Mick Foley discussed his proposed storyline with Jon Moxley in 2012 and why it made him legitimately angry.
The Hardcore Legend is no stranger to things getting real when promoting a storyline in wrestling, as evidenced by his infamous Cane Dewey promo from ECW or bringing his children to watch him be beaten by The Rock in a brutal I Quit match.
However, when Foley was asked to build an Internet feud with Jon Moxley (then wrestling as Dean Ambrose), he felt things got too personal with mentions of his family and children. The feud never made it to WWE television, but it took a toll just the same.
Speaking with Busted Open Radio, Foley recalled how he was approached to begin a grassroots online storyline with rising FCW star Dean Ambrose by none other than Triple H.
“Hunter asked me, he said, ‘hey, you’re on social media, right?’ I said, ‘yeah, yeah.’ At that time I had about 250,000 followers, I am not sure if I was on Facebook yet. He said, ‘we want to do this grassroots thing to get steam solely on the internet at first.’”
Mick Foley continued, detailing how the feud took a toll on him mentally when Jon Moxley would mention his family because he couldn’t get his mind out of the dark place the story required.
“This angle with Moxley, it required me to go to some dark places. The problem was, I couldn’t get out of them. It wasn’t like when I would go cut the Cane Dewey promo in the basement of Paul E’s cameraman while his mom was doing the ironing and my wife and two kids are at a park two blocks away, and I would come out of there fresh as a daisy and I am ready to go.
“When I would get into the storyline, I couldn’t get out. It was like this cloud.
Because the storyline was affecting him so immensely, Mick Foley approached Moxley at a television taping and asked him specificially not to mention his children.
“I don’t want to be overly dramatic, but it was around me all the time and it was affecting me. Especially when I saw Moxley writing about my children.
So, I come up to him at a TV taping with Dusty. I asked Dusty if he would come up with me, just so I could talk to him. I said, ‘hey man, whatever you do, please stop mentioning my children.’”
However, Moxley did the exact opposite, mentioning the Foley children with even more fervor. While his intentions weren’t malicious as he believed the request to be part of the grassroots angle, his subsequent tweets angered Cactus Jack further.
“He thinks it’s an angle, whereas I am 100% asking him as a father not to mention my children. He reads it is, ’turn the volume up on Foley’s children.’ So the next tweet that comes out is even worse, more foreboding for the future of my family.
“Now I text him and say, ‘hey man, I was not joking,’ and I think okay, now it’s over. The next tweet is even worse. I am blowing a gasket every day, I am cutting more F-bombs in front of the family than they have ever heard in the entirety of their lives. I am so angry at this guy.”
As Jon Moxley was in the UK during this time, he didn’t see the texts from Foley, but the damage was done and the story never made television. Foley also spoke about this angle during an Inside the Ropes Live show.
While the 2012 feud never materialized, Mick Foley did share the screen with Dean Ambrose during the lead-up to Ambrose’s No Holds Barred Street Fight with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 32. The story saw hardcore legends bestowing weapons upon the underdog Ambrose, but despite gifts from the likes of Mick Foley and Terry Funk, Ambrose was defeated in the bout.