Mick Foley Greatest Hits & Misses “3-disc Hardcore Edition” Review


Disc 1: Cactus Jack in World Championship Wrestling, Extreme Championship Wrestling, & Smoky Mountain Wrestling

As great a brawler and a hardcore wrestler as he was, Mick Foley was more than just blood and gore, although there was a lot that in his great career. Guys like Mick Foley & John Cena deserve just as much credit for their in-ring work as all-time greats like Bret Hart and Daniel Bryan. When holding a microphone or telling a story, Mick Foley was one of the greatest of all-time.

Mick Foley opens up with an introduction. He speaks about Vader and the Mastodon’s reputation for being a brutal in-ring competitor.

 

Cactus Jack vs. Big Van Vader (WCW Saturday Night – April 17, 1993) = ***1/2

Jesus. There were some savage shots to the bridge of Foley’s nose by “the man who feels no pain”. Foley absorbed a beating like no one else, and this match made that clear. Sadly, the years of beatings have caught up to Foley and slowed him considerably as he’s gotten older.

In a surprise display of power, Cactus Jack picked up and scoop slammed the man who resides in the White Castle of Fear. Jack followed up with an agile top-rope-flying lariat, followed by a Cactus Clothesline over the guardrail.

The big man busted up Cactus until he resembled Rocky Balboa/Rihanna/Tina Turner, etc. I am implying a black man beat him up, by the way. Jack moved and Vader collided with the barricade. Cactus followed up with a flipping senton off the apron to Vader. Jack got back in the ring to beat the count and get the upset.

Nasty Boys vs. Cactus Jack & Maxx Payne “No Rules, Falls Count Anywhere” (WCW Spring Stampede – April 17, 1994) = ***1/4 

This match was all about throwing out the rulebook. Otherwise, Cactus, Payne, and the Nasty’s would have used it to bludgeon each other to death.

This match featured pool cues, concussive spots, and a table being used in a way that would Onita cringe. Goddamn, this was a violent fight. Was the match a scientific catch-as-catch-can classic? Depends. Do you consider pool sticks and steel shovels to the head technical?

The match was merciless, but it was also awesome. This was barbarism at its finest. The only thing illegal in this match was having all your teeth.

Cactus Jack heads to the land of the extreme, Extreme Championship Wrestling, that is….

Sabu vs. Cactus Jack (ECW Hostile City Showdown – June 24, 1994) = N/A

Not a lot happened in this match, besides weaponry, schmozery, and concussionry. A ton of ECW fans brought skillets, eggs, and oars to wrestling shows. I wonder if a hungry wrestler ever requested breakfast during a match? I would have.

Cactus Jack vs. Chris Candido (Smoky Mountain Wrestling – November 18, 1994) = N/A

 I liked Candido, but this match fell flat. Fun fact: Even the referees dressed like hillbillies in Smoky Mountain.

 

Cactus Jack vs. The Sandman (Extreme Championship Wrestling – February 4, 1995) = Dud

 This was basically the Sandman’s brain being damaged for 12 minutes or so. Awful! It was almost as bad as Miz’s figure-4.

 

Cactus Jack & Raven vs. Terry Funk & Tommy Dreamer (ECW November to Remember – November 18, 1995) = ***

There were “We want fire chants”. I just wish someone had set the prick chanting that on fire.

This was a violent, heated, and very punchy bout. First class hardcore. No CZW bullshit. This ECW anything-goes tag may not be my favourite match type, but if you’re going to do a hardcore tag match, this is probably the way to go about it. This one got a little too schmoz-y for me, especially afterwards, but it was still a pretty good fight.

