Dory Funk, Jr.
|Dory Funk, Jr.|
February 3, 1941 |
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Dory Funk, Jr.
The Long Tall Texan
The Mass Outlaw
|Billed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Billed weight||240 lb (110 kg)|
|Billed from||The Double Cross Ranch|
|Trained by||Dory Funk|
|Debut||January 10, 1963|
Dorrance Earnest Funk, Jr. (born February 3, 1941) 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
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
Dory Funk, Jr. won 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 each hold the title. 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. 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 an appearance for WCW at the Slamboree 1993: A Legends Reunion Pay-Per-View, wrestling Nick Bockwinkel to a time limit draw. He also made a single appearance with the WWF as a participant in the 1996 Royal Rumble.
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, Matt Hardy, Christian, Lita, Kurt Angle, Mickie James, Edge, Ted DiBiase and Test, as well as regional performers Charles "Chuck" Eafrato and Delirious.
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. Funk was then announced as the new Pacific Wrestling Federation (PWF) chairman. 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.
Dory married his first wife, Jimmie, on June 8, 1960. 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.
- Signature moves
Championships and accomplishments
- All Japan Pro Wrestling
- Championship Wrestling from Florida
- NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship (4 times)
- NWA Florida Tag Team Championship (1 time) - with Terry Funk
- NWA Florida Television Championship (2 times)
- NWA International Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- NWA North American Tag Team Championship (Florida version) (2 times) - with Terry Funk (1) and David Von Erich (1)
- George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame
- Class of 2011
- National Wrestling Alliance
- NWA Hollywood Wrestling
- NWA Western States Sports
- NWA Brass Knuckles Championship (Amarillo version) (2 times)
- NWA International Tag Team Championship (2 times) - with Terry Funk
- NWA North American Heavyweight Championship (Amarillo version) (1 time)
- NWA Western States Tag Team Championship (6 times) - with Ricky Romero (2), The Super Destroyer (2), Ray Candy (1), and Larry Lane (1)
- NWA World Tag Team Championship (Texas Version) (2 times) - with Terry Funk
- New England Wrestling Alliance
- NEWA North American Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI Match of the Year (1973) vs. Harley Race on May 24
- PWI Match of the Year (1974) vs. Jack Brisco on January 27
- PWI ranked him #147 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1994
- PWI ranked him #149 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003
- PWI ranked him #9 of the top 100 tag teams of the "PWI Years" with Terry Funk in 2003
- St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame
- Class of 2008
- Stampede Wrestling
- Tokyo Sports
- World Wrestling Council
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
- Other titles
- New York Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
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- Texas Divorces
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