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Mick Foley says he's unlikely to re-sign with TNA, expresses frustration


Courtesy of  in a Geek Week Live interview on Tuesday (video here and here) TNA star Mick Foley indicated during the interview that he's not planning to re-sign with the company when his contract expires next year.

"That will expire in eight or nine months. The chances of that relationship continuing are probably not that good. Once you have Hulk Hogan as the face of your company, there's no need for me. And one of the challenges they have on their show, and I understand completely, is there's only so much room for the non-wrestling talker every week, and I had a lot of time to do that for a year and a half.

I don't know if wrestling is going to play a role at all. Who knows? Part of my life will always be involved in wrestling. I don't see myself at the Motor City Comic Con or doing many indys."

Foley also expressed frustration at the company failing to capitalize on his stint on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show:

"I've been beating myself up and it's frustrating because I can't seem to get the decision makers in TNA to realize that it is a big deal to show me in front of 250,000 fans at the Jon Stewart rally and to show the reaction of the crowd,"

And, then, in possibly the most daming criticism of all, he flat-out compared the company to the calamitous WCW when talking about TNA's chain of command, or rather, lack of it :

"What I'm getting when I ask these questions is a lot of what WCW was. With WWE, we knew that's who you talk to, and so it's very frustrating. I will eventually throw up my hands and just say, 'Okay, I'll walk to the mailbox every two weeks.' I'll do that or I'll go on the show and do something I don't believe in, but you saw the difference (during his match with Ric Flair because he was emotionally invested)."

It's not a surprise Foley feels this way: Foley is on the Titantic and Vince McMahon has offered him a lifeboat. The real surprise is that Foley, usually the most diplomatic guy around (and TNA's biggest cheerleader when he initially got on board), has come out and spoke about his frustrations, and even compared the incompetence there to that of WCW's. Indeed, such a stern, public, rebuke is unthinkable for most wrestlers in a national company, and is evidence of Foley's underlying anger with TNA's misuse of him (and everyone else.) Basically: if he's out-and-out saying this stuff it must be bad.

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