WWE Hall Of Famer Mick Foley has criticised a segment on Raw that saw Drew McIntyre go to town on one of Jinder Mahal’s henchmen with a steel chair.
Tensions between former 3MB partners McIntyre and Mahal have escalated in recent weeks. At Money In The Bank Jinder Mahal sent Veer and Shanky into the ring to cost the Scotsman his shot at the briefcase. They brought him to Mahal in the entranceway where The Modern Day Maharaja unloaded with a chair on the back of McIntyre. Veer and Shanky then dragged Drew McIntyre out of the arena to prevent him from returning to the match won by SmackDown’s Big E.
On Raw, Drew McIntyre was not surprisingly irate at the three men’s actions and went looking for revenge. With Mahal, Veer, and Shanky in the ring gloating about costing McIntyre a title shot, the former WWE Champion came to the ring armed with his own chair. After sending Veer and Mahal packing with chair shots, McIntyre went wild on Shanky, nailing him 34 times and destroying two chairs in the process.
For Mick Foley, someone who is no stranger to chair shots, it was too much and he addressed his concerns on social media, writing:
“Big fan of Drew’s…but 20 chair shots should either be done to build a feud of epic proportions…or they shouldn’t be done at all.”
Big fan of Drew’s…but 20 chair shots should either be done to build a feud of epic proportions…or they shouldn’t be done at all.#RAW
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) July 20, 2021
Foley famously was on the receiving end of several nasty chair shots in his I Quit match with The Rock at Royal Rumble 1999. The incident was captured in the documentary Beyond The Mat, as fans saw Foley’s wife and children’s heartbreaking reaction to seeing Foley get pulverised. At a time where chair shots to the head were commonplace, the footage is even more shocking to watch these days.
Chair shots in wrestling have been somewhat controversial in recent times. In AEW, Shawn Spears made headlines when he laid out Cody Rhodes with a vicious chair shot to the head that left Rhodes requiring staples to close the wound. It is unlikely fans will see any more unprotected chair shots to the head in mainstream wrestling anytime soon.