A former WWE doctor has opened up about treating Mick Foley following his insane Hell in a Cell match at King of the Ring 1998.
Undertaker throwing Mankind off the Hell in a Cell structure was one of the most iconic moments in WWE history. Dr Frank Romascavage has recalled the aftermath of the brutal King of the Ring 1998 contest.
In an interview with Wrestling Inc, Dr Romascavage pointed out that he was one of the many people who checked on Foley immediately after the fall.
Revealing that he and Foley became good friends after the pay-per-view, Dr Romascavage said:
“What happened after that, I was in the ring. You’ll see me in that match. I’m in the ring there, and Mick, he got beat up. He was hurting big time. I said, ‘Mick, come on. We’re gonna get you through this.’ I took him in the back in the locker room back there. Teeth through, the whole bit there. We got the teeth on ice, sewed up his mouth for him, and he laid there. I said, ‘I’m going to sew you up real quick.’ I was an ER doctor so sewing up mouths and all that, I’ve done it many, many times throughout my medical career.
“So what happened is is I sewed him up. The teeth, we put them on ice. The best irony of the whole situation is if you ever get stuck, and I tell this to about all my patients here at my practice, where if you have an acute dental problem and you’re near Pittsburgh, you couldn’t be in a better place. University of Pittsburgh has a 24/7 on-call orthodontic dental type program.
“I called up the dentists or the dental orthodontic guy, whoever was on call, and I said, ‘Do you like wrestling?’ He says, ‘I love wrestling.’ I said, ‘Well, tonight I’m gonna make your night. I have Mick Foley over here. He’s got his teeth. I want you to put those teeth back where they belong,’ and he did, so I sent him over the dental school. I sewed up his whole mouth, and he went right over to the dental school. He fixed him up.”
“You have to understand one thing, these guys are superb athletes and personalities when it comes to how it has to be. Mick, I know him very, very well. We became, obviously, great friends after that. I got done sewing his mouth up. I forget how many stitches. I put a bunch in his mouth.
“In fact, if you read his book, he’ll probably tell you how many I did put in his mouth. Anyway, whatever the lag time was, he did go over shortly thereafter, and guess what happened? The guy put his teeth in for him. (Foley) surprised everybody by going back out (for the main-event), but he did. That’s how he is.”