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It's over, Rick,

they're gonna disqualify you.

One, two, three. Come on.

Get him out of the corner.

Do you wanna quit?

I'll break it!

I'll snap his neck!

One, two, three.

Ring the bell!

It's over. It's over.

Let's go.

Hey, now.

Hey, Kevin. Hey, David.

-You crushed that guy, Pop.

-I sure did.

Oh! The Iron Claw.

Kevin's got me

in the Iron Claw.

You're getting strong.

Nice to have you guys here

for once.


-Did you see anything, Dottie?

-Not a chance!

But it sure sounded like

everyone was angry at you.

That's the idea.

What is that thing

attached to our home?

You guys like it?

Oh, Dad.

It's incredible.

Yeah, it's incredible.


where is our car?

I had the boys swap it out

during the show.



What are you thinking?

We can't afford this.

Well, hear me out.

I was talking

to the promoter,

and he said

if I wanna be a star,

I need to act like a star.

So, he told me to rent

a Cadillac.

I'm not even gonna ask

how much it costs.

How much does it cost?

It's gonna be fine, Dottie.

I'm almost there.

We need a real house.

A safe place

to raise these guys.

How does blowing

a bunch of money on a fancy car

get us a house?

The only way to b*at

this thing--

There's no thing.

The only way to b*at it

is to be the toughest,

the strongest,

the most successful,

the absolute best.

To rely on no one

but ourselves.

I will get us there.

I will be the NWA

World Heavyweight Champion

and nothing will hurt us

ever again.

Let the morning bring me

word of your unfailing love,

for I have

put my trust in you.

Show me the way I should go,

for in you, I entrust my life.

We've been

through hell,

and we're gonna leave

all that behind.

I promise.


-Let's go for a run.

-Go for a run?


-Come on. Let's go!

No, no.

I'm not doing that.

All right.

Ever since

I was a child, people said

my family was cursed.

We never talked about it.

And I don't know if

my brothers and I believed it

back then,

but bad things kept happening.

Mom tried to protect us

with God.

Pop tried to protect us

with wrestling.

He said if we were

the toughest, the strongest,

the most successful...

...nothing could ever hurt us.

I believed him. We all did.

We loved our father.

And we loved wrestling.

One, two, three, four!

One, two...

That's an eye gouge!

That's a trip.

And stay out,

you son of a bitch!

Or I'll come out of retirement.

One, two, three!


Ladies and gentlemen,

the winner and the new

Texas Heavyweight Champion,

Kevin Von Erich.

-Congratulations, son.

You did well.

Thanks, Pop.

This is just the start.

Tomorrow you're back

working harder than ever!

-Proud of you!

-Yes, sir!



-Morning, son.

Pants tomorrow please, David.

Sorry, Ma.

I couldn't find them.

They are in the wash.

Heard of it?

Michael, breathe.

Eat like you're starving mutt.

Good morning.

That's why I eat quickly.

They take my food, Ma.


Mike, you need to start

hitting the weights more, kid.

You're growing well,

but you need to bulk up,

get some strength

in those arms.

I'll always have

your back, Michael.

You won't always be


Mike's fine, Pop.

Kid won't be able

to defend himself.

Well, may not be the strongest,

but I still can eat the most.

It's not a joke.

Kerry is about to become

the family's first Olympian.

Kevin is the NWA Texas Champion.

-David is about to make

his ring debut.

-Pop, come on.

It's time for you

to start thinking about

what you're gonna be.

Now we all know

Kerry's my favorite, then Kev,

then David then Mike,

but the rankings

can always change.

Everyone can work

their way up or down.


Hold it up a little higher.

That's it. Now push forward.

g*dd*mn it, Mike!

Come on!

Come on, David,

I gotta take a dump.

-Hurry up in there, man.

-Mike, shut up!

Give me a second.


Come in.

-Hi, Mom.

-Hey, Kevin.

Hey, I've been thinking.

Can I talk to you

about something?

Baby, that's what

your brothers are for.

I know, but--

I don't want to be late.

Dad's too tough on Mike,


You gotta say something.


-Kevin, that's between them.

Now go, get ready.

We leave in 15 minutes.

All right.

-Hey, how are you?

-How you been?

Nice to see you.


Come on in.

-How are you?


Hi, how you doing?

-Hey, how you doing?


Howdy. How you doing?

All right, good.

-This is your biggest fan.

-Thank you.


It's nice to see you again.

Likewise. Likewise.

Thank you so much.

Thanks for coming out,


How are you?

Good to see you again.

See this guy?

Yeah, that was good.

That was... That was good.

All right, bye.

See you later.

How was

orchestra practice, Michael?

It was great. Thanks, Ma.

I'm starving. Uh...

Can we get burgers

on the way?

We got food

in the cooler.

I miss Kerry.

He would get burgers for me

right now.

I'll eat a burger with you,

little brother.

-Come on.

-Come on, Kev.

All right.

Hi, Kevin!

Welcome back,

ladies and gentlemen.

We have the newly-crowned

Texas Heavyweight Champion,

Kevin Von Erich here,

and he is scheduled

to fight in a tag-team match

later on tonight

against Gino Hernandez

and Bruiser Brody.

But his partner

is still a mystery.

That's right, Bill.

First off, I just wanna say

to Gino,

you've been running

that mouth of yours

way, way too long,

and I'm here

to take care of it.

Boy, oh, boy.

Do I have somethin' special for you tonight, buddy.

-Can we just do that again

from that top, yeah?

Yeah, absolutely.

-Thank you.

Take it

from the top, okay?





Welcome back,

ladies and gentlemen.

We have the newly-crowned

Texas Heavyweight Champion,

Kevin Von Erich here tonight,

and he's scheduled to fight

in a tag-team match

against Gino Hernandez

and Bruiser Brody.

But his partner

is still a mystery.

That's right, Bill.

