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Mick Foley Discusses the WWE Return Rumors and His Stand Up Comedy

– Courtesy of Chris Maffei, here are some highlights from Mick Foley’s recent appearance on the Live Audio Wrestling program. You can download the show in MP3 format at this link.

How he got involved with stand up comedy:

I had done a lot of speaking at colleges where a lot of my stories were humorous, but because I was never billed as a comic, they didn’t have to be funny, that was just kind of like the icing on the cake. When I did make the foray into comedy, I realized that you can’t just go out there with some ideas, even if the ideas do lead to good stories. I had essentially shrugged off comedy as something that’d be too difficult to get good at. The challenge I really had was trying to get the same people who would willingly wait two hours in line for me to sit down in a comfortable club and listen to me tell stories and do comedy for the same amount of time and for the same price. There was a disconnect, like “Comedy? No, no, we like you in a wrestling venue,” even if it’s a signing that has to do with wrestling. It was really frustrating to me, and I honestly didn’t think I would have the capacity to overcome that. I thought it would take too much time and effort.

If his stand up is aimed at a wrestling audience:

I try to make it inclusive for everybody, without alienating the people who do like me for wrestling, which is most of the people there. I want it to be entertaining for everybody. I use wrestling as my jumping off point to go to other topics, and I’m kinda using trial and error to figure out how to get back to wrestling, and how to weigh everything out. I like to think of wrestling like the best education ever, if you just travel around the world with your eyes and ears open. I share stories that I learned along the way, and things that I learned about people through wrestling. There are some really good stories that anybody could appreciate as long as they are willing to be open to seeing a wrestler tell them.

A potential return to the WWE and working in the ring:

First of all, I’d really have to start working out and conditioning. I should really do that now, in case some of these rumors turn out to be true. They’re all rumors that I started, by the way, so it’s nice to know that form of communication is still viable. I’m having fun, I think most people know I’m joking when I use the words, “I’ll show Hugh Jackman how it’s done when I show up as the SECRET special guest referee at Hell in a Cell,” and then about a minute later, “WHOOPS! Disregard that, I was trying to direct message Michael Cole. A lot of people took me seriously, and were disappointed when I wasn’t there, so I’m gonna try not to spread rumors. With that being said, I do think that I’ll be showing up in WWE sometime soon. Sometime.

  • Greg

    Nobody should ever call the undertaker slow and shitful. the undertaker is a living legend and one of the all time greatest wrestlers. To this day virtually any undertaker match is a great match so never disrespect the deadman not to mention most wrestlers consider the undertaker to be the measuring stick. I personally hope the streak never dies. It would be a great way to pay homage to one of the greatest in the biz.

  • Mojojojo

    No Taker is why SD ratings are completely sucky.

    Anyway we better see the Rock and Sock connection back together by next year.

  • venom

    I want to see Undertaker back. He never retired. He is taking time off. I would like to see one last WWE title run with Taker on Raw. I think Taker is going to get 20-0 at Wrestlemania 28. I think he will lose at Wrestlemania 29. I think Foley will show up on the 3 hour Raw with the Rock before Survivor Series.

  • Devil_Rising


    Except for the fact that he is (supposedly, could be photoshopped) “bald” now, you need to STFO. Did Taker look “slow and shitful” at WM against HHH? Or against HBK twice the previous years? Or in his feud with Kane? No, he didn’t. That’s part of why he rarely appears now, to preserve himself. I’m not sure if he WILL come back, but if he wants to come back and do one more match to make it a solid 20-0, well then guess what? He can. He will. He should.

    Taker ain’t taking people’s spots. You want to get tired of something, how about get tired of Orton and Cena being the two top guys in the company since…what? 2006? Yeah. Taker has largely been on the backburner the last several years, and only really comes out to do something really special. So you can’t act like he’s “holding anyone down”. He’s pretty much retired as it is. But being a longtime fan myself, I certainly wouldn’t mind him coming back one last time.

    So get off your high horse. WWE’s got plenty of new stars. Get HHH off tv for two seconds again, and they’ll be fine.

  • ironcross

    max the undertaker is slow and shitful now, you need to get a life already without taker at mania it may give people who derseve a spot more time in a match without it being rushed. if undertaker wants to show he should be allowed 2 minutes 45 seconds on the mic only

  • Max

    Or against the undertaker at wm 28

  • Dominic

    RAW GM maybe Mick!!?? 😉