Recently I tweeted about the arrival of a new yearly award given to someone who has truly given there life to wrestling. Though it might be hard for some to believe there have been a number of people that have spent more time in the world of wrestling then they had out of it which is a testament to the passion and love they have for this profession. For example some talent even have ties to all over a generation by that I mean a son can be backstage as a kid with his father giving the kid a taste of the business. One of the families that fit this build is the Funk Family as both Terry & Dory Jr were able to witness the all facets of the business with there dad Dory Funk Sr. who was the promoter in Amarillo.
Dory Funk Jr debuted in the wrestling business in 1963 and as of this day still active even at the age of 77 he is still giving to the wrestling business. Dory most recently competed in 2015 in Japan as a member of a six man tag match at the time he was 74 years old. Add to that for the last twenty plus years Dory has been training the stars of tomorrow at his Funking Conservatory wrestling school in Florida. Names like Kurt Angle, Edge, Lita, Jeff Hardy, Jumbo Tsuruta, Christian and others have come through the doors of this historic school.
Overall the Funk family name has been within the wrestling business since the early 1940's and still today are the talk of wrestling maybe not as much as they were at one time; considering it seems like Terry has finally decided to retire. For almost the last 76 years the Funk name has gone hand in hand with the wrestling business and based on what he did during his active career & still continues to do today Dory Funk Jr was in my opinion the best selection for the first Wrestling Express Lifetime Achievement Award.