WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley will be coming to Baltimore on April 8 for his “Tales of Wrestling Past” show. I had a chance to talk to him about his show, as well as his now-infamous reaction to the Royal Rumble, and Wrestlemania.
Q: Mick, even though you're not an active wrestler anymore, it seems like you're staying incredibly busy. We see you on WWE Network panels, you're doing your one-man show. What's your life like right now?
A: Things are pretty hectic. Even on my day off today I'm fielding phone calls and placing ads, and those everyday things like running to the bank and taking care of being a dad.
Q: How does that compare to being active with WWE? It seems like you're doing just as much, even if it's not all within WWE.
A: It's just as hectic a pace, without the late-night emergency room visits. I've also got a documentary for Santa Claus that I'll be screening personally for Morgan Spurlock next week, so there's never a dull moment at the Foley household or on the road.
Q: A documentary about Santa Claus? How did that come about?
A: It's a movie I had the chance to be a subject of. A guy wanted to take a look to see what Santa might do for the rest of the year. I became so involved that I took on an active role as a producer. After last Monday's RAW in Brooklyn, I headed right to Philadelphia and did about ten hours of editing to make sure this movie would be ready for our big screening for Mr. Spurlock.
Q: About two months ago, you made a lot of waves in the wrestling world after the Royal Rumble, and really became the face of the anti-WWE movement, if you want to call it that. What sparked your outrage and why did you decide to go so public with it?
A: I'm still a big wrestling fan. I buy the Pay-Per-Views. I think that gives me the right to speak out just like any other fan. I can't guarantee that anything I said changed anybody's mind about anything but I do know that I really like how the card is shaping up. It'll be a while before you hear me complain about anything again. I choose my words carefully. I make it a point in my on-stage show to only drop one F-bomb. Therefore, that F-bomb makes a heavy impact. In the same sense, I don't criticize WWE very often. But when I do, it gets some attention.
Q: Looking back two months later, do you think they were working us fans even then, or do you think it was something they might have misjudged and have gone back on it?
A: Either way, they deserve a lot of credit. If they knew all along and planned it, then they're smarter than any of us. If they adapted and reacted then they still deserve a great deal of credit for doing that. Either way, I think the fans are going to get a great great show.
Q: What are you thoughts on this year's Wrestlemania and the build toward it?
A: I watched this week's RAW and thought they really went home on a high-note. Hopefully the 15,000 people on their seats chanting “YES YES YES” will foreshadow the idea of 75,000 people chanting it at the end of Wrestlemania.
Q: Any concern that the man who stands tall before a Pay-Per-View often doesn't get the win?
A: I'm going to wait and see before I speculate on anything regarding the results. I believe it's going to be a great show, no matter what.
Q: What are your thoughts on some of the other matches on the show, particularly John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt?
A: That's a really interesting match. Bray Wyatt is one of the most captivating characters to come down the pike in ages. I think he and Cena and their contrast of styles and personalities have the potential to have a great match.
Q: Is there anyone, particularly amongst the newer wrestlers, who has really stood out to you lately?
A: Well, obviously Daniel has really captured people's attentions in a relatively short time. I hope that they give Dolph Ziggler another shot this year. I really enjoy watching the younger talent like The Shield rise up on the card and make a huge impact. I think the future is looking bright, especially with all the attention that the WWE has put on their developmental program.
Q: Are you going to be involved at all down in New Orleans?