First off,

I just wanna say that, Gino,

you've been sh**ting

your mouth off way, way too long

about me and my family.

I got something special

for you, boy, oh, boy.

It ain't gonna be

all roses... f*ck.

It's okay.

We'll go again.

-David, I hear you. Stop.

-I didn't say anything.

Welcome back,

ladies and gentlemen.

We have the newly-crowned

Texas Heavyweight Champion,

Kevin Von Erich here

and he is scheduled to fight

in a tag-team match

later on tonight

against Gino Hernandez

and Bruiser Brody.

But his partner

still remains a mystery.

That's right, Bill.

I got something special for...

that the hometown crowd fans

are really gonna love...


You know, first off,

I just wanna say, Gino,

you've been

sh**ting your mouth...

sh**ting your...


sh**ting your mouth...


-sh*t, sorry.


If it's so easy, you get up

here and do it then.

Yeah, I mean

I... I'd love to,

but it'll kind of ruin

the surprise, you know?

Yeah, I know.

-You're not helping.

-All right.

Just get out of here.

-Wanna try again?

-Yeah, yes. Okay.

I'll give you a big boot,

so I want you to really sell it.

I tag Gino in,

fight him back.

Give him a body slam,

an elbow drop.

He's gonna drive you

to the corner, stay there

'cause I'm gonna be

coming in and take the post.

And I'm a go straight up top,

so don't leave me there

too long.


-Okay. Cross body.

I'll still be sellin'

I'll heat up.

-And then double dropkick?


-Then the Claw?

-Right, yeah.

You been working on that

with your dad?

A little, yeah.

All right, just don't f*ck

with my hair too much,


All right, David.

Welcome to the show.

One, two...

And a kick out

from Gino...

Let's go, David.

David picks up Gino,

but he pushes him

in the corner.

And here comes Brody

charging across the ring.

He misses him. He misses him.

And comes all the way back

over to the side.

Kevin getting up

on the top rope.

Brody dazed now.

And a huge

flying cross body

knocks down Brody.

The brothers line up

a double drop kick.

An incredible double drop kick.

Blowing the roof off

of this place!

Can you hear

these people?

And here comes

the Iron Claw,

his father's notorious

signature move.

Oh, and he slaps it on Gino.

Look at him.

The pain is too much.

Gino taps out,

and the Von Erichs win.

Look out, NWA.

David and Kevin Von Erich

are here!

David and Kevin Von Erich!

-No problem.

Excuse me.

Can you make it out to Emily?

-Emily. That's for you.

-Thank you, thank you.

Thank you.

Thanks for coming, guys.

-Thank you so much.

-Thank you so much.

Yeah, thanks for coming.

Come next week, all right?

I'm gonna go.

-Okay, bye.

-Bye, bye.

All right.

Hi, Kevin.

Hey, um...

Can I get your autograph?

-Yeah, sure.


Oh, don't you wanna ask me

who to make it out to?

Oh, yeah. Sure.

It's Pam.



You're supposed to say,

"Nice to meet you, Pam."

Yeah, I'm sorry.

Uh, it is nice to meet you,


It's nice

to meet you too, Kevin.

Did you, uh,

want my brother to sign?

No, just you.

Okay, then.

Your folks not teach you

how to ask questions?

Like what?

Well, like, you know,

"Who shall I make this out to?"

Or, um, or...

"Would you like to have a drink

with me sometime, Pam?"

Are you asking me out?

Make me feel a little worse

while you're at it.

No, no, no.

Sorry, no, I, uh...

I would love

to go out with you, Pam.

Wasn't that... Yeah, I just...

I've just never been

asked before.


Well, hopefully,

it will go well

and then no one else

will have the chance

to ask you again.




David's good.

David's good.

Got the Saturday ratings back.

Highest numbers ever.

And somebody called me

from over at ESPN.

They wanna offer us

a national slot

for Saturday nights.

That's great news.

Break it down for me.

Well, it's good

financial base.

Uh, we'll have ad revenue.

Bigger and bigger names

coming through.

But if we perform and we have

a World Heavyweight Champion

in our roster,

we could be

the biggest promotion

in wrestling.

Oh, we'll have

a World Heavyweight Champion.

I can promise you that.

-Let's move forward.


-There you go.


Yeah, have a good one.

Are you this famous


No, not everywhere.

-They're not such big fans

up in Missouri.


That's for sure.

You travel a lot?

Uh, yeah. Yeah.

We go out on the road.

But we don't have to

as much anymore,

because our show

is doing so well.

So, what do you want in life,

Kevin Von Erich?

More ribs.

I wanna be

World Heavyweight Champion.


Well, can you just explain

that to me

'cause ain't it all just fake?


There's nothing fake

about what we do.

Okay. All right. All right.

Not fake.

Um... prearranged?


Look, you move up

in any industry

based on your performances,



So a belt, like my Texas title,

is really just a job promotion.

The promoters keep you

moving up if you do well.

And if you reach the top,

you become World Champ

as a reward,

because you're the best

based on your ability

and on how the crowd

responds to you.

Is that all you want?

No. Of course not.

I wanna be with my family.

You know,

be with my brothers.

Mmm, that's sweet.

What do you like to do

with your brothers?

Anything. I don't know.

Just being together,

we can do anything.


What about you?

Well, I wanna be a vet.

I want kids.

I want my own practice.

I want a man

who's okay with that.


So, would you be okay with


Oh, damn right, I would.

We could be one of those

modern super couples.

We can have our own ranch.

Everyone could come

live with us.

All my brothers, their families.


You know, you have

oldest brother syndrome.

-Yeah, you wanna take care

of everyone.


I'm not the oldest though.

When I was five,

my big brother,

Jack Jr., he d*ed.

Oh. Oh, my God.

Kevin, I'm so sorry.

I had no idea.

Oh, it's all right.

I don't really

think about it.

Not anymore.

