Terry Funk is considered one of the toughest professional wrestlers in history. He wrestled well into his 70’s. Considered “middle aged and crazy” for the better part of his career, time now seems to be catching up with the 77-year-old Funker.
Jon Arezzi gave an update on Funk’s current health condition on the Pro Wrestling Spotlight podcast. He said that Funk has been doing better lately, but still was struggling with cognitive difficulties. The wrestling legend is currently in an assisted living situation.
“He’s in assisted living. I spoke to him earlier this year and he had a hard time remembering and he snapped back in. I was trying to get him on one of these Pro Wrestling Spotlight Live [shows] that I did on YouTube. I talked to him but I just knew after that conversation that it wasn’t gonna happen because he was in the middle of a conversation and he goes, ‘am I John, who are you?’
He didn’t really remember very much but when I was with Mick Foley not too long ago, a couple of weeks back here in Nashville, he had talked to Terry recently and he said that Terry was sounding better. He’s getting the care he needs and it looks like Terry Funk is fighting as he always has done to this time just remain cognizant and just be the legend that he is and we wish him the best and we pray for him all the time.”
Funk‘s ongoing struggle with dementia has been heartbreaking for fans to watch. The hardcore legend wrestled a brutal style that was bound to take its toll on his body. It’s good to hear that despite his struggles, he’s doing a little better.
Over a career that spanned from the mid 1960’s until the late 2010’s, Terry Funk became bigger than wrestling itself. He appeared for virtually every major promotion in the United States and Japan. He won the ECW title in the main event of the company’s first pay-per-view. Promotions far and wide built new stars on the back of The Funker.
Thanks to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription!