WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley recently discussed his career at length on the latest episode of Steve Austin’s ‘Broken Skull Sessions’. Reflecting on his career, the Hardcore Legend revealed whether he thought the endless bumps and sacrifices he made to his body were worth the toll they have taken.
Mick Foley’s legendary career is one of literal blood, sweat and tears. From his early days in World Championship Wrestling to his iconic ‘King go the Deathmatch’ bouts in Japan, Foley has amazed fans with his tremendous feats of barbed wire bats, intense chair shots and some of the most infamous and unnerving bumps of all time.
Foley would make his WWF debut as Mankind in 1996, where he would go on to cement his legacy as a hardcore legend, and one of the most popular and beloved performers in the history of professional wrestling. It is during this time as Mankind where Foley would famously plummet from the top of Hell in a Cell at the hands of The Undertaker in 1998, and receive eleven gruesome chair shots from The Rock during an ‘I Quit’ match in 1999.
The list of Mick Foley’s daredevil-like bumps and injuries is seemingly endless. Conversing with Steve Austin, Foley now says seeing other athletes from across wrestling and beyond suffer due to past injuries hits home, but acknowledges that modern-day WWE has changed for the better since his time in the ring:
“There’s some moments that hit a little too close to home. Steve McMichael with ALS, oh man. I see Tim Green, who was a great lineman and author, reduced to a state where he was very dependent. That stuff really hurts. But I’m doing whatever I can to stay vital. The WWE has learned so much along the way.
Despite nagging injuries and daily pain as a result of his extreme career, Foley goes on to admit that when all is said and done, the brutal sacrifices made to his body were worth it:
“I hope people don’t make some of the mistakes I did, largely not admitting when we’re hurt. Because at that time we thought you were tougher to pretend you were not hurt than to admit you are. It really takes a tougher man to admit you are [hurt]. 20 years from now I may have another answer, but absolutely, absolutely. As far as the walking, the knees, the lower back. Yeah, yeah, it kind of reminds me of who I was and what I accomplished.”
Mick Foley would officially retire from in ring action in August 2012 after failing to be medically cleared by doctors for an upcoming match against Dean Ambrose at SummerSlam. Mick would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013 by another hardcore icon, Terry Funk. The induction cemented Foley’s legacy as one of the greatest, and most extreme, performers to ever step into the squared circle.
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Credit for Interview: Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions