|Dory Funk Jr. with the Ten Pounds of Gold|
(Photo from the Pete Lederberg Collection - firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dory Funk, Jr. believes he has one the NWA world championship from Ric Flair in Florida, but in the end, the title was returned to Flair.
It's hard to think of Dory Funk, Jr. as a pretender to the world title under any circumstances. After all, he held the NWA title for nearly 4 years straight. But he never held the domed-globe version of the title belt, and we have a few photos collected of wrestlers who never held the title, but came close. You can see those by clicking the links below.
Funk, Jr. certainly held the title, just not this particular title belt (although he would have looked good with it, no doubt!)
See earlier posts with other photos featuring great pretenders to the NWA title:
- Great Pretenders (featuring Bruiser Brody, Mr. Wrestling II, Wahoo McDaniel, Jerry Lawler, and Buddy Landel)
- More Great Pretenders (featuring Jumbo Tsuruta)
- A Sure Bet to be Champion? (featuring Magnum T.A.)
- Another Great Pretender (featuring Mil Mascaras)
Check out Ten Pounds of Gold, the book that takes a close look at the 1973-1986 NWA title belt: www.TenPoundsOfGold.com