Funk talks his greatest challengers during four plus years as world champion
Saturday, 04 June 2011 11:43
In Dory Funk Jr.'s Corner - Who was the best?
Not an easy question to answer.
It seemed like my opponents were at their best challenging for the NWA World Championship.
Jack Brisco was the best more times than any other as I faced Jack Brisco for the NWA World Championship more than 200 times over 4 1/2 years as champion. Jacks amateur wrestling skills were the best.
John Valentine was the one of the toughest. Most memorable was a match with John Valentine in Houston, Texas. I won the 1st fall, John won the 2nd and I had the advantage as time ran out. I asked for 5 more minutes to finish him off. In the overtime, John turned it around and had the advantage and asked for another 5 minute extension. I refused accepting the draw and left Houston with the NWA World Championship to return again, and again, and again.
In Japan, my best matches were against Giant Baba, Great Muta, Antonio Inoki and Jumbo Tsuruta. Jumbo (Jumbo trained with me for pro-wrestling in Amarillo, Texas).
I may have learned the most wrestling Manchester England's Billy Robinson in the Calgary Territory in Canada. (7 one hour matches in 7 days throughout the territory) I finally I got a victory over Billy in Red Deer Alberta Canada on the 8th match in 8 days.
Outstanding opponents were Lou Thesz in St. Louis, Gene Kiniski in St. Louis, Wahoo McDaniel in Houston, Lord Alfred Hayes in Amarillo, The Original Sheik in Detroit, Dick The Bruiser in St. Louis.
Truth is as NWA World Champion, I faced so many great wrestlers in would be impossible to name the best.
In Macon Georgia, Bob Armstrong and I drew more fans to the Macon Coliseum than Elvis who was there the week before. Bob and I were proud of the accomplishment.
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