Foley admitted that his favourite career moment happened, not in WWE or certainly not in WCW, but in ECW. It was his last match in Extreme Championship Wrestling…

Cactus Jack vs. Mikey Whipwreck (ECW Big Ass Extreme Bash – March 9, 1996) = ****

Cactus was a hated villain in ECW, but knowing it was his last hurrah the ECW the crowd showered him with love and cheers. Simply put, this is the single greatest thing Mikey Whipwreck was ever a part of. Sure, it was a weapon-filled affair; complete with half-a-dozen potentially career-ending spots, but it was also a magnificent tale of heart, determination, and pain. Plus, the love-fest at the end was phenomenal.

On a side note: Jack’s forearm shots were hard enough to make Masato Tanaka jealous. This match is a classic for several reasons.

Extras:

 

 Post-Vader match promo

This was a phenomenal promo. Top-shelf stuff. Vader really fucked Cactus up.

“Falls Count Anywhere” Sting vs. Cactus Jack  (WCW Beach Blast – June 20, 1992) = ****

This was one hell of a “Falls Count Anywhere match”.  This was definitely the best use of the stipulation I can remember. It was really classy to include this as an extra. Especially considering how bad some DVD extras are.

There were a few people who could make Sting look better than he really was: Ric Flair, Vader and, Cactus Jack, himself. Some of, or most of, the bumps Jack took were unbelievably rough. While they looked great here, the after effects of this match show even today. Don’t forget the Cactus Clothesline. Amazing move. This could be the best sub-ten minute match of all time. Proof you don’t need 25 or 30 minutes to put on a great match. Did you hear that, Dwayne?

Cactus Jack spits on the WCW Tag Team Title promo

 Talk about putting over an opponent, as well as a match. This is a REAL promo. A Rock promo, this was not. “Bang! Bang!”  This is followed another great promo, this time from Paul Heyman.

 “Cane Dewey” Promo

Mick Foley introduces the “Cane Dewey” promo by quoting Michael “P.S.” Hayes, “The bad guy has to believe he is right,” truer words have never been spoken.

This was an emotionally shaking promo. Mick Foley may be the best ever on the microphone. You can’t help but feel this. I never entirely saw Cactus as the villain. I thought Eric Bischoff was the bad guy.

 

“Anti-Hardcore” promo:

 

Is it really surprising this was another great promo by Cactus Jack? I agree with what Jack said about the ECW faithful. Plus, name-dropping Baba & Jumbo was pretty surreal. The way Foley shifts in and out of his sadistic Cactus character is a lost art. Today its all one tone, one look, one direction, either a Superstar is way too quite or they need a mute button. We need more guys like Mick Foley & CM Punk, and a lot less guys like Mike Mizanin & Jack Swagger.

Cactus Jack vs. Sabu Rematch ***1/4

This match was far superior to the other match between these two ‘hardcore icons’ on the DVD. At one point Sabu hit the springboard Asai Moonsault from the apron to the outside, only he overshot Cactus and hit the guardrail on the outside. So in a way, he nailed it, only ‘it’ was a solid steel barricade. Ouch!

Note: The wooden chair. It may not sound bad, but it looked like it hurt a lot worse than your garden-variety steel chair. Foley put over Sabu big in the special commentary. You have to hand it to Sabu he knows no fear.

Note: Foley mentions on the commentary he probably should not have taken all the bumps he took to the back of the head, makes sense after seeing them again. Also note: The bottle Cactus Jack was hit with was very much real. Christ!

 

ECW Farewell Speech:

 Heartfelt. Beautiful.

“Jack” Foley & Les Thornton vs. The British Bulldogs:

 This was Mick Foley’s WWF debut, long before he was Mankind. Foley was basically fodder in this one. Still, this is historically significant and pretty cool for a job match. There were some cool British spots in this one as well. Foley’s offense, or lack thereof was pretty funny.

WWE Confidential Feature:

Cool stuff. It’s very strange to hear that Mick Foley and Vince McMahon didn’t always get along well. I didn’t know that. Foley talked about his charitable work with “Operation Smile” as well. The man probably has the biggest heart in pro-wrestling. He’s a sweet guy.

