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Gonna do this the same way clawmaster did the Dick the Bruiser record book, year by year, I'll add everything as I find it. Please add anything that I've missed as I go through the years.

Every history of Funk I have seen has his career begin after WWII. As you will see, this was incorrect.

Dorrance Wilhelm "Dory" Funk
Born: May 4, 1919 in Hammond, Indiana, USA
Died: June 3, 1973 in Amarillo, Texas, USA


Monday, December 16, 1935 – High School Gym – Hammond, IN
1) Dory Funk fought Bob Storey to a draw
This was an amateur wrestling card between the Hammond High wrestling team and a team of Alumni wrestlers. Dory Funk was a member of the high school team, and had earlier wrestled to a draw with Joe Pross. This match against Bob Storey, was billed as a “novelty” or “professional style” match.

Monday, July 4, 1938 - Lake Front Park - Whiting, IN
1) Dory Funk fought Hassan Ahmed to a draw
2) Stanley Inkley fought Whitey Whittler to a draw
3) Chief Lone Eagle defeated Mike Clack (7:00)
A boxing and wrestling card (only the wrestling matches are listed here) arranged for the town's July 4 celebrations. Funk was billed as the Indiana university champion at 150 pounds. Funk's match was likely in amateur wrestling.

Dory Funk married Dorothy Matlock in secret in Crown Point, IN on August 19, 1939. They announced their marriage on their first wedding anniversary.

From Terry Funk's autobiography:
A.B. Scott, my father's former high school wrestling coach, decided to cash in on wrestling's popularity by opening a half-assed promotion in Hammond. He made a deal with Kohler to use two or three of Kohler's boys (wrestlers) on each show and fill out the rest of the card with locals.

The coach also wanted to use my father, and his big idea was for Dory to take on all comers. Every weekend Dory would have a shoot (legitimate match) against the best and toughest in the area. He even beat Walter Palmer, one of Kohler's top hands and a known shooter.

My father's pay was a grand sum of $10 per match. After several weeks, the mob caught wind of this and sent the toughest son of a bitch they could find to "beat this Funk kid." There was some betting involved, but these guys were mainly there to make the point that this mob muscle was tougher than any wrestler. I don't know if the guy was a collector, or what he did, but all he collected that night from Dory Funk Sr. was an ass-kicking!

Lou Thesz happened to be one of the main-eventers sent by Kohler into Hammond the night the mob's tough guy made his challenge. Years later he told me about it.

"One whole section was completely Mafia," he said. "Your father was on the first match against their tough guy. The bell rang, and in no time, your old man had him down. He top body-scissored him and then ripped him across the face several times with his forearm. This broke the guy's nose. Blood was everywhere, and he quit. After the match, every one of those Mafia guys walked out, not saying a word. Their boy had lost. They could have cared less about the rest of the matches."

He laughed and added, "Including mine."

A reporter from the Hammond Times covered the match as if it were a major sporting event. The coverage made Dory something of a hometown celebrity. Fred Kohler, being the prototypical wrestling promoter, smelled a few bucks to be made. He brought my father into Chicago, where Dory worked occasionally in manipulated matches. The money wasn't great, but it was something my father loved to do.


Monday, November 27, 1939 - Civic Center – Hammond, IN - 2,800
1) Dory Funk defeated John Nagy (2:06)
2) George Tragos defeated Warren Bockwinkel (60:00)
i) Tragos defeated Bockwinkel via submission (37:00)
ii) The time limit expired
3) Hans Schnabel defeated Danno O'Mahoney
i) Schnabel defeated O'Mahoney via DQ (16:00)
ii) Schnabel pinned O'Mahoney (8:20)
Almost certainly Dory Funk's professional wrestling debut.

Monday, December 4, 1939 - Civic Center – Hammond, IN - 2,000
1) Dory Funk defeated Chief Little Eagle (2:50)
2) Hans Schnabel defeated Dorv Roche
i) Schnabel defeated Roche via submission (8:00)
ii) Roche pinned Schnabel (2:12)
iii) Roche forfeited due to injury (19:29)
3) Bob Haak defeated Don Juan Humberto (60:00)
i) Haak pinned Humberto (33:25)
ii) The time limit expired

Monday, December 11, 1939 - Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Dory Funk defeated Curley Wood (sub. Lloyd Fleming) (2:20)
2) Bob Haak defeated Sid Marcus
i) Haak defeated Marcus (11:55)
ii) Marcus defeated Haak (7:05)
iii) Haak defeated Marcus (9:15)
3) Ray Steele defeated Jim Coffield
i) Steele defeated Jim Coffield via submission (33:50)
ii) Steele defeated Jim Coffield via submission (4:45)
The crowd were reported to be unhappy with how easily Funk won his match, said to be the quickest ever victory in the Civic Center.

Monday, December 18, 1939 - Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Dory Funk defeated Hassan Ahmed (7:27)
2) Bob Haak defeated Herb Freeman
i) Haak defeated Freeman (19:33)
ii) Haak defeated Freeman (12:28)
3) Dorv Roche defeated Hans Schnabel
i) Schnabel defeated Roche (24:30)
ii) Roche defeated Schnabel via submission (15:13)
iii) Schnabel was counted out (13:05)

Monday, January 1, 1940 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN – 1,900
1) Boxing: Jimmy Beers defeated Lawrence “Dusty” Rhodes
2) Dory Funk defeated Billy Sands (6:30)
3) Len Macaluso defeated Don Juan Humberto (60:00)
i) Macaluso pinned Humberto (42:00)
ii) The time limit expired
4) Don Louis Thesz defeated Hans Schnabel
i) Thesz defeated Schnabel via DQ (19:41)
ii) Thesz pinned Schnabel (12:30)
Dory Funk was described as having been “whipping all available opponents in preliminary matches”. The newspaper reported that Billy Sands “is reported to be a prominent Chicago wrestler who sneaked in under a presumed name”. It seems that this is the match referred to by Terry Funk in the above quote.

Monday, January 8, 1940 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN – 3,000
1) Dory Funk defeated Bill Watson (11:30)
2) Bob Haak defeated Hans Schnabel
i) Schnabel pinned Haak (15:50)
ii) Haak defeated Schnabel (9:15)
iii) Haak defeated Schnabel (6:45)
3) Don Louis Thesz defeated Sammy Mennacker
i) Mennacker pinned Thesz (22:45)
ii) Thesz pinned Mennacker (11:30)
iii) Thesz pinned Mennacker (10:10)
The opening match was stopped by the ringside doctor when Watson was injured falling out of the ring.

Monday, January 15, 1940 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN – 2,800
1) Dory Funk defeated Bex Capretti (7:02)
2) Len Macaluso defeated Hans Schnabel
i) Mascaluso defeated Schnabel via DQ (10:05)
ii) Mascaluso pinned Schnabel (16:47)
3) Don Louis Thesz fought Bob Haak to a draw (90:00)
i) Thesz pinned Haak (35:25)
ii) Haak pinned Thesz (26:20)
iii) The time limit expired
This was reported as Dory Funk’s eighth straight victory in the Civic Center, although the match on December 18 was said to be his fourth, and there was no card on December 25.

Monday, January 22, 1940 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN – 2,500
1) Boxing: Donnie Waugh fought John Howard Joy to a draw
2) Dory Funk fought Al Hlebasco to a draw (30:00)
3) Bob Haak fought Len Macaluso to a draw
i) Macaluso pinned Haak (10:07)
ii) Haak defeated Macaluso (6:40)
iii) Haak was injured but Macaluso refused to accept the victory
4) Don Louis Thesz fought Roland Kirschmeyer to a draw (90:00)
i) Kirschmeyer pinned Thesz (46:09)
ii) Thesz pinned Kirschmeyer (17:47)
iii) The time limit expired

Monday, February 5, 1940 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN – 3,200
1) Dory Funk vs. Walter Palmer
2) Dory Roche defeated Paul Schuh
i) Schuh pinned Roche (10:18)
ii) Roche pinned Schuh (3:00)
iii) Roche pinned Schuh (8:06)
3) Joe Savoldi defeated Dick Raines via DQ (16:00)
4) Dory Roche defeated Dick Raines via DQ
Dory Funk was unable to appear due a cold. Joe Savoldi was injured during the main event, which led to Dory Roche facing Dick Raines in an unscheduled match.

Monday, February 19, 1940 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Dory Funk defeated Henry Mueller (6:10)
2) Milo Steinborn defeated Bill Canny
i) Steinborn pinned Canny (15:10)
ii) Steinborn defeated Canny via submission (8:23)
3) Mike Mazurki defeated Len Macaluso
i) Macaluso pinned Mazurki (22:20)
ii) Mazurki pinned Macaluso (8:00)
iii) Mazurki defeated Macaluso (5:37)

I can't find a record of Dory Funk on a professional wrestling card until 1942, although he did compete in college amateur wrestling and football.

Dory Ernest Funk, Jr. was born in Hammond, Indiana on February 3, 1941.

Monday, February 2, 1942 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN - 300
1) Dory Funk vs. Soldier Bud Higgins
This match took place on an amateur boxing card feature boxers representing the Hammond Civic Center against those from Fort Sheridan. In this 15 minute wrestling match, Funk represented the Civic Center, while Higgins (who later had a professional wrestling career) represented Fort Sheridan. While not advertised as such, this match clearly fell into the realm of professional wrestling, including a kick below the belt, Higgins being thrown out of the ring, and the two wrestlers fighting in the crowd. No result was given, but it appears that the match ended in a no contest after six minutes.

Wednesday, March 11, 1942 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Dory Funk fought Irish McGee to a draw
2) Flash Clifford defeated Joe Ferona
i) Ferona defeated Clifford
ii) Clifford defeated Ferona
iii) Clifford defeated Ferona
3) Rufus Jones defeated Leo Jensen
i) Jensen defeated Jones via submission (20:00)
ii) Jones pinned Jensen
iii) Jones pinned Jensen
The newspaper report only stated that the opening bout ended in a draw, without listing the participants, so it is unconfirmed if Funk wrestled as advertised. Wrestling in Hammond was now promoted by Buck Estes.

Wednesday, April 8, 1942 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Jack Steele defeated Sailor Olson (5:41)2) Rufus Jones defeated Flash Clifford
i) Clifford pinned Jones (19:45)
ii) Jones pinned Clifford
iii) Jones pinned Clifford
3) Farmer Jones defeated Joe Ferona
i) Jones pinned Ferona (12:01)
ii) Jones pinned Ferona (9:09)
Dory Funk refereed a match on this card (not the second, which saw Carlyle Lindholm as the official). After showing "considerable promise" he was announced as the "number one referee" for future Civic Center cards.

Wednesday, April 15, 1942 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Joe Ferona fought Lefty Pacer to a draw (30:00)
2) Steve Nenoff defeated Sailor Olson
i) Nenoff pinned Olson
ii) Olson defeated Nenoff via submission
iii) Nenoff defeated Olson via submission (7:20)
3) Farmer Jones defeated Nick Billings
i) Billings defeated Jones via submission (7:30)
ii) Jones pinned Billings (10:01)
iii) Jones pinned Billings (6:43)
Despite the announcement of Funk as "number one referee," which was reiterated in the preview on the day of the card, Carlyle Lindholm refereed the main event. The referees in the other two matches were not named.

Wednesday, April 22, 1942 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN - 2,000
1) Dory Funk (sub. Flash Clifford) fought Gorilla Poggi to a draw (30:00)
2) Tony Ross defeated Billy Venable
i) Ross defeated Venable via submission
ii) Venable defeated Ross
iii) Venable was disqualified
3) Farmer Jones defeated Steve Nenoff
i) Jones defeated Nenoff
ii) Jones defeated Nenoff

Wednesday, May 20, 1942 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN - 1,800
1) Left Pacer defeated Martino Angelo via disqualification (23:10)
2) Hal Davidson defeated Tony Ross
i) Davidson defeated Ross
ii) Davidson defeated Ross
3) Billy Venable defeated Rufus Jones
i) Jones pinned Venable (15:27)
ii) Venable defeated Jones
iii) Venable defeated Jones (5:46)
Dory Funk was the referee for this card.

Wednesday, May 27, 1942 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Jack Steele fought Irish McGee to a draw
2) Martino Angelo defeated Joe Ferona
i) Angelo defeated Ferona
ii) Ferona defeated Angelo
iii) Angelo defeated Ferona
3) Billy Venable defeated Hal Davidson
i) Venable defeated Davidson via submission (23:28)
ii) Davidson defeated Venable (16:23)
iii) Davidson was disqualified
Dory Funk was the referee for this card and was injured after being struck by a fan in the melee which took place after the conclusion of the main event.

Wednesday, June 3, 1942 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Joe Ferona defeated Lefty Pacer (15:05)
2) Martino Angelo defeated Leo Jensen in three falls
3) Hal Davidson defeated Billy Venable
i) Venable defeated Davidson via submission (15:25)
ii) Davidson pinned Venable (20:02)
iii) Davidson pinned Venable (2:16)
Dory Funk was the referee for this card.

Wednesday, June 10, 1942 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN - 2,000
1) Joe Ferona & Rufus Jones defeated Billy Venable & Leo Jensen
i) Jensen pinned Ferona (11:52)
ii) Jones pinned Vaneble (12:06)
iii) Ferona pinned Jensen (2:40)
2) Martino Angelo defeated Farmer Jones in three falls
Dory Funk was the referee for this card.

Wednesday, June 17, 1942 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Martino Angelo defeated Ivan Kalmikoff in three falls 
2) Lefty Pacer (sub. Leo Jensen) & Billy Venable defeated Rufus Jones & Joe Ferona in three falls
Dory Funk was the referee for this card.

Wednesday, June 24, 1942 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN - 2,000
1) Bob Castle fought Jack Bloomfield to a draw (30:00)
2) Ivan Kalmikoff defeated Nick Billings via disqualification in two straight falls
3) Farmer Jones defeated Rufus Jones in two straight falls
Dory Funk was the referee for this card.

Wednesday, July 1, 1942 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN - 1,500

1) Buck Lipscomb fought Jack Bloomfield to a draw
2) Ivan Kalmikoff defeated Bob Castle via disqualification in three falls
3) Farmer Jones defeated Martino Angelo in three falls
Dory Funk was the referee for this card.

Wednesday, July 8, 1942 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN - 2,000
1) Axel Madsen and Billy Venable won a 6-man Battle Royal (order of elimination: Ivan Kalmikoff, Rufus Jones, Jack Bloomfield, Bob Castle)
2) Jack Bloomfield defeated Bob Castle via disqualification in three falls
3) Axel Madsen defeated Billy Venable in three falls
Dory Funk was the referee for this card.

