Tag Archives: Terry Funk

Rhodes Bull Ropes Funk In Wrestling

The Miami News – April 8, 1976

Dusty Rhodes beat Terry Funk in a Texas bull rope match last night in the main event of the professional wrestling matches at Miami-Dade Community College North. Continue reading


Pro Wrestling Takes Bite Out Of ABC

Ocala Star-Banner – January 17, 1999
By Richard Burton

For those of you who need more proof of how well pro wrestling has caught on, just look at the bite it took into Monday Night Football’s viewership this past year.

Thanks to the 9.2 million viewers who watched Nitro and Raw on Monday nights during the fourth quarter of 1998, Monday Night Football had to endure the lowest ratings in its 29-year history. Continue reading

This May Be The Nadir, But…

Village Voice – May 17, 1976
By R. Meltzer

Just another usual Wednesday night on LA’s KMEX Channel 34, an interminable half hour to an hour or so of Spanish-lingo wrestling coverage from the Olympic – punctuated by an occasional Anglo-decipherable expression like “Wow!” or “Bakersfield Stadium” – before finally we get to the meat of the broadcast, King’s English interview time with Judo Gene LeBell, brother of Olympic lucha libre (Sp. For “free fight”) promoter Mike LeBell and son of Aileen Eaton, the most successful female entrepeneur in the history of boxing. Tonight smiling carrot-topped Gene has something IMPORTANT to announce: Ernie Ladd has over the weekend won the AMERICAS’ TITLE, Southern Cal’s version of the champeenship shebang. Ernie, the only major matman of Afro genes who’s ever been allowed to perform as a bonafide non-chickenshit villain (as well as the only decent footballer since Bronko Nagurski to become an equally decent wrestler), walks in from stage right with his gaudily bejeweled crown and Americas’ belt a-glistening. Perfunctory congrats from Gene followed by a GREAT calculated who’s-your-first-defense-gonna-be-against? Sequence involving a good 10-15 names: “How about Andre the Giant?” “No, Andre is NOT a worthy contender.” “Okay, how about John Tolos?” “No, HE is not worthy, either.” “Pork Chop (a “real” name: wife’s moniker is Lamb Chop!)?” “You gotta be KIDDING.” Etc., etc., on down the list until ultimately the non-awesome Chavo Guerrero is suggested almost rhetorically. “Yes, I will fight Chavo Guerrero, he is worthy, I will in fact fight him right now for all in TV-land to see.” O-right! Continue reading

Wrestle Royals

St. Louis Post-Dispatch – October 4, 1997

That Which We Call A Rose …

Here’s a real bunch of sweethearts, the guys who will be slammin’ it out at Badd Blood, this Sunday at the Kiel Center. Continue reading

Smoky Mountain Wrestling Fell Victim To Changing Times

The Post and Courier – December 17, 1995
Mike Mooneyham

(This is the second of a two-part series)

Smoky Mountain Wrestling, a grand experiment started by Jim Cornette in 1991, ended several weeks ago in Cookeville, Tenn., when Jim Cornette announced to his crew that the promotion would be closing shop effective immediately.

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A Strong Arm Beats A Funk

The Miami News – November 7, 1974

Bob Armstrong retained his North American heavyweight wrestling championship last night, winning by disqualification over Dory Funk Jr., before 3,677 fans at Miami Beach Auditorium.

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