According to a new report, wrestling legend Terry Funk is doing much better, after it was revealed in the summer that he was suffering from Dementia.
In July it was reported that WWE Hall of Famer Terry Funk was suffering with Dementia and residing in an assisted living facility in his hometown of Amarillo, Texas. It was noted that Funk had been dealing with health issues for a long time but his condition worsened since the passing of Funk’s wife Vickie in March 2019.
It was later suggested that Funk’s health had deteriorated significantly, but those reports were said to be false.
In a new update, John Arezzi of the Pro Wrestling Spotlight podcast, said that Funk is getting the care that he needs and is doing much better.
“He’s in assisted living. I spoke to him earlier this year and he had a hard time remembering and he snapped back in. I was trying to get him on one of these Pro Wrestling Spotlight Live [shows] that I did on YouTube. I talked to him but I just knew after that conversation that it wasn’t gonna happen because he was in the middle of a conversation and he goes, ‘am I John, who are you?’
He didn’t really remember very much but when I was with Mick Foley not too long ago, a couple of weeks back here in Nashville, he had talked to Terry recently and he said that Terry was sounding better. He’s getting the care he needs and it looks like Terry Funk is fighting as he always has done to this time just remain cognizant and just be the legend that he is and we wish him the best and we pray for him all the time.”
The 77-year-old began his wrestling career in 1965 with his first match coming against 2018 WWE Hall Of Fame Legacy inductee Sputnik Monroe. Terry Funk soon formed a partnership in the ring with brother Dory Jr. and the two men competed all over the world capturing numerous tag titles in the US and winning the Real World Tag League three times in All Japan Pro Wrestling.
In 1975 while competing in Championship Wrestling From Florida, Terry Funk defeated Jack Brisco for the richest prize in professional wrestling when he won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. For 424 days Terry Funk defended the title all over the US as well as Canada and Japan. He eventually lost the title to Harley Race in 1977 in Toronto, Canada.
The Funk brothers then had a brief stay in the World Wrestling Federation in the mid-eighties where they competed at WrestleMania 2. With Dory Jr. known as Hoss in the WWF, he and Terry defeated Tito Santana and Junkyard Dog in the Los Angeles portion of the landmark event.
Funk joined WCW later in the decade and after being a judge for Ric Flair’s NWA World Championship match with Ricky Steamboat, Funk attacked Flair demanding his own match for The Nature Boy’s title. The two men squared off at The Great American Bash in 1989 but Flair managed to hang onto his title.
Fans of Terry Funk in the nineties and beyond may associate him with his status as The Hardcore Icon. Funk took part in deathmatch tournaments in Japan, most notably competing with Mick Foley in the King Of The Deathmatch tournament in 1995. At ECW’s first ever-pay-per-view in 1997, Terry Funk once again held gold as he won the ECW Championship from Raven.
A return to the WWF happened shortly after with Funk now known as the chainsaw-wielding Chainsaw Charlie. He spent much of that time either feuding with or teaming up with Mick Foley who was going by his Cactus Jack moniker at the time. Together the pair captured the WWF Tag Team Title if but for one night at WrestleMania 14.
Terry Funk and brother Dory Jr. were rewarded for their decades of hard work in the wrestling business when both men were inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2009.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.