As anyone who has been following me at @realmickfoley (1st plug) could tell you, there was a dramatic tweet sent out following the last taping of Impact five days ago, scheduled for a September 30th air date on Impact (2nd plug). The big tweet in question? Why it was my declaration that the in-ring promo I had just done with Ric Flair was one of the greatest moments of my career. A few minutes later, I released an equally dramatic announcement; that the Nature Boy and I were going to face off in a "Last Man Standing" match on "Impact", live from Orlando on October 7th, on Spike (3rd plug). Now I may not be beyond an occasional plug now and then, including one for my new book, "Countdown to Lockdown", which will be available October 1st wherever books are sold (4th plug). But hopefully, fans who have been around a little while know me well enough to know that I don't engage in bouts of mindless hyperbole; that I consider my word to be my bond, and that if I say something is good it's good, and if I term something to be among the "greatest ever", well, there's a good chance that it will be.
I know that September 30th is a long time to wait for an in-ring promo to occur. I also know that I am giving away the key outcome of the promo - that Flair and I will be engaging in battle a mere three days before the biggest PPV of the year, "Bound for Glory" (plug number 5). I don't want to give away the guts of the promo, either, though I will tell you that it's quite possibly the single most violent and bloody interview segment ever delivered. A few weeks ago, I wrote at considerable length about how I felt that some criticisms regarding my last couple years of microphone work had been a little unfair. I wonder what "The Wrestling Observer" will think of this one. It's quite possible the emotion, spontaneity and the straight, full barrel, balls to the wall joy of the promo will be overlooked due to the stumbling of a couple of words or some minor infraction that will somehow make my company look "minor league in their eyes. If that's the case, so be it; I refuse to let any writer take away the joy of that moment for me. Because really, the moment was great in my eyes - not for how it might make our audience feel, but for how it made ME feel; alive, enthused, looking forward to a wrestling match in a way I have not in a long time.