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theidealstranger 10-09-2012 06:55 AM

The legacy25: Terry Funk
 
The Hardcore Legend, a guy who has worked across four decades and in 19 promotions excluding indies including WWE/WCW/TNA/ROH/AWA/NWA/ECW and transcended styles including the ones he was most popular for; Hardcore, Brawler suiting himself to the times. He still does not come up as a legend or a G.O.A.T outside the hardcore division in which he set precedents for Mick Foley.

How do you see his legacy?

Evil Neville 10-09-2012 07:07 AM

Re: The legacy25: Terry Funk
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by theidealstranger (Post 12112509)
The Hardcore Legend, a guy who has worked across four decades and in 19 promotions excluding indies including WWE/WCW/TNA/ROH/AWA/NWA/ECW and transcended styles including the ones he was most popular for; Hardcore, Brawler suiting himself to the times. He still does not come up as a legend or a G.O.A.T outside the hardcore division in which he set precedents for Mick Foley.

How do you see his legacy?

Are you for real? You do realize that before he went hardcore in the 80's and 90's he was already 20 years in his career, among top 2-3 wrestling superstars on the planet and the NWA champion?

Terry is the absolute G.O.A.T. in every sense of that phrase.

WOOLCOCK 10-09-2012 07:13 AM

Re: The legacy25: Terry Funk
 
G.O.A.T in so much as he's right there in the discussion for who is the all time best. When it comes to best American Wrestlers he has just as good an argument as Flair, Lawler, Windham, Murdoch, Hansen, Steamboat, Arn Anderson, Eaton, Morton etc. Then when you factor in puro and Lucha he once again seems comfortable alongside Tenryu, Kawada, Misawa, El Hijo Del Santo, El Satanico, Hashimoto, Ishikawa, Fujiwara etc.

Arguably the most naturally talented wrestler of all time, in so far as I don't think anybody ever 'got' pro wrestling and all the varying intagibles quite like Terry Funk. His ability to develop from a technician in the NWA days, to touring Japan as the scientifically gifted yet fiery and aggressive passionate babyface turned brawler, to his stint in the formation of ECW as an aging veteran who slowly altered into a bumping lunatic in a hardcore environment, to his days feuding with Lawler in Memphis and Flair in the NWA/WCW as the deranged psycho lunatic. He was as talented as they come in playing a multitude of characters and roles in any given setting in front of a hometown/foreign crowd and continually making it work and succeeding in each environment.

Perhaps the most expressive wrestler of all time. Watch his performance in the late 70s and early 80s as part of the Funk brothers team in All Japan. His battles with Sheik & Abdullah the Butcher as well as his later struggles against Stan Hansen demonstrate how charismatic and sensational he was as a plucky and resilient babyface fighting all the odds. In many ways he's the precursor to what made Ricky Morton a southern tag wrestling legend, bumping big, timing his offence to precision, having one of the most expressive and captivating comebacks in all of wrestling etc. The fact he was arguably as over as the most beloved Japanese homegrown talent during his All Japan days points to how utterly fabulous the man was, no gaijin has ever come close to having the Japanese embrace him as one of their own quite like the Funker did. Watch the 8/31/83 retirement tag against Hansen and Gordy, listen to the crowd whenever Funk enters the ring and then watch the post match promo: pure emotion and he receives the sort of heart tingling reaction many would be lucky to receive in front of a hometown US crowd let alone in a foreign promotion.

Sensational brawler, sound technician, terrific babyface, astute heel whether he was working comedy comeuppance spots or sheer lunatic pyschopath bloodbaths. He was the sort of crazed heel Jimmy Jacobs would later adopt on the Independent scene, and from Memphis to Philly to WCW he was able to get heat like it was the easiest thing in the world. Forget your Shawn Michaels' of the wrestling world, Terry Funk was the true 'showstopper' in terms of putting on a captivating, maticulate yet thoroughly riveting and entertaining performance. The man was simply a true genius in his work and could be trusted to work any given match style, opening match, undercard, uppercard or the main event and whether it was the Kings Road formula in Japan, the brawling and storytelling formula that drove Memphis or the NWA style he could excel and make it work and get the best out of whoever he worked.

You can never talk too much about Terry Funk. He has the catalogue of classic matches to be in the discussion when it comes to best wrestlers of all time, but he crucially has that ability to always look a cut above whoever he's working on any given night in any promotion and continually look like the best wrestler to grace the planet. I mean christ he managed to have an outstanding match against Lawler back in 2011 on a low level Independent show with both men past the age of 60, that is how good and how timeless Funk's approach and creativity is. The man knows no bounds in how to control a crowd and structure a match in spite of his ageing body and deteriorating physique and athleticism.

