Dustin Rhodes Tweeted on Sunday asking wrestling fans to keep Terry Funk in their prayers as the WWE Hall of Famer deals with severe hip pain.
Rhodes said: “Just got off the phone with Terry Funk. He is in a lot of pain and could use some prayers. One of the greatest #TrueLegends to ever be in the ting [sic]. Appreciate y’all"
Rhodes later clarified that Funk is dealing with severe hip pain: “Just to clarify guys, Terry Funk is just in severe pain with his hip. He is a tough SOB.”
Regardless, Rhodes’ Tweet caught on with fellow professionals across the industry, with Kevin Owens also tweeting his support: “There’s nobody like Terry. He deserves every ounce of good energy anyone can send his way.”
The 76-year-old Funk is a former NWA World’s Heavyweight Champion, ECW World Heavyweight Champion, and was one of the first gaijin (non-Japanese wrestlers) to become a major star in Japan in the 1970s alongside brother Dory Funk Jr.
Notorious for retiring and un-retiring multiple times since his debut in 1965, Funk had his last match in 2017.