Mick Foley was at the centre of a social media storm yesterday when he posted a video entitled “WWE – WE’VE GOT A PROBLEM” across his social media platforms.
In a nutshell, Foley explained that AEW putting on shows like this past weekend’s All Out is going to cause WWE a lot of problems, especially if they continue to be of such a high standard.
He went on to say WWE is no longer the place all young talent aspires to be, and that if he were a wrestler, he’s not sure he’d trust WWE’s creative team.
Speaking on Sean Waltman’s Pro Wrestling 4 Life podcast, Foley said:
“The only deal I have with WWE is a nostalgia contract, legends deal. They do pay people to be consultants and if I was being paid to be a consultant, I would say, ‘WWE, we have a problem.’ I’m putting myself in the place of a top tier superstar who has a decision to make and I would look at AEW and how they treated their recent acquisitions and I would compare it to how WWE has treated a few of their developmental (talent) that was brought up to the main roster. I would say, ‘I don’t know that I want to gamble to such an extent that I’m willing to have everything I’ve done watered down or made a joke of.’ If somebody is a more intriguing character in NXT than they are in WWE and it seemed almost by design, I think that’s a big problem.
“I love the company. I really do and I think they need to hear that. If I texted Vince, that’s one thing and it might be effective, but I think it needs to get out there. If it embarrasses them, I think that’s okay. I look at Keith Lee and how dynamic he was. I know he’s had health problems, but the guy comes out and he’s got that look. He’s a big dude and you want to cover him up. That’s part of his appeal, he’s loud and proud.”
He specifically mentioned Karrion Kross’ main roster debut, which was widely condemned by fans, when the unbeaten NXT Champion lost in two minutes to Jeff Hardy.
“In the case of Karrion Kross, don’t reinvent the wheel. If the guy has one of the best entrances in the business and then you send him out there as a generic guy and he loses in two minutes…people are saying, ‘this doesn’t hurt him, it wasn’t an NXT loss.’ I’m thinking, ‘you only get one chance to make a first impression.’ Can you dig him out of the hole? Yeah, you can, but he shouldn’t be in the hole. I think the AEW pressure is the best thing to happen to WWE.”
Waltman asked Foley how he would personally start to fix the issues in WWE. Foley replied:
“(Chris) Jericho said, ‘We don’t put a line through our show an hour before it airs.’ Vince will do that. My son is part of the writing team. I would never be able to handle being part of the writing team. I take a lot of pride in the things I write and seeing someone rip it up in front of me would send me heading to the exits. You lose your continuity when you promise people two or three different matches the next week and then they don’t take place and you don’t explain why and then you have another show that does a good job at that. I know Vince thinks he works his best under pressure, but you can’t have continuity that way. You have to gather your big stars and how you’re going to push them. They do it with some people.”
Credit to Fightful for the transcription.