A WWE Hall of Famer has shared an interesting story about what happened to his body one time when he took a Chokeslam from The Undertaker.
Mick Foley wrestled The Undertaker a lot in Foley’s first year in WWE in 1996 when he debuted as Mankind. While they would go on to have many more matches together, including their most famous match at King of the Ring 1998, that initial rivalry really helped establish Mankind as a top guy in WWE.
During a recent episode of Mick’s “Foley Is Pod” podcast about WWE Survivor Series 1996, which featured a match against The Undertaker, Foley talked about what it felt like to take a Chokeslam from The Undertaker.
“I didn’t hate it, the chokeslam was difficult, because unlike say, like a suplex, you are absorbing that impact from your shoulders all the way down your lower back, through the buttocks and your feet, right. A Cokeslam basically, you’re taking all the impact on, you know, a small section of your back, especially in the old WWE rings before they changed them a few months after the sell. Just taking a chokeslam, if you land on one side or the other just slightly, you would feel it for a few days.”
Foley went on to talk about a particular moment when he took a Chokeslam from The Undertake that led to him spewing blood after taking the move.
“I remember wrestling The Undertaker in Fayetteville, North Carolina, just a regular chokeslam which was not the finish, we went a few minutes more, but I can feel this internal bleeding coming up. And I finished the last couple of minutes looking like Dizzy Gillespie on a hot trumpet solo, you know, because my mouth was just full of internal blood.
“I made it back to the dressing room. I knew enough, I knew WWE frowned on, you know the blood at that time. Made it back to the dressing room and just spewed blood everywhere, just from a simple chokeslam. That’s not a chokeslam on the ramp or anything of that nature. But that’s the answer. That’s a tough one to take because if you take it wrong, you’re gonna pay for it for a few days.”
If you’re wondering about the winner of that Survivor Series 1996, The Undertaker got the win over Mankind as payback for what happened three months earlier at SummerSlam 1996 when Paul Bearer turned on The Deadman.