Mick Foley is ‘missing gold ol’ JR’
Sep 29, 2013 - by Steve Gerweck
Mick Foley posted the following on Facebook:
MISSING GOOD OL’ JR
In my 2010 book “Countdown to Lockdown”, I mentioned that mornings in the Foley house are “filled with the sounds of human agony”, courtesy of my children’s WWE action figure matches. Truth be told, they completely preferred WWE action figures – even when I wasn’t working for the company. I’m overjoyed that, to this day, they still find ways to enjoy those action figure matches. The WWE Superstars have changed over the years, and each year, Santa has a new wishlist of new Superstars to work on, but one thing has remained constant: amidst all the “aaghs”, “ooohs”, and other sounds of human agony, will be the frequent punctuation of “let’s take another look at that, JR.” Forget for a moment that my kids are actually quoting Jerry Lawler there. Forger also, that I’ve always felt, and still feel that Michael Cole is and always has been an excellent and under-rated play by play man. But to my kids, and millions of others, in my home, and around the world, Jim Ross was more – far more – than a wrestling announcer: he was the voice of their childhood, and one of the voices of a generation.
I feel so fortunate that I was able to publically thank JR during my WWE Hall of Fame induction speech for the role he played in my career – not only as the announcer he provided the soundtrack to so much of my career, but as the man who fought relentlessly on my behalf for years…yes years, to bring me into WWE. My career, and my life simply would not have been the same without him.