WWE Hardcore Legend Mick Foley has issued a blog post this week responding to the twitter war that Foley has been engaged in with FCW talent Dean Ambrose. Ambrose has had some less than flattering things to say about the former WWE and TNA Champion’s hardcore style and it’s effect on a generation of aspiring professional wrestlers. Up until this point we were to believe this was a build-up to an on-air feud to introduce Ambrose to the WWE Universe. Now, Mick Foley appears to be turning that feud down with a response that is the equivalent of “I’m too old for this.”
The sticking point for Foley appears to be Ambrose’s comments about his family, specifically his children:
That’s the immediate feeling I got when I actually read the Dean Ambrose tweet that mentioned his dream to seeing me no longer able to make a dime in the wrestling business – with a particularly nasty mention of how he wanted to see my home repossesed and my children starved. Maybe the 1995 Cactus Jack would have cut a promo on the guy. The 2102 Mick Foley just wonders what would make something say something so stupid, heartless and ignorant. I felt Dean Ambrose had crossed a line that shouldn’t be crossed, so took the opportunity before the Hampton, Virginia Smackdown to ask/tell him to please stop crossing a line that I wasn’t comfortable with.
But less than a day after making my request, I saw that my children were once again the subject of his tweets – a reference to how I might feel differently about something if my children were in wheel-chairs.
Ambrose’s failure to honor his request has led Foley to conclude in this blog that Ambrose cannot be trusted with his health inside the squared circle.
Given my history of concussions, I would have to be a fool to place my future in the hands of someone I don’t trust. Perhaps I do have another decent match left in me. If so, it will be with a guy like Dolph Ziggler, who might well be the best worker in the business, and just needs that ONE little something to allow the WWE Universe to see how talented he really is.
I may not have the power I once did in the business, but I still have the power to say no to things that just flat-out seem wrong. Like trying to put Dean Ambrose on the WWE map. A few weeks ago, it seemed like an interesting challenge. Now, it seems like an insult. A few weeks ago, it seemed like cutting-edge stuff. Now it just seems like bullshit. He is a very good talent. He has those supporters in high places. Let them wrestle him. Maybe they can put him on the WWE map. Good luck.
I have two schools of thought on this one. If Mick truly feels disrespected, he’s right to turn down the angle. Foley has nothing to prove to anyone anymore, he’s paid the price with his long term health, and his wishes deserve to be respected. If Ambrose did take things too far on his own without being part of a storyline, no matter how beloved he is by the powers that be, he should be disciplined. On the other hand, if this is part of a larger “Is Foley Going Soft” storyline to introduce Ambrose, its being executed perfectly, particularly Foley’s own comparisons to himself in 1995 to himself in 2012.
Personally, I’m torn what to think. What makes deciphering Foley’s blog post so hard is the fact that WWE has been blurring the lines between real life and the WWE Universe for close to a year. From CM Punk’s promo last year, to the Rock-Cena verbal insults, to Jericho’s jabs at CM Punk’s alcoholic father, to Lesnar returning to “legitimize” the WWE, we are firmly entrenched in a “Reality Era.” One thing’s for sure this will be an interesting story to follow.
You can read Foley’s full thoughts HERE.