Today In Pro Wrestling History: On February 11th, 1969, in Tampa, Florida, Dory Funk Jr. achieved a significant milestone in his wrestling career by defeating Gene Kiniski for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship at the Ft. Homer Hesterly Armory. This victory marked the end of Kiniski’s notable three-year tenure as champion.
Today In Pro Wrestling History 11th February: Dory Jr. Wins the Ultimate Prize
Dory Funk Jr.’s triumph initiated a remarkable period in NWA history, as he held onto the title for over four years, surpassing Kiniski’s reign, until Harley Race claimed the championship from him on May 24th, 1973. Dory Funk Jr.’s reign is remembered for its length and the high-caliber matches that defined his tenure as champion, making it one of the longest uninterrupted title reigns in the history of the National Wrestling Alliance, second only to Lou Thesz.
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