Terry Funk
Professional wrestler; actor
Terry Funk
Terrence "Terry" Funk is an American professional wrestler and actor known chiefly for the hardcore wrestling style he adopted in the latter part of his career that inspired many younger wrestlers, including Mick Foley. Funk has appeared in the NWA, AWA, WWF/E, WCW, ECW, USWA, ROH, and TNA.
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CSSGMT First Round Match: (3) Montreal Screwjob vs. (14) Cane Dewey
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
The first round of the Cageside Seats Greatest Moment Tournament continues today with a match-up pitting number three seed Montreal Screwjob against number 14 seed Cane Dewey. Come vote now! The first round of the Cageside Seats Greatest Moment Tournament continues today with a match-up pitting number three seed Montreal Screwjob, featuring arguably the most infamous moment in pro wrestling history, against number 14 seed Cane Dewey, featuring a memorable promo from Mankind about ECW fans wanting to harm his son. Remember, voting closes at midnight CT. In order to cast your vote, leave a comment and in the subject line make sure you adhere to the guidelines as follows: To vote Montreal Screwjob simply write: Vote - Screwjob To vote Cane Dewey simply write: Vote - Dewey Here are the two moments to choose from: Montreal Screwjob: One of the most infamous events in pro wrestling history. Bret Hart was leaving the WWF to go to WCW but refused to drop the championship ...
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Cageside Seats Weekly RECs: Week ending Jan. 11
Cageside Seats - about 4 years
We're back with yet another dose of amazing work injected by you, the Cageside commenters. Many of you have impressed us all by producing some amazing work and golden comments yet again. So it's that time of the week to recognize the excellent FanPosts, FanShots, and comments that were the "Best in the World" (of Cageside) this past week. As always, thanks to Cagesider Ecstasy with Extra Cheese for cleverly naming our Weekly Cageside Commenters Awards "The RECs", which perfectly sums up what this feature tries to do. After all, without all of you, Cageside Seats would not be the greatest pro wrestling website on the Internet. So, without further ado, we present to you... The cSs REC Awards: Recognizing Excellence in Contributing ______________________________ FOR EXCELLENCE IN AUTHORING OF FANPOSTS: Cagesider ClownBurger gave us the Good, Bad, and Ugly of the Past Year Cagesider The Notorious Eddie Mac Presented 20 Years of Monday Nigh ...
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Extreme Archive: ECW Television Episode 015
Inside Pulse- Wrestling - almost 5 years
As I am such a big ECW fan, and (still) living in the Philadelphia region, maybe some of you are wondering if I am attending the Extreme Reunion event this weekend? Well, I will not be in attendance, and here’s why: As we all know, the real ECW ended it’s run in 2001. In the following years, I was unable to find a wrestling replacement for that federation that I loved so much 1. In those years, I sat there, and wished that I could go back in time, just once, to feel what I used to feel… if only one more time. Well, in 2005 I got that opportunity. I happily dropped $100 to see the first Hardcore Homecoming show with my buddy Michael 2, who had gone to a few ECW events with me. I watched the show. I cheered, laughed, and shouted my ass off. And as all of us in the ECW Arena that night sang “Enter Sandman” during The Sandman’s entrance, I thanked the wrestling gods for letting me step back in time one more time. The card was average at best, but was pure nostalgia, and I loved every min ...
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WWE to open developmental finishing school in Stamford, CT
Cageside Seats - almost 5 years
Uncertainty has abounded over the future of WWE's developmental system, ever since rumours were prematurely leaked that WWE planned to shut down Florida Championship Wrestling and replace it with something better. WWE's Executive Vice President of Talent, Triple H, quickly shot down that hearsay on WWE.com, but hinted at a major announcement regarding revamping their current arrangement that would make it "bigger and better than ever" after WrestleMania 28, but nothing has been said officially yet. In the meantime, Hunter's friend, Terry Taylor, was hired for a newly created job in developmental management, but his role was shrouded in secrecy, which led to the obvious speculation that he was formulating plans to create new training facilities in Stamford, Connecticut to eventually replace FCW. In the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required), Dave Meltzer, yes him again, revealed that the top FCW talent who are almost ready for the main roster would b ...
