On this date in WWF history, Mick Foley won the WWF championship for the very first time in an epic match against The Rock on Raw.
Earlier today, my esteemed colleague, Jesse Holland, covered two key happenings on this date in pro wrestling history. First, the "Finger Poke of Doom," which saw Hulk Hogan and Kevin Nash play some more of their silly games that sent World Championship Wrestling (WCW) spiraling even further into the ratings black hole they were already headed for. And second, WCW's lead announcer at the time, Tony Schiavone, giving away the result of the Mankind vs. Rock no disqualification World Wrestling Federation (WWF) championship match happening that same night on Monday Night Raw.
Schiavone's line will forever live on in infamy. "Mick Foley, who wrestled here one time as Cactus Jack, is going to win their world title. That's gonna put some butts in the seats."
In one of his books, Foley talked about knowing it was just a part of the business at the time and Schiavone wasn't taking a personal dig at him necessarily, but his feelings were hurt nonetheless. After all, Foley had done a lot of great work for WCW and ratings war or not, that's a dick move.
Then again, it resulted in quite a few fans changing the channel so they could watch Foley win the WWF championship, the first time he ever did so. He went over The Rock with the aid of Stone Cold Steve Austin and D-Generation X in a 10-minute match that received one of the loudest pops in the history of pro wrestling.
That's because they booked this brilliantly, with the Corporation trying to screw Foley out of the belt with DX fending them off while Austin came to the ring to blast Rock with an unprotected chair shot to the head (unfortunate, I know) which allowed Foley to make the cover to win the title.
Here's the finish: