Friday, April 17, 2009

Jimmy Jack Funk

Barr was one of the top villains in Florida in the mid-'80s ( where he had ventured after starting out in his father's home base of the Pacific Northwest ), winning the NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship from Scott McGhee in October 1984. He lost the belt to Brian Blair before regaining it and eventually losing it for good to Hector Guerrero in late April 1985. Barr teamed with Rick Rude to hold the United States Tag Team Championship for three months before turning into a fan favorite, and in early 1986 he feuded over the Southern Heavyweight Championship with a young Lex Luger.
After leaving Florida, Barr arrived in the WWF in April 1986 in a Lone Ranger-style mask as Jimmy Jack Funk, the storyline brother of Terry and Dory "Hoss" Funk, with whom he had previously worked in Florida. With Jimmy Hart as his manager, Barr debuted to a decent push, but Terry Funk's exit from the WWF in early June caused Hoss and Jimmy Jack to fall down the card as a tag team under Hart. Their most notable match together (and Dory's last in the WWF) was a loss to the Killer Bees in the opening match of The Big Event, a supercard at the Canadian National Exhibition Stadium in Toronto on August 28.
As the only remaining "Funk" in the WWF (and without Hart in his corner), Barr quickly became an aimless "jobber to the stars", losing regularly to the likes of Tito Santana, Koko B. Ware, Hillbilly Jim and Blackjack Mulligan and teaming with a series of journeymen with whom he had no previous storyline connection. He remained in the WWF in this capacity until June 1987.
After the WWF, Barr joined World Class Championship Wrestling, where he was a villain at first but turned into a fan favorite in 1989 after parting ways with manager Skandor Akbar. After World Class, Barr returned to Portland, where he finished his career.
Flash Funk was never "offically" named as a member of the Funk family... but I think we all had our suspicions.

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