WWE class of 2013 Hall of Fame inductee Mick Foley has spoken about his time with TNA. Foley, who is a one-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion spent a little over two years with the company between 2008 and 2011.
Speaking on Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions, Foley had mixed feelings but, was largely grateful for his time and had this to say:
“One valuable thing I learned is you should be able to appreciate things in life for what they are not for what you wish they are. The economy had just collapsed, I’m given a chance, I can be creative, and instead, I let all the things that I thought were wrong, get to me and sour my experience. So, to this day I consider Dixie Carter, a good friend. Look at what they did, they gave guys like me a chance to make a good living in a really difficult economic time. They gave breaks to guys like Samoa Joe and AJ Styles, guys who probably couldn’t have supported themselves maybe so with Japanese tours but put them on the map to do really good things with WWE.”
Foley would double down on the positive comments when recalling a conversation with Vince McMahon whilst the former was in TNA. He told the Chairman of the WWE that outside of the talent that WWE would put in the Elimination Chamber match, TNA had a superior amount of household names saying, “You guys have these Elimination Chamber matches, and outside of the like seven or eight guys, we had more talent in our company [TNA], as far as household names than they did.”
However, Foley would also acknowledge that he fell out of love with wrestling while in TNA stating, “I had a really good time in my first year there, but then I just stopped believing in the company and they let me out of my contract, and I went and did some other things that didn’t involve wrestling and then over time I rediscovered my passion and I get to make a contribution in my own way.”
Mick Foley’s recent biography on A&E drew solid viewership figures, you can read about that here.