Mick Foley has not been quiet since news broke of him leaving TNA Wrestling. Foley has taken to Twitter and his blog to give his side of the story and answer fan questions. At the end of the day it appears that Mrs. Foley’s baby boy just wasn’t happy at the Impact Zone.
News broke last weekend that Mick Foley had asked TNA Wrestling for his release. Foley was under contract to the company through August or September depending upon which report you read. One thing most in the media did agree with is that Foley was leaving because he wasn’t happy with creative which is something the former TNA champion has confirmed.
“Actually, it began as a legitimate offer to Terry Taylor to help trim the Impact roster of some expensive fat. I had some genuine differences creatively with Impact, and honestly didn’t think the company should have to continue to pay good money to someone who had lost faith in the product.”
Foley also addresses his relationship with Dixie Carter in the blog. It would appear by Foley’s blog that Mrs. Carter is upset with her former employee for things he has said about the company. Foley went out of his way to thank Dixie in the blog and thank her for his time in the company. Foley also takes responsibility for his tweet comparing TNA house shows to his empty arena match with The Rock.
“If not for Congessman Weiner’s boner shot, my “empty arena” crack may have been the most ill-thought and costly tweet of the month.”
One criticism that Foley has received from TNA supporters inside the company is that he was difficult to work with. From reading his tweets and his blog, I think it is fair to say that the criticism bothers him. However, in his defense he admits in both tweets and the blog that he may have indeed been hard to work with, yet all he wanted to do was better the company.
Foley first tweeted about it immediately after the criticism hit the media.
I pushed hard for changes I felt would benefit Impact Wrestling. I can understand how some would interpret that as difficult to work with. – @RealMickFoley
It is really hard to blame Mick and I think there is truth and fiction in the criticism. We all watch Impact Wrestling every week scratching our heads wondering how so and so could say whatever it is he or she said with a straight face. Foley was one of the few talents in TNA Wrestling with the stroke to approach management with creative ideas. Someone in management may see this as nosy, bothersome, or maybe oh I don’t know…a threat to his job? Either way he is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t and at the end of the day a stronger company benefits everyone, so why not take a shot?
The only one from TNA that I have seen address Foley’s exit is Eric Bischoff. Bischoff has been rather complimentary to Mick which is a bit strange considering past things the two have said about each other. But Bischoff addressed Foley’s absence with what I believe is a lot of candor on a recent interview.
“Mick wasn’t hard for me to work with. I thoroughly enjoyed the on-camera work that Mick & I had together. I think some of the best moments that I’ve had on camera on Impact Wrestling I’ve had with Mick Foley. I will miss working on camera with Mick Foley. In terms of being disappointed, as much as I enjoyed working with Mick, there’s a very limited role for someone like Mick Foley, a character like me who doesn’t wrestle, who is really only a talker. If you look at where Impact Wrestling is right now, there’s just not a whole lot of room for more guys like me or Hulk Hogan. We just have to be the central focus of the storyline and probably will be for some time, and there’s only so much real estate. A lot of that real estate has to go to guys who can deliver action in the ring.”
One of my favorite parts of returning to @impactwrestling was getting to know @hulkhogan4real a little bit. I’m completely serious. – @RealMickFoley
Either way if you are sitting back and waiting for Mick Foley to blast TNA Wrestling, criticize Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff, or rip Dixie Carter and her management team for TNA creative mistakes, well you will be waiting quite a while. It looks like Mick is taking the high road which is respectable as a fan but a huge disappointment as a blogger.