Mick Foley Says Vince McMahon Immediately Shot Down WWE Championship Pitch

Mick Foley on the mic

Three-time WWE Champion Mick Foley has revealed that he wanted to add a fourth reign with the title to his résumé in 2004.

Towards the end of the 1990s, Mick Foley had become one of the top stars in WWE and reached the top of the company during the peak of the Attitude Era. The Hardcore Legend captured the WWE Championship three times, with his first reign famously beginning on the 4 January 1999 edition of Monday Night Raw.

During a recent interview on Throwing Down With Renee & Miesha, Mick Foley revealed that he had pitched a fourth title reign to Vince McMahon in 2004. He explained that he suggested he should win that year’s Royal Rumble before going on to headline WrestleMania 20 against both the WWE and World Heavyweight Champions.

However, he said Vince McMahon barely had to consider the idea before shooting it down. Vince McMahon.

“I said, ‘I’d like to enter the Rumble and win it, and because I’m technically not a SmackDown or a Raw guy, I would like to challenge both champions to a three-way match, win that at ‘Mania, and become the Undisputed Champion.’ And without even blinking, Vince just replies, ‘I have no interest whatsoever in doing that’.”

Instead, Mick Foley entered the Royal Rumble match at Number 21 in the place of Test, who had been found unconscious backstage. He successfully eliminated Randy Orton, but went over the top rope himself in the process. This led to Foley reuniting with The Rock at WrestleMania 20 to face The Legend Killer and his Evolution teammates Batista and Ric Flair.

The match wasn’t enough to end the feud between the pair, however, and they went on to have a universally-praised Hardcore match at that year’s Backlash pay-per-view for Orton’s Intercontinental Championship.

H/T to Sportskeeda Wrestling for the above transcription.