Hollywood Hanoi 10-09-2012 07:20 AM

Re: The legacy25: Terry Funk
 
G.O.A.T.
Honestly my favourite wrestler of all time and anyone who thinks hes only notable for hardcore stuff seriously needs a history lesson, no one can make me believe in a story or angle quite like Funk can,guy could do it anything, the I quit feud with Flair would probably be my favourite of all.

Recently found this interview from I think the late 90s, couple of interesting nuggets about Flair and Hogan there
http://www.australiansportsentertain...ryfunkbio.html
btw his WWF match with Hogan is well worth a look.

On top of all that he just seems like one of the most likeable respectable guys in the business. One of my fave Funk stories is from Foleys first book, Mick was having his first match against him and was most looking forward to taking and selling Funks legendery punch (the best in the business) and was a little surprised to find they werent worked but just looked so good because they were 100% real.
He mentions this to Funk after the match and Terry replies in his sweet old man voice
"oh Cactus Jack, all this time you just thought I was really good!"

WOOLCOCK 10-09-2012 07:25 AM

Re: The legacy25: Terry Funk
 
Oh christ I forgot to add the famous punch-drunk selling, as well as his overall selling being in the upper echelon in wrestling history. Seriously I could see him sell Lawler's haymakers all day long, such a nifty genius and he's underrated in adding unique touches/spots to his matches I can't recall anyone else thinking to utilise.

Whilst I kept the brunt of my first post talking about his wrestling ability, the man's ability as a bonafide GOAT promo can't be overlooked. He has such a sooting and respectful voice that works when he conducts a professional and polite interview like you'd associate with Japan and the NWA, but oh man can he pull off the deranged and psychopathic voice/mannerisms to a tee. I'm convinced Eddie studied Memphis and NWA tapes of Funk in his lunatic best when he was perfecting his 2005 sociopath character.

asdf0501 10-09-2012 07:26 AM

Re: The legacy25: Terry Funk
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by theidealstranger (Post 12112509)
He still does not come up as a legend or a G.O.A.T outside the hardcore division in which he set precedents for Mick Foley.

Lol.

Legacy? Being the best fucking wrestler ever, simply as that

Funk is probably the most versatile wrestler ever and has the only catalog of matches that can compare with Flair and Lawler in america.

There is no aspect in pro-wrestling that Funk can't do well. He was a sounding techinician, an incredible brawler, amazing promo man and when his injuries took the most of him he became this "crazy batshit hardcore bastard"

Roybhoy88 10-09-2012 07:32 AM

Re: The legacy25: Terry Funk
 
Just one of the very very best.

It's criminal that WWE hasn't released a Terry Funk DVD yet

theidealstranger 10-09-2012 09:01 AM

Re: The legacy25: Terry Funk
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Evil Neville (Post 12112540)
Are you for real? You do realize that before he went hardcore in the 80's and 90's he was already 20 years in his career, among top 2-3 wrestling superstars on the planet and the NWA champion?

Terry is the absolute G.O.A.T. in every sense of that phrase.

So how many G.O.A.T threads have you seen at the least in this forum with Terry Funk's name in the poll or replies? I came across just twice in G.O.A.T threads compared to the numerous times we got Austin, Hulk and Rock.

P.S: I do not want to build this thread on those names for this is about Funk and not Funk VS any of those guys.

Duke Silver 10-09-2012 09:10 AM

Re: The legacy25: Terry Funk
 
Terry Funk is absolutely one-of-a-kind and it's nice to see him receive a little love. He doesn't get nearly enough recognition. One of the all time greats, no doubt. Funk/Race was one of my favourite combinations.

Evil Neville 10-09-2012 09:15 AM

Re: The legacy25: Terry Funk
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by theidealstranger (Post 12112874)
So how many G.O.A.T threads have you seen at the least in this forum with Terry Funk's name in the poll or replies? I came across just twice in G.O.A.T threads compared to the numerous times we got Austin, Hulk and Rock.

P.S: I do not want to build this thread on those names for this is about Funk and not Funk VS any of those guys.

What the hell does some thread on some wrestling forum comprised of mostly 14-18 year olds have to do with the Funkmaster being the absolute and undisputed G.O.A.T? What the hell are you talking about boy? Most of the posters here never even saw a Terry Funk match. Hell, most of the posters here never even saw a non WWE or TNA match.

Terry Funk shat turds the size of majority of those "G.O.A.T.s"' talents.


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