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Funking Conservatory Press Release

Training at the Funking Conservatory is a Lesson in Pro Wrestling History

Questions often asked about pro wrestling training:

What will I receive in return for the money?

The training program at the Funking Conservatory  will be  tailored to fit your individual needs and to bring you to performance level as soon as possible. An appearance on !BANG! TV is scheduled within one month of training. Television is used on a daily basis for training purposes. You could have a wrestling match in your first day of training. Your performance will be recorded and played world wide on our award winning television show, !BANG! TV.

What is the track record of the owner of the school?

Dory Funk Jr. is a Legend in the wrestling business, selling out buildings as headliner in cities around the word including, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Kansas City, St. Louis, Houston, Miami, Nashville, Memphis, Honolulu, Tampa, Charlotte, St. Louis, Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, San Juan, Detroit, Amarillo, Dallas, Jacksonville, Amarillo, Albuquerque, Greensboro, San Juan, San Antonio, Osaka, Sydney, Lagos, Hokkaido, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Edmonton and many more.

Our Talent will learn what is their special gift, the gift with the heart and effort that will set the pro wrestling world on fire.

Who has trained under the owner now in the wrestling business?

Kurt Angle, Edge, Lita, Mickie James, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Test, Christian Cage, Rhino, Mark Henry, Chris Sabin, Christopher Daniels, Val Venis, Bambi Killer, A-Train, Gene Sniski, Paul London, and more.

Beginning in 1974 with Jumbo Tsuruta, Tendryu ( All Japan), Teddy Dibiase, Stan Hansen, Bob Backlund( Amarillo, Texas)

Additional beneficiaries of the Dory Funk Method of Pro Wrestling  include Giant Baba, Antonio Inoki, Ric Flair,Johnny Ace, RVD, Dr Death Steve Williams,  Sabu, and also Dr Tom Prichard.

What is the  fastest way for talent to show their work to the pro wrestling world?

Our online television show !BANG! TV is the number one online wrestling show on the internet. Our website, www.dory-funk.com is ranked number one among wrestling schools verified by Alexa website rating service, under professional wrestling / schools.

!BANG! TV is in full production and taped once a month with filming ongoing daily with updated ” webbies” of angles and storylines 

What is the safety record of the school?

The Funking Conservatory has the best safety record in the training of pro wrestlers as well as the record for the most talent who have trained with the Dory Funk method making a living in the industry

How extensive is television used for training?

TV is used every day, for interview training and training matches.

Is there a television show associated with the school?

!BANG! TV receives over 100,000 views daily worldwide  as an internet TV show online 24/7.

How soon will I have a real match on television?

Within one month of training you will have a match on !BANG! TV

How clean and safe is the facility?

Our ring and facility are the cleanest in the industry and safety is our top priority.

What alternate training programs are offered at the Funking Conservatory Wrestling School?

At the Funking Conservatory we are coed and have a teenage program. (14 – 17 years old)

The next Teenage program starts July 10 thru August 7.

 We train wrestlers, managers, valets, promoters, writers, announcers and we also offer courses in television videography and production.

We can arrange shoot style and amateur training in the ring along with martial arts training

Where is the Funking Conservatory Wrestling School Located?

The Funking Conservatory is located in Ocala, Florida (One hour north of Orlando on I-75) Orlando is the Airport of choice.

Who trained the Coach of the Funking Conservatory?

Dory Funk Jr. was trained by his father, Dory Funk Sr., Pedro Morales, Pat O’Connor, Gene Kiniski, Verne Gagne, Fritz Von Eric, Eddie Graham, Rick Romero, Iron Mike DiBiase,Lou Thez, Bob Giegel, Jim Barnett, Pat Patterson, Vince McMahon Sr, Sam Muchnick, Johnny Valentine, Jack Brisco, Wahoo McDaniel, the “Original Sheik” Eddie Farhat, and  everyone of the superstars Dory had the privelege to work with over his career.

What has been your current relationship with World Wrestling Entertainment?

WWE Executive Pat Patterson was at our last !BANG! TV Taping on Sunday May 27th and on Monday June 3rd in Tampa, Florida just prior to Raw, Funking Conservatory Athletes, Johnny Magnum, Blain Rage and Shane Chung had training matches with Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Shane McMahon, Dusty Rhodes, John Laurinaitis and talent agents in attendance.

What are the future plans for Coach Dory Funk Jr.?

Dory Funk Jr. will be returning to Stamford, Connecticut with his training program this fall.

Which of your former students have had the most success?

Current WWE World Champion is Edge and current TNA World Champion is Kurt Angle both have trained in the Dory Funk Method of Professional wrestling.

How can I learn more about the history of the Funk Family in professional wrestling?

There is a brand new DVD released by the WWE about the “Most Powerful Families in Professional Wrestling” along with the McMahon Family and other prominent families of pro wrestling, one of the featured families is the “Funk Family.” This DVD is now available on the WWE website, Amazon.com, Highspots.com and all WWE DVD outlets. You can learn more about the Funk Family by visiting www.dory-funk.com. 

The Funk Family has stood for Character and Integrity in Professional Wrestling for generations.

From Dr. Tom Prichard

J. Frank Dobie High School
Houston, Texas    1976
Mr. Cotton’s Mythology Class
Room 208

“I Raised My Boy to be a Champion”
By Tom Prichard

Dory Funk Sr. was truly one of the best wrestlers I’ve seen in action. Dory Sr. was a perfect example of a dedicated father. He never played favorites. He was always equally dividing the work on his ranch between Dory Jr. and Terry. He was doing this to give them a good healthy life on a ranch, out of doors, instead of the smoggy city.

Both of Dory’s sons are champion’s in their own right. There was no man happier in the world on February 11, 1969 than Dory Funk Sr., when Dory Jr. won the world championship in Florida. Then, at that moment he know all his wrestling training, all his coaching had paid off. When Dory Jr. won the title, Dory told him that he would have to bring nothing but dignity to the belt, and honor his obligations. He taught Dory Jr. to defend the championship against all leading contenders. He warned him about holding the championship of the world would bring him many rewards, and it would-be rough at times, along with a lot of travel. He told him that he should put out his best whether wrestling in front of a crowd of 12,000 at a huge coliseum, or whether he was wrestling in front of a crowd of six or seven hundred at a high school gymnasium for the belt. Dory Funk Sr. raised two great sons, and had a right to be proud of them.

For more of this story by Dr. Tom Prichard go to www.dory-funk.com/dr-tom.html

For program pricing and answers to more of your questions, Call – 352-895-4658 or visit www.dory-funk.com.