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Mick Foley Recalls Vince McMahon Immediately Shooting Down His World Championship Pitch

Mick Foley WWF World Heavyweight Champion

Mick Foley is a former three-time WWE Champion, with his last reign ending in August 1999, but Foley reportedly wanted to add a fourth run in 2004.

In the late 1990s, Mick Foley was one of the top WWE Superstars, rising to the top of the company at the peak of the Attitude Era. The WWE Hall of Famer enjoyed three reigns with the, at the time, WWF World Heavyweight Championship, with his first reign famously beginning on the 4 January 1999 broadcast of Monday Night Raw.

Upon returning to WWE in 2003, Mick Foley reportedly had plans in mind for himself to win the following year’s Royal Rumble match and headline WrestleMania XX against both the WWE and World Heavyweight Champions. At that point, ‘The Hardcore Legend’ hadn’t wrestled since WrestleMania 2000.

Speaking on Throwing Down With Renee & Miesha, Mick Foley explained how he pitched the idea to Vince McMahon, but was instantly shot down by the WWE Chairman (h/t Sportskeeda):

“I said, ‘I’d like to enter the Rumble and win it, and because I’m technically not a SmackDown or a Raw guy, I would like to challenge both champions to a three-way match, win that at ‘Mania, and become the Undisputed Champion.’ And without even blinking, Vince just replies, ‘I have no interest whatsoever in doing that’.”

Mick Foley would enter the Royal Rumble match in the place of Test, who’d been found unconscious backstage. Entering at number 21, he eliminated both himself and Randy Orton, leading to Foley reuniting with The Rock at WrestleMania XX to face ‘The Viper’ and his Evolution teammates Batista and Ric Flair. This led to a universally-praised Hardcore match at the Backlash pay-per-view for Orton’s Intercontinental Championship.

Chris Benoit would instead win the 2004 Royal Rumble match, capturing the World Heavyweight Championship at ‘Mania as he defeated Shawn Michaels and defending champion Triple H. The WWE Championship, meanwhile, was successfully defended by Eddie Guerrero against Kurt Angle.

Mick Foley wrestled sporadically for WWE for the next few years, including participating in a brilliant Hardcore match with Edge at WrestleMania 22 in 2006. He last wrestled in January 2012 as he entered that year’s Royal Rumble match.