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Date: April 4, 2009
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WrestleMania 25 Event Information
I have not seen the movie, "The Wrestler," however based on what I have heard,
Mickey Rouark did a remarkable job of acting and is deserving of an Oscar
Nimination and could very well win the Best Actor Award for his performance.
Professional wrestling during the "Golden Era" of the National Wrestling
Alliance and the Wrestling Territories of the 60's, 70's and early 80's, was
sometimes referred to as "Old School."
The wrestlers and promoters I knew
(Days of the Territories or Old School) were professional athletes, business men
and family oriented athletes. They were also well respected and contributors to
the communities in which they lived.
I am refering to athletes like Dory Funk Sr., Terry Funk, Wahoo McDaniel,
Gene Kiniski, John Valentine, Jack Brico, Jerry Brisco, Fritz Von Erich, Eddie
Graham, Bob Geigel, Stu Hart, Bret Hart and the entire Hard Family, Chauvo
Guerrero, Harley Race, Ric Flair, Sam Muchnick, Jim Crockett, Eddie Farhat, Gory
Guerrero, Paul Boesch, Nick Gulas, Roy Shire, Pat Patterson, Ray Stevens, Jim
Barnett, Bruno Sammartino, Vince McMahon Sr. and the list could go on and on.
Professional Wrestling as I knew the "Sport" was a First Class Business.
Dory Funk Jr.'s Speech as
Given at the WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
“This Great Sport,” Professional Wrestling has been my life. My father, Dory
Funk Sr. was my wrestling coach. I had my first wrestling match when I was just
7 years old.
I have wrestled over 10,000 matches, I have been slammed to the mat over 100,000
times, I have bled untold gallons of blood.
I have driven 2,000,000 miles and I have flown 2,000,000 more miles to make my
I've flown 70 times across the Pacific Ocean to wrestle for All Japan
Pro-wrestling and on hundreds of occasions wrestled two matches in the same day.
I have wrestled over 330 matches a year.
Would I do it all over again? In a New York Minute I WOULD!
My proudest moment in professional wrestling came on February 11, 1969 when I
won the National Wrestling Alliance World Championship in Tampa, Florida from
Gene Kiniski. My Father, Dory Funk Sr. was in my corner.
Dad put his arm around me and said, "Son, If you never accomplish anything else
in professional wrestling, You have done as much as a man can do."
Now, Terry and I are being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. This is my
proudest moment in professional wrestling.
My Father, Dory Funk Sr. guided my career in professional wrestling.
My Mother, Dorothy Culver Funk only recently passed away January 30th of this
It was Mother who drove 30 miles every day so We could stay after school to
practice football. It was Mother who was there cheering for me. When Coach
Wheelock said, "Funk you line up on defense“, and I didn't know which side of
the ball was defense.
Mother unconditionally loved and protected us. Thank You Mom for all the love
you gave, I know you are proud of us both.
I would like to thank all of the people who have helped me along the way.
My Wife, business partner, friend and lover, Marti Funk, Thank You
My children, Dr. Dory Funk, from Paonia Colorado, My Daughter - Penny Dustman,
Teacher in the Amarillo School System and My Youngest Son, Adam Dirk Funk,
Computer Technical Facilitator for the Amarillo School System, Thank You.
My thanks to the President and Owner of All Japan Pro Wrestling, The Great Muta,
Osamu Nishimura, Masanobu Fuchi.
To our Funking Conservatory Wrestling School Athletes who have made the trip
from Florida to Houston to be with us to celebrate this occasion, Johnny Magnum,
Wahoo McDaniel Jr. the Claw, Claudia Reiff, Jumbo Elvis, 7' 4" Tall and 450
pound, Jason The Giant, and our production team from !BANG! TV, Marti Funk Thank
you all very much.
To the entire Hart Family of Calgary Alberta, Thank you for some of my most fun
times in wrestling.
I remember Ninety minute matches with Wahoo McDaniel and John Valentine in
Houston to sell out crowds at the Sam Houston Coliseum
Another ninety minute match came in Jacksonville, Florida against Jack Brisco. I
faced Jack Brisco as a challenger to the World Title around the world. We had
More than 100 one hour wrestling matches. Thank You Jack, for all the great
matches and the credibility you bring to professional wrestling.
To Jerry Brisco for some of the hottest Tag Team matches with you and Jack
against Terry and myself, Thank you.
To more challengers to the World Championship, Hall of Famer Fritz Von Erich,
(In Texas Stadium)
To the entire Guerrero Family from El Paso, Texas Your Father, Gory Guerrero and
your mother brought a wonderful family to professional wrestling. Thank you very
I am proud to have had an International Impact on professional wrestling from
the days of the regional territories that continues to the present through our
Funking Conservatory Wrestling School and our relationship with All Japan Pro
Wrestling and now through World Wrestling Entertainment with my Induction to the
WWE Hall of Fame.
I am proud to be a part of the wrestling world through the internet and online
broadcasting with !BANG! TV
Only Texas is big enough to hold this event, the induction of Stone Cold Steve
Austin and the Funk Brothers, Ricky Steamboat, the Von Erichs, Cowboy Bill Watts
the "Bird Man" himself Koko B Ware.. and Howard Finkel. It is an honor to be
WrestleMania 25 features six wrestlers I have had the privilege of coaching on
their way to becoming Super Stars. Edge, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Mark Henry,
Christian, and Mickie James. Seeing their success makes my heart just swell this
Thank you for the highlight of my career
Vince, Linda, Stephanie, Triple H, Shane