Ric Flair has let the world hear the voicemail left for him by his former rival Terry Funk after the Funker’s health condition recently made headlines.
‘The Magnificent’ Don Muraco first stated on his ‘Magnificent’ podcast that Funk is dealing with dementia and is now staying in an assisted living facility in his hometown of Amarillo, Texas. Mike Johnson of PWInsider has since confirmed the sad news that Funk is living with dementia. Johnson noted that Terry Funk has been dealing with health issues for some time but things have deteriorated since the passing of Funk’s wife Vickie in March 2019.
Tommy Dreamer recently provided his own further update on Busted Open Radio. Having recently conversed with the legendary performer, Dreamer would surmise that perhaps social media has exaggerated the extent of Funk’s health issues. Dreamer recalled a conversation with Funk from June, in which they discussed the current professional wrestling landscape:
“With social media, things start to take a life of their own. I get a lot of texts about Terry and his health and I see all these tweets about Terry. The biggest one was the WWE. I talked to Terry on his birthday [June 30] and he was fine. I talked to him the week before his birthday for 40 minutes. He was, and is, sharp as a tack. I’m talking about college for my daughters, the wrestling business where he knows about AEW. He calls it ‘from Dusty’s boys.’ He talks about Vince and knows about Peacock network.”
Now one of Terry Funk’s most heated rivals Ric Flair has played the voicemail left by the Hardcore Icon while paying his own tribute on social media.
The message from Funk showed he hadn’t lost any of his wit, as he said:
“Hey Flair, this is The Funker, why don’t you ever give me a call? My number… you should have the God damn thing after 40 years. Flair, give me a call. God damn,”
Terry, We Have Wrestled For Hours And Have Been Friends For What Seems Like A Lifetime! YOU NEVER QUIT!! Be Strong As Always! I’m Coming To See You Soon! pic.twitter.com/pmSuxpenbk
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) July 7, 2021
Funk joined WCW later in the eighties 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 belt.