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Mick Foley Discusses His Departure from TNA

– Mick Foley wrote the following on his blog regarding his departure from TNA:

“A few days ago, I woke up to the harsh realization that leaving Impact Wrestling meant I couldn’t take my kids to Universal Studios any time I pleased anymore. No Mummy or Simpsons without waiting, no post pre-tape rides on the Hulk-coaster. A few days from now, I will come face to face with an even harsher reality; for the first time in several years, there will be no paycheck awaiting me in the Foley mailbox. So with those two realities coinciding, I think it’s only fair that I’ve been asking myself whether working for TNA (Impact Wrestling) was really all that bad.

The answer I keep coming to is “no” – it really wasn’t all that bad. In fact, it was pretty good. Sometimes it was really good. I was treated treated with respect, paid well, and pretty much liked everyone I worked with… including Russo, Hogan and Bischoff, in case you were wondering.

I think it’s always a good idea to try see problems from other people’s points of view. I mentioned on Twitter a few days ago that I pushed hard for changes I thought would be beneficial to Impact, and as a result, was thought to be “difficult to work with.” You know, after a few days of serious thinking, I can really see how that “difficult” label could indeed apply to me. I was incredibly critical of the company on Jeff Katz’s “Geek Week” last November, did an interview with the opposition to support my book, forgot to mention the company I worked for on several interviews, took part in a handful of interviews that I was asked politely not to by the company that employed me, and lastly, sent out a fairly immature and hurtful tweet comparing my Empty Arena match with the Rock in 1999 to Impact house shows – in terms of attendance. 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.

I also mentioned my “request” to be released from my contract. Actually, it began as an 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 ion the product. At the time, it seemed like a pretty fair offer. But at the point we agreed to forge ahead with me as the Network rep, I should have just shut up and done the best I could in the role, at least until the Destination X show was over – at which point my departure could have become an interesting part of the show. I regret that an initial offer made in the company’s best interest became a request and maybe even a demand in my own self-interest – or at least what i thought was my own self-interest.. until I realized I didn’t get to go to Universal or to the mailbox anymore.

Somehow, during the exit process, I forgot the central theme of the Rally to Restore Sanity (and/or fear) – that people could disagree without being disagreeable. I think I did become disagreeable there for a few days, and ultimately, the manner in which I departed was not good for anybody involved – me, TNA, the wrestlers, or the fans. I am especially sorry that some of the things I did or said hurt Dixie Carter personally. While some of the criticisms leveled at TNA/Impact by me or others are valid, I think it’s been very helpful for me to step back and visualize the landscape of the wrestling business without the faith and vision of that one specific person. Because, make no mistake about it, without Dixie’s leap of faith several years ago, Impact does not exist. 100’s of incredibly talented wrestlers wrestlers would not have had the chance to show what they could do on a national stage. Dozens of others, myself included, would not have been able to enjoy second chances, last chances, or have the luxury or making choices, had Dixie chosen not to invest her time, passion and money into the complicated, frustrating world of pro-wrestling/sports entertainment. For me, personally, the opportunity at TNA/Impact afforded me the chance to enjoy almost three great years with my family, while being able to explore other passions, like my work with RAINN – even while my passion for wrestling was fading.

Far too often, I was guilty of looking at the Impact glass half-empty – wishing the show and the company could be what I thought it should be, instead of seeing it half-full and appreciating TNA/Impact for what it was – a very good place to work, full of good people, who treated me and my family very well.”

  • shawn

    @erik McCool retired so no more laycool.

  • erik

    I would love to see monster abyss vs orton or cena in wwe. that would be great to see gen me with mccool as there valet. mccool has never lead a tag team to wwe gold. gen me can make mccool’s dreams come true.

  • Beverly

    Hey we ran into Mick at Disney and He is a good guy. I have myself watched him for years. I haven’t watched TNA much at all don’t care that much for the new guys. But I and my girls almost had a heartattack. Mick works hard with Make a wish foundation and even gave a woman on the same bus with us his card if she wants to do it again. So we all make mistakes myself included and I am just proud that he is man enough to own up to it and try to move on. Hopefully, His book will do well and TNA will take him back or someone else. He is truly a legend. Mick you got five fans for life here in Auburn Georgia. Bulldog country!!!! Again we appreciate all you do and have done for the programs over the years.

  • venom


    I agree, he didn’t really do much since 2000. I would like Mic to come back to WWE. I don’t know what WWE can do with Foley. Who can he feud with and have a good match with???

  • In a way I agree with mick whats the point in having someone who has lost faith on the product on board all those people should be released!
    then you’d be left with a bunch of guys who want to work hard and make the best tna they can rather than guys who are willing to settle cause they know they can’t cut it in the wwe!

  • nick

    should of retired in 2000… only memorable thing he has done since then was facing edge at wm22

  • shawn

    i also wanted to say that foley is very driven and well known so why would he be desperate for the wwe. his past jobs would look good on anyones resume. an actor, show host,a book writer.

  • shawn

    mick has a lot of wresling history and traveled the world over and over, and like most wreslers are he isnt bitter. and if he does go to the wwe, its because of his dedication and people skills he had in the past with them.

  • CC

    The thing I dont like about this blog is the same thing I dislike about so many people when talking about TNA. Yes, Dixie has had a lot to do with how TNA has managed to get on tv etc, but without the Jarretts there would be no TNA in the first place, and people seem to forget that.
    Dixie would not have gone out on her own and created a wrestling company, and only invested in TNA because there was a strong base to start from.
    You’d also have to say that while their exposure has certainly grown since Dixie started putting money in, the product has deteriorated.

    I loved TNA back in the early days, and was quite happy to watch both it and WWE, so nobody can call me a WWE fanboy (in fact I was always a WCW guy back in the day), but as time has gone on, my desire for TNA to succeed as a competitor for WWE has turned into a desire to see it put out of its misery. Competition is good for us all, but TNA has failed to compete at any level.

  • bloodstone

    wwe/vince must of said nope

  • Biff

    I guess WWE arent interested then Mick

  • TheMark

    What the fuck is wrong with this guy? Jesus…

  • Dave

    Mick. I believe everything you are trying to say can be summed up in one 5 lettered word.

  • Stumpy

    I wonder if he tripped over his own feet when he was backpeddling.