Thanks to Dory Funk, Jr., for sending in the following commentary on July 12…
Funk’s Corner – Professional Wrestling and Competition
Professional wrestling is a very competitive business. To get to the top and earn the “Big Money” is extremely competitive and can leave many disappointed. So will the movies, network news-casting, Broadway, the NFL, politics and writing editorials for the New York Times.
For those who make it to the top, professional wrestling can be very rewarding. Just ask Ric Flair, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Kurt Angle, Edge, Christian, Gene Sniski, Mickie James and others on the top of their game.
Even American Idol and Miss America only have one winner.
We can act, dance, perform or wrestle for the love of the game, but should understand making it to the top is really a tough road to go. In professional wrestling making it to the top is achievable but only by demonstrating that you can be of value to the company you would like to work for.
Strangely enough, professional wrestling at the top of the game is a giving business. It is about what you can do for the company, not what the company will do for you.
Show me someone who can demonstrate that they can draw a buck in wrestling and I will show you someone that can earn a living in the wrestling business.
Many come into professional wrestling hoping to become World Champion. In the words of Jim Ross when he was Head of Talent Relations, “I am not looking for someone who wants to be world champion, Show me someone who wants to be a part of the WWE team and I will be interested.”
It is not unusual at times to feel eaten by the system. I would guess most who read this column have felt eaten by the system at one time in their lives but the answer is to pick up the pieces, have faith and go on and fight.
You will find it really is true, “It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, but how you play the game.”
Life is beautiful but not easy. Don’t Quit.
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Dory Funk Jr.