What was that like?

I don't know. It was strange.

As a kid, he just, uh...

He just wasn't there

to play with one day.

So, I'm not the oldest.

I must have the, uh...

the second oldest brother


I'm so sorry.

It's a part

of the family curse, I guess.

What's that?

Oh, I'm just joking.

What, you never heard

of the curse of the Von Erichs?




Oh, it's uh...

it's a silly story.


My dad changed his last

name to Von Erich,

which was my grandma's

last name.

And I don't know,

I guess her family

had all sorts of tragedy.

So, when my brother d*ed,

people started saying that

it was this curse.

But I don't believe

in any of that.

I know it was all

just bad luck.

Well, I don't believe in curses,

and I don't believe in luck.

I think we make

our own luck.

You're lucky then.


-Hey, Pop.

Get in here.

Come in, son. Sit down.

Big news for you.

I booked Harley Race

to come to the Sportatorium.

You are gonna fight

the World Heavyweight Champion.

No way.

You kidding me, Pop?

Your first match will be

a non-title fight,

but if you put a whooping on him

and show the world who you are

and what you can do,

you will become

the number one contender

for the World

Heavyweight Championship

and get your title sh*t.

Pop, thank you.

Thank you.

I... I will make you so


I've dreamed of having that belt

in this house my whole career

but the NWA never gave me

the chance I deserved.

I got close many times,

but they always robbed me

at the last minute.

So you have to take

this opportunity.

You can be the one

to bring it home for us.

Yes, sir.

I am the four-time

World Heavyweight Champion.

Me, Harley Race,

the real

World Heavyweight Champion.

Not any of this plastic nonsense

that you all parade around with

out there.

You have all these guys

walking around

talking loud about

how they are the man.

Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes,

Tommy Rich,

or one of your snot-nosed

Von Erich kids.


this belt is the only measure

of who is the man.

And that man is me.

The World's

Heavyweight Champion,

Harley Race.

Good evening,

ladies and gentlemen,

and welcome

to an exciting night

of World Class

Championship Wrestling

on ESPN.

Tonight we have

a momentous main event,

NWA World Heavyweight Champ

Harley Race is in town

to take on Texas Champion,

Kevin Von Erich.

And here we go, folks.

You can feel the excitement here

at the world famous Sportatorium

in downtown Dallas, Texas.

As that man right there,

local hero Kevin Von Erich

faces his biggest challenge

to date.

Four-time World Champion,

the indomitable Harley Race.

What an occasion this is

for Von Erich family.

The 3,500 fans in the building

and everyone watching at home

as we are broadcasting

in 62 countries

around the world.

All eyes are on this contest.

Now this is a non-title fight.

The belt cannot change hands

here, tonight.

But it is a tremendous

opportunity for Kevin.

If he can win, he would become

the number one contender.

And they lock up,

Harley Race overpowering Kevin

into the corner.

And he delivers a big blow

to the mid-section,

knocks the wind

right out of him.

Not a great start

for the young man

looking to make an impression

here tonight.

And a devastating sh*t

to the lower back

puts Kevin on the mat.

He's lining up a big sh*t

and Kevin blocks it

and returns a punch.

Connects once. Twice.

And three times.

Hits Harley Race again

pretty hard on that one.

Kevin coming off the ropes

with a clothesline.

The champ doesn't budge.

Kevin again off the ropes.

Oh, and he knocks him down.

He knocks down the old oak tree,

Harley Race,

with a spectacular

flying clothesline.

But the champ is right back up.

Shaking it off.

Kevin goes straight

into a bear hug.

Looking for that

belly-to-back suplex.

Hey, break it off.

Break it off!

Oh, and a low blow.

Oh, I don't think

the Ref saw that.

Kevin's struggling now.

A vicious tactic from Race

who looks to get back on top

in this contest.

Let's go for a ride, kid.

Oh, and he...

he tosses Kevin

over the top rope.

My goodness.

Kevin crashes down

on that concrete floor.

Race, absolutely ruthless,

gets Kevin in a suplex.

Oh, no. I hope he doesn't do it.

And he does!

Harley Race puts

a standing suplex

on Kevin Von Erich,

directly onto

the concrete floor.

Kevin is down.

This crowd is stunned.

Kevin is not moving, folks.

Kevin Von Erich is not moving.

Harley Race

gets back up to the ring.

Kevin! Kevin! Kevin!




Come on. Get up.

Four! Five!


Kevin! Kevin! Kevin!



He's starting to step up.


He's starting to come up,

slowly but surely.

He crawls up. Kevin Von Erich.


What this man has been through.

He's seen it all. He's--

Well, he's self-sacrificed.

He's worked very, very hard,

and here he is,

back in the ring

with Harley Race.

Kick to the ribs.

That has to do some damage.

And this is why Harley Race

is the most dominant champion

of our time.

Kevin's gasping for air

as Race gets him

into yet another suplex.

But Kevin spins out

and a knee right in the jaw,

knocking the champ flat

on his back.

He's back in this match.

And here he comes

off the ropes.

And a big splash.

This could be it.

-One, two...

-One, two!

And Race gouges

Kevin's eyes.

The Ref cautioning,

but he doesn't wanna hear.

Oh, and he throws the Ref out.

And that's it.

Surely, he will be disqualified.

Yes, and there's the bell,


The boos ring out.

The fans did not want

to see it end like this.

And the winner

by disqualification,

Kevin Von Erich.

Oh, oh,

here comes David Von Erich.

Get out of here!

Get out of here!

I dare you to come back in!

Harley Race, I dare you!

Go on. Get out of here.

You ain't got no place here.

Harley Race.

You coward.

You afraid I was gonna b*at you


Harley Race,

tonight we showed you

what we're made of.

All right?

You came into

our building with our fans...

And my brother here

put a good old fashion

Texas whooping on you.

You are the past, my friend.

