As a WWE legend, Mick Foley has donned various hats since his 1996 debut, from World Champion to Commissioner to General Manager, marking an emotional journey through the wrestling world. However, in a recent episode of his podcast, "Foley Is Pod," he candidly revealed that not all roles were equally pleasing for him, shedding light on his challenging days as a WWE commentator.
Foley expressed his discomfort, rooted primarily in the micromanagement style of Vince McMahon, WWE's mercurial and often controlling CEO, which made the commentator role arduous for the Hall of Famer. Foley stated, "You try to learn from everything you do, and I hope Mr.
McMahon learned from that experience." His sentiment explicitly critiques McMahon's aggressive management approach towards announcers, implying that they could have been treated with more respect and less direct oversight.
Mick Foley Struggle with Commentary Feedback
A significant cause for Foley's discontent was the constant feedback that kept him on his toes while performing. As a professional and fan-favorite, Foley sought to create a realistic aura for the audience by calling matches based solely on what he could view on the small television monitor before him.
This approach aimed to mirror the viewer's experience and establish an immersive atmosphere. However, Foley argued that this authenticity was disrupted when he had to contend with divergent instructions simultaneously being shouted in his headset.
"I think it's counter-productive, especially when it comes to yelling," he lamented, reflecting on his unease with the process. Despite these adversities, Foley exemplified resilience and commitment in his undertaking, offering a commendable effort to enhance the viewer's experience.
This endeavor, albeit not the most enjoyable for him, was something Foley approached without regret. "I tried it. I think I did a pretty good job," he humbly conceded. He further emphasized his work ethic, stating that his primary goal was always to amplify the performers' impact on the ring rather than stealing the spotlight for himself.
"I learned from it. I did not enjoy it," Foley concluded, voicing a stoic yet honest reflection on his time as a WWE commentator.