In September 1997, one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, former NWA and ECW World Champion Terry Funk, announced that he was calling it a day. Of course, the man who has had more comebacks than Lazarus only managed to sit with his feet up for a few months, but when stars from America and Japan gathered in Texas to celebrate his career, they didn’t know that.
Terry Funk’s Wrestlefest, aka Wrestlefest: 50 Years of Funk has been out for a while now, but that doesn’t stop it from being a great show. Produced by the same people who released ECW’s DVDs and videos, it’s a little rough around the edges, but it still contains some great matches.
When you look at the list of people here, it reads like a who’s who: Taz, Chris Candido, Shane Douglas, Tommy Dreamer, Rob Van Dam, Sabu, Mankind, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, The Sandman, Hayabusa, and Terry’s big brother, another former NWA World Champion, Dory Funk Jr.
The main event pits then-WWF Champion Bret “Hitman” Hart against the man himself. If this sounds familiar, then it should do, because this particular match was well documented in “Beyond the Mat”. It’s a good old fashioned wrestling contest, the likes of which we don’t see much of these days.
Terry Funk’s Wrestlefest is a fitting tribute to the man. And who knows, we may see a show like this again one day soon. I don’t think he’s announced his retirement in a while!
Rating: 4 stars.