Dory Funk Jr.
Funk, Jr. (born February 3, 1941) is a retired
professional wrestler and wrestling trainer. He
is the son of Dory Funk Sr. and brother of Terry
Funk. He is credited with the invention of the
Texas cloverleaf submission hold, and runs the
Funking Conservatory, a professional wrestling
school. His students and friends participate in
a wrestling show, local to Ocala, Florida, called
!BANG!. To date, he was the second longest reiging
NWA World Heavyweight Champion of all time, holding
it for over 4 years.
Funk Jr.'s career in professional wrestling began
in January of 1963 just after a college football
career with West Texas State University culminating
in a 15 to 14 victory over Ohio University in
the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.
Funk, Jr.'s first match was a victory over Don
Fargo in Amarillo, Texas. West Texas State University
All American Jerry Logan was in Funk's corner
and Fargo's brother, Jim, was in his corner. Dory
was also supported by the whole West Texas State
University football team and the Tascosa High
School amateur wrestling team. Dory was doing
his student teaching as coach of the Tascosa High
wrestling team under Coach James Kyle.
Funk, Jr. came to the The NWA in 1968 and went
on to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship
from Gene Kiniski on February 11, 1969 in Tampa,
Florida and remained NWA World Champion for the
next four and a half years which is the second-longest
uninterrupted reign of any NWA World Champion
(Lou Thesz held the NWA world title from November
27, 1949, to March 15, 1956). Dory and his brother,
Terry, are the only brothers in history to both
hold the title.
finally lost the NWA World Championship on May
24, 1973 after a hurried recovery from a pickup
truck accident on his father's Flying Mare Ranch
in West Texas. Dory was forced into the ring in
Kansas City, losing the belt to Harley Race.
performed regularly throughout the NWA, particularly
in the Mid-Atlantic, Georgia, Florida and Central
States regions, through the 1970s and early 1980s.
In January 1986, Dory (given the nickname "Hoss")
made his WWF debut in a team alongside his brother
Terry. The brothers performed at WrestleMania
2 defeating the Junkyard Dog and Tito Santana.
After Terry left the WWF shortly after WrestleMania,
Dory remained, mostly tagging with "brother"
Jimmy Jack Funk, who in truth had no relation
to the Funk family. He made a single appearance
with the WWF as "Dory Funk" as a participant
in the 1996 Royal Rumble
is now the Coach of the Funking Conservatory Professional
Wrestling School and teaches the Dory Funk Method
of Professional Wrestling. Dory's students include
]Christian Cage, Lita, Kurt Angle, Mickie James,
Edge, and others.
has stated that he was backstage and in fact can
be seen behind the ECW Announce table in the beginning
minutes of One Night Stand 2007. There were some
rumors that he would become a trainer at WWE's
new developmental territory Florida Championship
March 1, Funk and Nishimura defeated Genichiro
Tenryu and Masanobu Fuchi in Funk's retirement
match via spinning toehold. (Credit:
Jr. official website
Championship Wrestling (Australian roster - 1964
Most Competitive Business in the World, by Dory
In Japan, by Greg Tingle
is indy wrestling? by Greg Tingle
TV Report - Throw Down - 2004
Directory (created by Media Man Australia)
Legends (created by Media Man Australia -
Australian Sports Entertainment)
Hon Ya! (Book Store) -
part of Dory Funk Jr. official website
Race official website
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