 

Disc 2: Mankind and The World Wrestling Federation

 Initially, Foley was upset about playing Mankind, and he despised the mask. But once he slip into his new alter-egos skin, he got used to it. The next match was what Foley calls, his single greatest performance, and I find it difficult to argue with him.

 

Shawn Michaels vs. Mankind (In Your House: Mind Games – September 22, 1996) = ****3/4

 The famous druids come out pushing a casket to the ring. As the camera was focused on the box, out popped Mankind, in Undertakeresque fashion. Do you get why they called the show “Mind Games”?

Vince McMahon was about climax when he heard “Sexy Boy”, as he put “The Heartbreak Kid” (Vince voice) over harder than Hulk Hogan puts himself over, brother. Mankind rocked back-and-forth in the corner to the music, I think he’s fond of Michaels’ singing voice.

We saw the Cactus Clothesline make its appearance very early on. The brawl went to the floor when Shawn Michaels surprisingly took over by monkey stomping Foley (who was under the protective mat) and throwing Mankind to the exposed floor headfirst, this was once again to the back of the head.

HBK went for the finish and Sweet Chin Music early on. But Mankind dove out of the ring like he was dodging a grenade (A-Team style), to stop Michaels’ momentum, and it worked. Mankind eventually took HBK’s back and nearly sunk in the dreaded “Mandible Claw” rear-naked style, only for his opponent to escape like a scared child.

Michaels was off his game, due to Mankind’s mind games, but he channeled his frustration and trepidation, and he used them as an offensive weapons. Going to the knee of Mankind.

Foley’s knee was destroyed, as he was suplexed by HBK on the steel steps. Michaels then turned up the aggression and in vicious fashion “the Heartbreak Kid” went on to dissect the knee of Mankind with surgical precision and malicious intent. Foley took control with his cunning and sadistic mind, utilizing a hotshot to Michael’s throat across the top rope. Foley then went to the apron, where he stabbed himself in the knee (Psycho style) with a pen to regain feeling in his injured leg.

The deranged Mankind used his sick imagination to think of new ways to dismantle HBK. This worked, nearly to perfection. But Mankind’s recklessness and lack of sanity would prove work to Michaels’ advantage, as he was able to get out of the way of a charging Mankind several times, leading to a comeback, much to the delight of the Kliq.

Mankind was hanged when leaping towards the ropes at a ducking HBK. Shawn Michaels then went after the fingers of Mankind, out of self-preservation. Attempting to break and maim Mankind’s fingers after he tasted the feared Mandible Claw. Mankind back body dropped HBK over the ropes as a last resort, leading to a tide-turning offensive run by the demented one.

Mankind not only threw the kitchen sink at Shawn Michaels, he threw the bathtub and the dishwasher. When he couldn’t pin Shawn, Mankind become frustrated and irate. Michaels gave it all he had as well, but to no avail. Until both men went off the ropes to the outside through the Spanish announce table. HBK, having landed on top, had the advantage.

As Mrs. Foley’s baby boy was scaling the top turnbuckle with a steel chair, Michaels spring boarded off of a chair in the ring to hit a jumping super kick sending the chair into leather face of Mankind.

Vader came out and the match ended, as it degenerated into brawl. Eventually, Mankind sunk in the Mandible Claw on Michaels, only to be stopped by the Undertaker, who came out to a thunderous ovation.

This match is a true classic. The only thing stopping it from being perfect was a run-in by Vader. Though it was understandable as the WWF had been building up Mankind to feud with the Undertaker, and Michaels was the face of the WWF.

Also, you have got to love Mr. Perfect on commentary.

We got a classic Dude Love/Mankind/Cactus Jack promo leading into a RAW match. Hunter Hearst Helmsley was expecting the Dude to appear, but what he got was a different side of Mick Foley. “Bang! Bang!”

