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Sabu Throws Fire in the Face of Dory Funk Jr.

Funk's Corner - By Dory Funk Jr.



At the top of Raw, Paul Heyman announced that despite all of the controversy swirling around One Night Stand, Rob Van Dam was the new WWE Champion. Because the match was an ECW Rules Match, everything that occurred in the match was legal.

From the time I first met Rob Van Dam at a show in South Georgia, It was evident he was going to make it big in professional wrestling.

Pay Heyman went on to say that Edge blatantly interfered and he (Heyman) did make the three count as opposed to the original referee. He said that since there were no rules in ECW, the title change counted. He said since Edge was the number one contender, RVD would defend the title against him at Vengeance and invited Edge to the premiere of ECW on Sci Fi tomorrow night.

In my first match against RVD in South, Georgia we wrestled to a time limit draw. RVD wasn't satisfied and asked for five extra minutes which the referee granted. After the overtime RVD wanted to continue. I had had enough of RVD for the night and gratefully accepted the draw.

I wrestled RVD again in Japan and watched as he became one of the most popular American wrestlers in a place where the work is hard, Especially when he was facing the likes of Bruiser Brody, Stan Hansen, Giant Baba, Jumbo Tsuruta, Steve Williams and Superfly Snuka every night.

RVD is at the top of the wrestling business. He is WWE Champion and the ECW World Champion.

We are proud of the accomplishments of RVD and we wish him and Sonya a hearty Congratulations.

On our website on !BANG! TV 24/7, one of our featured matches is Rob Van Dam vs Dory Funk Jr. from Wrestlefest in Amarillo, Texas in 1996.

Dory Funk Jr. - Coach of the Funking Conservatory


Funk's Corner by Dory Funk Jr.


There is a resurgence in interest in professional wrestling not seen since the days of the WWE / WCW rating wars going head up on television in the same time slot.

With a 3.1 rating on Wednesday night on USA Network ECW is off to a strong start. They will present their first Pay Per View This Sunday night with One Night Stand. TNA has done it's highest rating recently and will produce their most interesting Pay Per View yet Sunday June 18th with their production of Slammiversary and the King of the Mountain Match for the NWA World Championship with Christian Cage defending. Raw's production of Vengeance is coming June 25th at 7:30pm. Add to that coming Smackdown Pay Per View plus the various productions of the Shoot Fighting and Ultimate Fighting companies and you can see there have not been as many wrestlers working since the glory days of the NWA and other territories in the 1970's. We are entering the most exciting time in professional wrestling yet.

Our Attorney Jimmy Gooding has released another still frame of the Sabu / Dory Funk Jr. match from the Funking Conservatory showing the expression of surprise on the face of  Referee, Claudia Reiff (The Claw) taken only a fraction of a second before she was engulfed in the flame released from the hand of Sabu. This astonishing photo is now available at our website.

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Funk's Corner - King of the Mountain - Rules
Sam Muchnick is rolling over in his grave. Nick Gulas would have a smile on his face, Eddie Graham would be intently interested in a new concept and Dory Funk Sr. would be booking a version of the King of the Mountain Match in Amarillo, Texas.
The King of the Mountain Match is an original creation of TNA. Five wrestlers will compete for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
NWA World Champion, Christian Cage, Former NWA World Champion, Jeff Jarrett, Former NWA World Champion, Ron Killings, Former WCW World Champion, Sting and Former NWA World Tag Team Champion, Abyss with his manager James Mitchell.
Like other stipulation matches it is important that you know the rules of the match. Just as it is important to know the rules for football, basketball, hockey, NASCAR or soccer.
King of the Mountain Rules:
Five competitors including the NWA World Heavyweight Champion all having equal opportunity.
King of the Mountain is similar to a ladder match except you have to hang the belt instead of retrieving it.
The five competitors in the match start out as "ineligible" to win. In order to earn eligibility, a wrestler must score a pinfall or submission on an opponent which will allow them to retrieve the belt and attempt to hang it by climbing one of the available ladders and utilizing the hook suspended above the ring.
The opponent who is pinned or submitted is forced to spend 2 minutes in a penalty box cage. In the event that a wrestler is currently in the cage when another is forced to spend time there, both men are left in the cage, often resulting in the two fighting inside the cage or forming some sort of partnership.
A TNA official maintains control of the belt and circles the ring staying out of the way of the action as much as possible. When a wrestler wishes to hang the belt, he must retrieve it from the official. Once the belt is in play, any other wrestler who is eligible may attempt to steal the belt and hang it. Once the belt has been dropped and no wrestler is attempting to hang it, a referee returns the belt to the official.
In this the forth King of the Mountain Match, NWA World Champion Christian Cage will be attempting to be the first to remain NWA World Champion after entering the King of the Mountain Match.

In my opinion, Christian Cage and Jeff Jarrett must be considered favorites because of their experience in stipulation matches however they must  overcome the athleticism of Ron Killings, the viciousness of Abyss with the brains of James Mitchell and the power and experience of Sting.

In late breaking news, Samoa Joe vs Scott Steiner has been added to Slammiversary. For the complete card check this website under the Pay Per View Heading.

Watch iMPACT! this Thursday at 12:00 midnight on Spike TV. Then enjoy an evening of entertainment on Pay Per View Sunday Night June 18th at 8:00pm Eastern 5:00pm Pacific.

Dory Funk Jr. - Funking Conservatory - For the best in Pro Wrestling training