Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Triple H Buries Mick Foley and Ends His Career?
Did you ever think you would hear that Mick Foley is NOT liked within the WWE? Amazing isn't it? But we're talking about the WWE here. The same organization the runs anti-bullying campaigns, yet has its Chairman go on a live broadcast to mock a beloved Hall of Famer who suffered from a paralyzing illness. Those McMahon's are a real class act, aren't they?
According to the Wrestling Observer, the reason Mick Foley has't been used more often on WWE television since returning to the company is due to wrestler/executive Paul 'Triple H' Levesque's lobbying, who is resentful of "The Hardcore Legend." Dave Meltzer reports Levesque deprecates Foley whenever his name is broached in creative meetings. While Brian Gewirtz, WWE's Senior Vice President of Creative Writing, feels Foley is creative and a good performer, Levesque thinks otherwise. He says Foley 'doesn't look tough' and can't be taken seriously as an in-ring performer. Levesque would disparage Foley whenever he appeared for the company, and in the process, diminished his value in the eyes of Vince and Stephanie McMahon.
"Foley is an out-of-shape nobody," Levesque was reported as saying by a former WWE creative writer. "No one cares about him at all. Funaki puts more asses in the seats than Foley does. He should pay us for coming on our shows."
Meltzer believes the real reason Levesque still holds Foley in contempt is because he gets irritated over the consensus of his closest co-workers that his memorable matches with Foley in 2000 "made him a star."
Mick Foley has done nothing but befriend anyone and everyone who has ever come into contact with him. He's dedicated his life and career to his beloved family, and literally put them through hell at the expense of helping the WWE revitalize a dying company in 90's. Vince McMahon and the WWE have profited by replaying footage of Foley literally giving his blood, sweat, tears, and teeth for the sake of the company. His children sat ringside and watched him nearly bleed to death in one of the most infamous moments in WWE history. A moment that has has been exploited time and time again.
Sure there was a bit of ego splashed in there on the part of Foley. I'd bet that somewhere in his deranged mind, he was looking for way to get noticed by the office and embed a memory in the minds of fans much-like the memory he has as a kid of watching Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka leap off the top of a steel cage in Madison Square Garden. A part of Foley sold out to the WWE in order to build his legacy, but who hasn't? The problem here, is the appreciation level. This is the "thank you" Foley gets for all he's done for the company. And I'm only talking about his in-ring performances, not to mention his work as a company "Good Will Ambassador".
This is the ugly world of pro wrestling politics. You literally give your life away and to make someone else rich, and in return you get buried when there is nothing more that can be done with you. You get ridiculed as a fat out of shape slob any time you reappear on television. You get shit talked behind your back and jokes cracked at your expense during creative meetings when all you want to do is perform for the best of the company. Most of all, everything you've done up until now isn't worth a cup of warm piss, all because some douchebag married the bosses daughter and now has the political stroke to ruin everything you ever worked for.
It certainly appears as if the WWE forgot the difference between saying "Thank You" and "Fuck You".