 

“Falls Count Anywhere Hardcore Match” Cactus Jack vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley (WWF Raw Is War – September 22, 1997) = FUN!! 

The match started with Triple H taking a trashcan shot to the dome. As WWE Hall of Famer Booker T would say, “You gotta love it!” This match took place on the ramp, outside of the ring, throughout the crowd, backstage, and as shocking as it may seem, in the ring. Foley bumped like a boss, as usual, so that was great. The ending was a cherry on the top of this barbed wire wrapped chocolate sundae. Cactus hit the old school piledriver on the Connecticut blue blood on top of a table for the 1-2-3.

 

“No Holds Barred” Mick Foley vs. Terry Funk (WWF Raw Is War – May 4, 1998) = ***1/4

 This match is near and dear to Mick Foley, and with good reason. Terry Funk is his mentor and idol. The Funker and the Micker went out there, no-gimmicks-attached (besides Pat Patterson as special guest referee) and they had themselves a good old-fashioned brawl. Chairs, stairs, and fisticuffs added to a personal match that saw Funk Moonsault from a balcony and take a piledriver through a table. The fight went all over the building, and proved Funk was still crazy as ever.

Mick Foley was ready for Stone Cold. It’s amazing the Funker is still walking today after a match like that. Terry Funk would not stay down in this fight, until Mick Foley left he unable to lift his shoulders from the mat. Hell of a fight!

The previous match set-up the next match. Enter Dude Love….

At the time, the evil Mr. McMahon was pulling Mick Foley’s strings; using Foley’s love for McMahon as a way to turn Foley’s friendliest and goofiest alter ego, Dude Love on his former ally, Stone Cold Steve Austin. McMahon was hell-bent on ridding the World Wrestling Federation of its resident anti-authoritarian anarchist ass-kicker, Stone Cold Steve Austin. After the Dude came up short in their first encounter for the World Wrestling Federation Championship, McMahon would stack the deck against Austin, ensuring the Rattlesnake had “No chance in hell,” of leaving the match as WWF Champion.

 

Dude Love vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin (WWF In Your House 22 – May 31, 1998) = ****

Your special guest ring announcer: Pat Patterson

Guest timekeeper:  Gerald Briscoe

And last but not least, the special guest referee: Vincent Kennedy McMahon. This was all in the interest of fairness, of course.

Mankind buried Vince’s three sizes too tight referee shirt in the introduction, because he’s awesome.

The Undertaker was at ringside to counteract the extremely unfair favouritism towards Dude Love.

The crowd was on-fire. They were almost post-WrestleMania RAW hot for Austin. I’ll chalk up the “Vince is gay” chants to stupidity, not homophobia.

Some nice mat work, early on, but don’t worry, it was nothing like Rock vs. Cena. The Dudester bumped like Dolph Ziggler for Stone Cold, taking a throw over the top rope like Taka Michinoku.

The Dude worked over the lower back of Austin with excellence of execution, until Austin made an uncharacteristically heroic comeback. Foley did the hanging rope spot to an insane reaction from the sold out crowd.

As the match went to the outside, Dude Love hip threw Austin on the Spanish announce table. It was then that Pat Patterson reminded us this was a no disqualification match. This inspired Austin to open a can of whoop-ass on the Dude.

The fight spilled to the ramp where Foley knocked Austin down. Patterson to announce the match was also “falls count anywhere,” Dude Love back body dropped Stone Cold on a car that was part of the set.

McMahon counted pin falls much faster for Foley than he did for Austin. The Duder dropped a flying Cactus Elbow from a stack of cars to Austin on the concrete floor below. Bad idea! Austin moved, and Dude Love felt no love from the cement floor.

Dude Love regained control and brought the match back to the ring where dominated Stone Cold for a while, getting the crowd pumped up for an Austin comeback. Austin took over and the crowd went crazy. Foley cut off Austin like a shitty driver, halting his momentum by ramming the Toughest S.O.B in the WWF headfirst into an exposed turnbuckle. Great spot.

