WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley recently spoke with NBC News on a number of topics whilst promoting the 25th Anniversary of RAW…
Here are his thoughts on the first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble and some challenges they might face in having to do that match for the first time:
“I guess it depends on the positioning of the match on the card. I’m guessing that it’s going to be first.
Just trying to live up to the lure of rumbles in the past will be a challenge. It is almost always the highlight of the show. The match really gains due to the anticipation during it.
I’ll be rooting for the women. I’ll be glued to my TV set and just hoping that it goes as well as possible for everybody. I hope they have a couple of surprise entrees. Both from the past and a couple of new names.
The women are so determined. Through sheer force of will, they’re going to have a very good match, but the one thing you can’t ever … you can’t book magic. I hope there’s that element of magic in the air when they take to the ring.”
Mick Foley was also asked about newer stars being unable to break the glass ceiling to reach the next level of super-stardom in reference to WWE bringing veterans back in order to celebrate RAW’s 25th Anniversary.
Here are Mick Foley’s thoughts on what has to change in order for there to be more household names like in the Attitude Era:
“Well that’s more of a societal change. I don’t think we can go back there. I think WWE did what they had to do to become more successful than ever on a global basis. I would love to say, ‘Hey, things were much better back in my day,’ but the company just turned its biggest profit ever. They knew that we were in a wave, so you can either let the wave subside and complain about the way things used to be, or move forward in every area possible and that’s what they did.
So I’d say that on a global basis, the superstars are just as big, if not bigger, with the exception of you know, a Rock or a Stone Cold. I think they’re doing just fine.”
Mick Foley on the build towards Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho at WrestleKingdom 12:
“I thought it was great. I’ve been a big fan of Kenny’s work for a long time. During the beginning of their feud, I reached out to him and was like, is this something you guys are working on? Is everything OK between you two? And he was like don’t worry about me, just having some fun.
I thought Jericho isn’t just going to go after a phenomenal athlete like Kenny Omega and reduce him to being a curiosity. And then as soon as the match was announced I was like, ah that Jericho, he knows what he’s doing.
The article that I was going to write last night … I just happened to find a cool photo of Chris and I backstage and I was going to point out that for all of the fun and shenanigans, Jericho is a very competitive guy. Very driven. Stands up for stuff that he believes in. He wants everything he does to be the best and I had no doubt that when this thing was announced that they were going to steal the show.”
Mick Foley also praised Braun Strowman on numerous counts, especially whilst recalling his favourite moments from last year:
“I loved doing work with The Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro), especially putting them together and then interacting with them after they teamed up. I loved interactions with guys like Sami [Zayn]. Anyone who I was able to kind of get in and try to make a difference with, I really enjoyed.
“I tried to bring a certain element of fear to the way I handled Braun Strowman. I had a major talk with him about the importance of throwing things backstage. [laughs]I told him about a legendary basketball game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Portland Trail Blazers in 1977, when Darryl Dawkins was ejected. I never saw the dressing room after he was done with it, but I heard about it and it was legendary in my mind and I said to him that he had a chance to be Darryl Dawkins after that game.
“He had the physical presence to do it. He was the one guy who had the strength to throw things around in a way that would be meaningful and I think he really took that lesson to heart. Anytime I see Braun Strowman throwing items backstage, I smile.”
WWE RAW’s 25th Anniversary will take place live from The Barclays Center as well as Manhattan Center in New York City on Monday, January 22, 2018.
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