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Terry Funk

Terry Funk

Nationality :American
Date Of Birth :June 30, 1944
Height :6 feet 1 inches
Weight :112 kg
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Terry Dee Funk (June 30, 1944 – August 23, 2023) was an American professional wrestler. He was known for the longevity of his career – which spanned more than 50 years and included multiple short-lived retirements – and the influential hardcore wrestling style he pioneered in the latter part of his career. He is considered one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time.

QUICK FACTS

Birth nameTerry Dee Funk
BornJune 30, 1944
Hammond, Indiana, U.S.
DiedAugust 23, 2023 (aged 79)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Alma materWest Texas State University
Spouse(s)
Vicki Weaver

(m. 1965; died 2019)

Children2
FamilyDory Funk Sr. (father)
Dory Funk Jr. (brother)

Terry Funk Biography, EarlyLife

Funk was born on June 30, 1944, in Hammond, Indiana. He was the son of Dorothy (Culver) and Dory Funk, a professional wrestler and promoter. Following the end of World War II, the family relocated to Amarillo, Texas, where Terry and his brother, known professionally as Dory Jr., grew up in the professional wrestling business. After graduating from Canyon High School, Funk attended West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M University), where he competed in amateur wrestling and football.

Terry Funk Education

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. Funk began his career working for his father, Dory Funk, at Western States Sports Promotion in Amarillo, Texas. He made his debut on December 9 against Sputnik Monroe.

Terry Funk’s Height, And Weight

Terry Funk stands almost 1.85 m tall. He weighs roughly 112 kg. 

Terry Funk also has an athletic body type. He has a well-kept figure, but measures such as biceps size, hip size, waist size, shoe size, and so on are currently unavailable. His eyes are dark brown, and his hair is black. He has a healthy and well-balanced physique.

Career

Wrestling Federation of the World

Terry Funk debuted in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1985. In his Championship Wrestling televised debut, he not only defeated Aldo Marino but also a ring attendant called Mel Phillips, who was also a WWF ring announcer at the time. Funk also had the gimmick of bringing a branding iron to ringside and using it to “brand” his fallen opponents at the time. Funk challenged Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship in early 1986 but was beaten. Terry then joined forces with his brother Dory (dubbed “Hoss” Funk) and Jimmy Jack Funk (Jesse Barr), a fictional “brother.” Jimmy Hart was their manager. Terry started a feud with the Junkyard Dog, which led to a bout at WrestleMania 2 between Terry Funk and Hoss Funk and the team of Tito Santana and Junkyard Dog, which the Funks won.

Wrestling at the World Championships

Funk joined the J-Tex Corporation and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1989. He began battling with Ric Flair, who had defeated Ricky Steamboat for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleWar 1989. Funk, one of the main event’s three judges, challenged Flair to a title fight.

Flair refused, claiming that Funk was “spending time in Hollywood” rather than concentrating on wrestling. Funk then launched an attack, pilingriving Flair into a ringside table. This kept Flair out of action until The Great American Bash 1989 when he fought Funk. Flair won the bout after reversing a little package into one of his own but was attacked shortly afterward by Gary Hart and The Great Muta. Sting came to Flair’s rescue, and the two brawled with Funk and Muta to bring the program to a stop.

Funk was hurt, but he returned to continue his fight with Ric Flair. At Clash of the Champions IX, the two had an “I Quit” bout, which Funk lost after exclaiming “Yes, I quit!” after Flair applied the Figure-four leglock. Dave Meltzer gave this match a 5-star rating. Following Flair and Sting’s victory over Muta and Dick Slater at Clash of the Champions VIII, Funk used an actual plastic shopping bag to suffocate Flair on camera. Funk went on to become a color commentator and the host of his segment Funk’s Grill, in which a tuxedo-clad Funk would interview the biggest WCW talent, both face, and heel. This did not last long, and he soon left.

Funk returned to World Championship Wrestling in 1994 as part of Colonel Robert Parker’s Stud Stable. The stable, together with Bunkhouse Buck, Arn Anderson, and Meng, would concentrate their efforts on Dusty and Dustin Rhodes, as well as The Nasty Boys, culminating in a WarGames bout at Fall Brawl.

(2006) World Wrestling Entertainment

Funk was scheduled to wrestle on June 11, 2006, at the ECW One Night Stand pay-per-view. As part of the buildup to the event, Funk appeared on the May 15 episode of Raw, when he confronted Mick Foley about the previous week’s attack on Tommy Dreamer. Funk, Tommy Dreamer, and Beulah were beaten at One Night Stand by the trio of Foley, Edge, and Lita. Foley wounded Funk’s eye with barbed wire midway through the encounter, and Funk was rushed backstage. He then returned to the match (while wearing a bloody rag over his eye) to hit Foley with a blazing 2×4 wrapped in barbed wire.

