Fritz Von Erich

Fritz Von Erich

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Jack Barton Adkisson (August 16, 1929–September 10, 1997) was an American professional wrestler under the ring name Fritz Von Erich, better known today as a wrestling promoter and the patriarch of the Von Erich family. He was also the owner of the World Class Championship Wrestling territory.

Football career

Adkisson attended Southern Methodist University, where he threw discus and played football. He played one season for the now defunct Dallas Texans of the NFL (not the AFL team which became the Kansas City Chiefs) and then tried the Canadian Football League (CFL).

Professional wrestling career

Early career and training

While in Edmonton, he met legendary wrestler and trainer Stu Hart, and Hart decided to train and book him in his Klondike Wrestling promotion, naming him Fritz Von Erich and teaming him with "brother" Waldo Von Erich as a pair of pseudo-nazi brothers (nazis still being popular villains in 50s and 60s wrestling). Adkisson's oldest son Jack Barton Adkisson, Jr. was born September 21, 1952. He, however, died in 1959 after an accidental electrocution, and Jack Sr. stopped traveling to the east coast, allowing former partner Waldo to use the Von Erich name in the World Wide Wrestling Federation.


Despite Jack Jr.'s death, Adkisson continued to travel and wrestle. His major circuit was Sam Muchnick's NWA territorial stronghold in St. Louis,......
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