Dory Funk Jr.
|Dory Funk Jr.|
|Birth name||Dorrance Earnest Funk|
|Born||February 3, 1941|
Hammond, Indiana, U.S.
|Residence||Ocala, Florida, U.S.|
|Family||Dory Funk (father)|
Terry Funk (brother)
|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||250 Ibs (113 kg)|
|Billed from||The Double Cross Ranch|
|Trained by||Dory Funk|
Dorrance Earnest Funk (born February 3, 1941) is an American professional wrestler and wrestling trainer. He is the son of Dory Funk and brother of Terry Funk, and was the promoter of the Amarillo, Texas-based Western States Sports promotion. He is credited with the invention of the Texas cloverleaf submission hold and runs the Funking Conservatory, a professional wrestling school.
Funk held the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship once. He is the second-longest reigning NWA World Heavyweight Champion of all time, holding it for over four years. Only Lou Thesz held it longer. He also held the WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship once and the CWA World Heavyweight Championship once. He is a 2009 WWE Hall of Fame inductee. He is working for All Japan Pro Wrestling as the Pacific Wrestling Federation (PWF) chairman.. Overall in major professional wrestling promotions, he is a one-time world champion consisting of the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship which is widely recognized as a counterpart to the WWE Championship.
Professional wrestling career
Funk's career in professional wrestling began in 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. Funk'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. Funk was supported by the whole West Texas State University football team and the Tascosa High School amateur wrestling team. He was doing his student teaching as coach of the Tascosa High wrestling team under coach James Kyle.
National Wrestling Alliance (1963–1987)
Funk started in his father's Amarillo, Texas-based Western States Sports promotion and fought Harley Race, Iron Mike DiBiase and Wild Bull Curry. He demonstrated a rugged hard-hitting style that gained attention. He would eventually move on to Florida, Missouri and Japan where his skills improved as he used uppercut forearm smashes, a variety of suplexes and leglocks. Funk won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship from Gene Kiniski on February 11, 1969  in Tampa, Florida with a spinning toe hold 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 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. He performed regularly throughout the NWA, particularly in the Mid-Atlantic and Ontario as a heel, Georgia, Florida and Central States regions, through the 1970s and early 1980s. In Toronto he fought Ric Flair for the NWA championship on October 17, 1982. Flair retained the title.
In 1987 he feuded with Mike Rotunda in Florida. Rotunda defeated Funk for the vacant Florida Heavyweight title on June 7. Later on a lot of the matches ended in draws.
All Japan Pro Wrestling (1973–1987)
In 1973, Funk made his debut for All Japan Pro Wrestling which had just started the year before. Eventually he became a veteran of the company. He feuded with Giant Baba, The Destroyer, Jumbo Tsuruta, Abdullah The Butcher, The Sheik, Genichiro Tenryu, and Harley Race. Terry Funk and him worked a lot as a tag team a series of matches against Abdullah the Butcher and The Sheik; and Giant Baba and Jumbo Tsuruta.
His biggest achievement in All Japan was winning the NWA International Heavyweight Championship three times. He won a tournament for the vacant heavyweight title defeating Terry on April 30, 1981. He dropped the title to Butch Reed that June. Later he defeated Reed in August. On October 9 he dropped the title to Bruiser Brody in Tokyo. He regained the title form Brody on November 1. Eventually he lost the title to Brody on April 21, 1982 in Osaka.
World Wrestling Federation (1986)
In 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 storyline brother Jimmy Jack Funk, who in truth had no relation to the Funk family. They were managed by Jimmy Hart. He would feud with Junkyard Dog. They feuded with The British Bulldogs. Funk wrestled his last WWF match to Pedro Morales at the Sam Muchunik Memorial Tournament on August 29.
World Wrestling Council and various promotions (1987–1989)
On September 20, 1987, he and Terry teamed up and lost to The Road Warriors by disqualification at World Wrestling Council 14th Anversario in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. On February 27, 1988, Funk participated in World Wrestling Council's La Copa Gillette tournament beating Bruiser Brody in the first round but later that day he lost to Carlos Colon in the quarter finals.
Return to All Japan Pro Wrestling (1990–1996)
In October 1990 both Terry and Dory returned to All Japan. They wrestled in tag team matches until Terry left the promotion in April 1991 and went back to North America. Dory found a new partner, Al Perez and they won World's Strongest Tag Determination League Teamwork Award later that year. They lost to Andre the Giant and Giant Baba on November 30, 1991 in Obihiro. At the end of the year Perez left Japan and returned to the United States. In 1992 he once again teamed up with Baba. Later on he teamed with numerous partners. From 1990-1996 he feuded with Abdullah the Butcher and Giant Kimala. He left Japan at the end of 1996.
Extreme Championship Wrestling (1994, 1997)
In 1994 Funk made his debut for Extreme Championship Wrestling. He reunited with Terry for the first time in three years. Terry was a main star for the company. They feuded with The Public Enemy during Dory's stay in ECW. On June 26 they teamed up with Tommy Dreamer to defeat Hack Meyers and Public Enemy on ECW Hardcore TV. They lost to Public Enemy at ECW Heat Wave 1994 in a No Rope Barbed Wire match.