Wednesday, July 15, 1942 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Axel Madsen and Joe Ferona won a 6-man Battle Royal (order of elimination: Walter Roxey, Martino Angelo, Farmer Jones, Jack Steele)
2) Jack Steele defeated Farmer Jones via forfeit due to injury (14:00)
3) Axel Madsen defeated Joe Ferona in three falls
Dory Funk was the referee for this card.

Wednesday, July 22, 1942 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Lefty Pacer defeated Jack Steele via disqualification (15:09)
2) Rufus Jones fought Ivan Kalmikoff to a draw in three falls
3) Axel Madsen defeated Bob Castle in two straight falls
Dory Funk was the referee for this card.

Wednesday, July 29, 1942 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN - 3,200
1) Billy Venable fought Lefty Pacer to a draw
2) Leo Jensen defeated Joe Ferona
3) Jack Steele defeated Farmer Jones in three falls
Dory Funk was the referee for this card, with promoter Buck Estes saying that Jones was the "victim of a poor decision" in the main event. From The Hammond Times: "The crowd was so violent that it took an hour to clear the building. Referee Dory Funk was in hiding as the fans pounded the dressing rooms. In one instance, Funk challenged any individual in the crowd. A stranger stepped up and received a punch on the chin when he made a pass at Funk."

Dory Funk took a two week break from refereeing duties at the Civic Center. Balk Estes was quoted in The Hammond Times on August 3: "There will be a new referee this week. Dory Funk, who has been very faithful, but who made a very bad decision in the eyes of the fans last week in the Jack Steele-Famer Jones match, will take a well-earned vacation." Funk was quoted as saying: "I might have made a mistake, but I called them as I saw them. That is the way I always have refereed. If I made a mistake, I am not the first man who ever made one."

Wednesday, August 19, 1942 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Flash Clifford defeated Ivan Kalmikoff in three falls
2) Billy Venable & Jack Steele defeated Rufus Jones & Nick Billings in three falls
Dory Funk returned to refereeing duties after fans the previous week requested his return.

Wednesday, August 26, 1942 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Dory Funk defeated Soldier Irish McGee (11:01)
2) Flash Clifford defeated Nick Billings in two straight falls
3) Rufus Jones defeated Jack Steele in three falls
Funk was said to be an "unpopular winner" and the finish came when "Funk twisted McGee's trick knee in a jam along the ropes and the soldier finally conceded."

Wednesday, September 9, 1942 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Babe Kasaboski defeated Billy Venable (25:00)
2) Ivan Kalmikoff defeated Soldier Thomas via disqualification
3) Wild Bill Zim defeated Flash Clifford via countout in three falls
Dory Funk was the referee for this card, with his work again unpopular with the crowd.

On Sunday, September 20, Dory Funk played at fullback for the Pullman Tank football team against the Michigan City Prison Gridders in a warm-up game prior to the commencement of the Greater Chicago Football League.

Wednesday, September 23, 1942 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Fred Carone fought Babe Kasaboski to a draw
2) Buddy Knox defeated Axel Madesen by winning the only fall
3) Wild Bill Zim defeated Ivan Kalmikoff in three falls
Dory Funk was the referee for this card.

Wednesday, October 14, 1942 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Soldier Thomas defeated Jack Hobbs (19:12)
1) Fred Carone defeated Billy Venable
i) Venable defeated Carone
ii) Carone defeated Venable (7:30)
iii) Carone defeated Venable (10:10)
1) Buddy Knox defeated Wild Bill Zim
i) Knox defeated Zim via submission (11:30)
ii) Zim was disqualified (9:10)
Dory Funk was the referee for this card.

Wednesday, October 21, 1942 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Babe Kasaboski vs. Nick Billings
2) Axel Madsen vs. Soldier Thomas
3) Rufus Jones defeated Wild Bill Zim
i) Jones defeated Zim via DQ
ii) Jones defeated Zim
Dory Funk was the referee for this card.

Wednesday, November 4, 1942 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Wild Red Berry fought Babe Kasaboski to a draw
i) Berry defeated Kasaboski (24:11)
ii) Kasaboski defeated Berry (12:27)
iii) The time limit expired
2) Buddy Knox & Rufus Jones defeated Wild Bill Zim & Soldier Thomas
i) Know & Jones defeated Zim & Thomas via DQ (20:44)
ii) Knox pinned Thomas and Jones pinned Zim (10:07)
Dory Funk was restored to refereeing duties after fans complained about the refereeing of the previous week’s card. Funk was reported to “have asked permission to take a policeman’s club into the ring, just in case.”

Wednesday, November 11, 1942 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Wild Red Berry & Jack Hobbs won a 6-man Battle Royal (other participants: Buddy Knox, Jack LaRue, Steve Nenoff, Fred Carone) (10:34)
2) Jack LaRue fought Fred Carone to a draw (45:00)
3) Wild Red Berry defeated Jack Hobbs to win the Battle Royal
i) Berry defeated Hobbs (17:50)
ii) Berry defeated Hobbs (7:20)
Dory Funk was the referee for this card. Buddy Knox and Fred Carone replaced the advertised Billy Venable and Babe Kasaboski.