Terry Funk’s Net Worth

According to several web sources, Terry Funk’s net worth is predicted to be over $1 million as of 2023. Terry Funk has been a wrestling fan since he was a child. He began wrestling at a young age and has worked in nearly every organization in the globe in quest of wrestling expertise and experience. Wrestling is his main source of revenue, hence it accounts for the majority of his income and net worth. Even though he is retiring, his contributions to the firm will be remembered fondly.

Terry Funk is a millionaire professional wrestler and actor from the United States. He is well-known for the length of his wrestling career, which spanned 50 years and included multiple brief retirements.

Terry Funk’s Wife, Marriage, Children

On August 14, 1965, Funk married Vicki Ann Weaver. Stacy, their first of two daughters, was born on September 10, 1967, and Brandee on September 30, 1971. On August 14, 1993, his younger daughter Brandee married Larry Paul Backus. After their divorce, Brandee remarried Jason M. Dungan (born 1975). Funk’s eldest daughter Stacy married Kelly Don Clenney (born 1969) on June 23, 1997.

Their wedding was featured briefly in Beyond the Mat, a wrestling documentary directed by Barry Blaustein. Funk is also seen in the film with a doctor who tells him he needs a knee replacement. Years later, he underwent knee replacement surgery. Terry and Vicki held a ranch in Canyon, Texas for many years before selling it.

Terry Funk Awards

  • All Japan Pro Wrestling
    • World’s Strongest Tag Team League (197719791982) – with Dory Funk, Jr.
  • Cauliflower Alley Club
    • Iron Mike Mazurki Award (2005)
  • Championship Wrestling from Florida
    • NWA World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • NWA Florida Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Dory Funk, Jr.
    • NWA Florida Television Championship (1 time)
    • NWA North American Tag Team Championship (Florida version) (1 time) – with Dory Funk, Jr.
    • NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Florida version) (2 times)
  • Eastern Championship Wrestling / Extreme Championship Wrestling1
    • ECW Heavyweight Championship (1 time) 2
    • ECW World Television Championship (1 time)
    • Hardcore Hall of Fame (2005)
  • George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame
    • Class of 2010
  • Georgia Championship Wrestling
    • NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Dory Funk, Jr.
    • NWA Georgia Television Championship (1 time)
  • Juggalo Championship Wrestling
    • JCW Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling / World Championship Wrestling
    • NWA United States Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • WCW Hardcore Championship (2 times)
    • WCW United States Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • WCW Hall of Fame (Class of 1995)
  • NWA Hollywood Wrestling
    • NWA Americas Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • NWA International Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Dory Funk, Jr.
    • NWA World Tag Team Championship (Los Angeles version) (1 time) – with Dory Funk, Jr.
  • NWA Western States Sports
    • NWA Brass Knuckles Championship (Amarillo version) (2 times)
    • NWA International Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Dory Funk, Jr.
    • NWA Western States Heavyweight Championship (7 times)
    • NWA Western States Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Ricky Romero
    • NWA World Tag Team Championship (Texas version) (2 times) – with Dory Funk, Jr.
  • Pro-Pain Pro Wrestling
    • Pro-Pain Pro Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI Feud of the Year (1989) vs. Ric Flair
    • PWI Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year (1997)
    • PWI Wrestler of the Year (1976)
    • PWI ranked him #22 in the PWI Years in 2003
  • Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum
    • Class of 2004
  • Southwest Championship Wrestling
    • SCW Southwest Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
    • SCW World Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Dory Funk, Jr.
  • St. Louis Wrestling Club
    • NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • Stampede Wrestling
    • Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • United States Wrestling Association
    • USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
  • World Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Entertainment
    • WWF Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Cactus Jack
    • WWE Hall of Fame (Class of 2009)
  • National Wrestling Alliance
    • NWA Hall of Fame (Class of 2009)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
    • 5 Star Match (1984) with Dory Funk, Jr. vs. Bruiser Brody and Stan Hansen on December 8
    • Best Brawler (1989)
    • Best Heel (1989)
    • Best on Interviews (1989)
    • Feud of the Year (1989) vs. Ric Flair
    • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 1996)

FAQ

What is the net worth of Terry Funk?

His net worth is 1 million dollars.

What is the height of Terry Funk?

His height is 6 feet 1 inches.

What is the age of Terry Funk?

His age is 79 years as of 2023.

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