Dory Funk, Jr. Wins NWA World Heavyweight Title

by Mark Long

Dory Funk, Jr. - historyofwrestling.comDory Funk, Jr. becomes NWA World Heavyweight champion by defeating Gene Kiniski in Tampa, Florida. Funk’s time as NWA champion would last nearly four and a half years (1,563 days) and remains the second longest uninterrupted title reign (behind Lou Thesz’s six and a half year run) in the history of the National Wrestling Alliance.