Tributes to Terry Funk pour in from across the wrestling world

Originally published at Tributes to Terry Funk pour in from across the wrestling world

Fellow wrestlers of all eras, promotions and journalists have taken to social media to pay tribute to Terry Funk, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 79.

Here is just a sample:

In My Entire Life, I’ve Never Met A Guy Who Worked Harder. Terry Funk Was A Great Wrestler, Entertainer, Unbelievably Fearless, And A Great Friend! Rest In Peace My Friend Terry Funk Knowing That No One Will Ever Replace You In The World Of Professional Wrestling! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) August 23, 2023

My Brother Terry Funk was all in with life and Loved pro wrestling and his fans- Terry has been Blessed with 2beautiful loving and supportive daughters All my Love to my brother Terry ✝️💔🙏🏻

— Dory Funk Jr. (@fuanku) August 23, 2023

A look back at the unforgettable career and life of WWE Hall of Famer Terry Funk.

— WWE (@WWE) August 23, 2023




— 全日本プロレス/alljapan (@alljapan_pw) August 24, 2023


— プロレスリング・ノア |PROWRESTLING NOAH (@noah_ghc) August 24, 2023


— 武藤 敬司 (@muto_keiji) August 24, 2023


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Terry Funk is gone. I just talked to Terry’s daughter, Brandee, who gave me the awful news. He was my mentor, my idol, one of the closest friends. He was the greatest wrestler I ever saw.

If you get the chance, look up a Terry Funk match or a Terry Funk promo, and give thanks…

— Mick Foley (@foleyispod) August 23, 2023

The National Wrestling Alliance is saddened to hear of the passing of former Worlds Heavyweight Champion Terry Funk. Our thoughts are with our fellow fans, friends and family as tonight we remember one of the greats.

Terry Funk Forever#ripterryfunk

— NWA (@nwa) August 23, 2023

Terry Funk Forever

— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) August 23, 2023

Every night in cities all over the world, Terry Funk left it all in the ring for our business and for the fans. An icon of our industry.

My thoughts are with Terry’s family, friends and fans.

— Triple H (@TripleH) August 23, 2023

Normally I don’t like to post about someone’s passing. Terry Funk will always be absolute legend!

— AJ Styles (@AJStylesOrg) August 23, 2023

Terry Funk was a truly unique performer for the ages that inspired and influenced so many, myself included. There was a passion and a sense of chaos in his work that was so beautiful to watch.
My condolences to his friends and family. RIP.

— Sami Zayn (@SamiZayn) August 24, 2023

I don’t really come here ever anymore but I had to today to say that Terry Funk was the absolute best of us and that getting to be in the ring with him 10 years ago is and always will be one of the absolute highlights of my career, bar none.

To this day, I still often think…

— Kevinn (@FightOwensFight) August 23, 2023

10 years ago, Lance Storm & I had a match with Terry Funk & Tommy Dreamer. I vividly remember standing in the ring crying while Terry made his entrance to Desperado by The Eagles. I was so honored to be in that match with Pro Wrestling's folk hero.

— Sean Waltman (@TheRealXPac) August 23, 2023

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Terry Funk. Terry was one the best and most widely respected wrestlers of all-time, he will be dearly missed. We offer our sincere condolences to his fans, his friends and his family.


I’m deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Terry Funk.I knew Terry before I came to the US as he came to Europe.A totally incredible, wonderful and lovely man.I have my own treasured tales of times condolences to Terrys well.x

— William Regal (@RealKingRegal) August 23, 2023

New Japan Pro-Wrestling is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Terry Funk.

Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go to Terry's family, friends and fans.#njpw

— NJPW Global (@njpwglobal) August 24, 2023

There are no words…💔

God Bless Terry Funk. 🙏🏽

— Bully Ray (@bullyray5150) August 23, 2023


— MLW (@MLW) August 23, 2023

Sincerest condolences to the family and friends of TERRY FUNK, who passed away today. Terry was successful on so many different levels.

My most memorable moment with Terry was for the Flair vs. Funk "I Quit Match" at Clash IX.

Terry Funk was a uniquely skillful superstar. RIP

— Gary Michael Cappetta (@GaryCappetta) August 24, 2023

Terry Funk is like an older brother to me and a master. Without him, I wouldn’t be who I am today. I freeloaded at his house for about a month, he helped me a lot. I have many memories. My deepest condolences to his family.

