After learning that Mick Foley was suffering from memory issues, Vince McMahon made it clear that the star had to retire.
WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley was no stranger to punishment during his wrestling career, and that punishment took its toll on not just the Hardcore Legend’s body, but also his mind.
Speaking on the debut episode of Foley is Pod (available early via AdFreeShows), the former Cactus Jack recalled losing his memory during a 1999 match in which he teamed with Al Snow to take on Crash and Hardcore Holly on SmackDown.
“I talked to Vince; I was so embarrassed that night,” revealed Foley. “I said, ‘Vince, I think I’ve got to hang up the boots.’ (…) I said, ‘Vince, I can’t remember where I live anymore.’ He was like, ‘What’s that?’ I said, ‘I drive past my house, and I can’t remember things, and he said, ‘You’ve just had your last match.'”
However, Foley continued to wrestle for a number of months, having an epic confrontation with Triple H inside Hell in a Cell at No Way Out 2000 and later being involved in the McMahon In Every Corner fatal four way match at WrestleMania 2000. Still, Mick Foley praises Vince McMahon for knowing when to put health ahead of wrestling when he learned of the star’s memory issues.
“When people talk about Vince being selfish and grinding people too hard, I counter with, ‘okay, maybe there are elements to that,'” Foley continued. “But when push came to shove, and he heard one of his guys was having trouble with memory, it was more important to him that I be healthy than I continue to make money for the company.”
Mick Foley debuted with the WWF in April 1996 under the name Mankind after much lobbying from Head of Talent Relations Jim Ross. In the four years that followed, Foley won the World Championship three times and feuded with the likes of The Rock, Triple H and arguably most famously, The Undertaker. A feud scorched into immortality at King of the Ring 1998, where he came off the top of the Hell in a Cell, twice.
Despite retiring on numerous occasions, Foley repeatedly found his way back to the ring, memorably facing Randy Orton in 2004, and Edge at WrestleMania 22. After a three-year stint in TNA, Foley called time on his in-ring career in 2012.
Outside of the ring, Foley appeared at the WWF Commissioner in 2000, and served as Raw General Manager in 2016, with a short stint as a commentator taking place in 2008.
Mick Foley was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013.