L to R: David, Kerry, Kevin. (Credit: World Class Tribute)
Kevin, David and Kerry Von Erich set the wrestling world on fire in the early 1980's.
Wrestling out of the Texas territory of their father, Fritz Von Erich, they seemed like three bronzed demigods who could do no wrong as they squashed each opponent's skulls with the Von Erich Claw.
David was the technician whose work had gained universal acclaim from the wrestling community for both his ability on the microphone and his matches in Florida against Harley Race.
Kerry had the charismatic appeal who made men and women alike swoon when he stepped into the ring.
Kevin was the high flier, an underrated pioneer whose different tricks always made for an interesting match.
The three spearheaded the WCCW, along with other superstars such as The Freebirds, Gino Hernandez, "Gentleman" Chris Adams, "Iceman" King Parsons, Jimmy Garvin and even beautiful divas like Sunshine, to name a few.
They each used modern rock music to make their way down to the ring while their show was syndicated all over the country and across the pond to countries like Israel.
From 1982 to 1984, there wasn't a better territory.
Their popularity knew no bounds and as Vince McMahon got interested in building his company around one superstar, Kerry Von Erich was his initial pick.
Sadly, we know about the tragedies and questionable storylines that were soon to follow, which robbed WCCW of its momentum by 1986.
WCCW was forced to fold by the end of the decade, but if the boys were able to curb their drug habit and Fritz were more savvy with his deals, who knows what could have been?
David was groomed to become a long-reigning champion and Ric Flair has gone on record to say he was ready to pass on the baton. Moreover, considering they were under the NWA banner at the time, it is not far-fetched to think their untimely disasters changed the landscape of wrestling forever.
WCCW easily could have gotten too large for McMahon to swallow and subsequently given him legitimate competition for the next decade.