Austin gained control, and brained Dude with a thunderous chair shot. As Austin was jawing with McMahon, Foley ran at Austin with the chair, only for Austin to move. McMahon was knocked goofier than Billy Jack Haynes with a chair shot, so Stone Cold hit a distraught Foley with the Stunner. Mike Chioda bolted to the ring to make the count, but Pat Patterson pulled him out of the ring and popped him in the mouth one and slid in to make the count. The Undertaker was having none of it, so he Choke slams Patterson through the American announce table. Gerry Briscoe unwisely tried to count as well, only to suffer a similar fate to his best bud as he was sent crashing through the Spanish table.

This was a really strong showing from both guys, especially Dude Love. Although this was a clusterfuck it worked.

Next we got a backstory to the infamous Hell in a Cell match between Mankind and the Undertaker.

 

Mankind vs. The Undertaker (WWF King Of The Ring – June 28, 1998) = ***

This was more of a death-defying train derailment than it was a wrestling match.  Mick Foley clambered up the Cell to begin the match, making a statement, and in hindsight, a really poor decision. If you don’t know the story already, Taker threw Mick of the top of the cell similar to the way you would throw an opponent over the top rope in the Royal Rumble match. Only Foley was 20 feet in the air, and he crashed into the table below.

After he was legitimately stretchered off, Foley returned to the Cell, reaching the top yet again. This time he would take a Chokeslam through the Cell, with a steel chair following close after his body, hitting him in the face and knocking his teeth out. I can’t believe people cheered this. I would have been worried for Mick and his family. The match ended mercifully in the ring when a Tombstone and the pin followed a Chokeslam on Foley to a pile of thumbtacks below. I felt uncomfortable watching this. But, it is historical.

Mankind talked about winning the WWF Championship for the first time. He never thought he would get to that point. Foley undervalued himself. He’s far better than The Rocks & the Triple H’s, both in and out of the ring. This was Mick Foley’s childhood dream realized.

 

Mankind vs. The Rock (WWF Raw Is War – January 4, 1999) Match = *** Mick Foley winning the WWF Title = *****

 The match itself was good for TV. With Foley being his usual great self and The Rock being okay.

Nice Rock Bottom through the table. Austin hits Rock with a chair, and Mick Foley gets the pin and the WWF Championship.

The famous quote goes, “That’ll put butts in the seats,” and it sure did. The match quality is irrelevant, this was probably the greatest moment in the history of Monday Night RAW.

Before his initial “retirement” Mick Foley was concerned the modern Mankind character was leaving people with the impression that he was losing his edge. Foley didn’t want to go out like that. The following match is considered by many to be the greatest match in the careers of both Mick Foley and Triple H. I have trouble disagreeing. It’s definitely Trip’s best match. Foley was always his best opponent.

The following match was the result of Mankind not being tough enough to beat Triple H for the WWF Title. Cactus Jack, on the other hand, was up for the challenge.


“Street Fight for the WWF Championship” Cactus Jack vs. Triple H (WWF Royal Rumble – January 23, 2000) = ****1/2

Cactus Jack came on strong really fast in this one. Dominating early on, until Triple H was able to hit Jack with the ring bell and recover. The first chair shot Jack took in this one may have done Dude Love or Mankind in, but the pain only fired Cactus Jack up.

This truly was a street fight, as the fight went all over the building and contained trashcans, bricks, and wooden pallets. Speaking of which, the pallet punctured Triple H’s calf and it left a nasty gash.

Cactus was ultra-intense and violent. But you know this wouldn’t be a Cactus Jack match without barbed wire. Cactus brought Barbie to the party, and I’m not talking, Mattel. This backfired when The Game used Cactus’s weapon of choice on the man from Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

Cactus was back on top in no time. As he hit Triple H in the face with barbed wire, even dropping the barbed wire 4×4 on the head of Triple H like an elbow drop, busting The Game, wide open! The unpredictability and savagery of Cactus Jack was on full display, as he was on-route to a win over Triple H, when Jack was back body dropped on the US announce table. Every time Cactus or Triple H would take over, they did everything in their power to end one another.