We are the future of this sport.

So, you keep on running,

but everyone sees you.

Oh, yeah. Everyone sees you.

And we'll catch you

whether you're man enough

to stop back through Dallas

or if we have to chase you

down in Missouri.

My brother here

deserves his rematch

and he will fight you anywhere,

anytime for a fair sh*t

at that

NWA World Heavyweight title.

You were long getting up.

Yeah. I've just never hit

the floor that hard before.

You gotta take it

and get up.

Yeah, I know.

He wasn't supposed

to throw me out the ring.

Caught me off guard.

There was nothing I could do.

I physically...

I just couldn't move.

This is how they test you.

-Did I do enough

to get my rematch?

-Of course, you did.

We'll see.

Those rat bastards will use

any excuse they can

to screw us over.

But I'll chase 'em.


Great on the mic, son.

Really great.

We'll get you out

on the road,

get you some more



Hey listen.

Dad's downplaying it

'cause he doesn't wanna

get your hopes up.

But you were incredible

out there.

Why didn't you let me


Well, you didn't.

You should've let me talk.

Yeah, I'm sorry, Kev,

I thought I was helping.

Hey, smile, man.

You just b*at

the World Heavyweight Champion

out there.

All right, Kerry,

let's make this a big one.


You all set?

In my judgement,

what we are doing

is preserving the principles

and the quality of the Olympics,

not destroying it.

It is absolutely imperative

that we and other nations

who believe in freedom

and who believe in human rights,

let our voices be heard

in an absolutely clear way

and not add the imprimatur

of approval

to the Soviet Union

and its government

while they have 105,000

heavily-armed invading forces

in the freedom-loving,

and innocent,

and deeply religious country

of Afghanistan.

And I hope

recognition of a grateful nation

will at least partially make up

for the sacrifice

that you'll have to make

this summer

in not going to Moscow

for the Summer Olympics.

I can't say at this moment

what other nations will not go.

Ours will not go.




Welcome home, Kerry.

I'm sorry

it didn't work out, Pop.

Me too, son.


-Hey, Ma.


-Hey, boys. Hi.

Come here, man.

Oh, Mikey. Look at you.

Ready, set!


You're the fastest

in the family, Kev.

No one could ever catch you.

You still got it, son.

Gotta put him on his ass

before he breaks past you,


Blue 82. Hut, hike!

-That's how you make

a hit on someone.


-What? Come on!

Hut hike!

You gotta dive

for them, Mike.

You gotta lay out for that.

Come on, son.


Oh, my God, look at that!

That's why you're the best

linebacker in the state, Kerry.

Coach Royal called me from UT.

He said, "Why is the best

linebacker in the state

watching from the stands?"

Good job, son.

-Hey, Pam.


I can pour you some more...

more lemonade or something.

Sure, thanks, Mike.

You keep a hold on her, son.

She's a good one.

You put that down,

someone else will pick it up.

Yes, sir.

Hey, I, uh...

I saw the new show, Pop.

It's great.

And I was real proud

watching you fight Harley, Kev.

Thanks, Kerry.

Now, when's the rematch?

Uh, not sure yet.

We just haven't got the call.


-I'm working on it.

Hey, Ker, you see

all the new camera angles?

-They're cool, right?


We're talking about wrestling,

not camera angles.

Your brother fought

the World Champion

on national TV.

Who gives a damn about

camera angles?

Hey, how's the music coming,



Hey, what do you play?

Lots of things.

Um... viola, violin, piano,

some other instruments.

Musical like his father.


Dad's musical?

When I first met

your father,

he was classically trained

on the clarinet

and had a Music scholarship

to University of Texas.


But he gave it up

to play football

at Southern Methodist.


Decided there was

no future in music.

I chose sport and I was right.

He used to play

the most beautiful pieces for me

when we first dated.


Such a well-rounded man.

Not like anyone I ever met.

Dottie, please.

I've been meaning

to tell everyone, I...

well, I got this...

I got this quartet

that I'm a part of from school

and, um, well, we...

we actually have a gig.


-Michael, that's great.


That's the thing.

It's... well it's tonight

at UT, Dallas.


No. You're too young

to set foot

on a university campus

on a Saturday night.

Ma... Kev... Kev went

on national tour at 17.

Excuse me.

That was for work.

Your mom said no

and that's the end of it.

This is work.

We're... We're getting paid.

I mean, we could take him.

Yeah. Yeah, we could.

We could...

He could play the gig,

and we'll leave right after.


No. The answer is no.


Get down, get down.

Okay, come on.

Watch out.

Oh, yeah.



He knows what he's doing.

...five, six, seven, eight,

nine, ten!

Yeah! All right!

Look at my beautiful brothers.

He's got an appetite.

Yeah, Kerry can put 'em

back for sure.

That's good.

He's letting off steam.

So, what do you think?

Like we're a lot.

I love your family, Kevin.



You know, you're beautiful.

Yeah, come on.

-Oh, my God.

-I got it.

-This okay?

-Oh, yeah.


-Hey, uh...


Have you ever?

What? Why?

Why, would that be a problem?

What. No. No, no, no.

Not at all, no.

What is it then?

I just, uh... I just...

Honey, never?

Not never, never.

Oh, Kevin, you sweet thing.


One, two, three!

He did it! He did it!

Ric Flair has just defeated

the NWA World Heavyweight

Champion, Harley Race.

There you see,

he's up on the screen,

you folks.

Ric Flair, the new--


-Yes, sir.

I don't know if you've been

thinking about your future,

but you should think

about wrestling.

Now, I wouldn't wish wrestling

on any of you.

I only wrestled

to provide for you all.

And I always hoped you boys

would choose another profession.

But the Olympics has been

taken from you

the way professional football

was taken from me.

The world keeps taking from us,

and I'm sick of it.

I wanna fight back.

And the more of us

in it together, the better.

