Mick Foley Talks About TNA, His Next Book & More

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The Charlotte Observer recently interviewed Mick Foley in order to promote Sunday’s Genesis PPV, where he makes his TNA wrestling debut in the main event. Here are some of the highlights:

On The Jump To TNA: “It felt like I’d done everything I could in WWE. I did give announcing a try for five months, which was long enough to realize it wasn’t something I wanted to pursue. The TNA opportunity sounded like a positive way to make a difference in the wrestling business. I thought I would have some doubts, but it’s been a guilt-free move – the best thing I could have done. Anytime wrestlers have an option and are actually in a position to negotiate and deal from a position of strength, it’s good for everybody. I had always believed, and written in a book that WWE published, that the wrestling business would be better off with a viable second (option). I was pretty sure my difference-making days at WWE were over.”

On Wrestling In The Carolinas: “That was an exciting atmosphere where this small promotion was drawing up to 3,500 people to see names from the past. I always felt like I was someplace special when I performed in Charlotte. Charlotte was a city that was difficult for WWE to crack for many years, although they do well there now. The people are open to a different option.”

On His Next Book Project: “The new movie The Wrestler is getting such positive buzz, I’m thinking of revisiting a thought I had to fictionalize a 1987 trip I made to West Africa. It was a hectic trip, and the government was overthrown within weeks after I left. I had always thought I could tell an interesting tale, but until the critical acclaim of The Wrestler, I didn’t think there would be interest.

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