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Flair rips Mick Foley
Nature Boy critical in new book
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun


To be the man, you've got to beat the man. Or at least write bad things about him. In his autobiography, To Be The Man, Nature Boy Ric Flair, pulled no punches as he lowered the boom on hardcore legend Mick Foley.

"Foley has a cult following because of his contribution to hardcore wrestling," said Flair in excerpts from his book, which appear in July's RAW magazine. "But hardcore is such a small part of the history of this business. When I was training, falling off a ladder was not a prerequisite to making it was a professional wrestler. Being fundamentally sound was ...

"I don't care how many thumbtacks Mick Foley has fallen on, how many ladders he's fallen off of, how many continents he's supposedly bled on, he'll always be known as a glorified stuntman.

"Verne Gagne didn't fall off a ladder. Dory Funk Jr. didn't fall off a ladder. Neither did Wahoo (McDaniel), (Ricky) Steamboat or Steve Austin. Terry Funk was a great worker before he started doing that. Kurt Angle, Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho can do it and maintain their reputations because they're already respected as athletes.

"And what about people who never did anything else, like the Sandman? He's no wrestler. Hardcore became a niche for a lot of guys who couldn't do (anything) in the ring.

"I'm not saying that Mick Foley wasn't a star, that he wasn't a great attraction. But in my estimation, Mick Foley was not a great worker. He couldn't punch. He couldn't kick. In the World Wrestling Federation, he'd spend half the day sucking up to the writers -- because he's such a fan of himself.

"There's a difference between being a great performer and being a guy -- like Brutus Beefcake or The Ultimate Warrior -- who became famous because he happened to be working for Vince (McMahon). It's the same with Foley. When he hasn't been working for Vince, there's been no demand for him whatsoever. He's just another guy."

Wow. No holds barred.

It seems Flair took exception to a comment Foley made in his book, Have a Nice Day: "Ric Flair was every bit as bad on the booking side of things as he was great on the wrestling side of it."

Flair also revealed in his book that WCW booker Jim Herd wanted to update his character from the Nature Boy to a Roman gladiator -- calling him Spartacus, with his hair cut, an earring and a shield. No wonder WCW hit rock bottom.

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- The Rock made a sensational return to RAW, with a scintillating opening skit. Among the gems, as he looked at a gang of security guards escorting him out of the arena, The Rock deadpanned: "Is this what you send The Rock out with -- a bunch of Oompa Loompas."

- Rumours had been swirling that Jeff Hardy would soon return to WWE. Half of that is true. Hardy is back, but in TNA. He appeared on Wednesday night's second anniversary show, facing AJ Styles, a match that ended in chaos ... and a DQ. Also on Wednesday's card, Ron Killings landed a guitar shot and won the heavyweight title from Jeff Jarrett ... or did he? Stay tuned.

- SummerSlam, Aug. 15 at the Air Canada Centre, is sold out, 10 days after tickets went on sale.

- In the main event at tonight's Great American Bash pay-per-view, JBL takes on Eddie Guerrero in a bullrope match.

- Check out Aaron Weiss' Pro Wrestling Superstars-Past, Present and Future pay-per-view this month. The main event is Sexton Hardcastle and Christian Cage vs. Ottis Apollo and Denny Kass. Hardcastle would later become Edge and Cage would become simply Christian. The cost for the show is $5.99.


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