Mick Foley became an unlikely WWE Hall of Fame inductee in 2013. The Hardcore Legend didn’t have the most athletic body, but he was willing to take huge risks to please wrestling fans. His hard work and dedication to professional wrestling helped him overcome all odds and become one of the most unexpected superstars of all time.
Foley recently talked to Vickie Guerrero for her “Excuse Me” show during Wrestlecade Weekend in North Carolina. He talked about the call he got when he first found out he was being inducted. Triple H surprised him with the news.
“It was really a great night. Honestly, I made up my mind in 2010 or 2011, I wasn’t doing much with the company, but my children were all big fans and I thought, as long as I’m Mick Foley, and as long as I continue to mean something, I’m going to bring them to shows when they want, and then I would just hang out at house shows and talk with the guys.
So I went to the Madison Square Garden show the day after Christmas. They always have a house show the day after Christmas. This was 2012. Hunter asked to talk to me. I honestly thought they were going to release me. I was an ambassador at that time. I had a two year run as an ambassador. I walked into that office fully expecting to be relieved of that duty, but instead he said, ‘We want to know how you would feel about being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame?’ I said, ‘I would feel pretty good about that.’
It was really special for me because it was at Madison Square Garden. I know we can’t choose where we want to be inducted. We’re lucky enough to have that honor bestowed upon us, but if I could have chosen it, it obviously would have been the Garden for me because that’s where I grew up taking trains to and hitchhiking to, and it just has a lot of great memories for me. I also thought, ‘I’ll never address a crowd this size again’, and I was wrong about that luckily. I was just going to enjoy every moment. I was able to look out and see my children, see my wife, see a few friends, and see my colleagues”
Mick Foley is a three-time WWF Champion. He’s also held the tag titles eight times with five different partners. He was also inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 2000.
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Thanks to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription!