Dory Funk, Jr. Reflects on His NWA Title Run and More
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 05.27.2014
A new interview with Dory...
- Here is Dory Funk, Jr. speaking with the In Your Head Wrestling show about his career, along with some highlights:
On if it was intentional that Terry was the more hardcore wrestler and he was the more technical wrestler: "I guess it probably reflects our real personalities. You wouldn't believe it, but we both had the same teacher, who was my father, Dory Funk, Sr. He had a side of him that was a great wrestler, he was an amateur wrestler from Indiana University and had a terrific wrestling career, but he also was the king of the Texas Death Matches. Some of the bloodiest battles I'd ever seen in my life took place when I was a kid in Amarillo, Texas, watching my father. So, I guess my brother picked up one side of what my father taught, and I picked up the other side."
On his four-year run as NWA World Champion: "There is nothing like being in the ring performing for the wrestling fans…It's what you do all the hard work in wrestling for; it's for the performance. That's the most pleasure in wrestling. It's not like it was a grind; it was a pleasure. At that time, with the leadership of the National Wrestling Alliance and Sam Muchnick, every place I went was a first-class trip. It was the best hotels; it was fabulous money and a fabulous way of life. It gave me the opportunity to provide my family will all that they needed at that time. I enjoyed every minute of it, especially the time in the ring. There is another part of it that you mention, and that is the part of being away from home, and that's a sacrifice that you have to make, but I think it was good for everybody. I think it was good for family, I think it was good for me, and I certainly enjoyed it and had a wonderful time doing it."