Mick Foley has been involved in some of the most famous spots in history, so it’s no surprise that he’s not a fan of calling spots on the fly.
Throughout his legendary career, Mick Foley has been on the receiving end of a plethora of daredevil spots. From his fall off the top of the Hell in a Cell structure to having his ear ripped off during the infamous ‘hangman’ spot, ‘The Hardcore Legend’ was never afraid to put his body on the line.
He spoke of this during the latest Foley Is Pod episode, as the former WWF Champion explained that he didn’t quite believe in spots being called in the ring, though he also doesn’t believe every match should be planned move-for-move (h/t WrestlingNews.co):
“I’ll tell you that I had three matches in the entirety of my career that were planned out from A-Z, and two of them were in the top 5 matches of my career. Although that wasn’t the way I preferred to do it, I had a lot of success when I did it that way. Honestly, in today’s environment with the high-def and the cameras up in your face and having to do complex things, I don’t see how you could just call it in the ring. I think that’s a bygone era.”
Unquestionably the greatest match of Mick Foley’s career came at the 1998 King of the Ring, as he and The Undertaker did battle inside Hell in a Cell. The match saw Foley suffer the aforementioned fall from atop the cell, as well as a Chokeslam that saw the then-Mankind slammed through the roof of the structure.
His injuries have come in handy over the years, however. On the same podcast, Mick Foley revealed how he used his serious ear injury suffered during the infamous ‘hangman’ spot to receive an earlier flight:
“And I remember I was going a little stir crazy in there to where I actually used my ear to get on an earlier flight. You know, once my match was over, I wanted to get home. I mean, I always wanted to get home. And so I wrapped up my ear at the photo when I’ve just been lost. I tried to get on the plane, they weren’t gonna let me in. I said it’s medical emergency, I just lost my ear. And boom, they put me on the plane. And yeah, I got home. Pretty cool, right?”
Mick Foley hasn’t wrestled since the 2012 Royal Rumble match, where he entered the bout as a surprise competitor. He’d previously enjoyed success wherever he’d gone, capturing World Championships in both WWE and IMPACT Wrestling, and being a headline attraction for the majority of his tenure.