During an interview with Wrestle List, 73-year-old WWE Hall of Famer Terry Funk talked about his health as he’s had to undergo 15 surgeries due to the effects of his wrestling career.
At 73-years-old, the WWE Hall Of Famer is still wrestling, though, he revealed in his interview (transcribed by Wrestleinc.com) that he’s not completely sure of his health as he continues his career.
“I have had about 15 operations due to the wrestling profession, and I have a problem with an abdominal hernia. If anybody has ever had one knows damn sure what I am talking about.
“Do I feel confident about my health? I don’t think that anybody ever should feel confident about their health if they are 72 years old, and getting ready to go in to the ring. If they are then they are probably some kind of an idiot and that is more than likely what I am.”
Funk’s career started in 1965 and he wrestled for multiple companies that included NWA Western States Wrestling, Championship Wrestling from Florida, All Japan Pro Wrestling, WWE, WCW, and ECW.
Funk’s ring names included the Black Baron, Chainsaw Charlie, Dr. Knows-it-all, Terry Funk, and The Texan. Some of his signature moves were the atomic drop, brainbuster, DDT, and knife edged chop. His finishing moves included the piledriver, sleeper hold, and spinning toe hold.
Funk was asked about a possible return to WWE, but he enjoys the freedom of being an independent talent.
“I don’t have any desire; I am still involved in the business. Actually, as I have got control of the profession, I am the one that is controlling my profession. My profession isn’t controlling me at this time and that is a very important factor to anybody in any business. This goes to all the individuals out there, be in control of your business don’t let your business take control of you.”
Funk just announced his retirement last September at House of Hardcore 17, though in early August, he’s started to make a come back.
Funk made a good point about not allowing your job to control you. It’s the reason that many athletes and wrestlers seem to never be able to move on and do something else once their careers are over.
One has to wonder after Funk’s comments about his health if the advertised match featuring Funk, The Rock N’Roll Express to face Doug Gilbert, Jerry Lawler and Lawler’s son Brian Christopher on September 22, 2017, should happen at all.
Regardless, Funk was also asked to give his thoughts on the modern day WWE product, and he was very positive.
“I’m probably going to surprise you because I like the modern product. Do I wish it wasn’t what it is? Absolutely, I wish it were the same as it was but it can’t be. The reason why is because wrestling is about what turns the turnstile, it’s about people paying admission to the shows.”
Funk is one of the few older guys that gets it. It’s all about what the fans want and what it’s going to take to get people to show up to the events. The fact of the matter is that businesses are always evolving and that’s completely normal. Without evolution, they won’t last and will end up closing down.
Vince McMahon and the WWE will always have to figure out what their viewers want and adapt to them.
Comment below and tell us what your favorite Terry Funk moment was during his wrestling career.
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