Lacey Von Erich
Our resident philosopher looks at the third generation Knockout that currently hold 1/2 of the Knockout Tag Team Championships in TNA.
Lacey Adkisson was the second daughter of the late Kerry Von Erich and the granddaughter of Fritz Von Erich. She was born on July 17, 1986. She was born in Dallas, but moved to California after her mother divorced Kerry. In California, she earned her degree in Marketing. In late 2006, Lacey decided that she wanted to follow in the family business and become a pro wrestler.
A Quick Run in WWE Developmental
Lacey signed a deal with the WWE in August, 2007. She was immediately sent down to the FCW facility in Florida. There she was trained by Steve Keirn and others in the organization. She started out as a valet but was quickly elevated to in-ring action. Her first pro match was against the only other Third Generational star from the US or Canada, Nattie Neidhart aka Natalya. Lacey lost the match. For unspecified reasons, Lacey was released from her developmental contract before the end of 2007. Some reports have her release due to budget cuts, others say it was her poor performance in the ring. She did return, for one night, to help the Von Erich family celebrate its collective induction into the WWE Hall of Fame at Wrestlemania XXV. It was rumored she was going to participate in the 25 Diva Battle Royal but that never came to pass.
Off to the Indies
After a short break to rethink her direction in wrestling, Lacey returned to battle Angel Orsini on an indy card in New Jersey. lacey decided to pay tribute to her beloved uncle, Kevin Von Erich, by wrestling in her bare feet. She also began to employ the family's signature Iron Claw finisher. She returned to Texas in March of 2008 to wrestle in a pair of mixed tag matches. Her biggest feuds in the indies was against Cheerleader Melissa (aka Raisha Saeed and Alissa Flash). Some of those matches are available at ClickWrestle.com
Lacey also worked for the Wrestlicious promotion. She filmed the entire first season of the show. Unfortunately, she was forced into a release when she sign her contract with TNA.
Getting Beautiful in TNA
On October 1, 2010, Lacey was brought into TNA to become a member of the Beautiful People. She teamed with Velvet Sky and Madison Rayne on several episodes of Impact. Lacey began using a pink nightstick as a weapon. The nightstick was dubbed the "Ugly Stick". A month later, she was pulled off television, briefly, to assist Hulk Hogan on his Australian tour. She served as a heel manager for Ric Flair, as well as thrilling crowds in various bikini contests, most of which she won.
After the tour, Lacey was put in a mud wrestling match against her Beautiful People cohort, Velvet Sky. The teased break-up of the Beautiful People never happened. On January 14, 2010, Lacey and the rest of the Beautiful People began their feud with Angelina Love (the former Beautiful People leader). That feud was shelved, for the moment, when Awesome Kong left TNA. This left the TNA Knockout Tag Team belts in limbo. TNA set up a Triple Threat match to determine the new champs. Velvet Sky and Madison Rayne won that match and became the new champs. They then utilized "Freebird Rules" (where any 2 of the 3 Beautiful People could defend the belts).
When Madison Rayne won the Knockout singles, Lacey stepped in to defend the tag belts, full time. They have had a few title matches, but the Knockout division is at its smallest, right now. Lacey has recently begun a face turn. She alerted Hulk Hogan about Desmond Wolfe's underhanded scheme to try and have Abyss arrested for assault on Chelsea. She also did a semi-strip tease to the joy of the fans. She also had a wild roll around the ring with midget wrestler, Puppet.
Lacey Von Erich has gotten a lot of grief about her limited wrestling ability. Her abilities are improving as she matures. She has modified the Iron Claw into a Claw Chokeslam combo that is starting to impress the critics. Lacey has a very bright future ahead of her. You can see a lot of her matches at ClickWrestle.com, plus see dozens of photos and more detailed match details at OnlineWorldofWrestling.com.