Terry Funk on NWA Fanfest, HOF and CM Punk

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WWE Hall of Famer & former six-time World Heavyweight Champion Terry Funk was one of the featured guests on this week’s live edition of the award-winning Monday Night Mayhem. You can feel The Mayhem live every Monday evening (at 7PM ET/6PM CT), exclusively on The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network (www.MondayNightMayhem.com, www.AudioWrestling.com, www.Geekweek.com, www.Hybrident.tv, & www.iTunes.com). Join The Mayhem right now on Facebook (at www.Facebook.com/MondayNightMayhem), follow The Mayhem on Twitter (at www.Twitter.com/FeelTheMayhem), and subscribe to The Mayhem’s all-new YouTube channel (at www.YouTube.com/FeelTheMayhem).

Terry joined The Big Mosh & “The Chairman of the Board” Todd Vincent for his exclusive interview with The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network (to discuss his forthcoming appearance at next weekend’s NWA Legends Fanfest at The Airport Marriott in Atlanta), which is now available in Windows Streaming Media or via the official MNM Podcast on iTunes:

Terry Funk/Monday Night Mayhem Interview (MNM Streaming Audio): www.mondaynightmayhemarchives.com/waxfiles/072511.wax

Terry Funk/Monday Night Mayhem Interview (MNM Podcast on iTunes): www.mondaynightmayhemarchives.com/july11/072511.mp3

Interview highlights courtesy of Paterson, MNM’s associate producer & official correspondent:

His excitement level for seeing his friends & fans at next weekend’s NWA Legends Fanfest: “I’m a mark. You go to these things, and I just love it. I love being with the people I was in the ring with. I love the fans also. I really do. I enjoy talking with them, I enjoy being with the guys. I’m not trying to be dramatic, but every year, it seems like there’s a few less of them, but I hope we’re all around a few more years for sure. It’s a great thrill for me.”

The evolution of the WWE Hall of Fame since his own WWE HOF induction & the importance of inducting legends that didn’t “cross over” into the WWE: “I think it’s really good, because they’re stepping back and picking really good people from the past. Eddie Graham, Dusty (Rhodes), & guys like that. I crossed over into the WWE, but a lot of guys never did cross over. Dusty crossed over, but they grabbing guys from the past and recognizing them, and I think that’s a wonderful thing for them to do.”

Why he is a strong advocate of CM Punk’s current WWE push: “I think he’s in sync with wrestling fans. I think he’s in sync with the country. I think it’s a very smart move on what’s doing right now. I have a lot of respect for the guy. I have a lot of respect for his ability in the ring. I think CM Punk is a hell of an in-ring performer. If they let him go and go on his own, they might find out that he’s a hell of a talker. Let it go back to being an extension of your own personality. I think that would be a positive for their company.”

The stars of yesterday vs. the stars of today & what he believes is missing in the industry today: “I think the product they are putting out is a product that has been developed, because it turns the turnstile, and that is what wrestling always becomes. It becomes what the fans want to see. I truthfully believe we have the greatest athletes we’ve ever had in wrestling right now. I think we had better wrestlers in our day, but that’s my own opinion. Are they has good as we were? At what they do, they’re better, and what we did, we were better. The only thing of it is you only have one TV show that you could really watch right now. It’s hard not to become repetitive. It’s hard to change talent. It poses a lot more problems than all the territories across the country.”

Much more is contained in Monday Night Mayhem’s exclusive interview with “Wrestling’s Living Legend,” including his candid thoughts on the chances of seeing him to television as part of Ring of Honor’s debut on Sinclair Broadcasting this fall, inducting Abdullah the Butcher into the WWE Hall of Fame during WrestleMania weekend in Atlanta this past April, how much he valued his own career in the NWA in the late ’80’s/early ’90’s, why he classifies ‘the Flair era’ as his best experience wrestling for the NWA in Atlanta, getting the opportunity to have his first ever singles match with “Rowdy” Roddy Piper at “The Gathering of the Juggalos,” his memories of working with the late Patrick Swayze in “Roadhouse,” plus much more! For more details on the NWA Legends Fanfest (including the complete guest lineup and information on travel & hotel accommodations), log on to www.NWALegends.com or the event’s official Twitter page (located at www.Twitter.com/NWALegends).
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