Mick Foley Recalls Controversy Regarding His WWE Hall Of Fame Induction
Mick Foley has opened up about something that he felt was controversial from when he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013.
When Mick Foley was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame during WrestleMania 29 weekend in 2013, it was one of the greatest Hall of Fame classes ever.
The Hall of Fame class in 2013 was Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund, Booker T, Trish Stratus, Mick Foley and the celebrity inductee was Donald Trump. Three years later, Trump became the President of the United States of America.
Foley had a great speech as you would expect from one of the best talkers in WWE history. There also was a funny moment when Foley “beat” Chris Jericho in a match on the stage.
On a recent episode of his Foley is Pod podcast, Mick Foley talked about the controversy that took place during his Hall of Fame induction year.
“There was a little bit of a controversy in 2013 that almost derailed or at least greatly affected my attitude in what I was going to say. What brought me back from that brink was remembering when I was in Impact. I got a (203) text message. It’s WWE asking if I would mind if they promote my book, which was an Impact Wrestling book, on their show. You want to promote my book on your show? They said, ‘Yea, Mr. McMahon thinks it’s the right thing to do.'”
“So at that time, for one year, we had this beautiful condo in Florida and they actually had like a movie room, so we reserved it for that night. I sat there with my family, and the moment I heard Michael Cole say, ‘Hey, our good friend, Mick Foley has a new book out’, and they really put it over.”
“I made a little promise to myself. I don’t think I said it out loud, but a promise is still a promise. The promise was, if I’m ever asked to be in the WWE Hall of Fame, I’m going to say absolutely yes with no conditions placed on it. I’m not going to say I need to go last. I’m not going to say I need X amount of time.”
With his own personal promise to himself, Mick Foley would go on to talk about how when a shortened version of the Hall of Fame ceremony aired, Foley’s speech was left out so that they could show part of Donald Trump’s speech instead.
“Then I found myself feeling left out. USA I guess made the decision, or at least I’d heard they made the decision that they were going to edit the show. In order to show Donald Trump’s speech, they ixnay the Foley speech, and I let it get to me. It really hurt my feelings to the point where I remember calling up my wife and saying. ‘I don’t want anyone from my family coming to the Hall of Fame. I don’t want it to be important enough to bother me.'”
“Then I would visualize my speech just being, ‘Hey, thank you’ and throwing my ring out to the crowd and walking away with the worst Hall of Fame speech ever. Then I remembered that promise I made to myself. I’d gone on Twitter, I think and kabetched, I guess probably be a good term, a kind term for it. But I remembered that promise and that changed things for me.”
Mick Foley would go on to reveal that he apologized to Vince McMahon and others in WWE for his outburst on social media.
“I went into Mr. McMahon’s office and Hunter was in there, Stephanie was in there, and Kevin Dunn, and I just said, ‘Look, I’m sorry, It’s a great honor to be in here. I’m going to enjoy every moment of it.’ Kevin said, ‘Mick, why didn’t you just come to us’ and that’s what I should have done instead of complaining and taking my case to social media.”
This isn’t the first time that Mick Foley has mentioned the WWE Hall of Fame and Trump because he has commented in the past about how WWE should remove Donald Trump from the Hall of Fame.
Today seems like a good day to remove Donald Trump from the #WWEHOF
— Mick Foley (@foleyispod) June 16, 2022
It hasn’t happened yet.