Being a professional wrestler is one of the toughest jobs in the world. Above that, is being a parent. Couple both of these things together and you have the makings for a difficult family life. Other sports have offseasons, while families of players normally live in the cities where they play. Even though Major League Baseball is 162 games, the players still play half their games at home, have days off, and can go home at night. Professional wrestlers, especially WWE Superstars, are constantly on the road with no downtime. There is no offseason in wrestling and that can make seeing their family difficult.
For years, it was easy to give into peer pressure while traveling as a professional wrestler. Downtime was pretty much riding in a car. Plenty of competitors would resort to drugs and alcohol during this time. Communication was limited as cell phones were not owned by a majority of people and service would have been spotty. Wrestlers only chances to communicate with loved ones would be at a hotel or a pay phone. This would create distance, as it is easier now for wrestlers to keep up with their families. Social media, emails, and cell phones with video capabilities help provide the family communication that is needed. This is why you see less problems with wrestlers today on the main stage.
Our list goes over the top 10 tragic stories of wrestlers and their children. We based this list on historical family issues or events that have occurred over the years.
10 Davey Boy Smith
9 Kevin Nash
8 “Tough” Tony Borne
7 The Iron Sheik
6 Ric Flair
5 Stu Hart
4 Pedro “Perro” Aguayo
3 Chris Benoit
1 Fritz Von Erich
The Von Erich family is full of tradition and tragedy. Fritz Von Erich (Jack Adkisson is his real name) began wrestling during the 1950s as he was trained by Stu Hart. He would go on to get married and have six kids. Fritz lived to be the age of 68 and died in 1997 of lung cancer. However, five of his six sons would perish before he did. His youngest passed due to a tragic accident at a very young age. David Von Erich would die of acute enteritis of the upper intestine. His other three sons, Michael, Chris, and Kerry would all take their own lives.
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