Mick Foley spent a vast portion of his career looking for a ‘WrestleMania moment.’ Then crashing backwards through a flaming table at WrestleMania 22, he finally found it.
The Edge vs. Mick Foley Hardcore Match from WrestleMania 22 has gone down in history as one of the most outlandish and violent spectacles to ever grace the ‘Showcase of the Immortals.’
In a gruelling blood bath of a contest, The Rated R Superstar and the hardcore legend, defied logic and their own bodies to put on the most memorable performance they could. The match came to an end when Edge’s on-screen partner Lita, lit a table on fire, and Mick Foley took a Spear from the ring apron, through the flaming table to the floor.
Speaking in a new documentary in the WWE Untold series looking back at that night, the three main protagonists discussed their memories of the flame scorched finale.
The woman who lit the table that night, recalled simply being worried for her friends, hoping they’d come away from the stunt in one piece.
“When I lit the table, I was like ‘oh God, that’s really hot’. I had to fight through what I was really feeling inside, which was ‘holy sh*t, I hope my friends are gonna be okay’.”
While Edge wasn’t the one taking the move. He was the only one of the pair not to be fully clothed. Something he says, only really dawned on him as he came off the ropes to run at his rival.
“Honestly, even until I was running towards Mick, it didn’t all fully kinda land in my brain. And it was as I was hitting the ropes and coming back and realising ‘ha, he’s got a lot of clothes on, and I don’t have really any on’. I’d sweated off most of the flame retardant gel.” […] “I just remember making contact with Mick and burying my head in his body as much as I could because I thought ‘well if my arms get burnt that’s one thing, but I really don’t want to burn my face’.” […] “As I’m crawling over to pin Mick, I’m looking at my arm because it’s smoking, and that does something to your brain. When I crawled over, pulled his shoulder back and put my arm over the top of him, I told him I loved him.”
On the receiving end of the daredevil manoeuvre was Mick Foley. As always. For his part he recalled a certain inevitability. It was going to hurt, it was just a matter of how much.
“I’m going backwards into the ‘great unknown’, I mean I know on a certain level this is going to hurt, there’s going to be a great deal of heat involved but I don’t know how bad it’s going to be. Edge, even more precariously is coming full barrel, through those ropes.” […] “I’m not sure that anybody, who has not experienced ‘that’ high, that pop, can fully understand it. That was really awe-inspiring, it really was. […] “With Edge whispering I love you in my ear as the three-count was made, I felt this giant weight lifted off my shoulders. And I was like, I really remember thinking to myself ‘I did it, I did it, I had my magical WrestleMania moment’.”
One of the other famous moments from the match occurred right at the beginning. Foley had wrapped himself in barbed wire, to protect against the Spear. Something he revealed that he stole from 1999 WCW.