Re: Classic Wrestling General Discussion & Review Thread
On the subject of Mick Foley I think that Mick is an top 10 overall talent in wrestling history.
In ECW, Mick's promo work with his left field promos and especially the "anti hardcore" promos delivered from a wrestler's standpoint where Mick questions if risking health and body is worth the brief adulation from fickle, bloodthirsty fans that care more about the brand than the wrestlers and who turn on anyone in a second I belive are certainly some of the most unique and well delivered promos of the 90s. It is also quite impressive that Mick Foley was able to get two of his three gimicks to legendary status and all three of his gimmicks to main event status while having to do comedic, serious and psychotic sides of the characters, Mankind in particular was brilliantly performed. You look at Mick in the ring and while he wasn't very technically proficient, he still was a good worker who had some classic matches and got the most out of who he was wrestling and adapted his odd style to whoever he wrestled.
Perhaps the greatest testiment to Mick's career is looking at Mick as an elevator of talent. As mentioned he helped Undertaker's career by bringing out a new aspect in Taker and generating some interest back into an at the time waining character. Mick was also the first one called upon for Austin to defend the strap against. When Triple H was being questioned for getting the belt to soon and not being able to be an a plus player, Mick Foley came in and the two had their fantastic feud and awesome street fight which went a long way in showing Triple H could be a franchise guy. More recently Mick elevated a young Randy Orton to new career heights and Edge's feud with Mick was the precursor to Edge going on to be a top wrestler in the E for the next several years. Perhaps most importantly is Mick's benefit to the Rock. The Rock was shaping up to be a special talent and was already a big time wrestler, but after the Rock's brutality of Mick Foley in their feud and most importantly the R and S connection brought out the comedic charisma combined with the natural chemistry the Rock could have with anyone which is ultimately what led the Rock to getting to the pinnacle of wrestling. All of these people mentioned are huge names that Mick varying degrees elevated. (well maybe not Austin) Even Mickey Whipwreck was a huge benefactor of Mick's elevating abilities.