Terry Funk Set to Induct Mick Foley into WWE Hall of Fame

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMarch 26, 2013

Photo courtesy of Wayne McCarty
Photo courtesy of Wayne McCarty

Wrestling legend Mick Foley is finally receiving the honor of being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, but the excitement around the ceremony has grown exponentially since it was announced that Terry Funk would be the one inducting his friend, according to a video he posted on YouTube with his son:

The news comes after PWinsider reported that Funk was pulled from a Pro Wrestling Syndicate event on WrestleMania weekend.

Younger fans may only know of Funk from his appearance in WWE 13 as Chainsaw Charlie, but Funk is one of the most decorated and respected wrestlers in the history of the business.

After almost 50 years in the wrestling industry, the veteran will help pay homage to the man he helped turn into an international superstar.


What It Means

The WWE likely wanted a higher-profile name to induct Foley—guys like Triple H and The Rock had amazing feuds and partnerships with the superstar—but there is no way anyone deserves the honor more than Funk.

Foley spent the early years of his career fighting in Philadelphia-based ECW and overseas in Japan where Foley was involved in volatile feuds with Funk that featured some of the most brutal matches in wrestling history.

The duo revived their storied feud on the WWE stage as well, both teaming up and battling against each other, but it failed to capture the aura that it had during the years on the Indy circuit.


What’s Next?

There is no better place on earth for Foley to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame than Madison Square Garden, and the sight of both Funk and Foley in front of the crowd in tuxedos is something many fans thought they’d never see.

Funk likely has more unknown stories about Foley than any other Superstar from their time traveling the world together, and the speech the legend gives about his dear friend should be one that has the crowd laughing and crying at the same time.

This is a ceremony that the WWE Universe will never forget.


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