Terry Funk Talks ECW Competing With WWE, Retirement


WWE Hall of Famer Terry Funk has had one of the most storied and long professional wrestling careers in the industry and has seen a lot during his time.

Reflecting on parts of his career in an interview with WrestlingInc, Funk discussed how ECW’s goal to compete with WWE.

“We had to compete, compete with the greatest there was in the business at that time, and that was in the New York office and we did more than compete, we didn’t surpass them, but we damn sure were out there, and they knew we were there” Funk said.

“There is tremendous competition in it as to who is the best and who is on top and who is considered the superstar at any time, That’s what the great drive in the business is, when you go out in that ring and say, ‘That last guy had a g**damn match, but let’s see the son of a b***h follow this one.’ That is really the truth, that’s what makes wrestling wonderful.”

Funk also discusses health issues and his transition to retirement.

“I have an abdominal hernia which I tore and had operated on, and it’s not the easiest thing in the world to get over. I’m gonna go on down the road, but hopefully I can get over the damn thing.

There comes a time whenever your family’s out there and they need you too, and my family needs me. I’m not gonna squeal out that this is my 23rd retirement, my real, real retirement.

But you know there comes a time where you need to look to go in another direction in life, and I have entered that time. It’s been a wonderful, wonderful career. It’s been just a great run that the Lord gave me and I damn sure appreciate it and thank him for it and for him giving me the body and the ability to do what I have done for years.”

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