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Funk’s Corner – NWA World Championship in St. Louis Dory Funk Jr. vs Dick The Bruiser

Information credit Larry Matysik – From the Golden Era, St. Louis Wrestling Record Book.

On December 5th 1969, Dick The Bruiser was a huge babyface as He won a Texas Death Match over Black Jack Lanza with Bobby Heenan in Lanza’s corner.

January 9, 1970 Kiel Auditorium, (att. 11,434 Sellout) Dory Funk Jr, NWA World Champion won over Dick The Bruiser. Bruiser took the first fall and appeared to have a three count on Funk for a second straight fall before referee Joe Schoenberger saw Bruiser using the ropes. The referee reversed the decision and disqualified Bruiser for the second fall. Bruiser went berserk, punched Shoengerger, hit Funk with a chair and was then disqualified for the third fall and the match. Afterward, Athletic Commissioner Eddie Davidson suspended Bruiser indefinitely.

(Larry Matysik’s thoughts – Fans in 2007 and 2008 talk about the mixed reaction to John Cena, but this one was completely unique. Dory Funk Jr. was a favorite, and The Bruiser definitely was the “People’s Choice,” especially after his fued against Lanza and Heenan. The crowd was totally split, in a constant uproar, and completely beside themselves when Dick’s outburst led to his disqualification).

May 21, 2011, Dory Funk Jr. returns to St. Louis

Here is the May 21 lineup for East Carondelet, Ill. Community Center
Promoters Larry Matysik and Herb Simmons

Dory Funk, Jr. and Danny Boy Hawkins and Gary Jackson
Ron Powers and Kevin X and Sean Vincent
2 out of 3 falls

Big Texan vs. Dave Vaughn

Funking Conservatory Wrestling’s World Champion, Luke Spencer vs. Bobby Dee
Ace Hawkins vs. Brandon Espinosa
Waco vs. Chaz Wesson
LMC vs. Tony Raze
Plus one Wrestling Match from Funking Conservatory Wrestling Officiated by Claudia “The Claw” Reiff
For Ticket Information, call 618-286-3393

Friday, May 20 at the Community Center
8 p.m. Meet in person Dory Funk, Jr (Talk Dory Funk about Sam Muchnick and all the wrestlers who made St. Louis one of the Greatest Wrestling Cities in World)
For Ticket Information, call 618-286-3393
Now online at – The history of Dory Funk Jr. as NWA World Champion in St. Louis – (4 1/2 years)

The next !BANG! TV Taping comes to Funking Conservatory Wrestling Saturday May 28th, Support Your Troops 66, “Parade of Champions.”

Tickets are available online now at – You may also call 352-895-4658 for more ticket information.

If you would like to become a professional wrestler and appear weekly on !BANG! TV and Premium !BANG! TV, Call Now – 352-895-4658 or visit -

Dory Funk Jr. is the coach of WWE, TNA, NXT Lucha and Japanese Wrestling Talent

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