— 大仁田厚 Atsushi Onita (@onitafire123) August 24, 2023

Sorry I haven't posted sooner. This is a very sad day. Terry Funk's knowledge and teachings changed the way I look at so many things and changed my life. I wrote a story on the Observer site that should be up soon. RIP, best wishes to his family and to everyone in this…

— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) August 23, 2023

Terry Funk was the best. And this story is absolutely true.

— Excalibur (@ShutUpExcalibur) August 24, 2023

I will say more eventually. This one hits hard. RIP Terry Funk. A pleasure and honour to know you. Respect always.

— Lance Storm (@LanceStorm) August 23, 2023

No matter what generation of wrestling you grew up with, I’ve never heard anyone say a bad word about Terry Funk. He was universally respected and loved. Terry knew what was important in this life, the way you treat people. Thinking of Terry and his family tonight.

— Nattie (@NatbyNature) August 24, 2023

One of the reasons I got in the business was Terry Funk. Love you Texas legend, RIP.

— John Layfield (@JCLayfield) August 23, 2023

Just heard that Terry Funk is gone. Truly heartbroken over this. He has known me since I was a child. He was an incredible mentor and friend. Love him so much and sad to see him go. I know he is no longer in pain and has probably rekindled his war with Pops in heaven. Rest easy…

— Dustin Rhodes (@dustinrhodes) August 23, 2023

I’m very sad to hear of the passing of a true legend & a great person, Terry Funk. Several of us had the honor & pleasure of being at his Double Cross Ranch many years ago after a show in Amarillo, I’ll never forget that!! Words can’t explain how Terry was just GREAT on so many…

— taz (@OfficialTAZ) August 23, 2023

RIP Terry Funk

— Will Ospreay • ウィル・オスプレイ (@WillOspreay) August 23, 2023

Saddened to learn that we lost the great Terry Funk. An unbelievable performer whose passion for our industry was unmatched.

Rest in peace, Terry.

— JakeSnakeDDT (@JakeSnakeDDT) August 23, 2023

I feel so fortunate that I was able to share a locker room and speak with the absolute legend Terry Funk. Such a class act and one of the absolute best of all time. Terry was truly built different. Truly one of a kind.

RIP Terry Funk

— Josh Alexander (@Walking_Weapon) August 23, 2023

A true legend. RIP

— Kane (@KaneWWE) August 23, 2023

A day I wish would never come. Thank you Terry Funk for what did for wrestling. Thank you for helping ECW. Thank you for being kind to me. I love you….

— Brian Heffron aka The Blue Meanie (@BlueMeanieBWO) August 23, 2023

The words "great" and "legend" are thrown around way too frequently. Terry Funk was both of those things and SO much more. An incredible and unique talent. An influence of a generation. An absolute gentleman. A man I was honored to have been friendly with. Godspeed sir. 😞

— Frankie Kazarian (@FrankieKazarian) August 23, 2023

Terry Funk.

Definition of a Legend.

Forever. #RIPTerryFunk

— Nick Aldis (@RealNickAldis) August 24, 2023

I don’t know what to say. The word “legend” is tossed around these days, but Terry Funk was the literal embodiment of the term. Thank you for your incredible contributions to the business we love, for your advice, your kind words, and for the example you set. Godspeed, sir. 🙏❤️

— Adam Pearce (@ScrapDaddyAP) August 24, 2023

RIP Terry Funk. One of a kind is an understatement.

— Eric Bischoff (@EBischoff) August 23, 2023

Terry Funk was everything that’s right about professional wrestling. Everything.

— Mike Tenay (@RealMikeTenay) August 24, 2023

God bless Terry Funk,only lovr4U my brother

— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) August 24, 2023

— Nic Nemeth (@HEELZiggler) August 23, 2023

#RIP Terry Funk

Not only were you the most amazing pro wrestler ever, you were the most incredible human being. Godspeed, Funker ❤️ My thoughts are with your family, friends & fans. You’ll be greatly missed.


There will never be another Terry Funk. Rest easy my friend.

— Mike Bennett (@RealMikeBennett) August 23, 2023

We had Terry Funk in NYC for ⁦@ringofhonor⁩ as a special guest referee.
He was with his wife, Vicky and asked me if I could get them tickets for Jersey Boys which I did and they loved it.
RIP Terry Funk and thank you.

— Cary Silkin (@rohcary) August 23, 2023

Always so sweet and super amazing

Terry Funk Forever🙏❤️

Thank you so much Terry Funk🙏❤️

Rest in Peace Terry Funk🙏❤️

— ✌️Sumie Sakai✌️ (@SumieSakai) August 23, 2023