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SLAM! Wrestling Editorial: A heartfelt letter to Mick
By MATT GARDNER -- For SLAM! Wrestling

Sunday night at WWF No Way Out, Mick Foley under the guise of his immensely popular Cactus Jack character, poured out his heart and soul to the fans and gave us all everything that he had left in his badly ailing body. In front of a jam-packed crowd live in Hartford and a massive nation-wide pay-per-view audience viewing from homes across the world, Cactus Jack and Hunter Hearst Helmsley put on one the most impressive brawls in sports entertanment history.

Bang! Bang!
Cactus Jack
After putting up a valiant and bloody fight, Cactus Jack was pinned following a Pedigree by Triple H. Just as WWF honcho Vince McMahon likes, Foley went out with traditional WWF method of putting over younger star, while saving face.

The match will be remembered, and talked about at length for years to come. Mick Foley's 15-year career as a whole will become a thing of legend, and in a way it already has. The following is an open letter to Mick, straight from me to him. Even though I am aware he is not an internet user, I hope he gets it. I know WWF employees visit our site, so if you know Mick, please see that this finds its way to him.


Dear Mick,

I want to thank you for putting your life on the line night after night after night for the entertainment of your fans. You are done now. You lost a worked match to the top wrestler in the business and still came out the best man in the feud. You promised to retire and I hope you stand by your word.

I hope to never see you wrestling ever again. And that is not because I dislike you or your matches. It's because I am scared something terrible may happen. As we have seen recently with people like Darren Drozdov and to a larger extent Owen Hart, anything can happen inside the ring, or in your case outside. To say I was worried about you in Sunday's Hell in the Cell match is an understatement.

Thankfully, after countless chairshots and a mind-numbing amount of beatings you are still in good enough condition to return home to your wife and two children and can lead a happy life. You have made your millions, and I imagine with talk of another book or a behind-the-scenes or non-wrestling role in the WWF you can continue to rake in the dough. But please, Mick, stay away from the ring. Never let another chair hit your head, never take another nasty bump. Buy a comfortable armchair, elevate your feet and rest.

I think I speak for every self-respecting wrestling fan in the world when I tell you that we are proud to have been able to watch you perform.

I saw you live only twice, I will never forget those incredible evenings. I touched your scarred arm once, for the briefest of seconds, something I will also never forget. You have left an indelible mark, Mr. Foley.

You have won the WWF Heavyweight title three times, Tag Team titles eight times, you were the first (and most worthy) Hardcore champion, you have won numerous titles in other promotions and I still sit in amazement at my IWA Deathmatch tape, a tournament that you won after defeating your friend Terry Funk. You wrote one of finest books I've ever read, all by yourself, and have become known worldwide. You have done it all, and there is really nothing left to do. Please leave and never look back.

Thanks again, Mick, with respect and gratitude I salute you and all of your accomplishments.

Sincerely,

Matthew Gardner

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