Mick Foley: Tweaking needed to save WrestleMania
“In my two years as an official WWE Ambassador, I never once had to lie about my enthusiasm for the company or the product,” Foley wrote on Facebook after the Sunday pay-per-view.
Foley went from being excited about being in New Orleans for WrestleMania 30 weekend to lamenting how he’ll “probably end up going anyway, but I’m about one-sixth as excited as I was just a few hours ago.”
“Like many of you out there, I just don’t get it. This Daniel Bryan thing is a phenomenon. You get it. I get it. The fans in Pittsburgh … got it. But tonight, for the first time, I had to admit to myself that the powers that be are just not going to get it. And that makes me sad,” Foley said.
Foley may have gotten a phone call from Stamford right after, because he wrote a followup blog on Facebook on Monday.
“The response on both Twitter and Facebook dwarfed anything I’d received in the past, and I hope WWE will recognize this unprecedented response as a sign that a little tweaking might be needed in order to save this WrestleMania from the prospect of 75,000 people booing, turning their backs, or walking out of its main event,” Foley wrote.
That’s not exactly backtracking. This might be.
“Last night’s comments were not meant as a knock on Dave Batista. I like and respect Dave, and am proud of what he’s accomplished both inside and outside the ring. But Dave is intense, and unlikely to handle a heated 50/50 crowd with the same wink and a nod that has served John Cena so well. Besides, we’re not looking at a spirited 50/50 response at Mania; we’re looking at the potential of something akin to a mutiny – and I think Dave deserves better than that.”
OK, so that’s not backtracking, either. And neither is this.
“On the bright side, WWE has 10 weeks to make this thing right for its loyal audience – and the potential to make this WrestleMania the most talked about and interesting of them all. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. But unless Daniel Bryan is involved, that way just doesn’t seem possible to this particular wrestling fan.”