Name: Dory Funk, Jr.
Year Inducted: 2005
Induction Category: Modern Era

Dory Funk, Jr.

Dory Funk Jr. was born on February 19, 1941 in Amarillo, Texas. He is the son of the late Dory Funk, Sr., famed wrestler and legendary NWA promoter. He played offensive guard at West Texas State University from 1959 to 1962. He won the NWA World Heavyweight Title by defeating Gene Kiniski into submission with the Spinning Toehold on February 11, 1969 at the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in Tampa, Florida. He dropped the NWA World Heavyweight Title on May 24, 1973 to Harley Race in Kansas City, Missouri.

Dory Funk, Jr. wrestled Antonio Inoki to a 60-minute draw on December 2, 1969 in Osaka, Japan. He began feuding with Jack Brisco in 1970 and this fued permanently cemented his place as a legend in pro wrestling history. It was also during the 1970's and 1980's that Dory became a significant force within the late Shohei “Giant” Baba’s All Japan Pro Wrestling.

In 1980, Dory Funk, Jr. moved to Florida and became the booker for Eddie Graham's Championship Wrestling from Florida. That same year, he met his future wife, Marti McKinley. The two married in 1984.

Dory has wrestled his brother Terry only twice. The first time was in Fukuoka, Japan in the finals of a tournament in 1980. Dory came out on top when he pinned his brother with a rolling cradle at the 50-minute mark of the match. The second match occurred on April 30, 1981. That night, Dory was awarded the vacant NWA International Heavyweight Title and his first title defense was against Terry.

Dory spent nine months in the World Wrestling Federation during the 1980's before he returned to All Japan Pro Wrestling. He wrestled a classic 15-minute draw against Nick Bockwinkel for WCW’s Slamboree pay-per-view event in May 1993 at the Omni in Atlanta, Georgia.

Funk’s legacy continues through his Funking Conservatory Dojo in Ocala, Florida. He also has three children, Dory III, Penny, and Adam. He is also an accomplished trainer, having training thepeople such as Bret Hart, Ted DiBiase, Genichiro Tenryu, Stan Hansen, Bob Backlund, the late Jumbo Tsuruta, Adam Windsor, Kurt Angle, Lita, Edge, Christian, Val Venis, Test, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, and others.

We at the PWHF are pleased the induct Dory Funk, Jr.. The Funks become the second set of brothers to be inducted into PWHF immortality.

- Brian Westcott

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