Mick Foley is primarily known for his militancy in the World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment (WWF/E), where he has worn the role of Mankind, Cactus Jack and Dude Love. Before joining Vince McMahon, he fought in both the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and the Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and in both teams he gained the reputation of hardcore wrestler, especially in the latter.
Furthermore, between 2008 and 2011 he fought in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). Speaking on the ESPR podcast, he discussed the growth of AEW: “I know there was some growing pains where, when you’re taking guys who have never worked for a major company and the only thing they know is to go full tilt, you know, and ‘get your flip.’ Which, every night you have to get over with a different crowd.
So they’re getting their flying in, they’re trying to get all their spots in and that’s not necessarily conducive for the best two-hour TV show. And I think they kind of had to reign some of these guys in, and they’re learning.
One of the benefits I had, is that I was in the territories. And I did Memphis, I did World Class, I did Continental before I got my break with WCW. So I’d made a lot of my mistakes in front of the smaller organizations, smaller viewerships.
These guys are going on there and the spotlight’s on them. And sometimes you can see them learning as they go”.