As the world mourns the loss of Terry Funk, Jon Moxley opened up about what the hardcore icon meant to him.
On August 23rd, the wrestling world was saddened to learn that Terry Funk had passed away at the age of 79. Tributes began pouring in immediately, with fans and friends alike celebrating the life and career of the ECW legend.
Speaking in a new interview with Sports Illustrated, former AEW World Champion Jon Moxley opened up about his belief that Funk is the greatest of all time, a belief shared by fellow hardcore legend and Funk’s longtime friend Mick Foley. Moxley had this to say:
“If Terry Funk’s not the greatest of all time, then who the f— is? Terry Funk wasn’t playing a pro wrestler. He was the real thing.”
Continuing, Moxley praised Funk for being able to work with any opponent and put on an incredible show both in and out of the ring.
“You could put him anywhere in the world against any opponent. He’d cut an intense promo dripping with authenticity and then go work a killer match.”
“We Can Learn A Lot From Terry Funk” – Jon Moxley
Moxley went on to speak about Funk’s contributions to the wrestling business, calling him a very giving performer. The Blackpool Combat Club member also stated his belief that if Funk were able to wrestle in the modern era, he’d be in AEW doing moves that draw criticism from some online fans.
“We can learn a lot from Terry Funk. He was so giving. He chose to give back in ECW. And he wasn’t the type of guy who’d say the kids today couldn’t work. He was doing moonsaults in his 50s. If he were wrestling today, I fully believe he’d be in AEW and doing shows for Revolver or Bloodsport and doing Canadian Destroyers.”
Paul Heyman also recently opened up about Funk’s passing, praising his contributions to ECW and ability to change with the times throughout his decades-long career.
On the August 30th episode of Dynamite, Moxley defeated Penta El Zero M to secure a title shot against Orange Cassidy for the International Championship at AEW All Out.