Jesse Barr

Title History


  • Florida Heavyweight title defeating Scott McGhee (October 14, 1984);
  • Florida Heavyweight title defeating Brian Blair (February 12, 1985);
  • NWA (Florida) United States Tag Team titles w/Rick Rude defeating Jay Youngblood & Mark Youngblood (April 16, 1985);
  • NWA (Florida) Southern Heavyweight title defeating Lex Luger (January 15, 1986);
  • NWA Mid-America Heavyweight title -as Jimmy Jack Funk- defeating Jeff Jarrett (November 2, 1987);
  • NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team titles w/Art Barr defeating The Bruise Brothers (January 19, 1992);
  • NWA (WCCW) Texas Tag Team titles w/John Tatum defeating Steve Simpson & Shaun Simpson (September 5, 1988);
  • (Japan) Championship Wrestling International Alliance International Tag Team titles w/Ryuma Go (December 3, 1992);
  • (Japan) Championship Wrestling International Alliance International Tag Team titles w/Ryuma Go (August 25, 1993);


Career Highlights

Championship Wrestling from Florida:

  • 1984-85: Jesse Barr was working as one of the top heels in the Florida territory, teaming with Ravishing Rick Rude..
  • 1986: Jesse Barr turned into a babyface and was in the middle of a great program with Lex Lugerwhen he left the area..World Wrestling Federation:
  • Jesse Barr popped up in the World Wrestling Federation as “Jimmy Jack Funk”, a “fictional” brother of Terry & Hoss (Dory) Funk..
  • July 26, 1986 – Live Event: Jesse Barr (pre-JJ Funk) & Dory Funk Jr wrestled The Iron Sheik & Nickolai Volkoff..
  • August 28, 1986 – The Big Event: The Killer Bees beat Jimmy Jack & Hoss Funk w/Jimmy Hart..
  • January 3, 1987 – SNME: Blackjack Mulligan pinned Jimmy Jack Funk..Portland Wrestling:
  • Jesse Barr is now working in the construction business in the Portland, Oregon area..

    Jay Amber wrote During his 1984-85 tour of Championship Wrestling from Florida, at a televised match, Jesse Barr grabbed legendary commentor Gordon Solie and shook him. He then grabbed co-commentator and retired wrestler Buddy Colt, shaking and ‘punching’ him the mouth. Colt fell behind the commentator’s table and emerged with a busted lip. Both Solie and Colt played it to the hilt..


Michael J Salyers wrote I was looking through your site reading up on some of my favorite wrestlers I grew up watching and came to Jesse Barr aka Jimmy Jack Funk . I used to watch Florida championship wrestling every saturday morning and saw there is alot of info missing on your site as far as championships he has held . At one point Jesse would parade around looking like an idiot because he was the co-holder of the US tag champs as well as the Florida championship which he won from Lex Luger by using a hand full of tights and he was also the US TV champ which he won from Dusty Rhodes in a non-televised event . He was a US Tag Team Champion with Rick Rude but when they lost the championship , Rude turned on him and started tagging with Manny Fernandez and that team went onto Jim Crockett’s WCW and became world Tag Champs. This is about the time Jesse hit a losing streak in Florida and ICW and was made Jimmy Jack Funk , side kick to the Funk Brothers and all 3 faded into obscurity after a short run in the WWF / WWE . Not trying to be an ass just thought the info. may be useful ….