On Impact Wrestling last week, Mick Foley, who has been shown on television recently as a representative for the “Network” was “fired” from his spot on the show last week. In reality, Mick Foley has opted to leave out of TNA despite still having a couple of months on his contract. Throughout the night on Impact Wrestling, it was being implied that maybe Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan were the ones that were going to be let go. By the end of the night, the bigger shocker was that it wasn’t for Bischoff and Hogan, but that Mick Foley had been fired (in kayfabe nonetheless). Now it’s time to assess what this will do as a result.
To me personally, this is really no big loss. Mick Foley had not been seen around TNA programming for a while before he had taken up the role as a “rep” for the so-called “Network”. While i appreciate Mick Foley’s overall “contributions” to the company, he didn’t really do that much to TNA either way. He had a somewhat decent feud with Abyss during middle 2009 leading up to a Monster’s Ball match with him at Bound For Glory 2009 (which i attended, 2nd row). And to my best immediate knowledge before that, he was in a feud with TNA Champion (at the time and even currently) Sting where it saw him winning the title at Lockdown in a 6 sides of steel match. To me, Mick Foley is one of the worst choices that the company could’ve made to put the TNA strap around. He lost it very considerably quickly and in the end it didn’t do much.
I know this argument has been heard and whether you agree with it or not, in this current column it’s just like my slave master says, that “only my opinion matters” in regards to this column. I really do believe that Mick Foley’s career is partly based on him doing all these albeit, sick and insane spots over the years. He was never really a good, agile and solid worker to start with. I could totally see him helping out some of the younger wrestlers, or up-and-comin’ wrestlers with their character, their ring-presence and their charisma. However, when put into fair consideration and thought, he doesn’t really have anything else really much to offer than that name value. But at the same time, if that name value was currently worth anything, then he would’ve been on television before this whole “network rep” spot came to fruition now wouldn’t it?
Tommy Dreamer is another man that has been reported to be done with TNA. In my honest opinion, the loss of Tommy Dreamer is a bigger hit to the company as a whole than Mick Foley leaving. Tommy Dreamer, while with ECW (the original ECW), was helping co-produce shows with the one and only Paul Heyman while ECW was still thriving. Aside from having more memorable feuds and match-ups in TNA than Mick Foley ever did, he was also helping in an agent like position over with TNA. Including being listed as a producer of the show with TNA tapings.
Now I do admit, that over the years I have gotten to see Mick Foley on my television screen, he has provided very memorable moments over the years. Mainly because of those spots that he has been featured with over the year. We have to admit, this man technically “retired” 11 years ago, and in the sport of wrestling, no one ever really officially retires, don’t believe me, ask Terry Funk or Ric Flair. While it is very tough to hear that Mick Foley has left his job and possibly his source of income, I can’t really say that I’ll miss him around to be honest. This made a lot of sense as a storyline swerve in the power struggle between TNA and Immortal, but within a couple week’s I know I won’t even realize that Mick Foley left with the little presence he had over the past several months before this “rep” stint.