AEW brought a lot of interesting booking decisions for Full Gear. Not only was the main event changed at the beginning of the night, and then changed back again, but Hangman Page and Swerve Strickland also brought lot of attention with their Texas Death Match.
Mick Foley recently addressed the Texas Death Match between Swerve Strickland and “Hangman” Adam Page at AEW Full Gear, known for its intense violence. After all, that blood drinking spot at Full Gear brought a lot of attention, and many found it in poor taste.
Despite his reputation for participating in brutal matches on wrestling’s grand stages, Mick Foley admitted that he hadn’t watched the bout yet. He expressed his reservations about a specific spot in the match where Page drank his opponent’s blood. Foley suggested that such extreme moments may not align with the priorities of the modern wrestling landscape, emphasizing the importance of health and safety.
Although Mick Foley hadn’t seen the Texas Death Match yet, he did advise that nobody try to duplicate that blood drinking spot.
“I wish I could say I’ve seen it. I heard it was really epic. I wish people wouldn’t drink each other’s blood in [his] day and age, let alone this one. I mean, heels used to do that. I remember even Tracy Smothers in Japan would do the deal where they you know, suck the blood out of the opponent’s head and spit into the air.
“Maybe that had a time and place, but that time and place is over. Not a knock on the match, just looking out for everybody’s safety, knowing that people are going to possibly emulate what they see on TV. That doesn’t take away from the fact that the guys seemed to have a great match and really enjoyed doing it.”
Mick Foley’s comments shed light on the ongoing evolution of professional wrestling and the boundaries of what is considered acceptable in the industry. While he remains an iconic figure in the world of hardcore wrestling, Foley’s concerns reflect a growing awareness of safety and the changing expectations of wrestling fans.
There are also impressionable young fans who may see what Swerve Strickland and Adam Page did at Full Gear as something worth replicating. We will have to see what happens next, after Swerve hung the Hangman and got the big win at the Kia Forum.
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