No, â<80><9c>businees tiesâ<80> is not my typo. Thatâ<80><99>s how it appeared on WWE.com today. Also, the page where the posting appeared was plastered with not one, but two ads for â<80><9c>The Legends of Wrestlingâ<80> show on WWE 24/7. The ad featured, you got it, Mick Foley. Flair was there too.
Ah, irony. You are just too ironic. All â<80><9c>busineesâ<80> and no pleasure.
Those â<80><9c>other opportunitiesâ<80> were confirmed today by Foley, announcing that he had come to terms with a short-term deal with TNA. He is also taking bookings for independent shows as well.
I would think that Mrs. Foleyâ<80><99>s baby boy is in heaven right now.
Mick cut his teeth in the smaller promotions. He had nice days and bad days in the territories. Hell, thatâ<80><99>s what made his first book a must-read and the trendsetter for wrestling books in general. Most tomes that come out are from wrestlers who donâ<80><99>t have the depth and breadth of experience that a Mick Foley or a Bobby Heenan (cheap plug) enjoy.
Experiences in the lower echelon of the wrestling business give you a heaping helping of interesting stories. A career that started with a fat contract where you started in developmental and then moved up to the main WWE roster gives you few anecdotes of interest.
The â<80><9c>short-term dealâ<80> may become a trend. Letâ<80><99>s call it the â<80><9c>Foley Clause.â<80> Mick is essentially dipping his toe into TNA to test the water. He has the opportunity to kick TNAâ<80><99>s tires and give the car a test drive before committing. If he likes what he sees, he can be in it for the long haul. If not, he can do his â<80><9c>busineesâ<80> elsewhere.
Much ado has been made about Foleyâ<80><99>s legacy and how TNA will affect it. Pish tosh. Foleyâ<80><99>s place in history is secure. From a fall from the cell where hell was taking place to the unlikely three WWE title reigns, Foleyâ<80><99>s chapter in the wrestling annals will not be diminished.
His impact (pun intended) remains a question mark. Foley is god, but is he the God of Ratings? Can he get TNA up to a 2.0 or more? Can he create mainstream buzz, being a best-selling author and television host? Remember â<80><9c>Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors?â<80> You donâ<80><99>t? Well, from what I saw, Iâ<80><99>m sure Foley would appreciate your forgetfulness.
I see Foley in TNA as a win-win for both sides. Mick is no longer in the background as an announcer or an occasional attraction. Heâ<80><99>s going to get a spotlight. Heâ<80><99>s get more television time. New surroundings tend to freshen a guy up.
Foleyâ<80><99>s success comes from the fact that fans can relate to him. Heâ<80><99>s not sculpted in the body or handsome in the face. Heâ<80><99>s the guy down the street (no, not the one that required neighborhood notification). He gives TNA fans someone they can relate to. More fans equal more ratings and pay-per-view buy rates. TNA becomes more successful and more formidable competition for WWE.
Okay, itâ<80><99>s not quite that simple, but it seems like Mick Foleyâ<80><99>s upcoming nice day(s) in TNA is good for â<80><9c>businees.â<80>
Seriously, WWE.com guys. Itâ<80><99>s spell check. Look into it.
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