Mick Foley gets heat for recent comments?

Sep 10, 2021 - by Marc Middleton

WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley reportedly had some heat within WWE over the comments he made about the company and AEW earlier this week.

As noted, Foley took to Facebook following the AEW All Out pay-per-view earlier and issued a “WWE – WE’VE GOT A PROBLEM” video. Foley talked about how WWE is no longer the company that talents aspire to make it to. His full comments can be found below.

In an update, it was noted by Andrew Zarian of the Mat Men podcast that there were some people in WWE who were not happy with Foley’s comments.

It was noted how there is an unspoken rule that WWE Legends are not to disparage the company, and apparently that’s how Foley’s comments were taken by some. Foley is currently signed to a “nostalgia contract” or a WWE Legends deal.

Foley appeared on the Pro Wrestling 4 Life podcast with WWE Hall of Famer Sean Waltman this week and commented on the video. Waltman’s co-host, Wrestling Inc. managing editor Nick Hausman, asked Foley why he felt the need to release the video.

“The only deal I have with WWE is a Legends deal,” Foley said. “They do pay people to be consultants, and if I was being paid to be a consultant, I would say, ‘WWE, we’ve got a problem’. I’m just putting myself in the place of a top-tier Superstar who has a decision to make, and I would look at how AEW has treated their recent acquisitions and I would compare it to how WWE has treated a few of their recent, as in development, talents brought up to the main roster. And I would say, ‘I don’t know if I want to gamble to such an extent that I’m willing to have everything I’ve done watered down or made a joke of.’ If somebody is a more intriguing character in NXT than they are in WWE, and it seems almost by design, I think that’s a big, big problem.”

For those who missed it, Foley’s full comments and video can be seen below:

“Hello, this is ‘The Hardcore Legend’ Mick Foley. I’d like to title this video, ‘WWE – We’ve Got a Problem’ because I think you do and that problem is that WWE is no longer the place for talent to aspire to. Part of it is because AEW is doing a great job of attracting great talent, proven talent, building other talent, creating storylines, but part of it is a problem of your own making. I think younger talent sees the way that developmental characters are cut or left by the wayside, or in the case of Karrion Kross, greatly watered down and even made a joke of when they debut on the main roster. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. If I was an aspiring talent now, big league talent with a major decision to make, I’m not sure that I would trust WWE creative to do the right thing with my career. You guys did wonders with me back in the day… that was a different time, different place. If it was today, I’m not sure I would trust the powers to be with my career in their hands, and until that changes, WWE – you’ve got a problem.”

8 Responses

  1. Jeremy A Hobbs says:

    He isn’t wrong! I am a long time wwe fan but it seems to me Vince doesn’t care anymore. Needs to sell it or let someone who has the passion to take over.

  2. James says:

    Yeah, I agree, Jeremy. I’ve been a wrestling fan since 1988. I was lucky to see the end of the territories, the international side (I started following the sport when I was living in Germany, due to my father being in the U.S. Army at the time and watching Otto Wanz’ CWA), the Monday Night Wars, the Invasion era, so I’ve pretty much seen it all.

    I believe Vince got lazy since buying out his competition in 2001. And slowly but surely, WWE has been in a steady decline, with the exception of NXT, thanks to Triple H. Now that Vince took NXT away from him, I’m afraid any momentum they have will now be lost.

  3. art123guy says:

    Well, he won’t be in the doghouse alone for long. Word has it that Booker T agrees with Mick.

  4. Disgruntled Jobber says:

    It has taken actual competition to show that the WWE has been terrible for a long time now. I’ve made this comparison before. Vince is like the Raiders’ Al Davis. Yeah, he was a maverick, he was ahead of the times, but just has the game of football passed Al Davis by, wrestling has passed Vince by, something that has been obvious for about five years now, but the WWE die hards won’t admit to reality.

    What would save the WWE from its decline isn’t a sale. It’s one: fire Brice Pritchard. two: Make Vince a figurehead. He can go out, rally up the crowd, give a few speeches, but as far as booking shows and business decisions goes, he doesn’t get a say.

  5. James from the Sewer says:

    WWE realized long ago that their brand on its own can draw higher (currently at least) than AEW can, even with all the talent they have. They’re way past trying to excite fans week in and week out, and on to exciting shareholders with better deals and big profits. If they can make money globally without having to worry about hardcore fans, that’s what they’ll do until they can’t any more.

  6. CM Chippunk says:

    Ollie the weatherman tells Quahog “it’s gon’ rain”, when it’s about to rain, and gets heat with Channel 5.

  7. art123guy says:

    @Disgruntled Jobber–I agree with most of you points except having Vince go out in front of crowds. Age has caught up with him and he just doesn’t look OR sound like he once did.

  8. Adam says:

    I totally agree with Mick and everyone here. While AEW has taken off, the competition can still be strong if…IF Vince gets out of the way. Look at what they’re doing to NXT, arguably their best show week in and week out from a wrestling POV…rainbow logos and rap music? Mick is right about Kross too! He was one of my favorite characters, now he looks like a joke wearing that outfit and stupid mask! Very few NXT guys have made it big on the main roster because Vince doesn’t see them for the talent they have. He just sees guys and gals coming through a “farm system” to dispose of as he sees fit. He’s out of touch and he’s being enabled by Pritchard and Lauranitis. I kind of hope the stock holders and board of directors find a way to stop Vince before WWE truly dies!

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