We all know about the Von Erich’s and their legacy as one of the most dominant families in professional wrestling, Led by the patriarch, Fritz, the empire built in Denton, Texas was wrought with tragedy and alleged drug use. Oldest brother David was being groomed to win an NWA World Title when he died of death was a heart attack, caused by ruptured intestines resulting from acute enteritis. While others have theorised about drug use as the cause during a tour in Japan, these rumours were never substantiated.
With Von Erich, you always wondered, “What if?”
There are many others like Von Erich and his brother, Kerry, who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Some much promise and so tragic their loss. Their deaths rocked the industry then and continue to be a reminder of how the landscape of this business could have been otherwise.
WWE has not been without scandal since the days of Vince McMahon creating a dynasty, although controversial at times. With each superstar’s passing, fans globally wondered over time, what could have been. Could these men (and women) have been “the guy” to lead a small army? Here are five wrestlers who could have been champions in today’s WWE, but passed away before they could get their due.
Curt Hennig was a former AWA World Champion and a two-time Intercontinental Champion. At the height of his career, he was a top-five star and as the son of Larry “The Ax” Hennig, his bloodlines ran deep into the business. Not only is Hennig known as an advisor to Ric Flair in the WWF, he was also known as the man who took down The Four Horsemen in WCW as a member of the New World Order. Hennig got his start in the AWA and was a world tag team partner of Scott Hall.