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Info on WWE's Upcoming WCW Clash of the Champions DVD Set
Wrestling News Source - almost 5 years
The Real Story NWA World Heavyweight Championship Match ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair vs. Sting Clash of the Champions 27th March, 1988 NWA World Tag Team Championship Match Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard vs. Lex Luger & Barry Windham Clash of the Champions 27th March, 1988 Why Wait a Whole Year? NWA World Tag Team Championship Match Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard vs. Sting & Dusty Rhodes Clash of the Champions II 8th June, 1988 Russian Chain Match Ricky Morton vs. Ivan Koloff Clash of the Champions III 7th September, 1988 “I Quit” Match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk Clash of the Champions IX 15th November, 1989 Mil Mascaras vs. Cactus Jack Manson Clash of the Champions X 6th February, 1990 NWA World Tag Team Championship Match Midnight Express vs. Rock & Roll Express Clash of the Champions XI 13th June, 1990 To Be The Man, You Gotta Beat The Man NWA United States Championship Match ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair v ...
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20 questions on Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena and the week in WWE
Cageside Seats - almost 5 years
It's been a big week in WWE: Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena is officially the main event at WWE Extreme Rules (April 29, 2012), and who would have thought that was possible just a few weeks ago. But Jason Mann has a voice inside his head that has many questions about this and many other happenings in WWE, especially after last night's wildness. So, as part of his court-mandated therapy, he is sharing these questions and his answers to all the Cagesiders in a column we like to call "20 questions." Because we are so clever. 1. Extreme Rules? Doesn't that seem a little soon for such a big match? I guess so, but what's the benefit of waiting? Is WWE going to create a story to make this more memorable? What are the chances of that helping? Fans seem eager to see it now, so why not give it to them? It's not like we're going into this cold. There's already a backstory of Lesnar being the former pro wrestler turned UFC star and Cena being the big WWE loyalist. Minimal storytellin ...
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The Wrestling Genius: Submission One in the Mount Rushmore of Wrestling
Wrestle Heat - about 5 years
Last week I tasked you my faithful readers to send me your Mount Rushmore of wrestling. You guys and gals did not disappoint. I got a ton of responses, some really good ones, and by really good I mean ones that agreed with me. I got some really way out there submissions, like Jake the Snake Roberts and someone said John Cena. Cena? Really? Really? Come on man, are you serious bro? There got that out of my system, but seriously to the person who said John Cena, I fear for your sanity. I also got some interesting but out there submissions. I really liked and I’m sorry I can’t remember who sent it to me and I can’t find it but someone made a great case for Vince McMahon. While I can’t argue Vince’s credentials and how much he changed wrestling I want to keep this strictly about full time wrestlers. Mount Rushmore has only presidents so my Mount Rushmore of wrestling will only have wrestlers. However if you twisted my arm on it here’s my non-wrestler Mount Rushmore: Vince McMahon: Wrestl ...
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The Muppets To Host Halloween RAW + Saturn Update - Wrestling Inc.
