AS I SEE IT: Terry Funk Appears at the Old ECW Arena
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets
House of Hardcore returned to the 2300 (ECW) Arena on Saturday night.
Along with a blow-away match between Sami Callihan and Ricochet, Terry Funk has been scheduled to second Tommy Dreamer in his main event match against “Broken” Matt Hardy.
Terry worked the Icons of Pro Wrestling Convention earlier in the day, but came into the ring earlier on, introduced by Tommy Dreamer, who explained that Funk has had health issues (at the very least, he had hip surgery) and seems to have announced his retirement with “now I don’t wanna leave this ring quite yet because I won’t be getting back in again”. Mind you, this is the same Terry Funk who has announced his retirement at least half a dozen times. But even walking into the 2300 Arena, he was shuffling in more slowly than usual. There was also a report that he was dizzy.
And…if nothing else… he IS 72 years old, folks.
Even Terry Funk isn’t immortal….despite what most of the last 25 years would suggest otherwise. Far too many wrestling fans only know the legend who appeared at the ECW Arena, and whose presence (along with “Hot Stuff” Eddie Gilbert) helped start the original Eastern Championship Wrestling in 1993. Most don’t know of the long career in Championship Wrestling from Florida….his reigns as NWA Champion…his almost 20 years of tours in All Japan Pro Wrestling…his program with RIc Flair in the NWA…tours for IWA Japan and the King of the Death Match tournaments (see Mick Foley’s books).
Take some time and check around on YouTube, Daily Motion, etc.
If this IS goodbye at the ECW Arena, I’m glad I was there Saturday.
With this being late September, and only days away from the official start of, the calendar turns toward Fall and the last months of 2017, and yes…the holidays. Your friendly not-so-local retail mega-store will soon be killing millions of trees to print advertisements to sell you and I all sorts of goodies (as soon as they get done killing them for Halloween). TV ads are already running on QVC, and Hallmark Channel is yet again plugging their Christmas movies. Pretty soon, people will maul each other to get the newest iThing… or even something for their kids.
In keeping with the actual spirit of the seasons… the season of light and the season of the Christchild, the wrestling community will reach out to those in need. Independent promotions hold a wide variety of events to benefit various food pantries, fundraisers for homeless or domestic violence shelters (the latter all too timely these days)…and Toys for Tots drives.
Over the years, promotions in my area ranging from the family-friendly United Wrestling Coalition to the hardcore themed Combat Zone Wrestling to indies of various sizes and types throughout the United States and Canada hold them. If you’re a independent wrestling promotion, and you HAVEN’T thought of doing a charity-themed holiday show to give back to your community….time to start planning.
Four events scheduled so far:
* Ring Wars Carolina has a fundraiser for the Lumberton, NC food bank on November 5.
* The Delaware/South Jersey based East Coast Wrestling Alliance already has Toys for Tots V scheduled for December 4.
* United Wrestling Coalition presents its annual Toys for Tots show on December 10 in Wrightstown, NJ. In the nearly 20 years they have held these shows, UWC has collected well over 18,000 toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign.
* Insane Wrestling Alliance presents Santa Slam II on December 17th at The American Legion Post 250 Middleburg , FL. The promotion seeks to surpass its total of 135 toys collected in 2015.
If you or your local promotion plans on such an event, please send an email to [email protected] and let me know about it.
Until next time…