Letter to Dave Meltzer


In response to the last Observer I would like space to respond.



(A quote from The Observer)

"In 1973, Dory Funk claimed a ranch accident and a shoulder separation a
few days before he was scheduled to drop the NWA World Title to Jack
Brisco on March 2 in Houston. He was out of action for two months, which
bought time to get the board to change its mind, although, ultimately,
the beneficiary of that was Race, who got the title as a shooter from
Funk to ass ot Brisco about a week after Funk returned."

In response:

The Business is a Work. The Accident Was Real

Thirty Years After the Fact

The Pickup Truck accident occurred on Wednesday afternoon on the Flying
Mare Ranch just south Umbarger, Texas owned by my father, Dory Funk Sr.
We were moving cattle from the plateau down to the government lease
valley below. Terry and my father were on foot and I was in the pickup
truck. The herd broke toward Sierra Blanca Creek and in the truck I
pursued, watching the cattle. With my eyes on the cattle, I plunged down
a six foot drop-off into the creek. An ambulance was called and I was
pulled from the icy waters and taken to Neblett Hospital in Canyon,
Texas. (It was early spring, but I remember a thin coat of ice on the

On Friday March 2nd, 1973 My father, Dory Funk Sr. received calls from
Fritz Von Erich and Sam Muchnick to see if there was some way I could
walk in the ring and complete the performance. (With seventeen stitches
in my face and a dangling right arm that I couldn't lift from my side)

All the plans of Jack Brisco, Sam Muchnick, Eddie Graham, Fritz Von
Erich Paul Boesch and the Board of Directors of the NWA were upset.

Nobody even bothered to ask, how I was doing?

In those days there was no medical insurance available to professional
wrestlers and naturally no worker's benefits in the wrestling business.
Just as the above mentioned had reason to be upset because it interfered
with their plans to make money, I was also upset suffering two months
loss of work and medical expenses, costing our family business (Amarillo
Territory) and myself  lot's of money, not to mention the loss of my
father's pickup truck.

"It is the wrestling business that is a work. The accident was real."

There was a saying in the wrestling business, "Nobody pays to see
cripples." In the day and time that this happen and for many years after
the code of the business was keep the business to yourself .  We did not
talk smart about anything in the wrestling business, however, times
change and now  the time has come to speak up for myself and family.

Dory Funk Jr.

E-mail Dory Funk Jr.
Visit Dory Funk's Home Page
Join the Funking Conservatory