Google News - over 5 years
In addition to Saturn, the event will also feature Kevin Nash, Diamond Dallas Page, Tommy Dreamer, Terry Funk, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, Tammy Sytch, Amy Dumas, Gorgeous George, The Rock 'n' Roll Express, Shane Douglas, Rhino, Finlay and Sonjay Dutt,
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Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies The Movie - HorrorMovies.ca
Google News - over 5 years
... all the major promotions, ECW, WCW and WWE commonly known as The Franchise. He will have major role in the flick as well as being of the producers, also, the living legend, at least in the wrestling world, Terry Funk will be the film's choreographer
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Perry Saturn Returning + Press Release and More Legends - Wrestling News Source
Google News - over 5 years
The event will feature such world-renowned wrestling celebrities as Kevin Nash, “Diamond” Dallas Page, Terry Funk, Tommy Dreamer, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, The Rock-n-Roll Express, David Finlay and Tammy Sytch. More than 30 legendary grapplers will gather
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'Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies' Film Shoot This Weekend - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
To make sure of that, Knotts has also announced that Terry Funk, who he calls the king of hardcore wrestling, will be the chief choreographer for the movie. Knotts said more cast announcements will be forthcoming. For more information on the test shoot
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AWE to put on show Saturday in Woodstock - News Virginian
Google News - over 5 years
Doors will open at 5 pm for VIP ticket-holders and at 6 o'clock for ringside and general admission ticket-holders for a meet-and-greet session with the AWE superstars slated to appear. They include Kevin Nash, Terry Funk, Diamond Dallas Page,
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WWE News: Did Roddy Piper Beat the Miz with a Broken Neck? - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
As Piper puts it, "So just for the record, I beat, The Miz, Terry Funk, and 2 others guys with a broken neck!" Piper had been reportedly feeling a nagging pain for a while after his work on the MTV show "Fantasy Factor", but he disregarded it as he was
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Road Dogg on WWE Run, New Age Outlaws and Degeneration X - Inside Pulse
Google News - over 5 years
Being included in the WWE's recent OMG Shocking Moment DVD for the New Age Outlaws dumpster spot with Terry Funk & Mick Foley: I think it is memorable, I was told a couple of times that we made
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Hall of Fame DVD released featuring Funk, Hodge, Duggan, Foley, more legends - Pro Wrestling Torch
Google News - over 5 years
The roundtable discussion includes interviews with “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Scott Teal, Danny Hodge, Gerald Brisco, Terry Funk, and Baron Von Raschke. The Hall of Fame banquet includes speeches from Mick Foley, Scott Teal, Jim Duggan, Danny Hodge,
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Cactus Jack vs. Terry Funk: The Greatest Death Match of All Time - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Leatherface, Tiger Jeet Singh, Terry Funk and Cactus Jack were all involved in the tournament, picking up scars and injuries that would stay with them for the rest of their careers. The highlight of this tournament was the final
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Down With the Clown: ICP Gathering of the Juggalos Diary, Day 2 - Billboard
Google News - over 5 years
Also among Friday's distractions included a lingerie contest hosted by Ron Jeremy, a Legends and Icons wrestling series which included such stars and former stars as Terry Funk, Scott Hall and many more (seriously, the Gathering might be the spot where
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Report by Dot Net reader David Nordby - ProWrestling.net
Google News - over 5 years
Apter interviewed Terry Funk who talked about his feud with Piper. He mentioned cat poop (yes, cat poop), his mother talking about raising idiots, and Piper's acting career. The camera then zoomed out as Funk walked away to show these interviews aren't
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Terry Funk
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 71
    On September 17, 2016 Funk announced his retirement at House of Hardcore 17.
    More Details Hide Details In 1999, Funk was featured in director Barry Blaustein's wrestling documentary, Beyond the Mat. His legendary toughness was attested to in the wrestling documentary when cameramen followed him to a medical appointment where he was told, by the doctor, that he should not even be able to walk without intense pain. He has also appeared in other movies such as Road House, Paradise Alley, The Ringer, and Over the Top. He released an autobiography, Terry Funk: More Than Just Hardcore, in 2005. On May 11, 2010, Funk appeared on "Right After Wrestling" with Arda Ocal on SIRIUS Satellite Radio to discuss his possible retirement, to which he replied "I never really truly will retire". This was also the interview with the infamous quote, "I dislike Vince (McMahon). I'm jealous of Vince." In 1985, Funk appeared in the short-lived western "Wildside". Only six episodes were aired.
    Funk made a cameo appearance on the March 21, 2016 episode of Raw, giving Dean Ambrose a pep-talk for his match against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 32 and giving him Chainsaw Charlie as a gift.
