Terry Funk

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Terry Funk
Born (1944-06-30) June 30, 1944 (age 75)
Hammond, Indiana
Lives inAmarillo, Texas
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Chainsaw Charlie
Dr. Know it All
Terry Funk
The Texan
Billed height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Billed fromThe Double Cross Ranch in Amarillo, Texas
Trained byDory Funk
Debut1965
Retired2015

Terrence "Terry" Funk (born June 30, 1944) is an American semi-retired professional wrestler and former actor.

He is best known for working with National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), American Wrestling Association (AWA), World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment (WWF/E), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), Ring of Honor (ROH) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). He is the first and only person to have been inducted into the WWE, WCW, Professional Wrestling, NWA, Hardcore, Wrestling Observer, and St. Louis Wrestling Halls of Fame.

He has had numerous "retirement matches" and was one of the primary subjects in the documentary movie Beyond the Mat.

Championships[change | change source]

  • Championship Wrestling from Florida
    • NWA Florida Heavyweight Championship (one time)
    • NWA Florida Tag Team Championship (one time) (with Dory Funk, Jr.)
    • NWA Florida Television Championship (one time)
    • NWA North American Tag Team Championship (Florida version) (one time) (with Dory Funk, Jr.)
    • NWA Southern Heavyweight Championship (Florida version) (two times)
    • NWA World Heavyweight Championship (one time)
  • George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame
    • Class of 2010
  • Georgia Championship Wrestling
    • NWA Georgia Tag Team Championship (one time) (with Dory Funk, Jr.)
    • NWA Georgia Television Championship (one time)
  • International Wrestling Association of Japan
    • IWA World Heavyweight Championship (two times)
  • Juggalo Championship Wrestling
    • JCW Heavyweight Championship (one time)
  • NWA Hollywood Wrestling
    • NWA Americas Heavyweight Championship (one time)
    • NWA International Tag Team Championship (three times) (with Dory Funk, Jr.)
    • NWA World Tag Team Championship (Los Angeles version) (one time) (with Dory Funk, Jr.)
  • NWA Western States Sports
    • NWA Brass Knuckles Championship (Amarillo version) (two times)
    • NWA International Tag Team Championship (two times) (with Dory Funk, Jr.)
    • NWA Western States Heavyweight Championship (seven times)
    • NWA Western States Tag Team Championship (two times) (with Ricky Romero)
    • NWA World Tag Team Championship (Texas version) (two times) (with Dory Funk, Jr.)
  • Pro-Pain Pro Wrestling
    • 3PW World Heavyweight Championship (one time)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated
    • PWI Feud of the Year (1989) (vs. Ric Flair)
    • PWI Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year (1997)
    • PWI Wrestler of the Year (1976)
    • He was ranked #22 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1991.[1]
    • He was ranked #22 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the "PWI Years" in 2003.[2]
    • He was ranked #9 of the top 100 tag teams of the "PWI Years" with Dory Funk, Jr. in 2003.[2]
  • Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum
    • Class of 2004
  • Southwest Championship Wrestling
    • SCW Southwest Heavyweight Championship (one time)
    • SCW World Tag Team Championship (one time) (with Dory Funk, Jr.)
  • St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame
    • Class of 2010
  • St. Louis Wrestling Club
    • NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship (one time)
  • Tokyo Sports Grand Prix
    • Best Bout Award (1980) (with Dory Funk, Jr. vs. Giant Baba and Jumbo Tsuruta on December 11)
    • Popularity Prize (1979)
    • Special Service Award (1983)
  • United States Wrestling Association
    • USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship (one time)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
    • 5 Star Match (1984) (with Dory Funk, Jr. vs. Bruiser Brody and Stan Hansen on December 8)
    • 5 Star Match (1989) (vs. Ric Flair on November 15)
    • Best Brawler (1989)
    • Best Heel (1989)
    • Best on Interviews (1989)
    • Feud of the Year (1989) (vs. Ric Flair)
    • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 1996)

1He was named the Honorary Lifetime ECW World Heavyweight Champion by Paul Heyman in 1997 because of his contributions to both ECW and Professional Wrestling in general.

2His first reign occurred when the promotion was an NWA affiliate named Eastern Championship Wrestling, and was prior to the promotion becoming Extreme Championship Wrestling and the title being declared a world title by ECW. He held the title again after those events.

References[change | change source]

  1. "PWI 500 1991". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "PWI 500 1991". Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  3. "Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame (1948-1990)". Puroresu Dojo. Retrieved 2013-11-26.
  4. "World Tag Team Championship - Cactus Jack & Chainsaw Charlie (March 29, 1998 - March 30, 1998)". WWE. Retrieved 2013-12-01.
  5. "The Funks: 2009 WWE Hall of Fame Inductees". WWE. Retrieved 2013-12-01.

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