Dory Funk, Jr.

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Dory Funk, Jr.
Johnny Valentine vs. NWA world wrestling champion Dory Funk Jr. at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on February 11, 1973.jpg
Ring introductions as Dory Funk, Jr. (background, facing camera) prepares to defend the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Johnny Valentine (foreground, in dark robe) at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on February 11, 1973.
Born (1941-02-03) February 3, 1941 (age 73)[1]
Hammond, Indiana
Resides Ocala, Florida
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Dory Funk, Jr.[2]
Hoss Funk[2]
The Long Tall Texan
The Mass Outlaw
Billed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[2]
Billed weight 240 lb (110 kg)[2]
Billed from The Double Cross Ranch[2]
Trained by Dory Funk[2][3]
Debut January 10, 1963[3]

Dorrance Earnest Funk, Jr. (born February 3, 1941)[3] is an active 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!. Dory is a former world heavyweight champion, having held the NWA World Heavyweight Championship once. To date, he was the fifth longest reigning NWA World Heavyweight Champion of all time, holding it for over four years. In addition, he also held the major heavyweight titles (but not officially recognized as World Titles): WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship once, the CWA World Heavyweight Championship once. He is also a 2009 WWE Hall of Fame Inductee. He is currently working for All Japan Pro Wrestling as the Pacific Wrestling Federation (PWF) chairman.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Training[edit]

Dory Funk Jr.'s career in professional wrestling began in January 1963 just after a college football career with West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M University), culminating in a 15 to 14 victory over Ohio University in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. Dory 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.

National Wrestling Alliance[edit]

Dory Funk, Jr. won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship from Gene Kiniski on February 11, 1969 [4] 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[2] (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 each hold the title.[citation needed] Funk 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. Some people do not believe the accident actually occurred. Funk was originally scheduled to face Jack Brisco for the championship on March 2, 1973, which many at the time believed he would come out on the losing end of. According to Brisco, Dory Funk Sr. did not want his son to lose the belt to another babyface wrestler. Thus, the convenient "accident", allowing Dory Jr. to "lose" the gold to heel Harley Race and claim that he lost by returning to the ring too soon after being injured.[5] Dory Jr. still claims that the accident and injuries were real. Race held the title only a few months before dropping it to Brisco.

He performed regularly throughout the NWA, particularly in the Mid-Atlantic, Georgia, Florida and Central States regions, through the 1970s and early 1980s. In December 1984, he and his brother Terry competed in a tag team match against Bruiser Brody and Stan Hansen that later received a 5-star rating by Dave Meltzer.

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. Terry left the WWF shortly after WrestleMania, but 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 a participant in the 1996 Royal Rumble.[2]

Later years[edit]

Funk is now the Coach of the Funking Conservatory Professional Wrestling School and teaches the Dory Funk Method of Professional Wrestling. Dory's students include Jeff Hardy,[2] Matt Hardy,[2] Christian, Lita, Kurt Angle, Mickie James,[2] Edge,[2] Ted DiBiase and Test, as well as regional performers Charles "Chuck" Eafrato and Delirious.

On March 1, 2008, Funk and Nishimura defeated Genichiro Tenryu and Masanobu Fuchi in Funk's retirement match via spinning toe hold.[6] Dory, however, is no longer retired and still competes regularly today in 2013, even at 72.

On the February 16, 2009 episode of Raw, it was announced that Dory along with his brother Terry would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2009 by Dusty Rhodes

On the April 1, 2010 edition of TNA Today, Dory Funk appeared on the show to have an interview with Jeremy Borash.

On October 27, 2013, Funk returned to All Japan Pro Wrestling, teaming with Terry in a tag team match, where they wrestled Masanobu Fuchi and Osamu Nishimura to a twenty-minute time limit draw.[7] Funk was then announced as the new Pacific Wrestling Federation (PWF) chairman.[8][9] Funk returned to All Japan on July 27, 2014, teaming with Osamu Nishimura and Yutaka Yoshie in a six-man tag team match, where they defeated Masanobu Fuchi, Takao Ōmori and Último Dragón, with Funk submitting Fuchi for the win.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Dory married his first wife, Jimmie, on June 8, 1960.[11] Together, they have three children: Dory III, Adam Dirk (born May 13, 1965) and Penny. They also have five grandchildren: Dory IV, Jennifer, Sheldon, Bob and Coby. They later separated and were officially divorced on July 6, 1983. Dory III went into medicine and now practices out of Colorado. Dory IV is now training to be a wrestler under Dory Jr.

In December 1980, Dory met his second and current wife, Marti. They married in 1989.

Dory also has a daughter Doris and son David, as told in his WWE Hall of Fame Induction speech.

In wrestling[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Dory and Terry Funk at the 2009 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
  • George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame
    • Class of 2011
  • New England Wrestling Alliance
    • NEWA North American Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Other titles
    • New York Heavyweight Championship (1 time)

Notes and references[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Shields, Brian; Sullivan, Kevin (2009). WWE Encyclopedia. DK. p. 83. ISBN 978-0-7566-4190-0. 
  3. ^ a b c Hornbaker, Tim (2007). National Wrestling Alliance: The Untold Story of the Monopoly That Strangled Pro Wrestling. ECW Press. p. 214. ISBN 978-1-55022-741-3. 
  4. ^ http://nwawrestling.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=41&Itemid=101
  5. ^ Murdock, William (2003). Brisco. Newton, Iowa: Culture House Books. pp. 134–135. ISBN 0-9676080-7-4. 
  6. ^ Gerweck.Net
  7. ^ "Anniversary Tour". All Japan Pro Wrestling (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  8. ^ "曙が諏訪魔を下し、新ベルトとなった三冠王座を奪取!健在だったファンクスにファン歓喜!ドリフは惜しくもアジアタッグに届かず!". Battle News (in Japanese). 2013-10-28. Retrieved 2013-10-27. 
  9. ^ Caldwell, James (2013-10-28). "Japan news: Funks return to Japan, Dory Funk named chairman, IWGP & NWA Tag Titles to be defended in same match". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  10. ^ "【全日本プロレス】諏訪魔vsドーリングの三冠戦、青木vs光留の世界Jr戦". Battle News (in Japanese). 2014-07-28. Retrieved 2014-07-27. 
  11. ^ Texas Divorces
  12. ^ http://www.wwe.com/classics/sports-entertainment-maneuver-innovators-26099954/page-6 Who invented the Texas Cloverleaf?
  13. ^ a b c d e f All Japan Pro Wrestling (1983). "The FUNKS VS Harley Race & Dick Slater".
  14. ^ "Jimmy Hart profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  15. ^ Matt Mackinder (January 17, 2008). "Sir Oliver Humperdink recalls career of yesteryear". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  16. ^ Royal Duncan & Gary Will (2000). Wrestling Title Histories (4th ed.). Archeus Communications. ISBN 0-9698161-5-4. 
  17. ^ "PWI 500 1994". The Turnbuckle Post. Retrieved 2012-08-28. 
  18. ^ a b "PWI 500 of the PWI Years". Willy Wrestlefest. Retrieved 2012-08-28. 
  19. ^ "Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame (1948-1990)". Puroresu Dojo. 2003. 
  20. ^ "東京スポーツ プロレス大賞". Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). Retrieved 2014-01-20. 

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