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  • 2015
    Age 70
    On October 24, 2015 Funk had his latest retirement match at USA Championship Wrestling in Jackson, Tennessee at Oman Arena against Jerry Lawler, Lawler went on to win by DQ.
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    On October 16, 2015, Funk made an appearance at AIW's Big Trouble in Little Cleveland event, where he attacked Eddie Kingston and his manager, The Duke, destroying the concession stand in the process..
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  • 2014
    Age 69
    On December 11, 2014, Funk returned to Japan for a Tokyo Gurentai independent event, which saw him, Masakatsu Funaki and Mil Máscaras defeat Kaz Hayashi, Nosawa Rongai and Yoshiaki Fujiwara in a six-man tag team main event.
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  • 2013
    Age 68
    On November 9, 2013, Funk appeared at House of Hardcore 3 as Tommy Dreamer's tag team partner.
    More Details Hide Details They defeated Sean Waltman and Lance Storm and the match was promoted as the last time Dreamer and Funk would wrestle together.
    On October 27, 2013, Funk returned to All Japan Pro Wrestling, teaming with Dory in a tag team match, where they wrestled Masanobu Fuchi and Osamu Nishimura to a twenty-minute time limit draw.
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    On January 12, 2013, Funk stated that he was officially retired from professional wrestling at age 68, however, it would seem that Funk is once again out of retirement.
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  • 2011
    Age 66
    On October 15, 2011, Funk unsuccessfully faced his long-time friend and protégé Tommy Dreamer at the AWE "Night Of Legends" event.
    More Details Hide Details In a shoot interview conducted the next day featuring himself and Dreamer, Funk stated that he believed that would be his last match.
    Funk wrestled Jerry Lawler unsuccessfully in a "No holds barred contest" for Northeast Wrestling on October 1, 2011.
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    Funk appeared at the fifth WrestleReunion event at the LAX Hilton in Los Angeles, California from January 28 to 30, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details On the second day of the event, he competed in a Legends Battle Royale on the Pro Wrestling Guerrilla show. He lasted until the end where he was eliminated by Roddy Piper.
  • 2010
    Age 65
    On September 11, 2010, at Ring of Honor's Glory By Honor IX, Funk worked as the ringside enforcer for the ROH World Championship match between Tyler Black and Roderick Strong.
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    Funk was scheduled to be the special guest referee in a match between Kevin Nash and Hannibal for a Great North Wrestling event in May 2010.
    More Details Hide Details During the press conference to announce his involvement, an altercation involving Funk and Hannibal damaged and possibly broke Funk's eardrum.
    Funk also appeared at the annual NJPW January 4 Dome Show in 2010, teaming with Manabu Nakanishi, Masahiro Chono and Riki Choshu to defeat Abdullah the Butcher, Takashi Iizuka, Tomohiro Ishii and Toru Yano.
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  • 2009
    Age 64
    On May 23, 2009, Funk made an unannounced appearance at a house show for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
    More Details Hide Details At the show, Terry joined longtime friend, Mick Foley, as special guest enforcers for a match between Scott Steiner and Samoa Joe. On August 8, Terry made a surprise appearance for Insane Clown Posse's Juggalo Championship Wrestling at the 10th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos. He served as special guest referee for a match between Viscera and 2 Tuff Tony.
  • 2006
    Age 61
    After the one-off appearance at the WWE produced ECW One Night Stand, Funk then returned to the independent circuit and made appearances in Japan. He claimed to be semi-retired after wrestling in his last match in September 2006 against Jerry "The King" Lawler in an Extreme Rules match at The Great Plains Coliseum in Lawton, Oklahoma for the promotion Impact Zone Wrestling.
    More Details Hide Details Funk was also the special guest referee during the Raven and Johnny Webb vs. Khan Kussion and Homeless Jimmy match at "Cold Day in Hell" on May 24.
    Funk made a brief return to WWE in 2006, when he appeared on the May 15 episode of Raw, confronting Mick Foley over the attack on Tommy Dreamer on the previous weeks episode of Raw.
