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Terry Funk retires again


By GREG OLIVER -- SLAM! Wrestling

Terry Funk
Terry Funk announced his retirement on The Fan 590 radio station on Saturday night.

Then on Sunday night, after his match against Sabu on the AWF's One Last Dance show, he qualified the statement for SLAM! Wrestling.

"I've kind of geared it down in the last six months," said the legendary Funk, his face caked with dry blood after beating Sabu with a DDT onto a chair.

Besides the beatings in the ring, Funk has recently had a scare with Hepititis A, and his liver went bad on him. But he insists all is okay now.

"Everything's fine," Funk said. "I was really, really sick, and it kind of made me think what I really want to do with the remainder of my life. The remainder of my life, I want to enjoy."

However, despite the retirement announcement, he has given thought to donning the boots at least one more time.

"I will probably come back and do one more match -- I don't care if it's a big match, little match or whatever it is -- in 2000 so I'll have the '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s and 2000. ... That's kind of a deal that not many people have done, is wrestle in five decades."

Though wrestling in five decades leaves Funk a whole decade short of Gordie Howe's six decades in hockey, don't rule him out. Funk has retired more than once before. The last big time was a retirement show in 1997 in his hometown of Amarillo, Texas where he faced Bret 'Hitman' Hart. There was also the memorable return from retirement to feud with Ric Flair over the NWA title in the late '80s.

On Sunday's show at Diamonds Cabaret in Mississauga, Ontario, Funk got the worst of it in his match against Sabu. The Bombay Madman used a metal spike, multiple chairshots, and a high-flying arsenal of moves in his quest for victory.

And yet, Funk hand-chose Sabu for his last match, and ensured that the youngster honoured his committment with the AWF and missed an ECW show.

"I always love wrestling [Sabu]," Funk said. "I think he's a great competitor. I think he's a great entertainer. They call Tommy Dreamer the Innovator of Violence, [Sabu's] the Innovator of Modern Day Wrestling. He really is. Sabu has created all of those moves. And what you think came from Mexico really didn't come from Mexico, he was doing it before they were.

"He's not really given his due, his credit from a lot of wrestling critiquers throughout the country. I just think he's as good as you can get in this business right now. He deserves one of those high dollar contracts. I think he does. I think he's that good of a performer."

Other results from the AWF show:

- Impersonator Jason Sensation started the show with some words about Owen Hart, and the audience was asked to stand as the bell tolled 10 times for the fallen superstar
- The All-Knighters def. The Hollywood Hunks - excellent tag match!
- Professor Maxwell def. Danny Little Wolf
- "Wild" Bill Skullion def. The Mysterious Mayhem
- Zakk Wylde def. "Canadian Lightning" Jim Fury
- The Squeegee Kid def. L'Artiste
- AWF Champ Miss B. Haven lost to El Fuego Kid by countout, thereby retaining his/her title


-- with files from Bob Kapur

Chris Gramlich's in-depth interview with Terry Funk