The “Hardcore Legend” Mick Foley made his return to WWE RAW this past Monday night to make a not so surprising announcement. He announced that he wants to wrestle “one more match,” in the 30-man battle royale known as the Royal Rumble on January 29th.
Interim RAW General Manager John Laurinaitis quickly denied Foley's request to participate in the Rumble match. This current angle is obviously not set in stone, and Foley will be entered in the Royal Rumble. But if he is in the Royal Rumble match, one question will remain; Could Mick Foley win the Rumble?
Survey Says...NO! If this angle were pitched in 1998 during the height of Attitude Era, and at the height of Foley's career, then the answer would be different. It's 2012, Foley's best years in the ring are behind him.
The Rumble match itself is a good fit for Foley, given that he would not have to do any high risk over the top spots. But, to have Foley win the Rumble match and go on to WrestleMania to be in the main event would equate to a train-wreck in terms of the booking aspects of pro wrestling.
To have Foley win the Rumble match is reminiscent of the less than classic angle between Jerry “The King” Lawler and The Miz. Lawler challenged Miz for the WWE Title and they wrestled in several matches. The most notable was a singles match at the February 2011 Pay Per View Elimination Chamber.
If they booked Foley to win the Royal Rumble, then it would be just as “memorable” as The Miz-Lawler storyline, and it would be an insult to Foley's career.
On the other side of the coin, having Foley win the Rumble match would be a huge pop in the nostalgia category. There are without a doubt several members of the Internet Wrestling Community that would love to see Foley win the Rumble match, just so they could revel in the past glory of the Attitude Era—when Foley was a multiple-time WWE Champion and one of the most popular superstars.
This is not a commentary on Foley competing in the Rumble match itself. He would be an excellent addition to the Rumble match. In past Royal Rumble matches, wrestlers of the past like Kevin Nash, Booker T and others have made surprise appearances. They received huge pops from the fans, but not too many in the IWC would want to see a 52-year-old Diesel winning the Royal Rumble.
The Royal Rumble should be a showcase for the up and coming young talent of the WWE. To give them the much deserved push as a reward for their hard work in the ring. The WWE should not give in and become another wrestling promotion that puts over the stars of the past, while sacrificing the stars of the future.
Having Mick Foley compete in the Royal Rumble would be a nice pat on the back to his iconic career. Foley winning the Royal Rumble, on the other hand, would not be the best outcome to end the 2012 WWE Royal Rumble.