William Kevin Vaughan was an American professional wrestler, best known under the ring name Lance Von Erich.
Wrestling as "Ricky Vaughan"
Vaughan started wresting in the NWA
's Pacific Northwest territory as Ricky Vaughan
. He was one of the top babyface wrestlers there and feuded with Bobby Jaggers
Wrestling as "Lance Von Erich"
In October 1985, when Mike Von Erich
was unable to wrestle due to toxic shock syndrome
, Vaughan went to World Class Championship Wrestling
to take his place in the feud against the Fabulous Freebirds
. He adopted the name Lance Von Erich
and was billed as the son of Fritz Von Erich
's "brother" Waldo
. In reality, neither Vaughan nor Waldo were related to the Adkisson family
. On the DVD "The Triumphs and Tragedies of World Class Championship Wrestling
," Kevin Von Erich
said that he, as well as most of the family, was adamantly against bringing Vaughan in as another Von Erich, but Fritz was adamant, especially as Kevin and Kerry were wrestling two or three times a day in various places throughout the Texas territory. Also on the DVD, according to Gary Hart
, he would be walking into the arena and be stopped by various people asking what the thought of Kevin Vaughan and Hart admitted he had no clue who that was. Hart said that some of these fans said that he was being called Lance Von Erich and that they didn't like the Von Erichs anymore because it was always believed that they only told the truth, but with Lance, it was clear that they were telling a lie. Michael Hayes
referred to this as one of the worst moves ever made by Fritz.
Teaming with Dingo Warior and departure from WCCW
Vaughan quit teaming with the Adkissons by late 1986
and took on Dingo Warrior
as his partner; the pair briefly held the WCCW tag team championship. When for more money in 1987
were not met by Fritz, Vaughan jumped to WCCW's territorial rival Wild West Wrestling
without giving notice, and in a rare breach of kayfabe
, Vaughan's non-relationship to the family was exposed by Fritz on television in retaliation, saying that Vaughan was "in no way, shape or form related to the Von Erich family
" and Fritz said he never planned on mentioning Vaughan's name again.
Wrestling as "Fabulous Lance"
Because the Von Erich surname was a registered trademark
, Vaughan wrestled under the ring name Fabulous Lance
after leaving World Class.
Vaughan subsequently wrestled in Puerto Rico's World Wrestling Council, then relocated to South Africa and finally to Cancun, Mexico.
Championships and accomplishments
- *NWA Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- *NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Billy Jack Haynes
- *WCCW Television Championship (1 time)
- *WCWA World Six-Man Tag Team Championship (2 times) - with Kerry and Kevin Von Erich (1) and Kevin & Mike Von Erich (1)
- *WCWA World Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Dingo Warrior