So, Kerry, I want you to join

your brothers in the ring.

Yes, sir, I'd love that.

Glad to hear it, son.

Thank you.

Get you training,

little brother.

Whoo! Okay.

One, two...


We get Kerry front-row St. Louis

and the crowd was electrified.

He's gonna be

World Heavyweight Champion

one day.

You aren't pressing.

This is pressing.

You feel that? You feel that?

Now push.

Damn it!

Well, you gotta get this!

Freebirds, ever since

you've arrived in the WCCW,

you've done nothing but lie,

bully and cheat your way to

victory. And we're sick of it.

There you go.

Now, you've made this

about Georgia versus Texas

and it isn't.

It's about filth versus decency.

And you know it.

And we're here today

to restore justice and order

to the wrestling federation

that our father built

with his own two hands.

The hands that were passed down

to us.

The hands that will deliver

the Iron Claw to you.

Welcome to WCCW.

The only promotion

being broadcast worldwide.

To my left at a combined weight

of 740 pounds

from Bad Street, Atlanta,


The reigning NWA

six-man tag team champions,

The Fabulous Freebirds.

And the challengers

from Denton, Texas,

weighing in at a combined weight

of 690 pounds,

Kevin, Kerry,

and David Von Erich.

It's total mayhem.

Gordy kicks out

and Hayes elbows his own man.

Kerry moving out of the way

just in time.

All hell has broken loose.

Kevin tossing Michael Hayes

through the ropes,

the Ref trying to restore

some order here.

He forces Kevin

back to his corner.

Buddy Roberts comes in.

Two-on-one on Kerry.

Oh, no. But Kerry flips Buddy

over the top rope.

Kerry off the ropes

with a cross body.

Terry Gordy catches him.

What he's going to do with him?

Here comes David

with a drop kick.

Kerry falls on Gordy.

And that's it.

That's it!

The Von Erichs win!

What a special moment


-The winners and new NWA World's

Six-man tag team champions,

Kevin, Kerry,

and David Von Erich!

You did it.

I'm real proud of you.



tonight you saw

the strength and resilience

of my family.

We're sending a message

to Sam Muchnick

and every other territory

out there in the NWA.

WCCW is the best

in the business.

The Von Erichs are the best

in the business.

And we're coming for you all.

Well, Fritz, calling out the man

who runs the NWA on air

by name.

That's a bold

and unprecedented move.

It's necessary, Bill,

because I will make it

my life's work to see to it

that David Von Erich

will be the next

NWA World Heavyweight Champion.

And then each and every

one of my sons

starting with Kevin,

then Kerry, then Mike.

All one day will lift that

World Heavyweight title belt,

because the Von Erich's

are and will forever be

the greatest family

in the history of wrestling.

Congratulations, boys.

I'm sure he doesn't mean

me first.

Pop doesn't make mistakes

like that.

Is there a problem?

No, sir.


I've got good news.

We are finally getting

a World Heavyweight title sh*t

with Ric Flair.

And they want it to be you,


Don't look to your brother.

This is your time,

your opportunity.

You've been chosen.

You earned it.

You'll go on the road

and feud with Flair

in every territory in America

over the next six months.

Then you'll go to Japan.

You can't be World Champion

unless you win over Japan.

Then you'll fight with Flair

at Parade of Champions in May

at Texas Stadium.

Are you up for it?

Of course I am.

I love you, Pop.

I love you too, son.

I've waited my whole life

to have that belt.

We've had a couple of setbacks,

but I can feel it.

If you perform,

the title will be ours.

Now, this wouldn't be happening

without the two of you.

You've made your brother better,

and your collective effort

has pushed him to the top.

Keep it up out there.

You never know

when your opportunity will come.

-Yes, sir.

-Yes, sir.

f*ck yeah, David.

f*ck yeah.

Too much already? It's early.

Who is it?

sh*t, brother. You all right?

Yeah. Yeah.

Yeah, we got just

some stomach cramps.

Jesus, man.

-You need to see a doctor.

-No, I'm fine.

You're not fine.

No, it's just a bug

I picked up on the road.

Don't worry about it.

Maybe you're pushing too hard.

You need to rest.

I'm almost there.

You think it's gonna slow down

when you become world champion?

I'm fine, Kev.

Seriously, I'm just sick.

I'll be good.

I don't think you should go

to Japan next week.

Okay. All right, yeah.


-For sure.

-Hey, Dave.


I just wanna say,

I didn't take it so well,

you jumping me and all.

I understand.

I got pretty angry.

Not at you.

Just at the whole situation.

Thing is, I didn't even really

want it that bad.

I just love being out there

with you guys.

It's the only thing

that matters to me.

Look at you, man.

Married two hours

and already losing

your competitive edge.


I'll be pretty happy to focus

on my family though.


Turns out

this is a g*n wedding.

-You rat bastard.

-Don't tell anyone.

God damn it, Kev.

Oh, man, that makes me

so happy.


-I'm gonna be an uncle?

-Yes, sir.

Gonna be an uncle, all right.

I'm happy for you guys.

Now we got

some dancing to do.

Come on.

Hold on. Let me look at

you real quick.

No, I'm good.

Let's go. Let's get out there.

Look how lovely she looks

when she puts a little effort

into her appearance.

They're a great couple.

Reminds me of a couple

I knew once.

How about we get out of here,


Well, I could use some air.

We could take advantage

of the situation.

No boys in the house.

And I don't have to worry

about you getting me

pregnant anymore.

Big stud.




Pop, what is it?


What happened?

He d*ed in his hotel room

in Japan.

A ruptured intestine.

How does that happen?

Take those sunglasses off.

All of you.

No hiding.

And I don't wanna see

any tears.

The Lord decided it was time

for David to move on.

We have to accept that.

In his 25 years, he lived

75 years' worth of life.

Kev, sorry I sent this

to the house.

I couldn't remember

your new address.