    More Details Hide Details At ECW One Night Stand, Funk would team with Dreamer and Beulah McGillicutty in a losing effort against Foley, Edge and Lita. Midway through the match, Foley injured Funk's left eye with barbed wire, and Funk was taken backstage. He later returned to the match (with a bloody cloth tied over his eye) to hit Foley with a flaming 2x4 wrapped in barbed wire. Funk, along with his brother Dory, was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009 by his longtime friend Dusty Rhodes. In 2013, Funk inducted Mick Foley into the WWE Hall of Fame.
  • 2005
    Age 60
    In 2005, Funk received an offer from World Wrestling Entertainment to appear at the ECW reunion show One Night Stand, but turned it down in favor of working the ECW nostalgia show Hardcore Homecoming that was being put together by Shane Douglas.
    More Details Hide Details At Hardcore Homecoming, Funk lost a three-way barbed wire match to Sabu.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2004
    Age 59
    In November 2004, Funk competed in the UK wrestling company FWA's annual show entitled British Uprising.
    More Details Hide Details He teamed with Paul Burchill and Paul Travell to face The Triad in a 6-Man Tag Team match. Funk's team emerged victorious in front of a crowd of 2,000 people in the Coventry Skydome.
    On February 18, 2004, Funk competed for TNA where he and Raven defeated the team of Julio Dinero and CM Punk.
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  • 2002
    Age 57
    From 2002 to 2004, Funk was a regular top star for Ring of Honor Wrestling and Major League Wrestling.
    More Details Hide Details Funk had several battles with the likes of CM Punk, the Extreme Horsemen (Steve Corino, C.W. Anderson, Justin Credible and Simon Diamond) in specialty matches such as a No Ropes Barbed Wire Death Match, and a 5 on 5 WarGames match. On the last MLW show, Funk was attacked by his former manager Gary Hart and his syndicate.
  • 2000
    Age 55
    Funk wrestled for WCW in 2000, winning the WCW Hardcore Championship three times (which stands as the company's record) and the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship for the second time.
    More Details Hide Details He was also the WCW Commissioner at one time and the leader of the short-lived Old Age Outlaws that feuded with the nWo.
  • 1999
    Age 54
    Funk, however, came down ill before they could have a match, and Funk "retired" yet again in mid-1999.
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  • 1998
    Age 53
    At ECW November to Remember, Funk was believed to have been a mystery partner against Justin Credible and Jack Victory. However, the mystery partner turned out to be Jake Roberts. An enraged Funk attacked Dreamer at every opportunity in late 1998 and early 1999.
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  • 1997
    Age 52
    Funk's retirement lasted just three months before he began taking bookings again. On the December 29, 1997 episode of Raw, Funk returned to WWF as Chainsaw Charlie, a character loosely based on Leatherface (although his true identity was soon acknowledged by the announcers), teaming with Mick Foley, who was wrestling under his Cactus Jack persona.
    More Details Hide Details Charlie and Jack would enter a feud with The New Age Outlaws, where they were defeated by them on the January 26, 1998 episode of Raw by disqualification. The following week on Raw, Charlie and Jack would have a match against each other, with the match ending in a no contest after the Outlaws would attack both men, placing them both in a dumpster and then pushing it off the stage. At No Way Out of Texas: In Your House, Charlie and Jack would team with Stone Cold Steve Austin and Owen Hart, defeating the team of Triple H, Savio Vega and the Outlaws. At WrestleMania XIV, Charlie and Jack would defeat the Outlaws in a Dumpster match to win the WWF Tag Team Championship. The following night, on the March 30 episode of Raw, Charlie and Jack would lose the titles back to the Outlaws in a Steel Cage match.
    Funk's older daughter Stacy was married on June 23, 1997 to Kelly Don Clenney (born 1969).
