WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley has discussed why one of his fiery promos wasn’t popular backstage as some felt he made his opponent look weak.
Back in 2004, Mick Foley was no longer a full-time WWE Superstar but he found himself engaged in a bitter feud with up-and-coming star, Randy Orton.
With Orton getting the better of Foley at WrestleMania 20 in a three-on-two handicap match, Mick Foley sought help from his alter ego Cactus Jack when the two men clashed at Backlash in a Falls Count Anywhere match.
Speaking on Foley is Pod, Mick Foley explained why some heels in the locker room thought he had gone too far in a promo with Orton. Randy Orton was aligned with villains Ric Flair, Triple H, and Batista in Evolution at the time:
“The promo which was not popular with a few of the heels backstage that thought I made Randy look weak. Because I stopped and I cut a promo on how I had been spit on, peed on, thrown up on, pooped on, and all of this, and that I remember he did look fearful as I was cutting that promo.”
“I said, ‘I was bleeding in six continents when you were still latched onto your mother’s breast.’ I guess some of the main players thought I made him look weak. But remember the big picture — you have to. Remember how Triple H acknowledged Cactus Jack as a threat?”
“If you brush me off after everything you’ve done to me, I was taking a major beating week after week after week and you don’t give me a hope spot? Besides, you’re getting the win, and so now, you need to acknowledge the threat in front of you in order for your overcoming that threat to mean anything.”
“If you’ve beaten a guy who you’ve built up to be nothing, then you’ve beaten nobody. I know a good promo when I hear it, and I think I even alluded to it in the 2006 book. Ask Randy Orton how he thought that promo went.”