In Funk's Corner
Today  6/4/04
By Dory Funk Jr.
Bill Apter to Appear on !BANG!

The Dean of Wrestling writers and photographers, Bill Apter will be at the Dory Funk Arena in Ocala, Florida at Skatemania for our !BANG! TV taping. (Sunday June 20th. Doors open at 6:00pm and show time is 7:00pm.) We have confirmed the date with Mr. Apter and are in negotiation for him to bring his Championship Office Wrestling Belt for a possible title defense here at the Funking Conservatory. It is said in professional wrestling that the quality of the championship belt is directly related to the skills of the champion and the quality of the challengers. It is a fact that Bill Apter has successfully defended his C.O.W belt against the challenges of Jimmy Valiant, Rob Van Dam, Dan Severn, Superfly Jimmy Snuka and yes even me. I challenged Bill Apter in his office in Pennsylvania. To gain the victory, Apter used the leg of a chair, a telephone cord and a water cooler bottle as weapons. I guess if it is office wrestling, anything in the office is legal. 

Bill Apter has been writing about professional wrestling for 35 years going back to the days of the wrestling wars between myself and Jack Brisco and the Dean of Wrestling announcers Gordon Sole. Bill Apter has earned the title, the Dean of Wrestling Writers. You can check out Bill Apter's Online Magazine at his web site, www.allaboutwrestling.com  . 

New Japan Pro-Wrestling's Osamu Nishimura will wrestle on !BANG! TV Sunday June 20th. Osamu Nishimura is one of the best wrestlers in Japan. If you like the Japanese style of wrestling you won't want to miss his appearance on !BANG! Nishimura was trained by Hiro Matsuda, Antonio Inoki and Dory Funk Jr. His opponent for the !BANG! TV Taping will be named soon.

We are proud of our alumni - Gene Sniski a former football player from University of Missouri and alumni of the Funking Conservatory has signed a contract with WWE. Gene was playing for Missouri in one of the most famous games in college football when visiting Colorado was awarded a fifth down (actually two second downs) and scored on what everyone thought was fourth down as time expired to beat Missouri 33-31 on the way to an 11-1 season and a shared national title with Georgia Tech.

Our congratulations to Silvan Granier, Funking Conservatory Alumni who along with his partner, Rob Conway became WWE World Tag Team champions on Raw Monday night. 

Our next !BANG! TV Taping will be at the Dory Funk Arena inside Skatemania in Ocala, Florida on June 20th. Bill Apter, Osamu Nishimura, Adam Windsor, Flex Cassidy, Marvela, The Claw, Missy Hyatt, Erick Dillon, Bret Van Michael, Ellison Fenton, Paul Woodring, Simba and many more.  Ticket Prices are $15 at the door, $12 if reserved in advanced and $8 for children. For more information, call 342-895-4658 or E-mail Dory Funk. Advanced Ticket Reservations are available on our home page - www.dory-funk.com. If you would like to join the Funking Conservatory and train to be a wrestler, contact us by E-mail or phone.