We knew Mick Foley was passionate about the idea of Daniel Bryan winning the Royal Rumble last night (Sun., Jan. 26, 2014) at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, because he came right out and said he would throw a brick through his television set if it didn't happen.
Then, when it didn't, he quickly took to Twitter to wonder publicly if WWE hates its own audience. But that was just the tip of the iceberg.
Here's the rest of the boat taking on water (via Foley's Facebook):
As I mentioned on Twitter, I've never felt so disgusted at the conclusion of a WWE (or any) PPV. Like many of you out there, I just don't get it. This Daniel Bryan thing is a phenomenon. You get it. I get it. The fans in Pittsburgh (yes, I was thinking of writing "RIGHT TH...but I'm just not in a cheap pop mood) got it. But tonight, for the first time, I had to admit to myself that the powers that be are just not going to get it. And that makes me sad. I'm just honestly sad, just flat out fucking sad (yes, I dropped an F-bomb there to emphasize how F'ing sad I am for the guys who bust their butts night in and night out - Ziggler, Punk, Bryan, etc - with no hope of getting their shot at this year's Mania.
You know who else I'm sad for? Me. In my two years as an official WWE Ambassador, I never once had to lie about my enthusiasm for the company or the product. Now, although I am no longer officially an Ambassador for WWE (believe it or not, my only official role in WWE is as GM for Saturday Morning Slam, a contract that ends in one month) I was till looking forward to being part of the biggest event of the year. I'll probably end up going anyway. But I'm about 1/6th as excited about it as I was just a few hours ago. I wanted so badly to hear 75,000 WWE fans chanting "YES" - and seeing fans walk away absolutely ecstatic about the outcome of a PPV for the first time in a while...a long while. But when given the chance to make it happen (unless they've got something MAJOR up their sleeve) WWE's answer tonight was a resounding "NO, NO, NO".
That's quite the takedown from one of the most well respected wrestlers in the history of the business. Bryan has supporters everywhere but unfortunately that doesn't seem to include those in power who make the final decisions at WWE.
This comes on the heels of Foley announcing his contract with the company runs out soon and it won't be renewed. He remarked at the time that he hoped the relationship between the two sides would be such that they could work together in the future on a case-by-case basis.
Who knows after these remarks.
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