Hometown: Denton, TX
Signature Moves: Russian Leg Sweep, Oriental Tool
WCCW Titles Held: WCCW Texas Heavyweight Champion (three times), WCCW Television Champion (twice), WCCW Tag Team Champion (once with Al Madril, once with Frankie Lancaster), WCCW American Tag Team Champion (with Iceman King Parsons) and WCCW Six-Man Tag Team Champion (with Kevin and Kerry Von Erich).
Notable WCCW Feuds: The Grappler, Gino Hernandez, Chris Adams, the Von Erichs and Al Madril.
Need to Know Facts: Born Brian Gower in 1959, Brian is a legitimate childhood friend of the Von Erich wrestling brothers, and was a classmate of Kerry's at Lake Dallas High School, where they both were members of the track team. While never known for having the charisma of the Von Erichs, Brian was indeed a solid wrestler who could be counted on by promoters to work a quality match with various types of opponents.
Trained by the legendary Fritz Von Erich, Brian entered the sport in 1979 as Brian Adidas (he would eventually be forced to alter the surname under pressure from the sporting goods manufacturer), and was sent initially to the Mid-Atlantic region which was under the ownership and control of Jim Crockett, Jr.
By mid-1985, Brian returned home to the Dallas/Fort Worth area to work full-time for World Class, and was in fact one of the few non-Von Erich babyfaces at this time to receive any kind of real push. He held the prestigious WCCW Texas Heavyweight Championship on three occasions, was a two-time WCCW television champion, and even teamed with Kevin and Kerry Von Erich to take the WCCW Six-Man Tag Team title.
As the World Class promotion limped towards the end of 1986, having dealt with the death of Gino Hernandez in January and Kerry's near fatal motorcycle accident in June), then-WCCW booker Bruiser Brody attempted to resurrect an old angle which had worked for the promotion just two years earlier (when close Von Erich ally Chris Adams violently betrayed Kevin Von Erich), and had Adias turn on Mike Von Erich during a "scientific" televised bout that occurred on October 24, 1986.
After the 1987 Parade of Champions, Adias and Madril briefly took on "Gentleman" Jim Holliday as their manager. However, they would soon split violently, with Madril once again becoming a fan favorite. Upon Ken Mantell's return to WCCW as co-promoter and booker later that year, Brian served as the catalyst for the interpromotional war angle involving World Class and Wild West Wrestling. Showing up unannounced on Wild West's TV show to complain that wrestlers from that group had distributed an unflattering drawing of him ("...with my thumb somewhere I'd rather not mention!", as Adias put it) at Thanksgiving Star Wars, Adias wound up in a furious brawl with Wild Bill Irwin and others.
After World Class folded, Adias signed on with the short lived Global Wrestling Federation, where he reverted to babyface status. He would later work as a heel once more in North Texas indy promotions, adopting a biker gimmick and teaming with WCCW/USWA alumnus Mike Blackheart (Mike Morrow) as The New Dogs of War in the late 1990's.