Fritz von Erich by Rob Schamberger © 2012 Rob. All rights reserved.

Fritz Von Erich

Fritz von Erich painting by Rob Schamberger

Acrylic on 24″x24″ wood

Fritz Von Erich is one of the most influential men in professional wrestling’s history. Born Jack Adkisson, his larger-than-life wrestling persona as evil Nazi (like there was another kind of Nazi) Fritz Von Erich became the name he would be forever be known as. He was trained by the legendary Stu Hart, and went on to thrill fans across North America and in Japan. He won the AWA World Title in 1963, and then went on to be a mainstay in the Central States territory of the NWA. In the late 1960’s he became the head promoter for the Dallas territory and the adjoining Houston and San Antonio territories.

It’s in Texas that he’ll always be remembered as a legend. In the early 1980’s he formed the storied World Class Championship Wrestling promotion, known for its high production values, large syndication, and most notably: Exceptional wrestling. It’s a who’s who of greats that came out of WCCW, like The Fabulous Freebirds, Christopher Adams, Abdullah the Butcher, Bruiser Brody, and a young Stunning Steve Austin. WCCW is best known for the Von Erich family, though. Fritz’s sons were among the most athletic and charismatic wrestlers in the world, some becoming World Champions themselves.

The Von Erich legacy continues today, with son Kevin Von Erich bringing his own sons Marshall and Ross to Harley Race’s school here in Missouri to train. Fritz’s granddaughter Lacey Von Erich is also involved in the wrestling world. It’s awesome to see a name become so beloved that was originally for an evil Nazi. Only in pro wrestling, my friends.

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