Here’s an excerpt:
“Holding a parent responsible for the acts of his children is not always fair (Skip Hitler was quite the handful at the Hamburg Boarding School but his dad went on to invent the Volkswagen). But, after a bleary-eyed viewing of the new (and excellent) WWE DVD â<80><9c>The Triumph and Tragedy of World Class Championship Wrestlingâ<80> I am more convinced than ever that Fritz Von Erich was a world class dick.
â<80><9c>Scott, my boy, on what are you basing this statement?â<80> you may ask. Good question.
Why, the actions of his children, of course. No, its not always fair (see previous Skip Hitler reference), but sometimes it is.
What did Fritz do wrong? Sure, he was a promoter so, by law (I think), he was required to stiff most, if not all, the talent on payoffs, he pushed his family and his friends and himself at the expense of everyone else, he held too long to old ways of promotion when the natural evolution of his chosen profession indicated he should do differently. All which puts him in the same category with literally every other wrestling promoter that has ever lived, is living or is yet to be born. Within those parameters he certainly does not stand out as a bad guy or even a bad promoter…