More of the Monk than Anybody
Wanted to See
By Frank Dusek
that most fans neversaw of David Von Erich
(left) and brother Kerry, was their love of a prank.
After youve been in the ring for a
while, you develop a "feel" for the crowd. By
that I mean you notice when they dont react the way
they should to whats going on in the ring.
was wrestling in a small West Texas town one night. World
Class Wrestling was new back then and we were hot everywhere
we went. So it was no surprise that this old building had
people hanging from the rafters. In addition to myself and
Wild Bill Irwin, the card featured David and Kerry
Von Erich and a young fellow who wrestled as The
Monk. The Monk was a stocky, bald fellow with this
gigantic red beard. When dressed in his robe, looked just
like the pictures of an Old World monk. He was even featured
in a Dennis Quaid movie called "Tough Enough"
playing a fighter in Tough Man contests. His real name is
dressed in the wings of the stage. The curtains were drawn,
so we had run of the stage. The only thing on the stage
was a very tall A-frame ladder that the technicians used
to change or adjust the overhead stage lights.
was in the ring, wrestling my usual exciting, 19-plus minute,
action-packed match, when an unexpected roar spread through
the crowd. I looked up to see everyone turning to look at
the stage at the rear of the building. Usually this means
that a fight had broken out in the crowd ... but not this
I looked up, the stage curtains were open. There, halfway
up that very tall A-frame ladder, in the center of the stage,
was The Monk ... totally naked!
seems that while The Monk was taking his shower, David Von
Erich had taken the poor souls towel and put it at
the top of that very tall A-frame ladder. The Monk came
out of the shower, dripping wet and furious because he couldn't
find his towel and threatening violence if he didn't get
it back. Kerry Von Erich took mercy on him and confessed
that his brother had put the towel on the ladder. The Mock
cursed and started climbing the ladder to retrieve his towel.
Once The Monk was halfway up the ladder, David and Kerry
opened the stage curtains!
than just going on up quietly and retrieving his towel,
The Monk starting shouting to the people to turn around
and stop laughing.
to say, it was some time before any sort of order was restored
... both in the arena and in the ring!
Dusek is a second-generation wrestler from one of the
most famous wrestling families ever. He had a solid career
as a wrestler and later managed several wrestlers to major
titles. He also spent time as a broadcaster, promoter and
matchmaker. His first memories of the wrestling business
are selling programs for his father when he was 4 years
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