WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley has reflected on his time sleeping in fans’ houses to save some money and reveals the bizarre reason he had to stop.
Mick Foley is loudly and proudly a very frugal man. So much so that to save a buck or five he’d choose to stay with fans rather than in hotels despite being WWE Champion.
Speaking on Foley Is Pod, the Hardcore Legend opened up about staying at fans’ houses and says an early morning meet and greet was behind his decision to start using hotels, albeit cheap ones:
“It’s cooler and funnier to say staying on the couch instead of a spare bedroom. I usually stayed in a spare bedroom when I stayed with fans. I was WWE Champion, I’m staying at the house. At about eight in the morning, people start coming by the house! And I don’t ever want to talk down about any of my fans, but this was… kind of a ragged group of people, coming by early in the morning.”
“I remember thinking to myself, “Hey. You’re the WWE champion. Who the heck are you to look down on anyone because of the way they dress or look? I had to really have that talk with myself. So I went out and I met some people. They didn’t seem that into me, like I thought they would be, given that they come by eight-thirty in the morning to meet the WWE champion.”
“So that night, he calls up to apologize. I say hey, it’s understandable. This is probably the only opportunity they’ll have to meet the champ. He goes, they weren’t there to meet you. I draw a blank, right? He said, oh, my girlfriend’s a crack dealer. I went “ahhhhhhh I’m out of there.” And I never stayed with a fan again.”
“My girlfriend’s a crack dealer” (laughs). That was when I had a long look in the mirror. I said to myself, you’re Mick f’n Foley, and you will become a two-star (hotel) man. And now? I’m a three-star man.”