Professional Wrestling Legend and WWE Hall of Famer Terry Funk received an outstanding honor this past week. The 77-year-old “Funker” has received the Stanley Weston Lifetime Achievement Award from Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
It is truly an amazing honor and great news, considering the reports back in the late spring/early summer of 2021, that Terry Funk was battling a severe case of dementia that was rapidly getting worse. Pro Wrestling Podcaster, Author, and Historian John Arezzi spoke back in January on his podcast “Pro Wrestling Spotlight” that Terry Funk was doing much better and getting the assisted care he needed.
“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.”
Terry Funk will turn 78 years old in June of this year. He is a former NWA World Champion, ECW World Champion, and as mentioned above, a WWE Hall of Famer. His contributions to the sport of professional wrestling needs no explanation and it is truly remarkable to see this great award bestowed upon him.
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