Hardcore legend Mick Foley has not competed in a wrestling match in almost a decade. His last official bout was the 2012 Royal Rumble match, where he eliminated Primo and had a memorable sock puppet duel against Santino Marella.
Foley’s long history of concussions and other assorted injuries took him out of the game earlier than he would have liked. But after watching 62 year old Sting take a spike piledriver and a powerbomb in 2021, as well as wrestle live matches on pay-per-view, is it possible Foley thinks he has one more match left in him?
According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio from last night, Foley believes he is capable of doing one specific type of match:
“By the way, did you know Mick Foley said that he would do a cinematic match?...He did a comedy show...someone goes, ‘One more match!’ And he goes, ‘I could do a cinematic match.’ So this just happened a couple hours ago.”
After Undertaker and AJ Styles set the bar extremely high for cinematic matches with the Boneyard Match at WrestleMania 36, I argued that Undertaker and Sting could extend their careers several more years by doing that kind of match. I’d probably be a hypocrite by arguing otherwise for Foley. But given how much he cares about putting on an entertaining show and making other wrestlers look good, I do worry Foley might take things too far for himself, even in a more controlled environment of a cinematic match. I mean, explosive barbed wire would surely find its way into Foley’s cinematic match, right?
If Mick Foley has any interest in pursing this option, my guess is AEW is the promotion that has his attention these days and might be open to booking such a match. Do you think there’s any way to make something like this work for Foley, or has that ship sailed?