The good news? Mick Foley, already walking with a pronounced limp, didn't feel the need to take a bump in order to sell Cena vs. Ryback or his own DVD set. Eventually Cena came out to save him.
But before Cena and Ryback could come to a head, The Shield came out. This time, however, Cena bails out of the ring to leave Ryback to his beating. Or so it seems.
Instead, Cena picked up Foley's discarded chair to save Ryback. But it wasn't to repair their friendship—it was because he wanted to beat up Ryback himself. Mission accomplished as the crowd rains both men with boos.
Cena lays Ryback out.
"I did not come here with the intention of getting into a confrontation. Yet here I am, right here in London, England, about to enter one." Mick Foley. Cheap pops are still pops.
"I sure as hell have something to say. The only thing missing from this equation is Ryback." Foley. Also missing? Crowd heat. That would change as Foley and Ryback continued to get more and more intense.
"How does John Cena giving you that chair help you out?" Ryback.
"In my day I took on the biggest, the baddest and the best this business had to give." Foley.
"Whether it was a tooth sticking out of my nose or my ear being ripped off my head, I took punishment but I always stood up...but it's never been more obvious that my day has come and gone." Foley, admitting that chair or no chair, he couldn't stop Ryback.
"I know what I did. And I liked it. Hell, I loved it." Ryback on his heel turn.
"What happened to the man who commanded respect because he demanded respect?" Foley.
"I got up and did the best I could. I didn't spout statistics. I didn't chart graphs. I got up." Foley, getting fired up.
"Look at you and look at me. There's slight differences." Foley.
"Shut up, Foley. God, just shut up....You come out here with your old archaic messages from the past like you mean something. For what? For what? To sell more DVDs?" Ryback. Uh oh. Sounds like a shoot.
"I want to be WWE champion. And at Extreme Rules, I will be." Ryback.
"Look at you. You trying to lecture me. You're trying to lecture me about how to be a man. Shut up and look at him. There you stand holding a weapon. So I'm going to ask you one more time, you fat, pathetic lazy bastard. How does John Cena giving you that chair help you standing in the ring with Ryback?" Ryback. Wow. that escalated.
"You tell me." Foley, brandishing a chair that Ryback would soon toss out of the ring.
This was well-performed by all involved. Foley, like many of the Attitude Era stars, makes pretty much everyone in the modern WWE Universe look terrible by comparison every time he cuts a serious promo. The crowd chanted "You've still got it" at Undertaker earlier. Foley deserved a similar chant.
Objectively it was a fine segment. Ryback proved he could deliver a long live promo and not fall flat on his face. Hopefully, at the very least, it sold some DVD's for Mick. I can't wait to pick up my own set the next time I'm out at the store.