Kevin Von Erich Talks Riding With Steve Austin, Problems With Ric Flair, His Legendary Family, More
Growing up in a famous wrestling family and developing relationships with with other kids that had famous wrestling fathers:
"So, then the Hart family, we were brought up out in Calgary, when my dad got started in wrestling and we lived there in the house with the Harts for quite a while. I think I remember my mother babysitting Lanny and Angelo Poffo's wife would babysit me, and Randy Savage was a brother there, so it was a lot of wrestling families, but still we didn't have a lot of friends. Once we moved out of the north and once we got down into Texas, we moved out to the country. My dad was worried about us being kidnapped, you know, being a bad guy on TV, and after losing his son. My big brother was electrocuted in Niagara Falls and I think it just made my dad just really protective and worried about his remaining family."
His memories of his brothers, David, Kerry, Mike, and Chris:
"I loved living in Texas, I really did. I loved hunting and to fish, and all my brothers did. We'd stay out and catch our own and eat our own and cook them on the fire, you know, just for fun. As far as my brothers, we were a really close family. As you can imagine with our dad being a 'bad guy,' we would go to watch wrestling and that's your dad out there. You'd hear the crowd cheering and you knew your dad was getting beat. We couldn't stand to look. We would have tears in our eyes, but when we heard the booing, then we knew dad was winning and we would start watching. It was traumatic for a kid. It made us really, really, close.
"My little brother, Chris, he had asthma and they give you a medicine for that. It made his bones brittle and it stunted his growth, so it just wasn't going to happen. Physically, he just didn't have those attributes. In the mind, he was tough. He had it upstairs, but his body just wasn't there. My little brother Mike, was a really good natural athlete too, but he got up to about 220, which is a pretty good weight, but then that disease hit him, the toxic shock. 106 degrees fever, it just devastated him there and so it was out for Mike too. Dave and Kerry and I we all kept on and it worked out, it worked out great. Mike was a heck of a wrestler, and he had a great work ethic, too, but that dang fever, just really did a number on him."
Steve Austin breaking in to the business in Dallas and whether he saw a star in the making:
"Steve Austin, I will tell you, he is Texas all the way. We immediately hit it off, right off the bat because we kind of see the world the same way. We traveled together and we had a lot of fun. Steve is a tough guy. He won't let something unfair go by, he'll correct it if he can. He is a soldier, a hard, good man. I admire him and I could tell he had it. Just the way he would get in the ring you could see and I could tell he had it. He had charisma and he knew how to project his personality on camera, which is not easy and he was gifted. He went up to New York and just took off and I was so glad for him too, because there is not a better guy in the world. He is as good as gold inside and I'm sure glad for him."
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