Mick Foley has recalled being pitched an idea by Vince McMahon that was so bad it was “one of the worst things he’s ever heard.”
Throughout his lengthy career as WWE’s top dog, Vince McMahon has been responsible for creating some of the most memorable characters and moments in wrestling history. However, by the same token, there have been more than a few misses as well.
Upon joining the WWF in 1996, Mick Foley was in need of a fresh coat of paint. During his time in WCW and ECW, the star had been known as Cactus Jack Manson or simply Cactus Jack. However, a move to the WWF meant it was time for a change.
Speaking on his new podcast, Foley is Pod, available via AdFreeShows, the WWE Hall of Famer recalled sitting down with McMahon to come up with a new name. During the exchange, Foley said that the Chairman pitched one of the worst things he’s ever heard.
“Vince said, ‘In this business, we’ve had crushers, we’ve had destroyers, we’ve had executioner’s, but we’ve never had a mutilator.’ He gets that bass in his voice, ‘Mutilator, that’s what you are.’ Then he gives me the name Mason.”
“He alludes to the Manson name but tells me that we can’t go there, and I don’t want to go there. I was very uncomfortable with being Cactus Jack Manson. I did it because I really had no other choice. I felt Mason the Mutilator is one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. It sounds to me like something that would be in a bootleg version of an old Fish card game. It just sounds awful.”
“He said, ‘What do you think?’ I said, ‘I like it a lot, but what if.’ Those were the three biggest words. ‘But what if instead of being Mason the Mutilator, I was Mankind the Mutilator?’ He says, ‘I don’t think I understand it.’ I said, ‘This way when they’re talking about the future of mankind and the destruction of mankind, it means two different things. You know, it’s talking about me and the people’, and he’s writing all this stuff down on a yellow legal pad.”
Thankfully for all concerned ‘Manson the Mutilator’ never quite stuck and Foley made his debut the night after WrestleMania XII.
H/t to WrestlingNewsCo for the transcription.