Mick Foley: AJ 'Top Dolla' Francis Could Have Been Money For WWE
Francis was released by WWE last month
Mick Foley believes WWE have left money on the table by letting AJ Francis leave the promotion.
Francis, known as Top Dolla, was released by WWE alongside the entire 'Hit Row' faction in November just a couple of weeks after being drafted to Friday Night SmackDown from NXT.
Foley and Francis spent time together as Francis fronted the Most Wanted Treasures show and the WWE Hall of Famer believes WWE made a mistake in letting him depart.
Speaking to The Wrestling Inc. Daily, Foley said: "I’ll throw a name out, AJ Francis. To me, AJ was money. Big powerful guy, a wealth of charisma, he’s got a rap album out.
"I asked AJ if WWE took issue with some of the lyrics. AJ has got some strong opinions, he’s a proud black man he makes that case known with his lyrics. I think it’s a great album, he has an incredible knack for putting words together, great promo guy. He said, ‘I don’t even think they know I have an album.’
"My career took off when Bruce Prichard overheard me talking to Shawn Michaels about this childhood dream I had to be Dude Love. Bruce went to Vince and said, ‘this guy has a much more interesting real-life story than the one we’re featuring, the fictional story.’ So, when I did the sit-down interview with Jim Ross, that’s when things really took off for me in WWE because Vince became aware of everything I had to offer.
"I just think if you have someone in developmental and you’re paying him and you’re looking for stars of the future and you’re not aware of all the assets they bring to the table. You’re doing a disservice to the talent and the company."