out louder then any fellow competitor, merely enthralled by the sound of their own voice.
What separates “The Texas Tornado” from all of his mat counter-parts is a return to a basic stance of sanity. All those around him scream and shout, but Kerry gains more respect and attention with a humble tone of voice. He has no false notions of being an immortal or a wrestling God (what ever that’s supposed to be), and he wastes little time talking about what he is going to do when he gets his opponent in the ring. The yelling and growling in wrestling are as fresh as two-week-old bread, everyone has been doing it for years now. It has become repetitive.
In a sport filled with bleach bozos and incoherent muscle men, the Denton County, Texas superstar stands alone as a true everyman. His success within the squared circle has come about in a natural progression. There are no gimmicks or face paint in Kerry’s arsenal-just superb wrestling skills and a pleasing personality.
Of course, the top three marketed stars in the WWF are Hulk Hogan, The Ultimate Warrior, and Kerry VonErich, but Kerry stands apart, due in large part, to his perception of himself as a true athlete. Without being disrespectful to Hogan or the Warrior, who are tremendous drawing powers in their own right, but their personalities in the ring are mere characterizations, created for the sole purpose of selling wrestling tickets and ancillary products. Much like the comic book heroes that we all know and love, Hulk and the Ultimate One return to their “real” personalities away from the ring. While the “act” of being a wrestling character is great fun, it is nonetheless, an act.
On a televised wrestling interview, wrestling match, or away from the ring, Kerry’s personality remains intact. He’s easygoing, soft-spoken, and a genuine human being, pretty rare to find in the grappling game these days. “The Texas Tornado” has connected with the mat fans of the WWF, and they have embraced him with open arms.
Many of the federation’s “big guns” must be concerned with Von Erich’s quick rise to superstardom. If I were them, I would spend less time with face paint and peroxide. Kerry is a definite threat to the popularity of all WWF superstars, including Hulk Hogan!
He’s found a secret to success. You can’t wear it into the ring like a robe or a crown. It doesn’t come in the form of a court jester, better known as a wrestling manager, and it certainly doesn’t come in a bottle or box, it’s called integrity.