One of WWE’s worst kept secrets was the identity of Chainsaw Charlie. The severe lack of transparency in the mask made it clear to anyone that the identity was the legendary Terry Funk.
It finally hit the point where in the middle of his WrestleMania XIV match, the commentary team eventually gave up and began referring to him as Terry Funk. Funk may have never been that ridiculous gimmick however if it wasn’t for a rib on Jim Cornette.
Vince Russo was a guest on Off the SKript, where he said that Vince McMahon finally gave into Jim Cornette’s request to bring in Terry Funk but also a specific angle Cornette had allegedly pitched for weeks.
“So, bro, during those sessions with the three of us, Cornette pitched some kind of an angle where somebody is ringside in a box for weeks. And Jim is telling Vince, this is Jim’s exact quote: “Oh come on Vince! You know that anybody who comes out of a box is over!” And, bro, Vince is looking at me like… So, to make a long story short, guess who Vince McMahon put in a box? Terry Funk! So Cornette was pushing the guy should be in a box, basically Vince was like, this is freakin’ ridiculous. Jim was pushing for Terry Funk to come into the WWE. So Vince… Ok, we’ll just bring Terry Funk in and we’ll just put him in a box. Call him Chainsaw Charlie just so he could chainsaw himself out of the box! Unfortunately for Terry, it was a 100% rib on Jim Cornette.”
Funk himself would’ve been a name and had value even if he had shown up as himself, but Vince McMahon has long made decisions based on ribs, and Terry Funk just happened to be at the mercy of one of those. You can watch the interview (and the debut of Chainsaw Charlie) below.
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