Bruce Prichard has reflected on his feelings towards the Mick Foley vs. Edge Hardcore Match at WrestleMania 22 which involved thumbtacks and fire.
Speaking on his Something to Wrestle With podcast, WWE’s current Executive Director revealed that he was not a fan of the match.
“I hated it. Look, the spectacle and the amount of effort put into it and the performance by everyone involved was by far, no one can knock that. No one can say that wasn’t an unbelievable performance by every single person involved.”
“I just – you know me, I’m not a fan of the thumbtacks. F***ing fire, oh boy. Light something on fire and crash through it, it goes out. Not my cup of tea, not something I’m a big fan of. You know you watch it sometimes and you go ‘holy sh*t.’ Crash and burn. I always am concerned for the safety of the talent involved and watching it made me cringe all over again. But two guys that put – when you talk about putting everything on the line – these guys put everything on the line. And put their bodies through unbelievable punishment to deliver a spectacle that will go down as one of those matches that people will always bring up and recall. But yeah, just not my cup of tea and as I get older I appreciate it less.”
The match came to its spectacular conclusion when Lita, who was in Edge’s corner lit a table on fire outside the ring. The Rated-R Superstar then speared Foley the burning table to the floor. Edge then covered Foley on the outside for the win.
As far as the two competitors involved, Prichard thinks they look on the match more favourably:
“I think that Foley and Edge both loved it. I think they were very happy with it and they should have been proud of it. They left their heart and soul out there.”
“I think Edge had really come into his own. People talk about this like this was Edge’s moment and in some ways, I think Edge did Mick just as much of a favour in this match as anything. I think this was the classic example of both [competitors getting a WrestleMania moment].”
The three stars involved in the match – Edge, Lita, and Mick Foley recently gave their recollections on the iconic bout.