In 1998, Vince McMahon brought Terry Funk into the WWE. He found his alter ego and started to work as Chainsaw Charlie for a while before transitioning back to Terry Funk.
On Sportskeeda’s Off the SKript, Vince Russo revealed Jim Cornette wanted Terry in WWE but when he finally agreed and signed Funk, he put on a ridiculous gimmick on him as a prank to Jim.
“So, bro, during those sessions with the three of us, Cornette pitched some kind of an angle where somebody is ringside in a box for weeks. And Jim is telling Vince, this is Jim’s exact quote: “Oh come on Vince! You know that anybody who comes out of a box is over!” And, bro, Vince is looking at me like… So, to make a long story short, guess who Vince McMahon put in a box? Terry Funk!”
“So Cornette was pushing the guy should be in a box, basically Vince was like, this is freakin’ ridiculous. Jim was pushing for Terry Funk to come into the WWE. So Vince… Ok, we’ll just bring Terry Funk in and we’ll just put him in a box. Call him Chainsaw Charlie just so he could chainsaw himself out of the box! Unfortunately for Terry, it was a 100% rib on Jim Cornette.”
For a while, WWE didn’t acknowledge Charlie as Terry Funk but after some time he ditched this gimmick.