By Terry Funk
“An absolute must-read for pro wrestling lovers attracted to studying what a existence dedicated to this exciting game is really like.” —Midwest ebook Review
He’s been a fixture in expert wrestling for 5 many years. He helped introduce a hardcore wrestling sort that you simply see within the WWE and Japan at the present time. He’s made his mark in Hollywood. He’s Terry Funk, and this can be his tale. during this beautiful examine the lifetime of a residing legend, Funk opens up approximately starting to be up in a wrestling family members, operating with numerous leisure businesses (including the ECW, WWE, and WWF), and much more. 10 colour pictures; sixteen black & white images
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Later I got to be good friends with Frankie’s stepson, Dick Murdoch. We played when we were kids. He always was a little asshole like I was, and we both ended up following in our fathers’ footsteps as wrestlers. We would sit around in the arena while our fathers waited to get paid. It took an hour or so, because they had to count the house and figure it all up. We’d go around the arena and collect cups. Once we got around 50 cups all stacked up, we’d set them down one at a time and stomp them on the floor to make them pop.
He dealt with all their problems. Nowadays, you have to go through a tremendous amount of litigation to get a child to a place like that. Back then, they’d get a call from the sheriff, or sometimes even from out of state, with someone saying, “Hey, I have a boy for you here. ” My dad would say, “All right. ” The boys were anywhere from six to 18 years old. Dad would work at the ranch all day and then occasionally wrestle at night. As a child, I thought Dad was out there fighting for his life. Even though I knew that they knew each other, I never once questioned that their matches were real.
Looking back, I guess that 30-foot trailer was a little small for a family of four, but it was home. My mother decorated the room Dory and I shared with paper stars that glowed in the dark. At night we said our prayers, and she kissed us good night. Then she turned off the lights, and the moment she did, the stars would glow. We were among the heavens, or at least we thought we were. You talk about neat! For years, it seemed like the Trudells were always in the same territory as us. Benny and his wife, Lil, had four children, three beautiful girls and a boy.