the best thing that could've possibly happened to me."
Foley on the next time he saw Eric Bischoff after that night: "I actually saw him on an airplane only three weeks later. I was coming back from the Royal Rumble in January 1999 and he was traveling somewhere else. I think we just exchanged formalities. Any bitterness I had about it was kind of erased when the ratings came out. I actually waited until the ratings came out until I called Tony Schiavone and I just left a purposely very forlorn message saying, "Listen, it's Mick Foley. I heard what you said. I honestly don't know why you guys would do that to somebody who worked so hard for so long for your company. And in truth, it probably just hurt your ratings. But anyway, I just thought I'd say hello"...Tony ended up calling me back and my wife answered the phone. She came to me and said, "It's Tony Schiavone and he sounds really sad." I knew as soon as he made that comment on air that it was probably put in his ear by Bischoff. Tony and I had a nice little conversation, but honestly I'm not bitter toward the players of that evening, because it all combined to make for the best possible scenario."
Foley on whether Bischoff ever apologized: "He never apologized on a personal level, but he said he wouldn't do it again if it was his decision. He did what he thought he had to do for his company. I think there should be exceptions. I think they should have factored in how hard I worked for those guys. I think the sarcastic "Wow, that'll put a lot of butts in the seats" was really the one that hurt. It was like dismissing my entire career as a joke. And it turned out the joke was on them."
Nash on his overall impressions of that night: "It's like a situation where you call a play in football and it doesn't work out. In retrospect you wouldn't want to run that play, but you don't get that chance. Live TV is live TV. You don't get a replay. You don't get any of those in life."
Nash on why WCW folded: "When the dot-com bubble burst, we weren't owned by Time Warner. We were owned by AOL. What do you think happened when the stock went from like $70 to $17? So was the closing of WCW from the "Fingerpoke of Doom"? You have to realize, you can't live in a wrestling bubble. They didn't just sell WCW. They sold the Atlanta Braves, the Atlanta Hawks, the Atlanta Thrashers, the building that they played in. They sold any tangible asset they had because they were going under. WCW being shut down was just set up to fail and to look like it never made a dime."