Mick Foley recalled the time that successfully he stepped in on behalf of a tag team he felt was underpaid for their performance and got them more money.
When Mick Foley became the WWF Commissioner in 2000, his role was strictly as an on-screen authority figure. However, that didn’t stop him from stepping in when he believed rising stars in the tag team division deserved to be paid more for a pay-per-view match.
Speaking on Foley is Pod (available early via AdFreeShows), he discussed SummerSlam 2000 when Edge and Christian faced off against the Hardy Boyz and the Dudley Boyz in one of their infamous ladder matches, and says he was asked to speak up on their behalf when their pay was much lower than they expected it to be because they still trusted him as a fellow locker room member.
“I’m jumping ahead to when I was the commissioner. But I remember being asked if I could talk with Edge and Christian Hardys, Dudley’s, and they just gotten their pay off. After that pay per view, where this is after Edge and Christian had the torn house down with the Hardys and kind of set the mold for that amazing ladder match. So now it’s the three teams.
“And they, I guess, they felt like I was still one of the guys, right? They fully understood that I’m not actually the commissioner, or not actually office. And I said, Well, how bad was it? And when they said 10 grand I went ‘You get $10,000 for that?’
“And so I went to Jim on their behalf and petitioned for more money. And, you know, he gave me an example of it looks man, you know, it’s a bolt of lightning could come down if I say anything construed as being disparaging at all towards the Undertaker. But when I brought up how much we had heard Undertaker made, he goes, ‘Well, Undertaker is a tenured veteran.”
Mick Foley agreed that The Undertaker is a legend, but he said that The Deadman’s match on that card didn’t hold up to a standard that would justify such an incredible difference in pay.
“I said, Be that as it may, the match with him and Boss Man [note: Undertaker actually faced Kane at SummerSlam 2000] was thrown together like that. It was not a good match, and to pay anyone, whatever the incredible disparity was, I don’t know if it’s 50 times or 30 times or 20 times, but it’s still, it felt like a slap in the face to those guys getting paid that little. And they did get bumped up from there.
“But I think Vince always wanted as a guy who strives to have talent reaching for the brass ring. I think he wanted it known that only when you got that brass ring, could you make that kind of pay per view main event money.”
Elsewhere on the episode, Mick Foley questioned why a movie poster would feature an odd photoshop of John Cena’s arm.
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