    More Details Hide Details Their wedding was featured briefly on Barry Blaustein's wrestling documentary, Beyond the Mat. In the film as well Funk is seen with a doctor who tells him he needs a knee replacement. Years later he did have the knee replacement. For many years Terry and Vicki owned a ranch in Canyon, Texas, which they later sold. On September 12, 2016, he underwent surgery for an inguinal hernia, and was supposed to be resting and in bed for a couple of weeks, but chose to attend Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore shows.
    Funk further elevated ECW by headlining their first pay-per-view, Barely Legal on April 13, 1997, winning the ECW World Heavyweight Championship from Raven.
    More Details Hide Details Earlier in the night, he defeated The Sandman and Stevie Richards in a Triple Threat match, thus earning him the match with Raven. He was later defeated for the title by Sabu in a barbed wire match at Born to Be Wired, in which the ropes of the ring were taken down and replaced with barbed wire. Both men had to be cut out of the wires at the end of the match. Sabu had his biceps visibly torn open by the barbed wire - as a result, the wound was taped up and the match continued. In September of that same year, a show was held in Funk's hometown of Amarillo. It was called "WrestleFest - 50 Years of Funk" and was both his own show and a celebration of the careers of Terry, his father, and his brother. Terry lost to then WWF World Heavyweight Champion Bret Hart in the main event, a non-title match. However, before the match, ECW owner Paul Heyman presented Terry with a belt, paid for through a collection taken up by wrestlers on the ECW roster, that declared him the Lifetime ECW World Heavyweight Champion.
  • 1995
    Age 50
    Funk would go on to be a participant in IWA's most famous event the King of the Death Match Tournament, held on August 20, 1995 in Kawasaki.
    More Details Hide Details Funk would first defeat Leatherface and Tiger Jeet Singh in extreme-style matches which featured barbed wire covered boards, glass, and chains before moving on to the finals of the tournament. In the finals, Funk was defeated by protégé Cactus Jack, later known by US audiences as Mick Foley, in a No Ropes Barbed Wire Exploding Barbed Wire Boards & Exploding Ring Time Bomb Death Match.
  • FORTIES
  • 1994
    Age 49
    In 1994, Terry Funk would join the fledgling IWA Japan wrestling promotion.
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    In 1994, Funk reappeared in WCW and wrestled Tully Blanchard to a double disqualification at Slamboree 1994 and later that night, he became a member of Colonel Robert Parker's Stud Stable.
    More Details Hide Details Along with Bunkhouse Buck, Arn Anderson and Meng, the stable would focus their energies on Dusty and Dustin Rhodes, as well as The Nasty Boys, culminating in a War Games match at Fall Brawl.
  • 1993
    Age 48
    His younger daughter Brandee was married on August 14, 1993 to Larry Paul Backus.
    More Details Hide Details They later divorced, with Brandee remarrying Jason M. Dungan (born 1975).
    Later in Funk's career, his style changed from wrestling traditional southern style wrestling matches to the more violent style of hardcore wrestling. In 1993, after a special appearance against Blanchard at World Championship Wrestling's Slamboree, Funk promised to help the fledgling Eastern Championship Wrestling (later renamed Extreme Championship Wrestling or ECW) by lending his talent and notoriety to the promotion, which had just split from the NWA.
    More Details Hide Details On July 16, Terry and Dory Funk lost a barbed wire match against The Public Enemy. Funk maintained a regular schedule of wrestling for ECW in its early days while also competing in Japan. He had many feuds and wrestled programs with wrestlers such as Cactus Jack, "The Franchise" Shane Douglas, The Sandman, Sabu, and Terry's own protege, Tommy Dreamer.
  • 1989
    Age 44
    Funk joined World Championship Wrestling in 1989 and became part of the J-Tex Corporation.
