WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley is considered a legend in the pro wrestling industry. Foley is also very opinionated and this has gotten him backlash on numerous occasions. He is also a legend in death matches but that doesn’t mean he likes others doing the same.
The main event of last year’s AEW Revolution saw Jon Moxley challenge Kenny Omega for the AEW World Championship in an Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch. The match will certainly be remembered, but not necessarily for a good reason.
The ending to the match was a dud as sparklers went off to culminate the match, in an ending that disappointed both fans and the entire pro wrestling world. AEW did try to do as much damage control as they could but to no avail.
While speaking on his Foley Is Pod podcast, Mick Foley talked about the barbed wire deathmatch and stated that he doesn’t think barbed wire is the best way to take advantage of Kenny Omega’s gifts.
“I’m not sure barbed wire is the best way to take advantage of Kenny’s huge gifts. They had a little trouble with the stipulations.” AEW opted for a safe and visually underwhelming final explosion for the match; Eddie Kingston used his own body as a human shield to protect Moxley only for a pathetic spurt of sparks to rain down on him.
You either stay on one side of the road or the other,” Foley said, paraphrasing Mr. Miyagi from “The Karate Kid.” “If you design it to be in the middle, it gets squashed like a grape, even if that’s just emotionally.”
Should AEW ever decide to have another Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch, we certainly hope they learned from their mistakes and never have such a blunder ever again.
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