Dory Funk Jr. with a proper "Short Arm Scissors" on Inoki@


Dory Funk Jr. / Antonio Inoki - Yokohama Arena Japan - 3/14/99

Dory's Short Biography

Dory Funk Jr. started wrestling at the age of 7 at Texas Boy's Ranch, 40 miles north of Amarillo, Texas where his father, Dory Funk Sr. was Superintendent of the ranch. (A home for underprivileged kids)

He played Football,  wrestled in High School and went on to play football for the West Texas State University Buffaloes. (1963 Sun Bowl Champions, El Paso Texas)

He turned to Pro Wrestling upon graduation. Dory's  debut match was in Amarillo, Texas against Don Fargo, a.k.a. Jack Dalton in January of 1963.

February 11, 1969 in Tampa Florida, Dory Funk Jr. defeated Gene Kiniski for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. He remained champion for the longest un-interrupted reign of an NWA champion in history, four and a half years.

 In December of 1969 Dory travel to Japan  and wrestled his most famous match in Japan against Antonio Inoki to a one hour draw for the NWA World Championship.

Dory Meets Mr. Inoki for the First Time

Again, in 1970 He returned to Japan and wrestled Antonio Inoki for the NWA World Title.  This time it was best two out of three falls with the match going a fall apiece. Ending in a second one hour draw.

In 1972 Dory returned for the third match against Antonio Inoki. The day of the  match, Mr. Inoki left the company,  Japan Pro Wrestling and formed his own company,  New Japan Pro Wrestling. In his place Dory wrestled Seiji Sakaguchi,  gaining a victory over the current President of New Japan Pro Wrestling.

For twenty nine years even though he had great respect for Mr. Inoki's career and accomplishments, because of his company affiliation Dory had no meaningful communication with Mr. Inoki.

At the March 14, 1999 UFO/NWA wrestling card Dory had the opportunity to meet and speak with Mr. Inoki. Dory said it was so exciting to meet and speak with the man he has respected for many years.

Dory has made many trips to Japan. He has learned some of the culture and language. He has made many friends in Japan and communicates regularly through the Internet and via his home page -

Japanese wrestling fans are welcome to e-mail Dory at Japanese characters and language are welcome.

Dory's Motto
Itsumo ganbate kudasai (Always do your best)

Very Best  Regards  /   Marti Funk



Dory esecutes a, Double Arm Suplex on Mr. Inoki

Dory gets a, "Drop Toe-Hold on Mr. Inoki."


Dory with a, "Long Arm Bar" on Mr. Inoki

Twenty eight years later in Yokohama Japan, Dory and Inoki meet again as Dan Severn defends the NWA World Championship against Japan's Naoya Ogawa. Click Here for the Tale of Yokohama.

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