WWE general manager Mick Foley announced earlier today that he is taking a break from Twitter, after a fan released photos of a private conversation they were having over DM. Don’t worry Foley fans, it’s not nearly as scandalous as some other celebrity social media scandals – the WWE Hall of Famer was actually talking about the use of women on the company’s flagship show, Monday Night Raw.
“So we are two weeks away from what might be the biggest match in women’s wrestling history…and this strikes you as a good time to push Summer?”, Foley questioned of Twitter user @drinkbleachT. The fan then made a plea for more women to be used simultaneously on Raw, much like the multiple ongoing women’s storylines on Smackdown, feeling like the product was too heavily centered around just Charlotte and Sasha Banks. Mick responded, “Our women just main evented Raw and are two weeks away from the biggest match in women’s history. This IS a revolution. That’s real progress. That’s far more impressive than you saying Smackdown has it covered.”
Here’s the full conversation:
Foley then stated on Twitter that he would be taking a break from social media after the fan in question posted the photos (seen above) on her timeline. He also noted that he will no longer be communicating with fans via direct message going forward.
Obviously this looks bad on quite a few different levels, the least of which is the protection of kayfabe here with legendary wrestlers talking about “pushes” and the mechanics of an ongoing angle with a fan on Twitter. Add to that a WWE personality having private conversations with fans via DM is just asking for controversy in this day and age. While Mick Foley is a human being who, like most of us doesn’t have time to watch every minute of WWE television every single week, it doesn’t look great to have Mick Foley the TV character, who is supposed to be an authority figure and decision-maker, appearing ignorant on the potential and body of work of one of his performers.