Dory Funk’s Corner – Who Can You Beat – Dory Funk Sr., Bob Geigel or Ricky Starr?
In the early fifties Terry and I were at the Amarillo Sports arena sitting with our mother, Dorothy watching the matches. My father, Dory Funk Sr. came up to the back row of ringside on the West Side where we always sat. Dad leaned over to mother and said, I want your opinion of the next match.
The match was Ricky Starr against Buck Weaver.
As the lights darkened and Ricky Starr came to the ring the wrestling fans of Amarillo, Texas who were used to tough guys, Tony Morelli, Dory Funk Sr., Bob Geigel, Iron Mike Dibiase, Bulldog Plechas, Wayne Martin, Big Train Clements, Ray Gunkel, Pat O’Connor, Frankie Hill Murdoch, Lou Thesz and Dick Hutton were shocked to see this ballerina dancing / wrestling performance.
Ricky Star amazed, entertained and bedazzled the fans with his antics against the befuddled Gus Johnson. The fans laughed so hard they cried. They stood on their feet and cheered and hooted and hollered throughout the match.
That was Ricky Star’s first impression in front of the fans in Amarillo, Texas. It was classic entertainment.
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Don’t Be Deceived by Appearance
A few weeks after the introduction of Ricky Starr in the Amarillo territory, the promoter at the time, Doc Sarpolis felt it was time to “convince” the wrestling fans that wrestlers were tough.
Standing in the ring was Dory Funk Sr., Bob Geigel and Ricky Star. The ring announcer made the invitation for anyone in the audience. They could take on any one of the three men in the ring in a wrestling match. Six fans took up the offer and they all wanted to challenge Ricky Star.
Ricky Star went through 5 West Texas Tough Guys in 5 minutes. Little did they know Ricky Starr was Big Ten Champion amateur wrestler from Purdue University. As number 6 stepped into the ring, Dory Funk Sr. could see that Ricky Star at only 190 pounds was slightly gassed. Dory Funk Sr. said to Ricky, “Take a break on this one and I will teach him his lesson.”
The last match was over in less than a minute as Dory Funk Sr. used his favorite submission hold a top body scissors and cross face to gain the tap out from the “Doubting Thomas” Challenger at the Amarillo Sports Arena.
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