Thursday, December 10, 1942 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Steve Nenoff fought Babe Kasaboski to a draw in three falls
2) Juaquin Murietta defeated Soldier Joe Benek in three falls
3) Walter Roxey defeated Fred Carone in three falls
Dory Funk was the referee. Murietta tried to shove Funk after his match. This led to him accepting a challenge by Funk to meet Murietta in the preliminary bout the next week.

Wednesday, December 16, 1942 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Soldier Thomas fought Lefty Pacer to a draw
2) Dory Funk defeated Juaquin Murietta
i) Murietta defeated Funk (5:12)
ii) Funk pinned Murietta (12:57)
iii) Funk defeated Murietta via DQ (9:00)
3) Wild Red Berry defeated Rufus Jones
i) Berry defeated Jones (16:15)
ii) Berry defeated Jones (16:13)
Marshall Leach was the referee for this card. Previews for this card indicate that Funk has been an unpopular referee in the past due to his reluctance to disqualify heels. The newspaper results claim that Funk stole the show with his performance. This card attracted the highest attendance since gasoline rationing had been introduced.

Wednesday, December 30, 1942 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Rene LaBell defeated Jack Zarovich (sub. Juaquin Murietta) (15:20)
2) Buddy Knox defeated Jack LaRue in three falls
3) Fred Carone defeated Rufus Jones in three falls
Dory Funk was the referee for this card.

Wednesday, January 6, 1943 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Ali Pasha defeated Lefty Pacer
2) Soldier Thomas & Fred Carone defeated Rufus Jones & Jack LaRue in three falls
Dory Funk was the referee for this card. The main event "was concluded with fisticuffs involving referee Dory Funk and an unidentified rasslebug. Referee Funk scored his technical kayo over an assailant who had previously been jolted by Carone."

Wednesday, January 20, 1943 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Joe Vansky defeated Sailor Olson (22:15)
2) Rene LaBell defeated Ali Pasha
i) LaBell defeated Pasha
ii) LaBell defeated Pasha via DQ
3) Farmer Jones defeated Soldier Thomas
i) Jones defeated Thomas (12:04)
ii) Jones defeated Thomas (7:39)
Dory Funk was the referee for this card.

Funk probably refereed the cards on January 27, February 3 and February 10, but was never mentioned in previews or results. Previews for the February 17 card stated that Carlyle Lindholm would be replacing Funk for that week's show.

Wednesday, February 24, 1943 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Famer Jones and Nick Billings won a 6-man Battle Royal (participants: Wild Bill Zim, Fred Carone, Rufus Jones, Buddy Knox)
2) Fred Carone fought Rufus Jones to a draw (30:00)
3) Famer Jones defeated Nick Billings to win the Battle Royal
i) Billings pinned Jones (14:18)
ii) Jones pinned Billings (4:38)
iii) Jones pinned Billings (7:36)
Dory Funk was the referee for this card.

Wednesday, March 10, 1943 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Morris Shapiro defeated Jack LaRue (30:22)
2) Babe Kasaboski & Rene LaBell defeated Soldier Thomas & John Vanskey
i) Kasaboski was pinned (7:45)
ii) Kasaboski pinned Vanskey (11:30)
iii) LaBell pinned Thomas (7:12)
Dory Funk was the referee for this card.

Wednesday, March 17, 1943 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Dory Funk vs. Steve Nenoff
2) Babe Kasaboski & Rene LaBell vs. Soldier Thomas & John Vanskey
Dory Funk was claiming to be undefeated in 32 matches going into this card. The newspaper preview speculated that some of these victories came in workouts, since this was only Funk’s twelfth match in the Civic Center. That would indicate that Funk was not wrestling outside of Hammond at this time. This would appear to be accurate, since many of the wrestlers on these cards were also appearing in Ohio at this time, but never Funk. The results of this card were not published in the newspaper, but this match was later described as his best match so far in the Civic Center.

Wednesday, March 24, 1943 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Lefty Pacer defeated Morris Shapiro via DQ
2) Buddy Knox fought Fred Carone to a draw in three falls (60:00)
3) Wild Bill Zim defeated John Vansky (sub. Rufus Jones) in three falls
Dory Funk was the referee for this card.

Wednesday, March 31, 1943 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) John Vansky fought Rene LaBell to a draw (30:00)
2) Morris Shapiro defeated Dory Funk in three falls
3) Ali Pasha defeated Wild Bill Zim via CO
Funk and Shapiro fought to the locker room after the match.

Wednesday, April 7, 1943 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) John Vansky defeated Steve Nenoff (20:57)
2) Rene LaBell fought Morris Shapiro to a draw in three falls (60:00)
3) Farmer Jones defeated Ali Pasha via DQ in three falls
Dory Funk was the referee for this card. It was announced that Funk would meet Shapiro in a boxing match the next week.

