As Dude Love, there is little competition for his greatest match as it was his least used persona. Dude Love vs. Steve Austin at Over the Edge is one of the best matches in both men's career.
The story of the odds being stacked against the hero is a well-worn one, but it felt revived and fresh in this brutal battle. Austin wasn't only defending the WWE title against Foley's hippie alter-ego but Vince McMahon, Gerald Brisco and Pat Patterson as well.
This was the WWE version of Custer's Last Stand.
Dude Love was a brawling pawn in the McMahon vs. Austin feud.
McMahon made himself the referee, while his stooges Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco served as bell ringer and timekeeper, respectively. To make things worse for Austin, the stipulation had been added that if he struck McMahon, he'd be stripped of his title.
Undertaker acted as an enforcer, ensuring McMahon's impartiality.
With those pieces in place, Dude Love and Austin put on one of their finest, bloodiest and most compelling matches.
Loose teeth, bent car hoods and cement smacking flesh highlighted the fight.
As the action went on, McMahon continued to add stipulations. First he made it a No-Disqualification match then a Falls Count Anywhere match. He was much like the annoying kid who keeps changing the rules of the sport during play to avoid losing.
Still Austin fought on, tying the Dude's head in the ropes and swinging away with his fists.
Blood covered Austin's bald head. Excitement throbbed in the arena.
A chaotic ending featured referees getting knocked out, chair shots clanging and eventually Austin taking an unconscious McMahon's hand and counting the three for him.