Dory Funk Jr. Talks His Wrestling School, Why He Left WWF, Training Kurt Angle, Wrestling Terry
Dory: We have a screening system. We like to know what their athletic background is, what their goals are, what they would like to achieve. It is important to us, amateur wrestling is a real plus. Judo is a real plus. Football is a real plus. We've had baseball players that have come in and did a tremendous job. A good athletic background is necessary. A good attitude towards the wrestling business is necessary.
Wrestling Inc.: WWE recently opened the Performance Center. I know there are some people that are concerned this will cause wrestlers to only learn one style and only one way to work. What are your thoughts on that?
Dory: I think they've done a tremendous job with it. I think it's, yeah WWE has to look for different styles. I mean my gosh, look at the talent roster. They have so many characters on RAW. It's mind boggling. I don't think everybody's going to work the same, with the same style. I think a wrestling match is something that, it takes a lot of skill, it takes a lot of, you have to see with the audience. More than anything, you've got to listen too. You've got to hear the audience and know what they want, know what they'll react to. Listening is one of the most important things of being a good worker, and we teach that too. We have the opportunity to put our kids in front of 100 people here in FC, that's what our studio will hold. They get the same reaction out of these people as if you were working in front of 10,000.
Wrestling Inc.: I wanted to ask you also about being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009 alongside your brother Terry. What was that experience like?
Dory: It was a fabulous honor. I really, really appreciate it because the bulk of my career was not with WWE, even though I was a trainer for them and I did work with them for almost a year. I thought it was just a tremendous honor and I thank the McMahon family and everybody involved with WWE and the selection. I just couldn't believe it. I was very, very grateful. It's right along with winning the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Being in the WWE Hall of Fame is my highest honor.
Wrestling Inc.: You actually once wrestled Terry, right?
Dory: Yes. I wrestled him once in Japan.
Wrestling Inc.: And you won that match?
Dory: Yes, I was fortunate
Wrestling Inc.: If you could have one last match, one last retirement…
Dory: Triple H!
Wrestling Inc.: Triple H?
Dory: Yes. I would like to challenge Triple H [laughter] Texas Death Match, inside a steel cage.
Wrestling Inc.: Thanks again for your time. Do you have any last comments for the readers of our website?
Dory: Just I would like to thank them so much for the support and for being wrestling fans. If they like what I do I appreciate it very, very much. And thank you so much for the interview and for the opportunity for me to have the interview for your website. Again, just I appreciate it and look forward to everything that comes in the future. Japan to WWE to TNA to the Internet [laughter] to whatever it is, the Funking Conservatory wrestling school. I just keep looking forward to a bright future in all directions.
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