The following is an excerpt from the latest "Foley Files" blog from Mick Foley on TNAWrestling.com:
THE FOLEY FILES: BY MICK FOLEY (UPDATED 01/29)
Multi-time World Heavyweight Champion, TNA Wrestling Superstar and best-selling author Mick Foley presents his weekly blog column at TNAwrestling.com! Check back every Friday for a new column!
As some of you may have heard, there was, um, let me say, an incident involving Bubba the Love Sponge and Awesome Kong backstage at last week’s Impact taping. Apparently, Ms Kong took issue with recent comments Bubba had made regarding the disaster in Haiti; a cause that has become very near to Kong’s (who I will alternately refer to as “Kia”) heart. A couple of weeks ago, on “The Foley Files”, I mentioned a fundraiser that Kia had put together on very short notice, to aid the victims of the horrific earthquake – with all proceeds going directly to the Red Cross. I was so proud of Kia, the fans, and TNA wrestlers who took part (including me), and within just a few days, the Wrestlers4Haiti crew had donated over five thousand dollars.
So, given Kia’s emotional investment in the situation, it’s really not surprising that Bubba’s words were just a little on the painful side for her to read. A situation that was so important to her was seemingly being mocked, in a fairly ugly way by a TNA on-air talent (though I’m sure some TNA fans will think I’m throwing that “talent” word around a little too liberally here). She probably should have handled the situation differently, and in retrospect, I think even Kia would admit that she may have let her emotions get the best of her. I happen to like both people involved – and, no, I’m not just saying that because Bubba is Hogan’s buddy. But I do think this situation illustrates how certain situations -tragedies, natural disasters – effect different people in such extremely different ways; how different people, or types of people are moved differently (or not at all) by certain situations. For example decent people may be moved to improve a run-down park, or playground, renovate a historic theatre, spend a day baking goodies for the “Flag Day Kindergarten Bake Sale” etc., but feel no real connection to the desperate plight of hundreds of thousands, even millions just a few miles from America’s shores. Some of those good people even seem to resent the victims of these type of disasters – I’ve really had quite enough of certain religious leaders who blame just about every disaster – 9/11, Katrina, Haiti- on the people who live there. Some even seem to resent those who actually care.