Wednesday, April 14, 1943 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) The Utopian Phantom defeated Lefty Pacer (20:00)
2) Joe Ferona defeated Maurice LaChappelle in three falls
3) Boxing: Dory Funk defeated Maurice Shapiro
Dory Funk was billed here as Dory “The Blood” Funk. The boxing match, fought over six two-minute rounds, was not well received by the wrestling fans.

Wednesday, April 21, 1943 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) The Utopian Phantom and John Vansky won a 6-man Battle Royal (other participants: Famer Jones, Joe Ferona (sub. Soldier Thomas), Babe Kasaboski, Rene LaBell)
2) Rene LaBell defeated Joe Ferona via DQ
3) The Utopian Phantom defeated John Vansky
Dory Funk was the referee for this card.

Wednesday, April 28, 1943 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) The Utopian Phantom fought Joe Meich to a draw (30:00)
2) Buddy Knox defeated Morris Shapiro via DQ in three falls
3) Wild Bill Zim defeated Ali Pasha via DQ in three falls
Dory Funk was the scheduled referee for this card, but was replaced by Carlyle Lindholm.

Wednesday, May 12, 1943 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Soldier Thomas fought John Vanskey to a draw (30:00)
2) The Utopian Phantom defeated Buddy Knox in three falls
3) Morris Shapiro defeated Ali Pasha in three falls
Dory Funk was the referee for this card.

Wednesday, May 19, 1943 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Pierre DeGlane defeated Nick Billings
2) Babe Kasaboski fought Rene LaBell to a draw in three falls (60:00)
3) Farmer Jones defeated Morris Shapiro via DQ in three falls
Dory Funk was the referee for this card.

Wednesday, May 26, 1943 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN - 3,000
1) Rene LaBell fought Dory Funk to a draw (30:00)
2) Farmer Jones & Rufus Jones defeated Ali Pasha & Morris Shapiro in three falls

From Terry Funk's autobiography:
He [Dory Funk, Sr.] knew he needed money to feed his family, so he decided to try wrestling full time. By now a new local promoter was running Hammond for Kohler, a man named Balk Estes. Balk was also a wrestler. In fact, he and his brothers (Toots and Kick) were all in the business, and were all fullblooded Indians out of Elk City, Oklahoma. That little state put out some of the toughest amateurs in the country, and it still does!

Balk was one of those tough amateurs, and when he first met my father, he said, "So, you're the guy who's supposed to be so tough."

My father made no bones about it—he wasn't afraid of anyone, and certainly not Balk Estes, so Dory took Balk up on his offer to go to the gym the next day to see who was toughest.

That was the way things were done in the profession at that time. Two tough guys would go to the gym, more than likely alone, with no onlookers. Who won and what happened was the wrestlers' business, and sometimes never mentioned again.

Shortly before his death in July 2004, I tracked down Balk, by then 87, at his home in Oklahoma. I asked him what happened that day.

He said, "Dory took me down and hooked me in a top body scissors and facelock, but after several minutes, I got away. We wrestled about 10 more minutes with neither one getting the advantage, and then we both called it quits."

In my heart, I believed my father hooked Estes and crossed his face. I don't think Balk ever escaped, because with what I know about wrestling, I know that he would have had to have superhuman strength and the ability to withstand a hell of a lot of pain to get out of that hold.

Of course, I also thought if I were Balk Estes and Dory Funk were dead, I might tell a similar story, instead of one where I got my ass hooked.


Wednesday, June 2, 1943 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Gil LaCross defeated Dory Funk (19:37)
2) Babe Kasaboski defeated The Utopian Phantom via disqualification
3) Rufus Jones defeated Morris Shapiro in three falls
It was reported in a preview that Dory Funk "has decided on a mat career of his own," and the results article stated that Funk was "preparing for a tour of the tank towns." This corresponds with Funk taking his first wrestling bookings outside of Hammond. LaCross won with a reverse crab and it was reported of the match that "LaCross was anything but gentle and there was one occasion when Dory's father, Police Sergeant Adam Funk, wanted to join the party inside the ring."

Thursday, June 3, 1943 - Armory - South Bend, IN
1) Dory Funk & Eddie Slake defeated Gorilla Grubmeyer & Jack Zeravich
This card featured a 6-man Battle Royal where the last four wrestlers in the ring would wrestle in a tag match. Also advertised for the Battle Royal were Jackie Hobbs, Phil Gruber and Nick Elitch, while Grubmeyer was not advertised.

Wednesday, June 9, 1943 – Civic Center – Hammond, IN
1) Gil LaCross defeated Lefty Pacer
2) Joe Ferona fought Buddy Knox to a draw
3) The Utopian Phantom defeated Ali Pasha via disqualification
Dory Funk was the referee for this card.

Monday, June 14, 1943 – Block Stadium – Indiana Harbor, East Chicago, IN
1) Anthony Wyrostek fought Johnny Holda to a draw (30:00)
2) Jack Ross defeated Guy Henry via disqualification
3) Wladek "Iron Man" Talun fought Billy Bartush to a draw in three falls (60:00)
Dory Funk was the referee for this card.