I miss you, brother.

You gotta come with me

next time.

It's wild over here.

Someone asked me

for an autograph today

because they thought I was you.

It made me very happy.

I'll probably be home

by the time you get this,

so this is stupid.

But just wanted to send.

See you soon.

Come on, hon!

I am here if you wanna talk.

No. I'm good.

It's hard to see clearly

in this dark moment,

but we cannot let this tragedy

define us.

Our greatness will be measured

by our response to adversity.

Now, David's title match

against Ric Flair

at Parade of Champions

is a moment of a lifetime.

We still have a chance

to bring the World Heavyweight

Championship home

if one of you will step up

and wrestle in his place.

Everything we have

ever worked for in the ring

is riding on this moment.

I'll do it.

I can do it, Dad.

I can do it, too.

Kerry, I'll do it.

I'm ready, Dad. I want it.

You don't have to.

It's my mess.

No! I deserve it, too!

Boys, boys.

It's a tough decision.

You are the oldest Kev,

but Kerry's been getting

the most heat lately.

We're gonna flip a coin.

That's the only fair way

to decide.

Heads for Kerry.

Tails for Kevin.

Texas Stadium,

please welcome

the modern-day warrior,

Kerry Von Erich!

35,000 people here to celebrate

the life of David Von Erich.

Make sure you're on

for his brother,

Kerry Von Erich.

Ric Flair here,

can't find a handle.

The champion is always

the favorite

in a match like this.

Here on the biggest stage.

Stepover to the hold from Flair,

and Kerry puts a stop to that.

He knocks it away.

Here's Flair, to the ropes.

Wants to toss Kerry, but...

Kerry's... Kerry's got him.

He's got him in a backslide.

There's the pin. Two, Three.

The dream has come true, yes!

Kerry Von Erich, the NWA World

Heavyweight Champion.

He wins it

for his brother David,

for his father Fritz.

And for the whole

Von Erich family.

-The Winner and new

-World Heavyweight Champion,

Kerry Von Erich!

Hey, I didn't know

you were still here.

Yeah, just helping Pop.

I'm about to head home.

How you doing?

I'm having trouble

coming down.

Yeah. Yeah, I bet.

I can't believe

it's finally in our family.


You know what?

I think I'm gonna go for a ride

or something.

All right. Yeah, be careful.

-Hey, Ker.


You were great today.

Thank you.

Is everything correct?

Actually, his last name

will be Adkisson.

That's my birth name.

Do you have

your birth certificate?

Yes, I do.

Let me update it

and I'll be right back.



Are you sure

you wanna do that?


I just... I'll feel safer

for him, I think.

Kev, you know

it's got nothing to do

with the name.

Yeah, I know.

Don't cross your damn feet.


Yup. Stand tall.

Use your height!

Hey! That doesn't mean anything,

all right?

Twist it again,

make it mean something.


Keep that S grip tight.

I don't wanna see any windows.

There's no air in there.

Switch your hips.

Switch your feet.

Come on, God damn it.

Switch your feet.

-Like that?


There it is.

Let's do it again.

It's... it's still not...

It's fine, Mike.

You're doing fine.

Just keep going.

Circle up.

Michael Von Erich,

moving around the ring.

He looks ready for this match.

Hey, Hey.

Come here. Where does it hurt?


-Hey, Doc.

-Kevin. Fritz.

How'd it go?

Um, we completed

the surgery as planned.

We repaired the shoulder,

but it was trickier

than we anticipated.

Mike's temperature skyrocketed.

We worked really hard

to bring it down,

but it was close to 107 degrees

for almost two hours.

We believe he suffered

toxic shock syndrome.

What does that mean?

I'm sorry to say that

Mike is in a coma.

What? How?

It was a routine

shoulder surgery.

Well, it's rare,

but it happens.

All we can do now is wait

and pray he pulls through.

I'm very sorry.

Why is this

happening to us?

Why does it

just keep happening?

-Okay, baby, stay with me.


But it keeps happening.

It's taken over.

It was a terrible accident.

Nothing more.

He shouldn't

have even been in the ring.

This is not your fault.

If you want to blame someone,

you blame your father,

but it is not your fault.

-I should've stopped him.

No. No.

What could you do, Kevin?

There is no getting through

to that man.

Hey. Hey, hon.

I'm late for work,

and I can't get him to settle.

Can you take him for me?

I can't.

What? Just...

Okay, just take him

till your mom gets here.

I gotta go.

I can't.


Kevin! Come on.

Yeah. Sorry.

Here. Oh, honey, I'm sorry.


It's okay.

It's okay.

Thank you all for coming,

and thank you

all the love and support.

Hey, Mike,

are you feeling okay?


We're all just so excited

that Mike pulled through.

Shows how much

of a fighter he is.

And, uh...

after losing David, it's just...

it's too much to think

that we almost lost Mike, too.

I... I'm moved that, uh,

my whole family is here

with me through everything.

And, uh...

that y'all out there

sent flowers.


and, um,

I'm thankful to everyone.

So what's

the timeframe for your return

to the ring, Mike?

I know I'll be back, uh,


Yeah, soon.

Mike's a fighter

more than people even realize,

I think.

And he's gonna be back

in the ring in no time.

One, two, three!


-Here you go.


That's the house I grew up in.

I painted that.

What, what?

Why didn't you tell anyone?

I had my reasons.

Just don't remember

'em anymore.

I'm scared, Ma.

God loves you, Michael.

There is nothing

to be scared of.

I'm not David.


Everybody wants me to be David,

but I can't replace him.

Come on!


I see how much pain you're in.

We can't rush this.

It's gonna take time, Kerry.

I'm ready. I'm ready. Again!

Maybe this is God trying

to tell you to slow down.


Maybe you should do

something else

with your life.


So, you're the only brother

left in the ring?

You get all daddy's attention?

f*ck you.