    More Details Hide Details He began feuding with Ric Flair, who had defeated Ricky Steamboat at WrestleWar for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Funk, who was one of three judges for the main event, challenged Flair to a title match. Flair refused, saying that Funk was "spending time in Hollywood" instead of focusing on wrestling. Funk then attacked, piledriving Flair on a ringside table. This put the champion, Flair, out of action until the Great American Bash where he faced Funk. Flair won the match by reversing a small package into one of his own, but shortly after was attacked by Gary Hart and The Great Muta. Sting came to aid Flair and the two brawled with Funk and Muta to close the show. Funk got injured but returned to continue feuding with Ric Flair. The two then had an "I Quit" match at Clash of the Champions, which Funk lost after yelling "Yes, I quit!" after Flair put on the Figure four leglock. This match received a 5-star rating from Dave Meltzer. A notable part of the feud occurred when Funk used an actual plastic shopping bag to suffocate Flair on television after Flair and Sting defeated Muta and Dick Slater at Clash of the Champions. After losing a Clash of Champions match against Flair, he shook Flair's hand, and was attacked by Gary Hart's stable. Soon after he became a color commentator and the host of his own segment Funk's Grill where a tuxedo clad Funk would amiably interview the top stars of WCW, both face and heel.
  • 1985
    Age 40
    Terry Funk made his World Wrestling Federation (WWF) debut in 1985 after a brief run in the AWA.
    More Details Hide Details In his televised debut on Championship Wrestling, he not only beat Aldo Marino, but he also beat on ring announcer Mel Phillips. Funk attacked Phillips, after Phillips made the mistake of putting on Funk`s cowboy hat. Funk also had a gimmick of carrying a branding iron with him to ringside and using it to "brand" his fallen opponents. The attack on Phillips lead to a feud with Junkyard Dog. In the mid-1980s, Funk teamed with Dory (calling himself "Hoss" Funk) and Jimmy Jack Funk, a storyline "brother." They were managed by Jimmy Hart. At the time, he had a heated rivalry with the Junkyard Dog which led to a match between Terry Funk and Hoss Funk and the team of Tito Santana and Junkyard Dog at WrestleMania 2. Terry also had a series of WWF title matches against Hulk Hogan.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1975
    Age 30
    In 1975, Terry defeated Jack Brisco for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in Miami, when Dory failed to appear for a title shot.
    More Details Hide Details He began a fourteen-month title reign defending the title against Jack Brisco, Dusty Rhodes, Carlos Rocha, Giant Baba and Pat O`Connor. In addition to North America, he defended the belt in Australia, Japan and Singapore. The historic reign ended in Toronto when he was defeated by "Handsome" Harley Race, who had earlier beaten Dory, Jr., for NWA World Heavyweight Championship before losing it to Jack Brisco. Race lifted Funk for a shinbreaker and then trapped him in an Indian death leglock. When Funk failed to respond to referee Fred Atkins the match was stopped. Terry and Dory, Jr. also made a name for themselves in Japan. Terry became a star in the eyes of the Japanese fans with his over the top mannerisms, sometimes colorful get-ups, and his brawling ability. In Japan, the Funks were heels until they faced The Sheik and Abdullah The Butcher in Tokyo. The two later faced Stan Hanson, Bruiser Brody, and Giant Baba in memorable feuds as well.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1965
    Age 20
    Funk married his wife Vicki Ann Weaver on August 14, 1965.
    More Details Hide Details Their first of two daughters, Stacy, was born on September 10, 1967, followed by Brandee on September 30, 1971.
    Funk started his career in 1965, working in his father Dory Funk, Sr.'s promotion in Amarillo, Texas.
    More Details Hide Details He and his brother, Dory Funk, Jr., quickly rose up the ranks as a team and in single matches against top names like Ernie Ladd and Hank James. They became big money wrestlers by the end of the decade.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    Funk was born in Hammond, Indiana on June 30, 1944.
    More Details Hide Details His father, Dory Funk, was a professional wrestler and promoter. Following the end of World War II, the family relocated to Amarillo, Texas, where Terry and his brother Dory, Jr., grew up in the professional wrestling business. After graduating from high school, Funk attended West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M University), where he competed in amateur wrestling and football.
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