TNA’s Mick Foley talks His Book, Ric Flair, Randy Orton and MCMG


Former TNA World Heavyweight Champion, member of EV2.0, & New York Times best-selling author, Mick Foley, was the featured guest on this week’s live edition (09/27/10) of the award-winning Monday Night Mayhem (presented by Good Health Natural Foods). You can feel the “MNM Fall Tour ’10” every Monday night (at 7PM ET/6PM CT), exclusively on The Monday Night Mayhem Radio Network.

Mick joined The Big Mosh & “The Chairman of the Board” Todd Vincent in his debut on “Your Home of Wrestling Radio” (to preview the release of “Countdown To Lockdown: A Hardcore Journal,” his Last Man Standing Match against “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair on the “Before The Glory” live TNA iMPACT special on October 7th, along with TNA’s Bound For Glory Pay-Per-View on 10.10.10), which is now available in Windows

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Interview highlights courtesy of The Mayhem’s official correspondent, Paterson from New Jersey:

Why the TNA Lockdown ’09 Pay-Per-View & his Six Sides Of Steel TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match vs. Sting was the main topic & centerpiece of Mick’s new book (Countdown To Lockdown): “I had reached an agreement with Grand Central Publishing to do a book, and I pitched it based on one chapter, which wasn’t a wrestling chapter. It was a chapter & outline, and then I was faced with the challenge of finding something to write about. I think it worked out well that I had this big match coming up, but my editor’s fear was that it was going to feel a lot like The Hardcore Diaries, and I said it was kind of designed to be a bookend because it is a similar structure, but the stories are completely different. I think it’s the first TNA book, and it is a big departure from WWE, and it’s a completely different story, and people are going to get to see comparatively how the two organizations work leading up to a big match. I’m lucky it was a really interested match for me, it was one that I had a lot of apprehension about, but fortunately it worked out really well.”

His reaction to the news of his life being turned into a feature film (produced by Union Square Media & American Original’s Jeff Katz): “I think the timing was pretty good here. I was worried that when I finally revealed what it was that people would go ‘O God, it’s just a movie.’ I think from what I’ve gathered, people do see that as a big deal. Statically, there’s not many people who have a deal for a movie on their life. I’m thrilled, because Union Square came up with an idea that I really felt could work, and the director’s very high on it, and Jeff Katz comes from a background in wrestling and has had so much success. The chances of getting a project off the ground seem so slight…this one looks likes it’s really going to happen.”

The differences between his TNA World Title Match against Sting (Lockdown 2009), his Hardcore Match against Edge (at WrestleMania 22), & his Hardcore Match against Randy Orton (at Backlash 2004): “With Randy Orton, it was like the one true comeback match. I said that everybody should get one comeback, everybody should come out of retirement for at least one big match, and I almost didn’t count WrestleMania the month before, because I kinda choked and was willing to settle on just being good enough. I kinda got intimidated, as I was out there in The Garden, there’s Flair doing the Flair strut, and I was like ‘I don’t belong here, I don’t belong here.’ After the match, I thought I could do way better than that, so when Randy & I had the big match in Edmonton, it really felt like that one true comeback match. After that, every match is at least partially about making money, so it loses that pure quality. The match with Randy was different, because it was really Randy’s first big high-profile match, and I think we both made the most out of that. With Edge, you had a guy who not at the top of his game character wise, but was at the top of his wrestling wise, and it was so clear that he was going to be a huge star. It was great to get him right before that last little peak. With Sting, you’re talking about two guys who were not at their physical peaks, but who had a history together and had the pressure of trying to provide the main event on a card full of cage matches. I know some people looked at it like it was two old guys moving slowly, but I think for most of our fans, they looked at it like two guys working really hard doing the best they could, despite their limitations.”

What should the fans expect from his forthcoming Last Man Standing Match with “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair next Thursday night on the live TNA iMPACT special (“Before The Glory”), along with his own personal thoughts about this potentially being his final career wrestling match: “At this point I don’t want to say anything’s my last match, because I’m kind of the boy that ‘cried wolf’ when it comes to that, and if the economy collapses again, I’ll probably make another comeback. I think Ric’s been on a roll, and I think when people see this promo in the ring on Thursday night, they are going to be really impressed and really feel like they want to see this match. I think we are going to work really hard, and hopefully bring the best out in each other, and put on the type of match that people can be talking about a few days afterwards.”

Mick’s reaction to Matt Morgan’s exclusive comments to Monday Night Mayhem that “no one cares about Foley’s upcoming book” (Countdown to Lockdown) and that “he should go away” or that Morgan is going to “put him away”: “Matt’s actually a huge reader, and I know he’s going to read the book. I think he’s trying to create interest, but I think he’s hurt because I said the biggest insult you could give a guy in the business is ‘He has a world of potential,’ and that’s what I said about Matt. It’s a very backhanded compliment, so I could understand why he might be angry. You need those types of things once in a while to bring out the best in somebody, and Matt still has that world of potential. It’s still not fully tapped. Matt’s a good talker, but listen very close because he’s really fast, so thanks for slowing it down so I could catch it.”

Who he believes can rise up the card and be the future of TNA: “I still consider The Motor City Machine Guns to be untapped stars. They’ve had the chance to have these incredible matches, and I don’t think there’s any questions that these are as talented tag team, along with Beer Money, in the business. I just hope they could keep the ball rolling and find a way to become main event personalities as well. In the book, you can see I’m a big fan of those guys, so I’m proud to see how well they’ve done since the book was written. Frankie Kazarian has really benefited from clipping the ponytail and becoming part of Fourtune. I think part of the challenge TNA is facing is they’ve had so many good wrestlers, but haven’t found a way to feature them in a way where they can breakthrough to the mainstream audience.”

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