The following are highlights from a recent interview with WWE Hall Of Famer Terry Funk:
Terry Funk on his in-ring wrestling return: “I still got until January to get ready, so thatâ€™s good. Iâ€™m going to try my best to be in the best shape I possibly can by that time. Itâ€™s a battle royal so theyâ€™ll be a lot of guys involved, a lot of us old-timers. It should be a good time and a fun night.
“I want to be in the right condition and the right shape, and as idiotic as it may sound, Iâ€™m going to come back in the right shape. This is the thing that makes me want to do it one more time. After this one I donâ€™t want to say Iâ€™m hanging it up or anything, but Iâ€™m going to be coming home, sit on my back porch, drink a few beers and relax for a while.”
Funk on working for Ring Of Honor: “I think ROH is a wonderful organization. They have a lot of great guys up there. I think they have wisely been able to figure out what to do and how to exist in this day and age in professional wrestling. Especially if you are a small organization and what theyâ€™ve gone to is the internet and relied on that a great deal. I think they will be able to produce positive numbers because of the internet and the pay-per-view and make it a profitable organization.
“There arenâ€™t many profitable organizations other than the WWE in pro wrestling today. TNA, at times I think they are not going to make it and then I watch another show and think, â€˜Hey that adds something to thatâ€™.
“Itâ€™s just a kind of hit or miss down there, but I think they are getting their ducks in a row. I think it looks better and better for the world of wrestling as far as the fans are concerned. Boy, I had my doubts for a long timeâ€¦”
“It amazes me how many independent organizations that have good talent out there. I really mean that. I think there are at least two or three guys in each organization. Iâ€™m talking about these independent groups that are just as good as they have in the rings of WWE and TNA and ROH. I think they are good. There are a lot of guys out there that can come in the ring and capture an audience. Are they ever going to have a chance? Itâ€™s really questionable unless ROH and TNA really get off the ground, and they better do it pretty soon.”
Funk on how TNA can progress in the future: “To make themselves more profitable, I donâ€™t know this for a fact or anything, but it take time, it takes good planning, it takes good programming. Thatâ€™s all very difficult to do. When I say this Iâ€™m certainly not knocking these guys, but you have to have good people behind the scenes too that know what is going onâ€¦.”
“You canâ€™t just throw them out there doing the same thing week-after-week. It comes ahead entirely too quick. One of the most important guys is the booker and the guy that sets up the program. He has to be good at it. Thatâ€™s a hard person to find. I think there is problem with that and they need to be on the lookout for somebody who can come up with great scenarios. That is what it should be. They should know less is more.”
You can check out the complete interview online at RingSideRadio.com.