Later years (1993–present)
He made an appearance for World Championship Wrestling at the Slamboree 1993: A Legends Reunion Pay-Per-View, wrestling Nick Bockwinkel to a time limit draw in 15 minutes. Funk had Gene Kiniski in his corner and Bockwinkel had Verne Gagne in his corner.
On September 11, 1997 Dory took part in Terry Funk Presents Wrestle Fest: 50 Years Of Funk event. Terry was planning to retire from wrestling for the first time. That night, Dory defeated Rob Van Dam in an upset victory.
He won the NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship for the fourth time since 1981 defeating Steve Keirn on November 7, 1997. Then he would hold the title until August 15, 2000 when the title was vacated.
Funk returned to Puerto Rico for WWC Friday Madness where he defeated Carlos Colon on May 20, 2005.
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, Funk appeared on the show to have an interview with Jeremy Borash.
From 2015 to 2018 Funk has wrestled for Tokyo Gurentai. His last match was against another student of his Osamu Nishimura which ended in a 10-minute draw on November 28, 2018. With the finals seconds left in the match, Funk pinned Nishimura which ended at the count of 2 when the bell rang as time was up.
For the first time, 2019 was the first year that Funk never wrestled a match that year.
On Leap year 2020 Funk teamed with The Steiner Brothers (Rick and Scott) to defeat the team of Blain Rage, Jake Logan, and Shane Chung at Funking Conservatory in Ocala, Florida. He is still wrestling at 79 years old.
Second return to All Japan (2008)
Third return to All Japan (2013–2017)
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 Omori and Último Dragón, with Funk submitting Fuchi for the win. On May 30, 2015 he teamed with old student Genichiro Tenryu and Nosawa Rongai for Tenryu Project to beat Kohei Suwama, Hikaru Sato and Atsushi Aoki. Funk's next match with All Japan took place on May 31, 2015, when he and Nishimura wrestled Fuchi and Yoshiaki Fujiwara to a twenty-minute time limit draw. He returned to All Japan the next month to team with Fuchi and Ultimo Dragon to beat his student Nishimura, Masao Inoue and Soma Takao. His last match for All Japan was on November 28, 2017 teaming with Nishimura, The Great Kabuki and his student Dalton Drellich as they defeated Fuchi, Great Kojika, Atsushi Maruyama and Daisuke Sekimoto in Yokohama.
Funking Conservatory (1991–present)
Funk is currently the coach of the Funking Conservatory Professional Wrestling School in Ocala, Florida and teaches the Dory Funk Method of Professional Wrestling. It had a branch affiliated with the World Wrestling Federation called the "Funkin' Dojo. Dory's students included Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, Christian Cage, Lita, Kurt Angle, Mansoor, Mickie James, Edge, Ted DiBiase, and Test. His wife Marti runs BANG TV in which Dory's matches are featured.
Dory married his first wife, Jimmie, on June 8, 1960. Together, they have three children: Dory III, Adam Dirk, and Penny. They also have five grandchildren. 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 1980, Dory met his second and current wife, Marti; the couple married in 1989. They have two children.
Championships and accomplishments
- All Japan Pro Wrestling
- NWA International Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- World's Strongest Tag Determination League (1977, 1979, 1982) - with Terry Funk
- NWA International Heavyweight Championship Tournament (1981)
- World's Strongest Tag Determination League Technical Award (1977) - with Terry Funk
- World's Strongest Tag Determination League Teamplay Award (1980) – with Terry Funk
- World's Strongest Tag Determination League Distinguished Service Medal Award (1984) - with Terry Funk
- World's Strongest Tag Determination League Skill Award (1985) - with Giant Baba 
- World's Strongest Tag Determination League Technique Award (1986) – with Terry Funk
- World's Strongest Tag Determination League Technique Award (1987) – with Terry Funk
- World's Strongest Tag Determination League Excellent Team Award (1990) - with Terry Funk
- World's Strongest Tag Determination League Teamwork Award (1991) - with Al Perez
- Cauliflower Alley Club
- 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)
- Continental Wrestling Association
- George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame
- Class of 2011
- Georgia Championship Wrestling
- International Championship Wrestling
- Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling
- National Wrestling Alliance
- NWA Hollywood Wrestling
- 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
- Stanley Weston Award (2014)
- 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
- Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Stanley Weston Achievement Award
- Southwest Championship Wrestling
- St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame
- Class of 2008
- St. Louis Wrestling Club
- Stampede Wrestling
- NWA International Tag Team Championship (Calgary version) (1 time) - with Larry Lane
- Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame (Class of 1995)
- Tokyo Sports
- 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 (2 times) - with Terry Funk
- World Wrestling Council
- World Wrestling Entertainment
- WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2009)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- Other titles
- New York Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
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