The wrestling world has long been familiar with the storied Von Erich family, a name synonymous with both triumph and tragedy in the sport. As A24’s film “The Iron Claw” stokes renewed interest in this legendary lineage, the latest scions, Ross and Marshall Von Erich, are stepping forward to express their determination to honor their family’s illustrious past while crafting their own wrestling futures.
In a candid conversation with Busted Open Radio, Ross and Marshall opened up about the daunting task of carrying the Von Erich mantle. “Obviously, it’s hard to be a Von Erich,” admitted Marshall when discussing the pressure that comes with their storied surname. Their aim is not to outshine their predecessors but to respect the legacy: “We’re just trying to make my father proud and my family proud,” he concluded.
The brothers’ journey through the wrestling industry has not been without its challenges. Despite having their father, Kevin Von Erich, as a mentor, the realities of the business have been unyielding. “Wrestling has kicked our ass, and it’ll humble you real quick,” Ross Von Erich revealed, not shying away from the obstacles faced, including the less glamorous aspects of their training in Japan.
Amid the trials, their resolve has remained unshaken. Ross acknowledged the repeated moments of doubt, yet their passion for wrestling and their family legacy kept them in the ring. Fans have witnessed the highs, like their impressive 438-day reign as MLW Tag Team Champions between 2019 and 2021, but the brothers are also open about the lows that are often unseen by the public.
Now free agents after their MLW contracts concluded in May, the Von Erich brothers are taking their next steps in the wrestling world. These include a highly anticipated appearance on AEW Dynamite, set in their family’s hometown of Dallas, TX. Accompanied by their father, Kevin, the Von Erich family is poised to make their debut on the prominent AEW stage, further cementing their commitment to continue the Von Erich wrestling heritage into the modern era. This appearance not only serves as a homecoming but also as a testament to their enduring influence and the respect they hold within the wrestling community.