CM Punk is undoubtedly one of the biggest names in the AEW roster right now and despite his controversial nature, he still has a lot of respect in the AEW locker room. Terry Funk passed away yesterday and it appears Punk paid tribute to Funk after AEW Collision’s taping.

Terry Funk passed away yesterday at the age of 79, leaving behind an incredible legacy that only a few could even hope to compare themselves with. CM Punk has often made it clear that he was a fan of Terry Funk.

The Second City Saint worked together years ago in ROH and NWA TNA, where they competed against each other in quite a few matches. During Wednesday’s Fyter Fest Collision tapings, CM Punk teamed up with Sting, Darby Allin and a mystery partner to take on AEW TNT Champion Luchasaurus, ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champion Brian Cage, Jay White and Swerve Strickland.

After the Collision match and a post-match angle, Punk took a fan sign that said “TERRY FUNK FOREVER,” and then paid tribute to the pro wrestling legend by cutting an emotional promo.


“Ladies and gentlemen, I love coming to work every day to see two different generations, one I’m in the middle of… Sting and Darby Allin. I appreciate coming to work and seeing all of you staying late, hanging out with all of us, letting us continue. One of the big reasons I would say that I’m here. Maybe that Sting’s here, maybe that Darby is here. There’s a little piece of this man and each and every single one of you here today. I stand on the shoulders of giants and today we lost one, Terry Funk. No matter what religion you believe, maybe you don’t have a religion. One thing I believe is that you are never truly gone as long as the people who look up to you remember you and continue to tell stories long after you’re gone. My heart is heavy tonight because Terry is gone, but I can still smile because Sting is still here. Bret Hart is still with us. I text him every day. There’s a lot of legends that are still here, but we have to give respect to people that paved the way. Let me hear, one time, for Terry Funk.”

Terry Funk’s health got worse in his later years and was living in an assisted living facility at the time of his passing. Regardless, he will forever be remembered as one of the greatest of all time and that’s all that matters.

What’s your view on CM Punk’s emotional tribute? What is your favorite Terry Funk memory? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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