WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley, one of the industry's most iconic figures, has donned many hats in the WWE, extending far beyond his wrestling persona. Recently, he candidly shared his experience in one of those roles, which fell short of his enjoyment.
Foley's illustrious career in the WWE, from 1996 until the early 2000s, was not confined to the wrestling ring. He served various stints as the WWE Commissioner, the General Manager of Raw, a special guest referee, and even ventured into the commentary booth on Smackdown.
Mick Foley's Short-lived Commentator Stint
During the April 2008 WWE Backlash pay-per-view, Foley embarked on a new journey as a Smackdown announcer, teaming up with Michael Cole. However, this role lasted until August 2008 due to Foley's dissatisfaction with the position.
This led to his departure from the commentary team and, eventually, the WWE upon the expiry of his contract in September 2008. In a recent Q&A on his podcast, "Mick Foley Is Pod," the "Hardcore Legend" shed light on his discontentment with the commentary role.
Foley shared his discomfort with how Vince McMahon would exert pressure on his announcers, stating, "You try to learn from everything you do, and I hope Mr. McMahon learned from that experience. You know, you don't need to ride your announcers so much.
You don't have to micromanage everything that they do." Foley underscored the counter-productivity of McMahon's stringent oversight, especially his tendency to yell, pointing out that such an approach wasn't conducive to his best performance.
Foley humbly reflected on his time as a WWE announcer despite these challenges. He acknowledged his efforts, stating, "I tried it; I think I did a pretty good job." However, he candidly admitted, "I learned from it. I did not enjoy it." His reflections testify to his dedication, offering a rare glimpse into the less glamorous side of being a WWE legend.