MLW founder Court Bauer was recently the guest on the WINCLY Podcast. During the interview Bauer discussed why The Von Erich’s turned down NXT to come to MLW
“We started talking to them in January but closed the deal in late spring. Two weeks later we found out that the Viceland special was coming so it was serendipitous and everyone thought it was a reaction to the Viceland special but we were in talks for months.”
“They turned down NXT and elected to go to us and they came at a time when we were looking for something special and different. They checked off a lot of boxes for me with that kinda Steve Austin-style of brawling or Texas-style brawling: 100 miles per hour and pushing the action at you. And they’re great guys.”
“The presentation of The Von Erich family – people don’t realize when Kerry went to WWE they changed him to The Texas Tornado. Kevin would talk about that and say, ‘Why would you run away from the Von Erich name?’ Also just a lifestyle choice as they have families. Kevin has many grandkids out in Hawaii so the quality of life decision was important to them.
“There’s also this weird, surprising connective tissue between Kevin and his sons and me through Gary Hart and knowing what I’m looking to do with them. It’s much aligned with what Gary did who is my mentor and was the matchmaker behind WCCW. There’s a lot of accidental connective tissue that made it feel more comfortable to them.”
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