On Tuesday, Terry Funk was trending after it was revealed by Don Muraco that Funk had been suffering from dementia.
Funk's official social media account provided an update saying, Funk was "receiving residential care for his multiple health issues, which do affect his mind as well as the rest of his body," but the word dementia was never used.
On Busted Open Radio, Tommy Dreamer provided an update on Terry.
"With social media, things start to take a life of their own. I get a lot of texts about Terry and his health and I see all these tweets about Terry. The biggest one was the WWE. I talked to Terry on his birthday [June 30] and he was fine. I talked to him the week before his birthday for 40 minutes. He was, and is, sharp as a tack. I'm talking about college for my daughters, the wrestling business where he knows about AEW. He calls it 'from Dusty's boys.' He talks about Vince and knows about Peacock network. He is in assisted living, but he still has his home. He's 77 and his daughters worry because he's alone. Sometimes, he's forgetful and had a rough patch with his health. Ever since he moved (to assisted living), he's been in better, I don't want to say spirits, but more with it. I haven't spoken to his daughters about his mental health, but as clear as my conversation is with [Dave LeGreca], that's my conversation with Terry," said Dreamer.
Dreamer then detailed the conversation he had with Funk on Tuesday.
"I called him yesterday and left him a message," began Dreamer. "He calls me back and I start telling him all the stuff. It started on Don Muraco's podcast where he's talking to Scott Casey and apparently they painted him as not being able to put sentences together and having dementia. I told Terry this and I won't say what he said about Scott Casey except, 'he's full of shit, always was.' It was perhaps the funniest conversation because now Terry is like, 'We're going to make money out of this. Sika's kid [Roman Reigns] and [Paul Heyman] and me and you. I'm going out of retirement. Let's do it. I can still draw. I heard the ratings are in the shitter.' I hang up, he calls me back and is like, 'I'm either gonna get arrested. I'm thinking of taking off all my clothes, running out in the street and beating people up. We'll make money on this somehow. If they think I'm crazy, we'll show them I'm crazy.'"
Dreamer then revealed that Funk wanted him to issue the following tweet to update fans on his condition:
Everyone needs to relax— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) July 6, 2021
I just got off phone w/ Terry Funk
He is NOT in bad health
He loves everyone talking about him
Direct quote from Funker
I'm currently sitting in an assisted living place w/my thumb up my ass Whistling Dixie but I don't remember the words#Forever #ECW pic.twitter.com/5xlAYu5REh
Dreamer continued by saying, "They jumped on the negative and thought his health was in such peril and it was just not true. Even though WWE didn't say anything wrong, he said he had spoken to two people on Tuesday, myself and [his social media guy]. 'Nobody called me, nobody checked in.' How do you release a statement where you don't check your facts?"
Dreamer noted that, like any 77-year-old man or human in general, Terry does forget things and his body is worn out for years of wrestling, but overall he is doing well and reports of his demise were greatly exaggerated.
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