The Examiner, WrestlingInc.Com, Wrestling News Source, and other websites are saying that Mick Foley (A.K.A. Mankind, A.K.A. Dude Love, A.K.A. Cactus Jack) is leaving Total Nonstop Action Wrestling / Impact Wrestling.
This comes as a surprise to many, as he has been recently highlighted as the network representative leading the fight for the X-Division against Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff, and Immortal.
However, on last night's edition of Impact, he was "fired" by the network. Apparently this was a way to write him off television until his contract expires in September.
There are several reasons suggested for why he's being released. One reason is the negative comments he's made regarding the company, in particular when he made a joke on twitter comparing the attendance at TNA house shows to the empty arena match he had with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson back in the WWE.
However, he did make a public apology about the comments, implying that he had dealt with the company regarding the statement.
Another reason being thrown around is Foley's apparent frustration with TNA's lack of interest and promotion regarding his off-camera activities, especially his highly publicized work with the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), where he auctioned off a majority of his wrestling memorabilia and other collectibles, plus mowing the lawns of anyone who made a donation over a certain amount.
It also looks like he's reached out to the WWE about future work and appearances, and he's remained in good terms with the head honchos in the company, with his books and outside projects being promoted on WWE television while he was still under contract with TNA.
There is an idea going around that he could appear in the WWE in the next year, possibly as a part of the storyline between The Rock and John Cena (a tribute to the "Rock N' Sock Connection"), or even as the anonymous Raw general manager.
Stephen's Take: I honestly doubt that this is the last that we see of Mick in TNA; even if there are backstage problems between Foley and management, the bosses would be stupid (which they haven't yet proved wrong) to end a storyline with him as the focus so fast, particularly with him being an integral part of the lead up to the Destination X Pay Per View, which is focused on the old school X-Division which he's been promoting heavily.
Unless they can find someone big to take his place in a heartbeat, it could spell disaster for the next few weeks of Impact Wrestling.
However, if he does leave, I think he would be a phenomenal selection to be the General Manager of Monday Night Raw; it could lead to some great storylines, and work well with past actions, as his character as always been pretty darn unstable.
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