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RIP Terry Funk


  • Registered Users Posts: 39,416 ✭✭✭✭Itssoeasy

    The all time greats of pro wrestling history are getting less and less.

  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Music Moderators, Regional Midlands Moderators Posts: 24,124 Mod ✭✭✭✭Angron


    What a legend.

  • Registered Users Posts: 84,842 ✭✭✭✭JP Liz V1

  • Registered Users Posts: 53,823 ✭✭✭✭Headshot

    What awful news

  • Registered Users Posts: 60,274 ✭✭✭✭Agent Coulson

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  • Registered Users Posts: 39,416 ✭✭✭✭Itssoeasy

    Jerry lawler vs terry funk and Lance Russell in an empty mid south coliseum. Just absolute gold.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,679 ✭✭✭hynesie08

    The best to ever lace up a pair of boots, and if you disagree we can fight over it. I'll win.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,626 ✭✭✭✭nacho libre

    I am watching his barbed wire match with Sabu now. He, Foley and Sabu were hardcore legends! He was also one of the more decent human beings to be involved in wrestling. RIP.

  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 30,852 Mod ✭✭✭✭Insect Overlord

    I was so innocent as a kid, I never twigged that "Chainsaw Charlie" was really Terry Funk until someone on this forum told me about it years later! What a man. RIP.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,626 ✭✭✭✭nacho libre

    He and Lawler cut some great promos against each other too.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 39,416 ✭✭✭✭Itssoeasy

    Yes they did. I’ve seen that empty arena match so many times and when funk starts yelling about his eye I still get caught up thinking he’s hurt.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,123 ✭✭✭The White Wolf

    This is a surreal one, I was only watching some old Funk and Raven promos last week.

    It felt like you'd always be here Terry, RIP.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,170 ✭✭✭✭B.A._Baracus

    RIP Terry. What a true legend.

    Coincidentally enough watched Flair vs Funk recently and they torn the house down. Talking 1989 and it still holds up to today's standards.

    A true legend in every sense.

    I remember watching The Dudley Boys RF shoot years ago and they talked about doing a Japan tour with Terry. So at one point they're all sh*t faced and go down to the subway. Funk needs a piss and wobbles over to a trashcan and whips it out. They're like "terry terry what are you doing?!" To which terry replies in his famous soft yet drunk voice "I don't give a FU*K I'm the funkster" lol. A true legend in every sense.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,604 ✭✭✭El Gato De Negocios

    One of the greats, loved the wrestling business and was never afraid to put people over. Helped put ECW on the map and make them a viable alternative to Vince and Ted. Icon.😪

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,968 ✭✭✭✭chopperbyrne

    His feud with Flair was fantastic. Over the last 30 years he'll only be remembered as the hardcore nutjob, but his career before then was HOF worthy.

    It's telling when nobody has anything bad to say about him, nothing but love.

  • Registered Users Posts: 39,416 ✭✭✭✭Itssoeasy

    From Mike Johnson over at this is part of his free tribute to terry funk and the whole thing is amazing but this part to me sums up why I’m not a fan of death match wrestling and those who like to bleed all the time and hurt themselves for no reason at all,and it’s all this quoted part but the bolted parts that get to the heart of the issue.

    It wasn’t just the violence. That is the thing that gets lost in the translation by so many that tried to live up to Funk’s antics and reputation. Terry’s ability to…not even act, but to emote to the audience his pain, his frustration, his anger as shown by his loud cursing, his reaction time to things that happened around him, his ability to make fun of himself without ever sacrificing his street cred, all of these things made every act, violent or artistic or both, that much more visceral, more real, and most importantly, more meaningful.    

    For all the Death Matches and crazy stipulation bouts that happen today, none of them have ever truly realized that what made Terry’s performances in that environment so unique and special was that everything he did in those matches had nothing to do with the bumps and the violence. He brought a true feeling of someone going through an emotional warfield - and he did it in an era where people were truly willing to still believe and invest in what was going to happen to this man and his opponents. That’s something that can’t be replicated today, especially without Terry involved. 

  • Registered Users Posts: 281 ✭✭Manc-Red_


    Honestly had to look him up as I thought he was a pornstar with a name like that.

    Better Born Lucky Than Rich.

  • Registered Users Posts: 60,274 ✭✭✭✭Agent Coulson

    You can never fault the WWE’s tribute videos

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,626 ✭✭✭✭nacho libre

    I did too. He was so convincing. As he said:" I can't convince them that it is real, but I can convince them I am real"

    Well, maybe it did not originate with him, but that sayings perfectly sums up the legend that was Terry Funk.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,679 ✭✭✭hynesie08

    Cornettes eulogy goes at least an hour and a half and I am going to cry listening to it tomorrow.

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,755 ✭✭✭✭Hello 2D Person Below

    The first time I saw Terry Funk was when he came to Mankind's side when Undertaker threw him off the cell.

    It took me many years later to know that was Terry Funk and who Terry Funk was and what he meant to the wrestling business.

    EDIT: As Hynesie mentioned above, Cornette segment an hour and three quarter long. I've been watching five minutes and already full of details.

    Definitely something to dedicate a couple of hours to.

  • Registered Users Posts: 45,535 ✭✭✭✭Mr.Nice Guy

    One of the very best to ever do it. First time I saw that empty arena match with Lawler I was gripped, and the eerie cries of Terry screaming 'My eye!' Also remember loving that promo he did on Raw ahead of the second ECW One Night Stand PPV where he attempts to provoke Mick Foley. Seems he was one of those rare guys that garnered universal respect from his peers.

    'It is better to walk alone in the right direction than follow the herd walking in the wrong direction.'

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,626 ✭✭✭✭nacho libre

    Mick Foley's latest podcast about Funk is worth listening. I found this video online:

    I think that's Dustin Rhodes ex wife with Terry Funk.

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