February 28, 2009
Foley has no plans of retiring
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
To many wrestling fans, Mick Foley is a hardcore legend ... whether it be by his own name or in one of his other personas, notably Cactus Jack and Mankind. To others, he's a best-selling author.
To guys like myself who've interviewed him, you wish you had longer on the phone. He's polite, insightful ... a guy you hope is never going to leave the wrestling business. So, does he plan on retiring soon?
"I already did that in 2000," he says. "I went for a year without a match when the average retirement time for wrestlers is about six weeks.
"I won't make a retirement announcement. I'll never say never again."
It seems peculiar to see Foley on TNA Impact each week, but he likes where he is.
"I had been looking back at the last several years of working a reduced schedule and I actually wanted to make more of a commitment," he says. "My days of making a big difference out there were through. But I liked TNA."
So what did Vince McMahon think when Foley bolted for TNA?
"At one time, I had a really good relationship with Vince. After I almost made the move to TNA in 2005, our relationship was never the same. It was to the point where I didn't even feel comfortable going into his office and eating his food while he was in a producers' meeting.
"Making the phone call to tell him was very difficult. Within a day, on Vince's orders I'm sure, I was pulled from the Legends of Wrestlemania game."
Foley likes the Main Event Mafia gimmick TNA is showcasing.
"It adds spark and focus to the show," he says. "The challenge is to make it interesting every week. Anything that keeps people guessing is a good thing."
When asked how he would like to be remembered as a wrestler, Foley says:
"Hopefully it'd be equal parts wild and kind of awe-inspiring moments with foolish innocent comedy. One of the things I brought to WWE when it was risque was that not everybody has to be cool or tough to succeed."
"In my own career, I was fortunate enough that I didn't have to crash land," says Foley. "I could glide down and the fans would respond on a daily basis. I had another creative outlet, doing some writing.
"I encourage (other wrestlers) to get out and talk to kids. You need a stage to do something that matters. It's like going from the toy store aisle next to Spiderman to doing nothing."
Foley says there could be another book on the way.
"While I was in the UK with the TNA tour, I wrote a chapter for a prospective memoir," he says. "It's a sensitive coming of age wrestling story in one of the poorest countries of Africa. It's a fictionalization of a tour I took to Burkina Faso."
And don't bet against the book's success. Just like plunging off the top of a cage, Foley still has a flair for the dramatic.
Tim Baines is the Sports Editor of the Ottawa Sun. Email him at email@example.com.