If there ever was a person who was born into wrestling royalty, it is Kerry Morton. Wrestling fans will not have to think for too long to figure out that Kerry is the son of Ricky Morton. Ricky and Robert Gibson are one of the most decorated tag teams of all time, the Rock N’ Roll Express.
Due to his father’s involvement in the sport, wrestling has always been a part of Kerry’s life. Even with having a state championship in amateur wrestling to his credit, the in-ring activity was not something he had a desire to pursue. Well, not exactly. Kerry wanted to work in professional wrestling, but not as a wrestler.
“I told my Dad that I wanted to be a writer for wrestling behind the scenes on the production crew,” Kerry Morton said. “He told me I needed to wrestle first. To be a successful writer, I would have to put myself in the shoes of the wrestler.”
While growing up when Kerry was not traveling with his father to different wrestling shows, he took advantage of studying the Arts. Participating in dance, acting, writing, and vocal lessons allowed him to become comfortable when performing in front of a crowd.
Ricky will never tell his son that he cannot wrestle, but he wants Kerry to finish his college education. The 20-year-old is currently in his second year at King University in Bristol, Tennessee, where he studies Marketing. The classes and activities Kerry has chosen are preparing him potentially for a successful wrestling career. How can he not be a successful wrestler? His Dad is Ricky Morton!
“I can’t change the fact that he is my father, but I have to work hard, if not harder because I am in that spotlight,” Morton explained. “I have so many eyes on me. When I make a mistake, people are going to see it.”
There may be some pressure that comes with bearing the Morton name, but the responsibility also has its benefits. A lot of Ricky’s friends are in the wrestling business, people such as Magnum T.A., Teddy Long, Ron Simmons, and Ric Flair.
So, the support system that Kerry has is strong. This list of men, plus many others text him regularly with advice and encouragement. They hold him accountable because they want to see him have the same shot at the success his father has had.
“I’m in my father’s shadows right now,” Morton admitted. “At some point, I want to wrestle for a major company and win a championship and make my legacy.”
Being in the shadows of his father also means Kerry is going to have the best teaching available. Not only is he receiving direction from many of the legends who have made the sport what it is today. The learning tree for the young Morton is healthy. It is possible the only person who may hold the third generation wrestler back, is himself.
It is not just wrestlers from his father’s era that are reaching out to him with guidance. Wrestlers from the modern generation have also taken the time to mentor Kerry. Enzo Amore is one of the names that message Kerry weekly to make sure he is staying on top of his game.
“In this business, you see different styles of wrestling. Enzo has made a lot of money in this sport,” Morton stated. “I stay open-minded and I’m trying to learn from everyone I can. Most of the people I know have worked in big companies and their input will get me ready for a big tryout.”
Though the in-ring sport has changed a lot over the past couple of decades, the marquee outside still advertises wrestling. Kerry’s amateur training helps him with that, but Ricky has instilled traditional principles about the business into his son.
Inside the ring, you will see Kerry use a lot of technical moves and transitions to secure the upper hand over his opponent. And just because old-school wrestling is in his blood, don’t be surprised if you see him fly off the ropes. However, there is an ingredient in Kerry’s wrestling that you will also find in Ricky’s style.
“I’m a storytelling wrestler. I don’t think storytelling is dead in professional wrestling. It just isn’t done right all the time,” Morton explained. “I am working toward bringing back good Southern professional wrestling.”
Kerry started his pro career at the beginning of 2020 before the Covid pandemic slowed and shut down businesses across the United States. Now that wrestling shows are starting back up, he is getting back to wrestling two or three times a week.
At first, Kerry stayed close to home. He worked at events for the School of Morton, KFW, Innovate, and Imperial wrestling promotions. Finding himself more comfortable, Kerry desires to branch out and take bookings for companies like ASW in West Virginia and AML in North Carolina.
It’s allowing me to make new connections, and I get to work with other wrestlers I can learn from,” Morton commented. “I’m also working in front of new audiences. My father has a big following, but a lot of the fans are getting to see me wrestle for the first time.”