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.