One of Professional Wrestling’s most famous families – The Von Erich’s – are coming to TNA, with youngsters Marshall and Ross set to debut at the Slammiversary pay-per-view on the 15th June.
The match could represent a surprising coup for TNA, with the WWE franchise thought to have had at least some connections with the boy’s father Kevin, who accepted a WWE Hall of Fame invitation on the family’s behalf at WrestleMania XXV, and has previously dealt with Vince McMahon.
An official statement on the TNA website read: “The first family of Texas wrestling, the Von Erichs, have captivated audiences worldwide for more than seven decades. At TNA’s Slammiversary on Sunday, June 15, Kevin Von Erich will celebrate Father’s Day by accompanying his sons, Marshall and Ross, to the ring for their first globally televised match.
“Kevin is legendary for his many championship reigns, as both a singles and tag team competitor. Ross and Marshall, who both excelled in high school athletics, were trained by their father and attended the acclaimed wrestling school of the great Harley Race. In recent years the tag team has trained and competed in Pro Wrestling Noah Dojo in Japan. The duo has made a name for themselves in Japan and TNA is excited to have them make their U.S. television debut during the Slammiversary Pay Per View.”
Kevin Von Erich added: “Seeing my boys enter the ring on Father’s Day will be one of the proudest moments of my life. I am looking forward to it and looking forwarding to being back in the Dallas area. I now understand how my father felt when me and my brothers entered the ring.”
Von Erich Sr., 57, is the second oldest son of Fritz Von Erich. The majority of his career was spent working with World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW), where he feuded with the likes of Chris Adams, The Fabulous Freebirds and Ric Flair.
Known for utilizing trademark moves like the body scissors and the iron claw, as well as for wrestling barefoot, Kevin retired from wrestling in 1993 to spend more time with his wife and children and run the family investment business.
In May 2006, Kevin sold footage from World Class Wrestling to McMahon and WWE. By July 2006, he had also made two brief appearances at WWE shows – once before, and once after making his sale.
Ross, 26, and Marshall, 21, were trained by both their father and the legendary Harley Race at the Pro Wrestling Noah Dojo. The pair debuted as a tag team for Pro Wrestling Noah in July 2012, with Marshall adapting his father’s trademark of wrestling barefoot.
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