Freebirds, Von Erich meet again at convention
MEREDITH RENWICK -- For SLAM! Wrestling
At the buffet dinner Saturday night, the headline guests and former
referee David Manning regaled the crowd with tales of behind-the-scenes
shenanigans and favourite ribs, most of them instigated by the Freebirds
the time Buddy Roberts arrived for a show and found a dead possum placed
bag by his teammates then got his revenge by putting the stinking
anyway and making them smell it all through the match. Or the time Kevin
Erich got bitten on the arm by a monkey during a tour of Africa and the
dropped dead several minutes later. Manning also revealed that Vince
Sr. and Jr. had approached WCCW promoter Fritz Von Erich in 1982 about
a partnership, "and unfortunately for us, Fritz said no."
Wrestlecon was organized by Britt Britton, owner of Autographs Ink, a
sports and music collector's store in Colleyville TX. Britton has been
in collector and memorabilia shows for over 20 years, and Wrestlecon is the
first show he's done that's been strictly pro wrestling-oriented.
was lower than Britton had been hoping for, but he's confident that
word-of-mouth will get out about the event and attendance will be higher
the next Wrestlecon in February 2004. "I'm a little disappointed by the
turnout, but I don't think I did anything wrong," Britton said. "I
decided if I
was going to do one [wrestling convention] I'd do two, so the one for
is definitely a go."
Meredith Renwick is a Toronto-based writer.