Triple H finally found a weak spot on Cactus, taking his leg out temporarily with a chop block and went to work on the leg, weakening Jack enough to grab handcuffs and tie Jack’s hands behind his back. Somehow, Cactus was able to fight off the attack of Triple H, and he even got the upper hand.

Then Triple H got him down. Triple H went to work with steel chair on Cactus Jack. As Cactus made his way to the ramp, to escape the attack, The Rock came out and cracked “The Cerebral Assassin” with a steel chair. This led to the Spanish table, where Cactus hit a beautiful piledriver on Triple H. Then Jack pulled out a very large sack of thumbtacks and he laid them down in the ring. Triple H was able to send Jack into the tacks, and follow it up with a Pedigree, after a distraction from Stephanie McMahon. Cactus somehow kicked out. And this is when guys didn’t just kick out of countless finishing predicaments. Triple H ended it with a Pedigree on the thumbtacks and getting the pin to end this phenomenal street fight.

Triple H had to take a stretcher out of the ring, while Cactus was left to exact revenge, hitting Triple H with Barbie.

 

Disc 3: The Return and World Wrestling Entertainment

The bonus “Hardcore Edition” disc features matches from Mick Foley’s WWE comeback and a plug for Foley’s latest book, at the time, “The Hardcore Diaries”. It is a good book, by the way. On commentary we have Joey Styles and naturally, “The Hardcore Legend” himself, Mick Foley.

“The Legend Killer” vs. “The Hardcore Legend

At this point, Randy Orton was beginning only to establish himself. This was his first blood feud and the first time many, including myself, took him seriously. This feud would go on for months, leading to a big anything goes hardcore fight between the two bitter rivals at Backlash.

 

“No Hold’s Barred, Falls Count Anywhere” Mick Foley vs. Randy Orton (WWE Backlash – April 18, 2004) =

Foley, in Cactus Jack attire, took it to Randy Orton right away, swinging a barbed wire bat like a long sword, while Orton defended with his shield, a garbage can. Orton was retreating in a hurry with fear in his eyes. Orton was able to fight off the attack, and he took to Foley with the trashcan. Mick Foley was chewing gum for this match, important tidbit.

When the match returned to the ring, Foley hit a beautiful million-dollar knee lift on RKO. Foley was back dropped on the ramp. Mick confirmed this was indeed a concussive blow.

The barbed wire bat was teased on and off, making it all that more affective when barbed wire made contact with skin. The crowd popped big when it finally happed, and Randy bled. Foley went after the cut relentlessly, letting Cactus Jack come out. Orton’s terrified response to being torn apart by Barbie was priceless. A leg drop to the groin of Randy Orton was mean enough, but when Mick added the bat, it was brutal. Cactus was about to light Barbie on fire and throw Orton on the grill, when Eric Bischoff came out and stopped him.

Mick Foley took Randy Orton to school. The school of hardcore knocks, that is. As Foley was about to drop Orton on a barbed wire board, he was hit in the face with powder, distracting Foley long enough for Randy to scoop slam Mick on the barbed wire. Foley says he was cut 75 times in that match, due to the barbed wire. Orton would continue to use the board as an offensive weapon.

Orton, not Foley, grabs the thumbtacks and spills them in the centre of the ring. This backfires when Orton attempts to RKO Mick on the tacks, Foley pushes him off, and Orton’s face tells the story. Jesus. Foley took Orton down the ramp, where he THREW Orton off the stage into a pile of wood. Being Mick Foley, which was not enough, as he dove in after the young superstar with a giant Cactus elbow drop.

