At 73-years-old, Terry Funk is getting ready to wrestle once again. He spoke with Sports Illustrated on why he’s decided to get back in the ring. Here are some of the highlights:
Why he’s coming back to wrestle:
“I’m back doing what I love. I’m really honest about this, I don’t need the money.”
Not wanting to die in the ring:
“I don’t want to die. The last thing I want to do is go in a wrestling ring with a bunch of people watching. I’d rather it be somewhere high up on a mountain. I don’t need any fans there for that.”
Wrestling Jerry Lawler again:
“Lawler sure is different. I love sharing my moments with people that I made money with. I used to love to wrestle on the same card as him, and I’m back to doing what I love.”
The fan support he’s received over the years:
“The crowd is everything in my life. I just love the fans, and I also have a lot of respect for them. They’ve given me everything I have in my life. They’ve given me my house. They gave me my ranch when I had a ranch; don’t have one now, I sold the damn thing, but I shouldn’t have because if went up in value.
“It’s the wrestling fans who’ve done that, and nobody else, and I understand that. I more than appreciate them, I love ‘em. I’ve got all the time in the world for them. I’ll be with them until midnight if they want; if they want an autograph, I’ll give them one.”
Whether he still can compete in the ring:
“I don’t know if I can kick some ass or not, I don’t know if I can get my foot up that high (laughs). I’ll bet I can. I’ve been working out hard at it, and one more time is all I want.”
For the full interview with Terry Funk, check out Sports Illustrated.