WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley has opened up about his proposed storyline with Jon Moxley in 2012, and how it caused him to become legitimately angry.
Mick Foley is no stranger to blurring the lines between reality and wrestling storylines. This can be seen with his ‘Cane Dewey’ promo from ECW or using his real-life animosity with Ric Flair as part of their WWE feud in 2006.
When Foley was asked to create a feud with Jon Moxley (known in WWE as Dean Ambrose) using Twitter, however, he thought things were getting too personal when Moxley brought his children into it. The feud was dropped before reaching WWE television, but it still took a toll on the Hardcore Legend.
During an appearance on Busted Open Radio, Foley explained that it was Triple H who originally asked if he would take part in the feud with Moxley.
“Hunter asked me, he said, ‘hey, you’re on social media, right?’ I said, ‘yeah, yeah.’ At that time I had about 250,000 followers, I am not sure if I was on Facebook yet. He said, ‘we want to do this grassroots thing to get steam solely on the internet at first.’”
Foley discussed how the feud took a toll on him mentally when Jon Moxley mentioned his family as it made it difficult for him to get his mind out of the dark place the story required.
“This angle with Moxley, it required me to go to some dark places. The problem was, I couldn’t get out of them. It wasn’t like when I would go cut the Cane Dewey promo in the basement of Paul E’s cameraman while his mom was doing the ironing and my wife and two kids are at a park two blocks away, and I would come out of there fresh as a daisy and I am ready to go.
“When I would get into the storyline, I couldn’t get out. It was like this cloud.
Due to the effect it was having on him, Foley brought up the subject to Moxley at a television taping and asked him not to mention his children.
“I don’t want to be overly dramatic, but it was around me all the time and it was affecting me. Especially when I saw Moxley writing about my children.
So, I come up to him at a TV taping with Dusty. I asked Dusty if he would come up with me, just so I could talk to him. I said, ‘hey man, whatever you do, please stop mentioning my children.’”
However, Moxley misunderstood Foley’s intentions, thinking it was part of the angle, and “turned the volume up” on his children. These tweets just angered the former WWE Champion further.
“He thinks it’s an angle, whereas I am 100% asking him as a father not to mention my children. He reads it is, ’turn the volume up on Foley’s children.’ So the next tweet that comes out is even worse, more foreboding for the future of my family.
“Now I text him and say, ‘hey man, I was not joking,’ and I think okay, now it’s over. The next tweet is even worse. I am blowing a gasket every day, I am cutting more F-bombs in front of the family than they have ever heard in the entirety of their lives. I am so angry at this guy.”
It later turned out that Jon Moxley was in the UK during this time and didn’t see the texts from Foley, but the damage was done, so the storyline was ended before it reached TV.
While the 2012 feud ended abruptly, Mick Foley did take part in an angle with Moxley during the lead-up to his No Holds Barred Street Fight with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 32. The story saw Foley and other hardcore legends giving Moxley weapons to help tackle the ‘Conqueror’, but despite these gifts from the likes of Mick Foley and Terry Funk, Moxley was still defeated in the match.
H/T to Wrestling Inc for the above transcription.