Funk's Corner

Ed Strangler Lewis

100 Years of Tradition


The Goodfellow "Gino Cambino," Sign Guy, The Royal Stud, Dory Funk, Sampson, The Claw, Leon Scott and Tiziana
In the photo, Ed Strangler Lewis (Four Time NWA World Heavyweight Champion) and Dory Funk Sr.

Ed Strangler Lewis came to Amarillo, Texas as advisor and trainer to Dory Funk Sr. as he prepared to challenge the great
Lou Thesz for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

Ed Strangler Lewis was a professional wrestler at the turn of the century, the twentieth century, before income tax. He was
NWA World Champion during the "Great Depression," drawing huge gates. He was the master of the headlock, squeezing
his opponents until they passed out.

According to Ed Strangler Lewis, "The 'Strangler' term stuck to me, because early in my wrestling career, I originated a
headlock, being convinced that the human brain would yield to pressure, and that if such pressure was consistently applied, it
would constitute a knockout just as sure as a solid punch to the jaw by a hard-hitting boxer. I devised a wooden facsimile
of a human head. It was split down the center, the two halves connected by powerful steel springs. To increase the power of
my grip, I carried this gadget with me, and worked on it for hours, until I had developed a grip that could crack a skull, and
would certainly stun the recipient. But it was not a stranglehold. Never in the course of my long career was I disqualified for
seeking to strangle an opponent, by putting pressure on the throat. The pressure was on the head, through the jaw. It took a
bit longer than a hard-hitting boxer's blow to the jaw, to effect a knockout, but it had the same result. Pressure cut off the
blood supply to the brain.

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!BANG! will air on WRBW UPN 65 out of Orlando, Florida every Saturday
at 6:30am. UPN 65 will increase our coverage to over two million homes in
Orlando, Daytona, Melbourne, Lakeland, Ocala and Central Florida. UPN-
65 broadcasts at 5,000,000 Watts from a 1600' tower in Orange County.
Orlando is the largest entertainment market outside New York and Los Angeles.
Exposure in this market could be critical to your career in sports entertainment.
 
!BANG! is now a weekly TV Taping giving our wrestlers more opportunity
to perform under fire. Here at the Funking Conservatory, our students
are on camera daily and perform in front of an audience on weekly !BANG!,
now accessible to millions of viewers in the Orlando area.

At the Dory Funk Arena we have limited seating. We invite our fans to "Bring
Your Own Chair" and reserve your chair space. Tickets for !BANG! weekly are
only $5.00. On June 28th, you won't want to miss "The Big !BANG!" Tickets for
The Big Bang are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

New Japan Pro-wrestling's Osamu Nishimura will be on the card for the "Big
!BANG!" along with the First Lady of Professional Wrestling, Missy Hyatt.
For ticket information you can call:
352-895-4658
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