Foley confirmed the thumbtacks are indeed real. This is the match that made Randy Orton. He went from a pretty boy with potential, to being a legitimate player. A beautiful double-arm DDT by Foley almost wins him the match. Orton counters the Mandible Claw with a big Dory Jr. Funkesque forearm uppercut and a low blow. Foley went back to the well with Socko, but Orton counter with the RKO. Foley was able to kick out, only to be finished off by a second RKO, this time on the barbed wire bat.

This was the match that stole the show at WrestleMania XX in Chicago. Edge had been feuding with Mick Foley for some time and it had escalated to the point where only one match could settle things…

 

“Hardcore match” Mick Foley vs. Edge (WWE WrestleMania 22 – April 2, 2006) = ****1/4

Mick had a strong short burst to start out, but Edge soon took over, delivering tray shots and dropkicking a sign into Foley’s face. Edge hit a huge spear early on. Edge began to freak out as he was beginning to bleed. Foley opened his first layer of flannels to revel he had wrapped himself in barbed wire. Lita jumped on Foley’s back, as he was about to go for the Cactus Clothesline, so he did it anyone. An awesome site, to be sure.

Edge hip tossed Mick into the steel steps, and began his comeback. Edge got the table out looked to do damage. Edge covered Foley in Lighter fluid, so Foley hit him, and dumped him on his head with the stump-puller piledriver. Edge did some damage with the barbed wire, digging it into the flesh of “The Hardcore Legend”.

Edge’s desperation and facial expressions get the match over big time. The tacks come out again, and Foley back drops Edge on them. Edge’s reaction is priceless, and unscripted. Foley was BUSTED WIDE OPEN!! The image of Foley wearing the crimson mask with a smile on his face, that’s very Cactus Jack.

Mick Foley was spraying a table on the outside of the ring with lighter fluid, when he was hit in the balls with a barbed baseball bat by Lita, who emptied the container on the table and lit it on fire. Edge hit Foley with a spear through the ropes, sending Foley into the flaming table. Great match. Mick Foley played the WWE puppet, anti-ECW bad guy very well. Edge ripped apart the ECW fans.  Note: Mick Foley calls Lita “The Doctor of Jugonomics”, and it never gets old. This made the reaction to Terry Funk & Tommy Dreamer even better.

 

Mick Foley, Edge, & Lita vs. Terry Funk, Tommy Dreamer & Beulah (ECW One Night Stand – June 11, 2006) = 

This was classic ECW. And it was VIOLENT. Tommy Dreamer and Edge started the match, but soon enough, the Funker got in their with Foley, and just when we had ourselves a real fight, Foley retreated. The anti-hardcore Mick Foley was on point. We got signs, we got ladders, and we got a crazy Terry Funk. That automatically made this match great. Lita and Beulah getting involved added a lot to the match.

When the barbed wire board comes out, shit was on. In ECW wrestlers didn’t use props they used real weapons. From that point on the match was non-stop action. Funk was hurt and had to leave partway through the match. Tommy Dreamer had his little Dreamers crushed. Mr. Socko got booed heavily in ECW, unsurprisingly. Edge, Lita and Foley gelled very well together. Feeding off of each other, and being total jerk-offs.

Terry Funk returned to the ring to hit Mick with a flaming barbed wire wrapped chunk of lumber. Foley was hit by the piece of flaming wood and as a result fell on to a barbed wire on the floor. Edge speared Beulah and got a sexually suggestive three count.

“I Quit Match” Mick Foley vs. Ric Flair (WWE SummerSlam – August 20, 2006)

This was an interesting match. The fight was violent, good enough, but ultimately disappointing. Did anyone like that finish?

Documentary: N/A

 Match Selection: 9/10

Extras: 10/10

The lack of a documentary puts this DVD down to 8.5. Still, this DVD is a must for Mick Foley fans, and for old school wrestling fans alike.

Overall: 9/10

Sean Carleton

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