WWE Hall of Famer and all round wrestling legend, Mick Foley, has questioned WWE’s recent decision to release Top Dolla, describing it as “baffling.”
After a stint in the NFL, latterly with the New York Giants, former nose tackle AJ Francis signed for WWE in January 2020. Known as Top Dolla, Francis made his television debut a little over a year later aligning with Isaiah “Swerve” Scott in NXT.
This new allegiance led to the formation of Hit Row, with the pair being joined by Ashante “Thee” Adonis, and B-Fab. In the months that followed, the new faction earned plaudits for their performances and were drafted to Friday Night SmackDown as part of the WWE Draft in October.
A series of vignettes hyped the arrival of the group on the blue brand, but things quickly fell apart. B-Fab was released on November 4th, while the rest of the faction including Top Dolla were released two weeks later.
Commenting on social media about the release, Mick Foley described the decision to let Top Dolla leave the company as “baffling.” Mrs Foley’s baby boy suggested that Francis could have been a “crossover star.”
The release of @AJFrancis410 was particularly baffling to me: a mountain of a man, charisma for days, rapper, top tier promo guy, would have been a go to guy for media; potential crossover star. Baffling.
The release of @AJFrancis410 was particularly baffling to me: a mountain of a man, charisma for days, rapper, top tier promo guy, would have been a go to guy for media; potential crossover star. Baffling. https://t.co/SYMRnyH7rp
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) December 14, 2021
The comments aren’t the first time that Foley has questioned WWE and their decision making in recent months. Against the backdrop of an ever-growing list of releases, and the debuts of CM Punk and Bryan Danielson in AEW, Foley took to social media to say that WWE had a problem.
The Hall of Famer went as far as to say that he was unsure whether he would be able to trust the creative team if he were currently an active performer.