– For months, TNA was under the impression that a “big” free agent would headline its primetime television debut. That free agent was Mick Foley, and his re-signing with WWE comes as a blow to the promotion that spent several months negotiating with the wrestler.
Foley, upset with his last WWE stint, was said to be very interested in working the lighter TNA schedule. However, when push came to shove, he, like Matt Hardy, took the more secure route for his return to televised pro wrestling.
In a recent interview with ESPN’s Cold Pizza, Mick Foley revealed how close he was to signing with TNA by confirming that his most desired in-ring opponent was Samoa Joe. It now appears that said match will not happen in the short-term.
With both Matt Hardy and Mick Foley unavailable for the Spike TV debut, there is enormous pressure on the part of TNA to secure some of the remaining big-name free agents. However, with The Dudleys wanting huge salaries and Bret Hart’s lack of public enthusiasm about a televised pro wrestling gig, the officials at TNA certainly have their work cut out for them.