Saturday, April 14, 2007

Funk's Corner - Television / Video is the Heart of the Wrestling business.

Funk's Corner - Television / Video is the Heart of the Wrestling business.

As a promoter, booker and writer in the wrestling business I have had the opportunity to work with some of the best talkers in the business.

In the Florida and Mid Atlantic territories in the 80's we were blessed to have great interview people working their own style of interview. The first that comes to mind is Ric Flair who spoke of how great his opponent was, referred to professional wrestling as "This Great Sport," and finished off his interview with his trademark, "Whooooo."

In the Amarillo Territory in the 70's Terry Funk led the way often asking to be the first to cut an interview on promo day to put the rest of the talent in the right mood for interviews. Terry's talent on interviews continues today. He is versatile doing the wild and crazy heel interviews calling people names like "Egg Sucking Dog or Anorexic Barbara Busch and at times doing very sincere interviews.

In the old school days of the Amarillo Territory one day Terry called everybody a name he heard in a song, "Nothing but a Junkyard Dog." It wasn't long after that there was a Real Junkyard Dog facing Terry and I in Wrestlemania 2.

In the old Florida Territory Hulk Hogan watched as the Mighty Igor performed his feats of strength then called the Mighty Igor, the Mighty Ignoramus on an interview and we were on the way to capacity business with Hogan vs Mighty Igor.

At the Funking Conservatory, we work on interview skills every day of training. Our current group of athletes have excelled.

Interviews for our next show, Support the Troops 15, "Power of Pain" coming Sunday April 15th are now up on our website at Go to "Next !BANG! TV Taping."

Dory Funk Jr. - Coach of the Funking Conservatory
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