Foley says, “There was a definite evolution in that for the first two years I was with WWE, I was somebody who worked there but who was not necessarily someone who was close at all with Mr. McMahon. That changed in â<80><99>98, â<80><99>99 and 2000…It became strained in 2001 when I felt like I had done everything that I could and was feeling a little bit like dead weight. Iâ<80><99>d say the relationship was definitely strained when I almost when to TNA ï¿½” strained to the point where I no longer felt comfortable going into Vinceâ<80><99>s office and pilfering food. So thatâ<80><99>s a telltale sign when you no longer feel comfortable taking free food from your boss; you know thereâ<80><99>s been a strain.”
On his decision jump ship and head to TNA: “I always felt like the wrestling business was better off with two viable mainstream promotions. I was extremely dedicated to WWE during the wrestling wars, but I came to feel that there should be more than one place, and I really had a lot of empathy for guys who were really good and worked really hard but didnâ<80><99>t seem to fit into what it was that WWE was looking for in wrestlers…Probably better than anybody, I realized that I could have easily been one of those guys who was not seen as being a WWE-type guy. I thought I was in a position to change things a little bit in 2005, and did live with a little bit of guilt about not making the move. Therefore, when I had a chance to go in 2008, it seemed like a natural move to make.” To read the full interview, click here.