I want you in the ring.

I can't do this by myself!

Come on! Come on!

Can't just hide this, Kerry.

You want back in?

Then get up.

You want back in, then get up!

Get up!

I'm sorry if I hurt you,

but I'm going to a better place.





Doris, honey, we should go.

I can't put it on.

Everyone will recognize it.


I can't.

I can't. I... I need a...

a new dress.

Honey. Honey, listen to me.

People here love you.

All right? They don't care.

Doris... we all love you.

All right, come on.

-All right.

-Come on.

Today we are here

to lay to rest our son,

Michael Brett Adkisson,

my sweet, beautiful boy.

Kind, funny,

and, uh, truly good.

Are you coming home tonight?

I don't know. I'm not sure.

Um, I know how painful this is.

I do.

And, uh, I'm trying

to be patient but this...

this doesn't work for me.


-I know.

So, just come home, all right?

Just be with us.


I don't want him to get it.

I don't want you guys

to catch it.

Kevin, you can't be serious.

I'm sorry.


-I'm sorry.

Come home.

I can't, okay?



Ever since I was a child,

people said

my family was cursed.

It never seemed to worry

my father.

He said if we were the toughest,

the strongest...

The toughest,

the strongest...

...the most


...the most successful,

-the absolute best...

-...the absolute best,

nothing could ever hurt us.


I believed him.


We all did.

This match

is scheduled for one fall

and it's for the NWA World

Heavyweight Championship.

Now, Ric,

there's been a lot of talk

that you've been resisting

coming down to the Sportatorium

to defend your title

against Kevin Von Erich.

It is so hard to be humble

when you're looking

like Ric Flair.

You see the difference

between me

and a lot of these

so-called big-time stars

is that I'm custom made

from head to toe.

That's why I've got

the biggest house,

on the biggest hill

on the biggest side of town.

That's why this sports coat

costs $800.

And I don't know

what that costs!

I'd be ashamed to wear it!

That's why I've got

on lizard shoes

and a Rolex watch,

and I've got

a limousine out there,

a mile long

with 25 women in it

just dying for me to go,


Now, let's get to

the less pretty facts of life.

Kevin, your daddy got together

with the powers that be

and ordered me back down

here to Dallas

a nothing-happenin',

second rate sports community.

I am the World's Heavyweight


because I am the greatest

wrestler alive today,

the toughest wrestler

alive today.

I have bled and sweat

for this title

and no daddy's boy

is going to take that from me.

This is

professional wrestling.

It is the most grueling of all

professional sports.

I've been stabbed,

hit by chairs,

b*at up by everybody.

I don't cry.

I don't complain. I carry on.

But the bottom line is...

You're denying--

I am talking

right now.

Hey, listen to me.

Listen to me.

I'll tell you what, you like

talking to me on the show.

You'll listen to me talk

while I'm out here.

The bottom line is,

if you're a man,

you take the ups and downs.

If you're a real man,

you'll never go down.

You'll just stay up.

That's why I am the World's

Heavyweight Champion.

And I can go through

Kevin Von Erich,

or any Von Erich

in the worst day of my life.

Whoo! Whoo! Whoo!

Walk the aisle, daddy's boy!

Walk the aisle!

And here comes Kevin.

A meteoric rise

these last two months

to become

the number one contender

for the NWA World

Heavyweight title,

the most prized belt

in all of wrestling,

the only title

that escaped his father,

living legend Fritz Von Erich.


Ric, come on.

Oh, no, no, no, no, no!

Come on, now.

Come on.

Kevin, come on, now.

Kevin, no, no, no.

Kev, Kev, come on.

What are you doing?

Okay, Kevin,

come on now. Break the hold.

One, two, three...

Come on, Kev, break the hold.

-Come on, Kev, back up.

-Leave me alone!

-Come on, Kev!

-Leave me alone!

Ring the bell.

Ring the bell.

Winner by disqualification

and still NWA World

Heavyweight Champion, Ric Flair.

-What are you doing?

-Come on. Hey! Come on, Kev.

Get off of him!

Kevin Von Erich

has been disqualified.

What the f*ck happened, Kev?

I don't know.

I don't know.


Ah, Kevin.

Oh, man. You were great.

You were one

crazy son of a bitch.

I mean,

I always thought

you were a little soft,

but, baby, you got it.

I'll give you a rematch

any day.

Christ, let's get a drink.

Where can we get f*cked up

around here?

Oh, I'm... I'm good. Thanks.

All right, well,

if you change your mind,

let me know.

I'll be down

at the Holiday Inn. Phew.


Come on, son.

Hang on, I hear you.

Hang on, I'm just gonna

have to...


-What's up?

Hey, guys. How you doing?

-How was your day?


It was amazing, yeah.

-What'd you learn?

-We have learnt...

Hey, boys,

come set up for dinner.

A couple more pieces of it.

-Hey, Mom.

-Hey, Mom!

Hi, Mom.

Oh, hello, hello. I love you.

May I be excused?

Have one more piece

of broccoli.

-All right.

-Make it two.

All right. Get out of here.

Hey, how was your day?

It was... long.



-Yeah, all right.

We need to make a change.

We need a bigger boat.

So, what did you decide,


I think we need

to cut down again

to one show.

Two is still too many.

We can get the guys touring

during the week.

Bring 'em home

for a Saturday night.

That sounds painful,

but smart.

The numbers just haven't been

there since Kerry went

to the WWF.

Jerry called again this morning,

It's a good offer.

You should think about it.

Hey, Dad.

So, we have an offer

on the table

from Jerry Jarrett.

He wants to buy us out.

Son, I didn't give you

the company

so you could turn around

and sell it.

I need to think about

my family, Dad.

I'm almost broke.

We need a house.

And we can't fit

in that apartment anymore.

If you sell, you can forget

about stepping through

these doors again.

Damn, you're almost

40 years old.

