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Mick Foley Lobbying For WrestleMania 28 Match

Mick Foley is leaving TNA WrestlingI don’t think anyone would be surprised if I told you that Mick Foley is likely heading to the WWE. You still  wouldn’t be surprised to hear that Foley will be in the WWE 12 game. However, you may be surprised when I tell you that Foley may be wrestling on WrestleMania 28.

Various pro wrestling media outlets reported this week and it appears that Foley may have one last WrestleMania showdown in Miami. From all reports it would appear that Foley is a lock to be heading back to the WWE. Those same stories report that as part of the deal, Foley wants to wrestle at WrestleMania 28 and the WWE has given him the green light.

I like Mick Foley the man, a lot. I don’t know him personally but I don’t think there is a more charitable pro wrestler in the business than Foley. So while I have criticized Foley many times in the past, I am finding it harder and harder to criticize someone who does so much good in the world. But as a famous wrestler once told me, “my neighbor is a nice guy but I don’t want to see him wrestle.”

Foley is coming off a rather uneventful two and a half year run in TNA Wrestling. Foley played both an in and out of ring character but in the end had very little impact in increasing awareness and moving ratings. He certainly isn’t to blame entirely as he can only perform what is written for him. Yet I have to wonder if there is any need for Mick Foley in the WWE in 2011?

The obvious angle for Foley would have been as anonymous RAW G.M. but as mysteriously as the G.M. appeared, he or she has also disappeared. With Triple H as C.O.O. running the shows, the whole angle appears to have been dropped. It isn’t as if it can’t be brought back, but bringing the gimmick back randomly wouldn’t give Foley as much punch as if this thing was going week to week and finally, Mrs. Foley’s baby boy popped up on RAW.

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What about Foley in the ring? He was certainly a mixed bag in TNA. Quite frankly, most of his matches weren’t very good. He tried don’t get me wrong, but he just looked old and slow most of the time inside the ring. Ironically, his last match was his best. Foley wrestled Ric Flair on an episode Impact in what I would rank as one of the greatest matches in Impact history. I don’t know where he got it but somehow Foley managed to defy father time and tore the house down. It is not for me to say but in my opinion, this would make a great final chapter to a Hall of Fame legacy.

Say he can do it at 47, what do you do with him? John Cena vs. The Rock is already booked, or at least for now. Chris Jericho is rumored to be making waves about wrestling CM Punk at WrestleMania. A Randy Orton match could make sense but I don’t think it’s the best use of Orton. Christian could work and would probably the best for all involved if you really think about it. Daniel Bryan could be a lot more intriguing than you think at first glance. But at the end of the day are you sacrificing their futures by giving them what could potentially be a letdown match due to Foley’s age and physical liabilities?

According to several reports, Foley’s motivation is family. Foley reportedly wants to give his youngest children a chance to see their daddy wrestle on a big stage. I get it, but when does it end? What happens in five years when he has a grandchild? What happens when he turns 50 and he wants to go out their and represent the 50+ crowd? Is it more important to have your kids watch you wrestle at WrestleMania or be able to dance at their weddings? Can’t they just watch their pop wrestle on DVD?

I don’t know about you but I am just a little Mick Foley’d out. He was fun for awhile, but that is one chapter I am ready to close for a long time. I like old school probably more than most fans, but something about Foley has always rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe it is the excessive attempts at comedy, the continuous self promotion, or just the fact that he has become a parody of the kinds of wrestlers he used to mock in past interviews.

Regardless, I give him a ton of kudos for his charitable work but I have no interest in hearing Mick Foley’s corny jokes, his “inside digs”, or seeing him limp through a pro wrestling match now or ever again in the WWE.

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Eric G.

Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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