PWInsider - WWE News, Wrestling News, WWE

 
 

THIS DAY IN HISTORY: KERRY VON ERICH SEVERELY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

By Buck Woodward on 2010-06-04 08:00:00

June 4th

On this day in history in ....

1986 - Kerry Von Erich is involved in a motorcycle accident in Argyle, Texas, crashing into the back of a police car while trying to pass a truck on a two-lane highway while wearing shorts and no shoes.  Von Erich suffers a dislocated hip and a severely damaged right foot and undergoes over 13 hours of surgery. Von Erich would later have the foot amputated, but returned to the ring with a prosthetic foot and continued his career.  To this day, there is no definitive answer as to whether Von Erich lost the foot at the time of the initial surgery, or had it amputated later (with some even saying it was removed after a failed early comeback attempt did further damage to it).  Von Erich and his family would claim he had his ankle fused to account for the lack of mobility in the foot, and it was not until after his death that his family would admit that he was wrestling without a foot, despite rumors about it circulating in the industry (in one Las Vegas match, his boot was pulled off accidentally, and several fans saw that he had no foot). 

2002 - Billy Gunn & Chuck Palumbo defeated Rico & Rikishi for the WWE World Tag Team Title in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, starting Billy & Chuck's second title reign.