Mick Foley Reveals Moments Of Clarity Around His WWE Hell In A Cell Match With The Undertaker
Foley had some reservations around his legacy
Mick Foley has revealed how he used to feel sensitive regarding his Hell In a Cell Match with the Undertaker, for fear of only being remembered for the insane spots in the bout.
Foley and Undertaker's Cell Match at King Of The Ring 1998 is one of the most famous matches in WWE history, notorious for the two moments where Foley was thrown from the cell and went through its roof.
The former Mankind has revealed how he felt worried about being only remembered for that match but a combination of watching the encounter back with his children, as well as some kind words from 'Taker himself, led him to find comfort in the situation.
Speaking on Steve Austin's Broken Skull Sessions, Foley said: "For the longest time, I'm pretty sensitive to the fact that I'm only remembered for that one thing. The two things that hit me were that I come home and my wife tells me my younger boys want to see this match. Probably 5 and 7 at the time. Kids at school have been talking about it. I'd only seen the clips, you know, Jim Ross 'Good God Almighty, they killed him!' That had become iconic.
"They're showing it in World Cup soccer games and Superbowls and whatnot, but I hadn't actually watched the match in probably 10 years. So I sit down there with my boys and I watch it and I realize that all these years later, man, it still really packs a punch. It's a ride. It takes you on a ride all these years later.
"That combined with Undertaker coming to one of my events in Austin. He and Michelle come and we start reminiscing and Taker looks at me - he still called me Jack at the time. One of the last holdouts from when I was Cactus Jack. He goes, 'Jack, what you and I did that night will outlive us both. People will be talking about that match long after you and I are gone.' It was almost like I could feel this weight being lifted off my shoulders.
"Then I realised, wait a second, I wanted to make people feel the way I felt the night that I saw Snuka come off the top of that cage. I've done it and I'm too stubborn to realise it. You know how many great workers there have been in our business who aren't remembered for anything? It's like now I've got not only this match but the title change with The Rock. I got a few things and it no longer bothers me that I'm asked about that match almost every single day."