Still can't take care

of yourself.

I've been through the books.

It doesn't add up.

I didn't make nearly

what it says I did.

I did what was right all along.

You think living here

was a free ride?

Don't you dare question me.

One, two, three!


Atta boy, Kerry.

That's how you do it.

Look at your uncle, boys.


-Welcome home, champ.


We've been watching

every match on the TV.

Thanks. Thanks, Pop.

Oh, hands-man.

Hey, Pam.

Where's the babies?

Where's the babies?

-They're asleep.


It's so nice to meet you.



-You're late.

-Yeah, I know.

-Who's this?

-That's uh, that's Tania.



-How do you do?

-It's so nice to meet you.

Let me get a look at you.

You look strong, son.

WWF Intercontinental Champion,

second biggest title

in wrestling

since your brother ruined

our promotion.

Knew it was time to retire

when I did.

Kerry, Kerry.

Can you get me a drink, honey?

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Dad, I got you, um...

I got you something

for Christmas

and I... I don't wanna wait.

I wanna give it to you now.

Is that all right?

No. Kerry, no.

We wait for Christmas.

Oh, come on, Mom.

It's so good, it's so good.

And Tania and I,

we're going to, uh,

to Mexico for Christmas. Right?

I thought you were home

for Christmas.

I'm here now,

but we got this great deal

on a Christmas day flight

to Mexico.

And, you know,

I need the rest.

Been hitting it hard.

That's, um... That's for you.

Go ahead.

Now, that's a...

a Smith & Wesson .357

25th anniversary.

What do you think?

Hmm. It's beautiful, son.

Thank you.


Don't... don't do that.

Don't do that.

What are you doing?

You gotta sh**t that.

Oh, I don't wanna

sh**t it now.

Well, you always sh**t a g*n

when you get it.

I don't wanna sh**t it, Kerry.

Why the f*ck not?


what is wrong with you?

What, me?

What's wrong with him?

Watch it, son.

You brought company

to the house.

Now, we don't wanna be rude.

Just settle down and we'll have

a nice dinner

that your mother worked hard

to prepare.


Yeah, okay.

Now, come tell me.

When are you getting

your world title sh*t

over there?


I see your old tag team partner

Hellwig's holding.

That guy's got nothing on you.

Never has.

Oh, soon. Soon, Pop. Soon.

Are these the boys?

They're so cute.





Oh, I'm so excited to be home.

Yeah, I can see.

Let me look at you. Hmm.

-You look good.

-Yeah, you too.

Hey, stop. Stop.

-Hey, you okay?



-Yeah. Never been better.

Yeah, okay.


-Oh, hey. Good. Good.

-You're still up?

Yeah, yeah, I'm up.

Where are you?

Oh, I'm in some hotel

in Dallas.

Why didn't you go home?

You okay?


Oh, I'm scared, man.

I'm scared. I'm out of control.

Well, you've got

to get some help.

I'm in pain.

I'm in pain all the time.

I'm f*cking deformed.

It takes too much to hide it.

Well, it doesn't show

in the ring.

They're not giving me

a new contract.

And they got me

in house shows

from now on.

They don't want me anymore.

Well, I've got...

I got nowhere to go.

I got no one.

Where's Tania?



Ain't... That was nothing. I...

I need someone.

You know, I need a family.

Just come here. Stay with us.

No, I can't.

I can't let your boys

see me like this.

Well, then let's get

breakfast somewhere.

Or meet me at home.

Mom can make us pancakes.

You know, I want it all to end.

No, you don't. No, you don't.

You don't mean that.

I do.

I'm f*cking cursed.

I wanna die.

How are you gonna

say that to me, huh?

After everything?

It's in me now.

It's got ahold of me.

Kerry, just tell me

where you are,

and I'll come and get you.



Dad. Dad, all right.

Sorry for the early call.

It's okay.

I'm heading out

to do some work.

Where's Mom?


Hey, I just talked to Kerry.

He's in a pretty bad state.

I'm worried about him.

I'm gonna come out there.

We need to figure out

how to help him, okay?

You boys need to work it out

between yourselves.

Just look out for him,

okay, Dad?

I'll be there as soon as I can.

No! No!

Kerry, Kerry, Kerry.

Come on. Hey, Kerry.


I told you to look out

for him!

You didn't take care of him!

You didn't take care

of any of 'em!

He called you,

and you didn't help him!


I don't know

what's on the other side,

but I can't be here anymore.


I walk with my brothers.



Hey brothers!

There he is.

Hey, Mikey.


World champion

of the afterlife, huh?

Oh, finally.

Hey, where's Jack Jr.?

You must be

my oldest brother, Jackie.

So nice to meet you.

Come here.

I love you, Kerry.

Thanks, Kevin.

No, I'd love for you

to stay on wrestling

if you want.

I appreciate it.

I could use the extra work.

Just so you know,

your dad called me

out to his ranch.

Tried to intimidate me

out of buying this from you.

Oh, he never stops.

-Well, glad it didn't work.



I'll give you a minute.


In here.

What are you doing?


What's for dinner?

I didn't make anything.

I'm not hungry.

Wake up! Wake up!

Wake up!

Whoa, okay.

-Careful, careful.


We want pancakes!


How about a good morning?

Good morning!




You okay, Dad?

Hey, I'm sorry.

I... I'm sorry, boys.

You shouldn't see me

like this.

A man doesn't cry.

I'm sorry, boys.

It's okay, Dad. You can cry.

Everyone cries.

Yeah. What are you

talking about?

We cry all the time.

Do you think you know

why you're sad?

Well, I guess it's because

I used to be a brother

and, uh...

and now

I'm not a brother anymore.

Oh, well.

We'll be your brothers, Dad.

Yeah, Dad.

We'll be your brothers.


Thank you, boys.

Thank you.

Thank you.

All right. Thank you, boys.
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