Wednesday, June 16, 1943 - Rainbo Fronton - Chicago, IL
1) Pete Bartu vs. Dory Funk
2) Joe Dorsetti vs. Einar Olsen

Thursday, June 17, 1943 - Armory - South Bend, IN
1) 6-Man Battle Royal (participants: Bad Man Lewis, Phil Gruber, Jackie Hobbs, Earl Malone, Eddie Slake, Dory Funk)

Monday, June 21, 1943 - White City - Chicago, IL
1) Gordon Hessell & Frankie Hart vs. Grunter Lewis & Jack Zeravich
2) Ivan Kalmikoff & Charles “Gorilla” Grubmeyer vs. Dory Funk & Ned Taylor

Wednesday, June 23, 1943 - Rainbo Fronton - Chicago, IL
1) Gordon Hessell vs. Dory Funk
2) Frankie Hart & Ned Taylor vs Ivan Kalmikoff & Grunter Lewis

Thursday, June 24, 1943 - Playland Park Stadium - South Bend, IN
1) Dory Funk vs. Jackie Hobbs
2) Phil Gruber vs. Dale Wayne
3) Bad Man Lewis vs. Jack Zeravich

Monday, June 28, 1943 - White City - Chicago, IL
1) Gorilla Grubmeyer & Ivan Kalmikoff vs. Dory Funk & Gordon Hessell

Thursday, July 1, 1943 - Playland Park Stadium - South Bend, IN
1) 6-man Battle Royal (participants: Silent Gomez, Bad Man Lewis, Jack Hobbs, Zack Malkov, Earl Malone, Dory Funk)

Monday, July 5, 1943 - White City - Chicago, IL
1) Eddie “Bad Boy” Lewis vs. Frankie Hart
2) Dory Funk vs. Gorilla Grubmyer
3) Emir Badui vs. Pedro Gomez
4) Zack Malkov vs. Ivan Kalmikoff
5) Gus Graber vs. Young Hackenschmidt

Wednesday, July 21, 1943 - Rainbo Fronton - Chicago, IL
1) Ole Olson vs. Ignacio Martinez
2) Gorilla Grubmyer vs. Eddie “Bad Man” Lewis
3) Gordon Hessell vs. Dory Funk
4) Zack Malkov vs. Gerry Lauth
5) Gus Raber vs. Eddie Malone

Wednesday, July 28, 1943 - Miami Beach Club - Chicago, IL
1) Dory Funk & Ned Taylor vs. Jack Zeravich & Nick Elitch
2) Frankie Hart vs. Gorilla Grubmeyer

Monday, August 2, 1943 - White City - Chicago, IL
1) Jack Zeravich & Ivan Kalmikoff vs. Dory Funk & Gordon Hessell

Wednesday, August 11, 1943 - Miami Beach Club - Chicago, IL
1) Frank Wilzer vs. Frank Rohr
2) Jack Zeravich vs. Lou Klein
3) Dory Funk & Ned Taylor vs. Nick Elitch & Earl Malone

Monday, August 23, 1943 - Lassen's Pavilion - Cedar Lake, IN
1) Dory Funk vs. Pete Bartu
2) Am Rascher vs. Olaf Olson

Thursday, September 23, 1943 – Legion Arena – Pensacola, FL
1) Carl Von Zuppe vs. Farmer Mack
2) Dory Funk vs. Pietro Martinelli

Sunday, September 26, 1943 – Pelican Park – Panama City, FL
1) Carl Von Zuppe defeated Jack O’Neill in two straight falls
2) Dory Funk defeated Angelo Lacarona in three falls

Thursday, September 30, 1943 – Legion Arena – Pensacola, FL
1) Pietro Martinelli and Carl Von Zuppe vs. Dory Funk and Farmer Mack

Sunday, October 3, 1943 – Pelican Park – Panama City, FL
1) Angelo Lacarona vs. Dory Funk
2) Carl Von Zuppe vs. Farmer Mack

Thursday, October 7, 1943 – Legion Arena – Pensacola, FL
1) Carl Von Zuppe vs. Dory Funk

Wednesday, October 27, 1943 - Civic Center - Hammond, IN
1) Rene LaBelle fought Martino Angelo to a draw (30:00)
2) Gorilla Grubmeyer defeated Buddy Knox in three falls
3) Whitey Walberg defeated Morris Shapiro via disqualification in three falls
Dory Funk gave an exhibition of judo and jiu-jitsu after the opening match and was challenged to a future match by Grubmeyer. In The Hammond Times from October 27, it was stated that Funk had been on "a tour of service training camps where he rassled all comers and mastered hand-to-hand combat tactics under the tutelage of service experts." He was said to have "returned with a perfect record for eight weeks of meeting all available rasslers."

