Hardcore Wrestling Legend Terry Funk Passes Away at 79, Inducted WWE Hall of Famer



by ATIA MUKHTAR

Hardcore Wrestling Legend Terry Funk Passes Away at 79, Inducted WWE Hall of Famer
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WWE Hall of Famer Terry Funk, a true icon in the world of professional wrestling, has passed away at the age of 79, leaving behind a legacy that has deeply impacted the industry. The somber news was shared by none other than wrestling legend Ric Flair on his Twitter account, and fellow wrestler Mick Foley also took to the platform to pay tribute to his dear friend.

Terry Funk's journey in the wrestling realm was marked by remarkable achievements and unforgettable moments. He followed in the footsteps of his father, stepping into the spotlight of his father's promotion, Western States Sports, during the 1960s.

Alongside his brother Dory Jr., he embarked on a career that would shape the landscape of professional wrestling for years to come. Notably, Terry Funk's name became synonymous with Championship Wrestling from Florida, where he spent an impressive 12 years.

It was during this time that he etched his name in history by dethroning Jack Brisco to claim the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. His reign, spanning over a year, was a testament to his prowess and determination until the formidable Harley Race ended his reign.

Global Impact and WrestleMania Triumphs

The Funk brothers didn't confine their talents to a single territory; they ventured to All Japan Pro Wrestling, showcasing their skills to a global audience. In 1985, Terry Funk made his debut in WWF, leaving an indelible mark by challenging none other than Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship.

WrestleMania II saw him team up with Hoss Funk to triumph over The Junkyard Dog and Tito Santana, a moment etched in WrestleMania history. Terry Funk's legacy extended beyond WWF, as he lent his talents to WCW and later found his way to ECW, where he engaged in some of the most memorable battles against the likes of Sabu, Shane Douglas, Raven, Stevie Richards, and The Sandman.

This period also marked his reign as a two-time ECW Champion, solidifying his status as a hardcore wrestling legend. Throughout his illustrious career, Funk's path intertwined with that of Mick Foley, resulting in a partnership that saw them capture the WWE World Tag Team Championship.

Despite his eventual retirement in 2017, Funk's contributions never faded, as he continued to be a revered figure in promotions like AJPW, MLW, and TNA. The wrestling world celebrated Funk's accomplishments by inducting him into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009, alongside his brother Dory Jr.

He later had the honor of inducting Mick Foley in 2013. In 2021, it was revealed that Funk had been grappling with dementia, shedding light on the challenges he faced in his later years. Terry Funk's impact on professional wrestling is immeasurable, and his legacy will undoubtedly live on in the hearts of fans and fellow wrestlers alike. As the industry mourns the loss of a true trailblazer, his contributions will continue to inspire generations to come.

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