WWE Hall of Fame star completely unrecognisable as he celebrates 79th birthday

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Wrestling Hall of Famer Terry Funk – known for his career which spanned more than 50 years – was snapped with a title belt and themed birthday cake on his 79th birthday

A former WWE legend looks unrecognisable in a new picture which shows him celebrating his 79th birthday.

Wrestling icon Terry Funk – known for his career which spanned more than 50 years – was snapped with a title belt and themed birthday cake.

The photograph of the Hall of Famer, considered one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, was posted on Twitter with “God bless the Funker” written in the caption.

Fans of the Texan were quick to comment on the post and show the birthday boy some love.

Wrestling Hall of Famer Terry Funk had a career which spanned more than 50 years (Image: Getty Images)

One poster wrote: “Happy Birthday Terry! Many, many more. The Funk brothers rule baby!”

Another said: “Happy Birthday to one of the greatest Texans to lace up a pair of wrestling boots. One of the true icons of Professional Wrestling. God bless Terry Funk.”

A third added: “He’s such an absolute legend and deserves all the love he gets from fans and wrestlers all over the world.”

While a fourth chipped in: “Damn I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I saw a picture of Terry. Man time’s flying.”

The new picture of Terry, with white hair surrounding his baseball cap and a clean-shaven face is a world away from his heydey in which he used to sport long dark hair and his trademark goatee.

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Born into a wrestling family, Funk started his career in 1965, working for his father Dory Funk’s Western States Sports promotion in Amarillo, Texas.

Terry went on to appear for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World Championship Wrestling throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

Over the next 28 years, Funk went on to work for numerous wrestling organisations including Extreme Championship Wrestling and World Wrestling Entertainment, whose Hall of Fame he was inducted into in 2009.

Following a run on the independent circuit, Funk finally hung up his wrestling boots in 2017, at the age of 73, after a 52-year run.

In June 2021, fellow wrestling legend Don Muraco reported Funk was diagnosed with dementia and was living in an assisted living facility.

However, on December 29, 2021, Ric Flair announced on his podcast with Mark Madden that Funk had returned home and was doing well.

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