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Exklusivinterviews

In dieser Rubrik findet ihr 554 Interviews mit Wrestlern und Offiziellen, die im Laufe der Jahre auf Genickbruch veröffentlicht wurden. 64 der hier gelisteten Befragungen wurden exklusiv von Genickbruch-Mitarbeitern durchgeführt.
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Exklusivinterview mit Dory Funk Jr.
Mr. Funk, you are one of the most established trainers in the Wrestling world today, and you have trained a lot of famous wrestler. Wrestling Legends like Ted DiBiase, actual WWE Superstars like Matt Hardy and future Superstars like Chris Hero, but who was your favorite trainee you have ever had? And which of your trainees have the potential to get a big name in the business within the next years?
Kurt Angle was a coach's dream. He had already won an olympic gold medal and was dedicated to learning professional wrestling. The Hardy's had so much natural athletic ability as did Christian and Edge. Lita was willing to make a lot of sacrafice and was such a good natural athlete. Test refused to quit practice even though he had a broken finger. Gene Snitsky was a reall big bad athlete and plays that part well now. Mickie James is the latest to work Raw. She worked hard and had the patients and guts to stick with wrestling. Steve Corino and Rhino refused to quit and fought their way into the business. Gen'ichiro Tenryu has worked the hardest to overcome adversity.

Dory, do you still meet your old ECW comrades? And what was your favorite moment there?
The Reunions and legends shows have been great. I see my brother there more than anywhere.

When Terry Funk and you worked for Vince McMahon’s WWF, what did you think of being renamed “Hoss Funk” and jobbing for Hulk Hogan? I mean you have been one of the world’s best known grapplers of all time and then comes Little Vince and tells you that “Dory, Jr” is not a cool name to earn money with. Or did you invent that name yourself?
I was working for Vince and treated really good financially at the time. This business is really about being a part of a successful team. I had a football coach who really did call me Hoss and my last name is Funk, I liked the moniker than and enjoyed it with WWF. Hoss is certainly a better name than "Little."

You were the holder of the NWA World Heavyweight Title for four years. Did you enjoy it or was it a very exhausting time for you? And did you feel you were the supreme wrestler on the planet at that time or did you recognize the Champions of AWA, WWWF and Japan as being on the same level?
There was no experience like being NWA World Champion. I loved it and from a business standpoint it was great. Athletically there is no feeling like performing for thousands who have filled an arena for an hour or more. The fun and easy part about our buisness is in the ring. I must say it did cause some family stress.

I’d like to know if there has been a big rivalry between you and your brother Terry. Were you jealous of each other when the other one held the NWA World Championship?
There were two choices made. Terry worked hard to help me get the title the first time and I did the same for him when he became NWA World Champion. He was all for me and I was all for him, 100%.

You did even face your own brother in some brutal in-ring battles. What were your feelings towards this like? Did you enjoy it or was it a hard business for you to hurt him or being hurt by Terry?
Like I said, inside the ring is the most enjoyable time there is in wrestling always. I have wrestled Terry twice. In the finals of a tournament in Japan. I felt like I was wrestling myself because we were both trained by my father (Dory Funk) and Terry is a very good wrestler even though his rep is Hardcore. Just after Terry broke in, Terry and Wahoo McDaniel teamed against myself and Ricky Romero. When Terry and I were in the ring the fans were electric. Oh, I also wrestled Terry when I was 6 years old and he was 3 years old I won that one then avioded him for years.

Do you think TNA Wrestling could beat WWE someday? What does TNA have to do to succeed?
To succeed they need to develop personalities who become familiar with all wrestling fans. WWE is not only a wrestling promotion, but a huge marketing machine and production company. Any company could become competitive with WWE however they would have a long way to go.

You had an amazing career and many big feuds in the past thirty years. When you look back on those feuds, who was your favorite opponent?
Jack Brisco, Johnny Valentine, Whitey Caldwell, Ric Flair, Antonio Inoki, Giant Baba, Seiji Sakaguchi, Harley Race, Blackjack Lanza, Carlos Colón, Billy Robinson were all great opponents.

What's the idea behind your !BANG! TV show?
To give our trainees at the Funking Conservatory the opportunity to prepare for and appear on television. Now that we are on the internet 24/7 our students are seen world wide performing under fire. A promoter from anywhere in the world can go to our web site and see our wrestlers. They can also call their mother anywhere in the world and say, "Hey Ma, watch me wrestle on TV."

Jeff Jarrett is the current NWA World Heavyweight champion. Do you think he is worthy to hold the prestigious belt?
Just being in that position means he has earned it.

What do you think about Bound For Glory?
I would expect them to put on a great show even though I know as I right they are going through some difficulties.

Who was your first opponent?
He was working the Amarillo Territory as Jack Dalton, real name Don Cault and also worked as Don Fargo. His working brother was in his corner and my football team, my wrestling team and my family was in my corner. I did feel pressure at the time.

Do you still stay in contact with Genichiro Tenryu? And how does it feel to have trained one of the biggest names in Puroresu (Tenryu)?
He worked hard to make the transition from being a Sumo Superstar to a professional wrestler and even gave up a huge career but I think it was a wise choice.

Who do you think is the future of Wrestling???
Carlito Colon. (Carribean Cool) Calito is trained by his father, Carlos Colon but has also trained here at the Funking Conservatory.

Mr. Funk, you have worked at all important stations in the world. Many Wrestlers said, that Japan is the best place to wrestle in the whole world. So, what do you think about your work in Japan?
I have enjoyed working in Japan. I enjoy working everywhere. There are great wrestling fans throughout the world. I would love to work Germany sometime, It is where my ancestors are from.

What has been your favourite match in McMahon’s WWE in the last few years?
Triple H in a Blindfold match. I cannot remember his opponent.

How did it feel being invited to compete as a Special Attraction in the Royal Rumble 1996, working with guys like Vader, Savio Vega and Bob Backlund and being once again in the spotlight of millions of fans?
I am happy working in front of fans always, hundreds, thousands or millions.

Dear Mr. Funk, if you had the Chance to wrestle against an Opponent of your Choice you never had a Match with, who would it be and why would you choose him?
Stu Hart

Are you very active on the Internet? Do you frequent wrestling message boards?
I am active on the internet producing, maintaining and writing my own web site.

When did you decide to become a wrestler?
When I got my first paycheck.

What were your first steps in the business?
According to my father, I had to complete a University education and become a recognized skilled amateur athlete. I chose football, amateur wrestling and I am also an accomplished ping pong player. Followed by Training under the eyes of my father and Ricky Romero.

Do you know Otto Wanz? If so, what do you think of him?
I am sorry, I do not know Otto Wanz.
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