Mick Foley recently said he’s “paying a steeper price than he thought imaginable” which rules him out of a WWE return.
Mick Foley has served as an Ambassador for WWE for many years and has also appeared onscreen in non-wrestling roles such as his much-loved run as the company’s Commissioner.
Even though he no longer competes in any matches, he still got somewhat physical during his last WWE run, whether getting slapped in the face or slapping on a Mandible Claw on someone.
However, it now seems that even these small roles are off the table for the Hardcore Legend.
Speaking on his Foley is Pod Podcast, Mick Foley noted that he’s in very bad shape physically and mentally. His doctors have diagnosed him with long-term “neurological, muscular and skeletal damage”. The neurological damage has caused memory issues that would prevent him from being able to cut a promo if a script were handed to him.
“I can’t remember a written promo. That’s one of the reasons why if I do get a call for TV, I’m more likely to say no. In 2012, the year we are covering, I made a difference. I thought honestly, I was one of the few returning guys who could make a difference or who wanted to make a difference because that was my primary goal.
If you’re gonna bring me back, I want to help out with the storyline. I don’t want to just get the pop. I don’t want to just promote something I have coming up. I want to make a difference. Now, I’m going to tell them I cannot remember a storyline, and I don’t want to just be a hanger on in the back for old school day. But as far as long term memory goes, I think it’s as strong as it’s ever been.”
h/t WrestlingNews.co for the transcription