The story of Mick Foley chasing a defining ‘WrestleMania Moment’ became the stuff of legend, and the fuel for many of his in-ring comebacks.
Mick Foley talked openly about how he felt he hadn’t had a defining WrestleMania match. Something he has now jokingly blamed on Shawn Michaels.
Speaking on the latest instalment of the WWE Untold series, which was looking back at his legendary clash with Edge at WrestleMania 22, Foley opened up about his quest for the illusive, defining ‘WrestleMania Moment.’
Reflecting on his mindset, Foley jokingly blamed Shawn Michaels, for his desire to have what he calls the “exclamation point” on his career.
“All of this is Shawn Michaels fault,” Foley joked. “. Michaels, I think, really put a lot of emphasis on that need to have a defining WrestleMania moment. I started almost feeling like I could hear the whispers behind my back, ‘Foley never had a magic WrestleMania moment.’ So, as far as I was concerned, I did not have that exclamation point and I needed it, bad.”
Edge followed up adding that it’s like trying to catch lightening in a bottle.
“The WrestleMania moment, it’s trying to catch lightning in a bottle because you know that moment, if you catch it, that moment will be replayed well after you’re gone.”
Elsewhere in the documentary, the two men along with Lita, recalled the now legendary flaming table spot which brought the match to a close.
Lita explained how she was concerned for her two friends, while Foley knew the stunt was going to hurt. It was just a matter of how much. But also revealed that the end result was his magical WrestleMania moment.
“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.