“Just go away” are the words Dolph Ziggler screamed into Mick Foley’s face tonight. I could not agree more with Ziggy.
I am sorry this article is starting off so strongly against a guy like Mick, but enough is enough. We have seen the best of Mick Foley and I just cannot support him anymore. I have always respected Foley’s contributions to the WWE, but his time is up and he needs to get off television.
Foley has proven repeatedly in the last few months that he can no longer handle a mic like he used to. Tonight he also confirmed that he would NEVER be able to put on a decent match again.
The fact that he is teasing a return to the ring is just maddening. After thirty seconds in the ring, Foley was panting and breathing hard. Even the most diehard Foley fans have to feel somewhat embarrassed. The man is clearly out of shape, even for Mick Foley’s standards!
I was open to Foley coming back in a support role or even a General Manager role, but after his “This is your life” segment with John Cena, I began to question if a full time on-air role would be good. After tonight, I am convinced Mick Foley needs to retire, period.
WWE Creative should just play reruns of the "Attitude Era" if they want to keep bringing back guys like Chris Jericho, Foley and the Rock. We have seen the best of what guys like Mick Foley have to offer, and there is no reason to tarnish their legacy by making them look like shells of their former selves.
I do not want to come across like a Foley hater, which some are quick to label me as if my view differs with their own, but at what point does the WWE move on from these guys and start creating the stars of tomorrow?
The Attitude Era is dead and you cannot bring it back by having guys like Foley march out there and embarrass themselves in today’s WWE. I love seeing stars of yesterday make surprise visits, but that does not mean I want them to come back and try to party like it’s 1999 anymore.
It may not be a big deal if Foley were to enter the Royal Rumble match as one of his personas, but it will hurt the current roster if they made Foley one of focal points of the match. I do not need to see Mick Foley trying to win the Rumble so two of his kids can watch him fight.
Instead, I’d rather see young, up and coming stars fighting it out to the end to earn a shot at main-eventing Wrestlemania.
The Rumble has always been a great place for rising stars to get their break. Guys like Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin and Yokozuna all began their main-event pushes after winning the Royal Rumble match.
The WWE currently has a few guys that could greatly benefit from a Rumble victory, or at least close to one. Mick Foley has no place as one of the last competitors in the Rumble because that takes away from current or rising stars.
The only point in having Foley come out and steal the show is to provide a temporary feeling of nostalgia to fans my age.
I am sure some readers are upset with me for suggesting that Foley leave, but I will remind everyone that Foley would never had gotten his place in history if others before him did not leave the spotlight.
As much as I loved watching that era of wrestling, it is over. I want to see the next era we will be talking about 10 years from now.
Mick, it is time to hang up your sock and let others have a turn.