What year is this?
Terry Funk, at the grand old age of 73, is returning to the ring. This is a man who enjoyed his proto-The Wrestler "one last run" 20 years ago. This is a man who in the years prior to that was an NWA World Heavyweight Champion in a golden era in which the titleholder, not James Brown, was the hardest working man in show business. He wrestled for an hour every night in brutal matches requiring inhuman levels of stamina and fortitude. He wrestled in the legendarily punishing All Japan Pro Wrestling league for years. He popularised hardcore wrestling in a delightfully insane secondary career. He doesn't need to wrestle for the depressingly-named Big Time Wrestling. He wants to because he is insane.
His (59 year) old sparring partner - or more accurately, the guy he blew to bits in ultra-violent matches over 25 years ago - Atsushi Onita has also stepped gingerly back into the ring for Combat Zone Wrestling this week, the explosives detonated by which he deemed not powerful enough. This from a man recovering from a broken leg, which he also fought through in another bombs bout in January.
We're in 2017. At least, that's what the date on my calendar says. On WWE's, meanwhile, the date is the FIRST, every bloody time...