Originally Posted by MANTI TEO
Send him to rehab and the foot thing wasn't a big deal....
I just think if this was the guy you were gonna run your company around you'd do more with him when he was working for you
Could you please start doing research before speaking on shit you know nothing about?
Kerry never wanted to leave World Class, as him & Kevin, the only remaining brother at the end, were going to run the company after Fritz passed it down to them. But, it went out of business.
Vince was going to push Kerry during his expansion. In case you're too young to realize, 1982-1984 Kerry Von Erich was totally different than 1990 Kerry Von Erich.
And Kerry had a shitload of problems.
In 1983, Kerry was arrested at DFW Airport coming back from his honeymoon in Mexico. Custom agents found him with 18 unmarked tablets in his right front pocket, 300 assorted downers like Percodan and Codeine pills in a bag in his crotch, 10 grams of weed and 6.5 grams of an undetermined white & blue powder. However, all charges were dropped.
In 1986, he was involved in a serious motorcycle accident. After 13 hours of surgery, they transplanted muscle and skin tissue from his back to save his foot. In all, he suffered a dislocated hip, crushed right ankle and various internal injuries. He was back wrestling 6 months later. Somewhere down the line, his right foot got amputated, as the surgery had a 50/50 shot at being successful and his comeback probably lessened those odds.
WCW tried to bring Kerry in 1990 but he now showed his first scheduled appearance. A few months later, Vince called and Kerry joined WWE. According to Meltzer "Vince McMahon, who no doubt wanted Kerry as much as almost anyone when he started his national expansion in 1984 (McMahon's own magazine occasionally reported on the Von Erichs while ignoring the existence of every other promotion) talked Kerry into leaving Texas.
Brutus Beefcake had just suffered his accident and Kerry took his place at Summerslam 1990, beating Mr. Perfect for the Intercontinental Title. The reign was short lived and he slowly moved down the cards. In February 1992, Fritz called WWE and said his son was having drug problems and needed rehab. At the same time, he was arrested for forging prescriptions. The much publicized drug raid of the WWE dressing room in St. Louis was largely caused on a tip that was believed to have been related to Kerry, who no-showed the card since it was during the period Titan had given him off for rehab.
Kerry made it through rehab but by the summer, WWE released him. Kerry was a time bomb ready to explode and the WWE was in no position to be able to stop it.
Again, research before you speak on shit. Kerry was sent to rehab and completed it but WWE still let him go. The guy Vince was high on in 1984 wasn't the same guy he signed in 1990. He pretty much lived through the passing of 3-4 brothers, the near death experience of Kevin, his own near death experience in 1986 and the power that came with being a superstar wrestler in Dallas in the mid 80s. All for a guy who, from all accounts, didn't even want to be a wrestler.
Say what you want about WWE and Hogan and steroids but in the 80s, there wasn't a drug that the Von Erichs wouldn't test positive for. Being young (22) with massive popularity and the ability to do what he wanted with no punishment, Kerry lived life too fast. The talent was there and Vince wanted him in his prime but even by 1984, Kerry was too whacked out to really reach his full potential.