In the October 2005 issue of Texas Monthly, John Spong profiled Kevin Von Erich, the only surviving son in the famous Von Erich family—a family that dominated the world of professional wrestling in the 1980s, and that was marked by extreme tragedy. The 2023 feature film The Iron Claw has introduced new audiences to the tale, and in this installment of “The Story,” Spong reflects on what’s at the heart of it all.
The Story: Inside the Von Erich Family, From the Pages of Texas Monthly to the Silver Screen
For staff writer John Spong, the Von Erichs’ story wasn’t just one of tragedy. It’s the story of a survivor.