With Mick Foley upset with the product, WWE is on the verge of losing the legendary performer as a fan, according to Wrestling Inc.
Before he became a Hall of Fame wrestler, Mick Foley was a fan of wrestling just like everyone else. He beams with pride when he tells the story of how he traveled to witness the infamous night when “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka leaped off the top of the cage at Madison Square Garden. Once his illustrious in ring career was over, Foley kept tuning in each week to Monday Night Raw and Smackdown because he was that much of a fan of professional wrestling.
That might be coming to an end soon. Through his Facebook account, Foley posted a really long message about his disdain for how things have been going in WWE as of late. The Hardcore Legend stated that he was tired of seeing the company refuse to push the performers that he and the fans have emotionally invested into. Foley feels that wrestlers like Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Owens, Cesaro, Becky Lynch, and Sasha Banks deserve to be treated much better than they currently are.
Things have gotten to the point now where Foley is looking for others things to do on Monday nights.
Mick Foley Tells WWE He’s Had Enough https://t.co/5zO6m59wIc pic.twitter.com/3aEcjkMDxR
— WhatCulture WWE (@WhatCultureWWE) November 25, 2015
The three guys that Foley listed are definitely under-utilized by WWE. Ziggler has been the People’s Champion for quite some time now, but he is unlikely to get a run with the WWE Heavyweight Championship. Owens was off to a strong start after beating John Cena cleanly and definitively but has been moved down the ladder since then. Cesaro is slowly becoming the new People’s Champion and has all the tools in the world to be a top star, but management doesn’t seem to think so.
To give you an idea of just how big of a fan Foley is of Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks, the former World Heavyweight Champion once traveled 12 hours from Tennessee to Orlando just so he could watch them wrestle in NXT. He said it was one of the greatest matches that he ever witnessed in his life, which is high praise. Foley grew upset with WWE and publicly voiced his frustrations when the two girls were given just four minutes to work on Monday Night Raw.
— Inner Wrestling Nerd (@InnerN3rd) November 25, 2015
As expressed by the WWE legend himself, the hope is that Mick Foley’s frustration is only going to make things better for the performers. If a former star can stop supporting the product, then that might entice regular fans to do so as well. If management is afraid of a mass exodus, then they might be more inclined to listen to the live audience and read comments on social media to know which stars to push. Owens, Ziggler, Cesaro, Becky, and Sasha would have a better chance then.
By no longer being associated with WWE, Foley would not be hurting too bad. He still makes money as a comedian, and he can still generate revenue by meeting with fans at wrestling conventions. However, the person that Foley might inadvertently hurt is his daughter, Noelle Foley. She has aspirations of some day wrestling for World Wrestling Entertainment. If there is a lot of backstage heat towards her father, then that might trickle down towards her.
Mick Foley has reached his boiling point, it seems.
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