Wednesday, November 3, 1943 - Civic Center - Hammond, IN
1) Martino Angelo fought Rufus Jones to a double-disqualification
2) Dory Funk defeated Gorilla Grubmeyer in a "judo jacket" match
3) Rene LaBelle (sub. Gil LaCrosse) defeated Morris Shapiro in three falls

Tuesday, November 9, 1943 – Memorial Hall – Lima, OH
1) Whitey Walberg and Gil LaCross 6-man Battle Royal (order of elimination: Bobby Castle, Angelo Martinelli, Earl Malone, Dory Funk)
2) Dory Funk fought Earl Malone to a draw in three falls
3) Whitey Walberg defeated Gil LaCross in three falls to win the Battle Royal

Wednesday, November 10, 1943 - Civic Center - Hammond, IN
1) Frankie Hart fought Tex Riley to a draw (30:00)
2) Dory Funk defeated Gorilla Grubmeyer via disqualification in two straight falls
3) Rufus Jones defeated Gil LaCross via disqualification in three falls

Thursday, November 11, 1943 - Armory - South Bend, IN
1) Rene LaBelle vs. Rufus Jones
2) Dory Funk vs. Frankie Hart
3) Farmer Jones vs. Gorilla Grubmeyer

Friday, November 12, 1943 - Capitol Theater - Toledo, OH
1) Rufus Jones vs. Frankie Hart
2) Dory Funk vs. Bobby Castle

Tuesday, November 16, 1943 – Memorial Hall – Lima, OH
1) Morris Shapiro defeated Buddy Knox
2) Dory Funk defeated Joe Ferona via DQ in
3) Whitey Walberg defeated Rene LaBell in three falls

Thursday, November 25, 1943 – Armory – Marion, OH
1) Dory Funk fought Buddy Knox to a draw in three falls (45:00)
2) Lou Kline defeated Pat Kelly in two straight falls
3) Jackie Nichols defeated Morris Shapiro in three falls

Friday, November 26, 1943 - Capitol Theater - Toledo, OH
1) Dory Funk vs. Earl Malone
2) Don Serio vs. Rene LaBelle

Saturday, November 27, 1943 - Armory - Akron, OH - 1,200
1) Don Serio defeated Dory Funk (19:00)
2) Rene LaBelle defeated Tex Riley in three falls
3) Abe Coleman defeated Morris Shapiro in three falls

Thursday, December 2, 1943 – Armory – Marion, OH
1) Dory Funk defeated Bobby Castle
2) Whitey Walberg fought Angelo Martinelli to a draw in three falls
3) Gil LaCross defeated Joe Ferona in two straight falls

Friday, December 3, 1943 - Capitol Theater - Toledo, OH
1) Angelo Martinelli vs. Bobby Castle
2) Dory Funk vs. Gil LaCross

Monday, December 6, 1943 – Civic Auditorium – Adrian, MI
1) Dory Funk defeated Tony Martinelli in two straight falls
2) Buddy Knox & Angelo Martini (sub. Morris Shapiro) defeated Tex Riley & Abe Coleman in three falls

Wednesday, December 8, 1943 - Civic Center - Hammond, IN
1) Dory Funk vs. Bob Castle
2) Whitey Walberg vs. Rene LaBelle
3) Gorilla Grubmeyer vs. Morris Shapiro

Thursday, December 9, 1943 – Armory – Marion, OH
1) Whitey Walberg and Dory Funk won a 6-man Battle Royal (order of elimination: Bob Castle (sub. Joe Ferona), Irish McGee, Gil LaCross, Jack Bloomfield)
2) Jack Bloomfield defeated Gil LaCross in two straight falls
3) Whitey Walberg defeated Dory Funk in three falls

Friday, December 10, 1943 - Capitol Theater - Toledo, OH
1) Jack McGee vs. Don Serio
2) Dory Funk vs. Earl Malone

Thursday, December 16, 1943 - Armory - South Bend, IN
1) 6-man Battle Royal (participants: Abe Coleman, Tex Riley, Jackie Nichols, Bob Castle, Don Serio, Dory Funk)

Friday, December 17, 1943 - Capitol Theater - Toledo, OH
1) Angelo Martinelli defeated Jack McGee
2) Dory Funk defeated Bobby Castle via DQ in two straight falls

Thursday, December 23, 1943 – Armory – Marion, OH
1) Dory Funk vs. Pat Riley
2) Jackie Nichols & Frankie Hart vs. Joe Ferona & Gorilla Grubmeyer

Tuesday, December 28, 1943 – Memorial Hall – Lima, OH
1) Dory Funk fought Pat Cline to a draw (45:00)
2) Jackie Nichols fought Pat Riley to a draw (45:00)
3) Earl Malone defeated Joe Ferona in three falls
Both Funk and Nichols won the only fall of their scheduled best of three falls matches, but both matches were declared draws.

Wednesday, December 29, 1943 - Civic Center - Hammond, IN
1) Dory Funk defeated Count Von Zuppe (19:42)
2) Tex Riley defeated Angelo Martinelli by winning the only fall (60:00)
3) Whitey Walberg defeated Gil LaCrosse in three falls (24:27)


credit for Toledo, OH results goes to http://prowrestlinghistory.com/

credit for Chicago, IL results goes to http://www.legacyofwrestling.com

Last edited on Fri Apr 22nd, 2022 07:21 am by Kriss



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