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Terry Funk and Signs
Of all the great wrestlers I have ever seen, Terry Funk is the only wrestler that can be mentioned in the same sentence as Ric Flair. Both men have absolutely nothing in common other than their love and dedication to Professional Wrestling.
Well, it was that time again to get to the Greensboro Coliseum and watch wrestling up close from the front row. We were all in for a treat that night. The main event was Ric Flair verses Terry Funk and that my friends is as close to heaven as a wrestling fan could get.
Then came the question that pops up at every show. How do I get some attention and stir up the crowd. Trust me, with these two guys they needed no help. It was going to be a real classic because both men never, and I mean never, mailed one in. Every match these guys ever had was performed with pride in their art and ability. But, to have a small moment in this match with two of my all time favorite wrestlers, I had to be smart and simple. Then it became crystal clear what to do and what sign to make.
Terry Funk walked to the ring with his then manager, Gary Hart. Why did Funk have a manager? Don't ask me. Terry Funk is one of the greatest interviews I ever heard but old Gary was there anyway. The Front Row was always the first row on a wrestlers right and Funk turned and looked right out at us. I was standing with one sign. The sign was simple and to the point.
It said in big black letters, FUNK IS A PUNK!
Yes, I know I was taking my life into my own hands, but I figured on a perfect spot for it. When Funk saw the sign he started to walk right towards me and looked right in my eyes and said,
"Funk is a Punk? Funk is a Punk? What the hell is that all about?"
I held the sign arms length towards him and I said,
"Tear up my sign. "
Funk getting closer all the time said,
And I said,
"Tear up my sign, that is what it is there for. Tear it up and it will get you some quick heat. Tear it up."
Funk said," OK, if that is what you want."
And Terry Funk took a few steps towards me and with his double cross ranch branding iron destroyed my sign.
I exploded and started yelling at him for tearing up my sign. I said that it was my property and he had no right to destroy it. Matter of fact the whole Front Row exploded yelling at Terry Funk for ripping up one of our signs. Funk kept walking and looked like a chicken turning his head and barking at all of us.
And the crowd reaction was huge! Nobody ever tore up one of our signs before and the crowd went nuts screaming at Terry Funk. Ric Flair saw all this and went to the attack and chopped the shit out of Funk right in front of all of us!
It was incredible now hard they hit each other and we all love every moment of it. It was wrestling heaven folks.
And, of course, the match was a four to five star classic.
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