WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley has a storied career that spans decades in the wrestling business. From being a WWE Champion to becoming a best-selling author, Foley's journey has been one of resilience and ambition. As someone who faced early career rejections himself, Foley recently offered succinct advice to WWE talents recently let go: "Prove Vince wrong." During the most recent episode of his podcast, "Foley is Pod," the wrestling icon addressed the topic of WWE's sweeping talent releases that followed its merger with the UFC.
With over 20 wrestlers released, including notable names like Mustafa Ali, Dolph Ziggler, and Shelton Benjamin, the industry is buzzing with speculation about the future for these athletes. Foley's advice harks back to his own experiences, suggesting that being let go isn't necessarily the end but potentially a new beginning.
"I don't know how much [Vince McMahon] is in the mix anymore, but at least when I was there, he liked it when people would prove him wrong," Foley said. "He liked it when people took a challenge head-on." Due to the standard 90-day non-compete clauses in most WWE contracts, the majority of these released talents are prohibited from appearing in other wrestling promotions until December.
However, the waiting period could be an opportunity for self-improvement and strategy formulation, as Foley's advice suggests. Foley's perspective offers a ray of hope and a potential roadmap for the talents affected by the cutbacks.
While acknowledging the shift in WWE's management dynamics since his prime, Foley's message was clear: Never give up on your dreams, and take setbacks as challenges to rise against the odds. His words carry significant weight at a time when the wrestling world is undergoing dramatic changes.
With AEW gaining momentum and international promotions expanding their footprint, opportunities abound for wrestlers to make their mark outside of WWE. And if they can harness Foley's fighting spirit, they may well find their way back to the company, having proven Vince McMahon wrong.
The recent wave of releases has stirred conversations about the evolving landscape of professional wrestling, spotlighting the impermanence but also the endless possibilities in this ever-changing arena.