TNA Wrestling: Mick Foley - Hardcore Legend
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Best Selling Author. Wrestling Champion. Hardcore Legend. Relive the career of Mick Foley in this TNA Home Video release. Experience some of his biggest matches and best moments during his TNA career, such as his reign as TNA World Champion, defeating Sting, and even his shocking return on "iMPACT!" after getting fired by Eric Bischoff.
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Matches (Hosted By Foley & Jeremy Borash) Include:
TNA In-Ring Debut w/A.J. Styles & Brother Devon vs. Scott Steiner, Booker T, Cute Kip - This was originally scheduled to be Foley & the members of the Frontline group against the Main Event Mafia but with Kevin Nash getting injured (AGAIN!), Cute Kip took his place. The match was joined in progress & picks up after Foley restarted the original contest under hardcore rules. As expected, plenty of weapons were used from trash cans to chairs to the announce table with the only real highlight being A.J.'s splash onto Kip through a table...with all of that landing on top of Foley's leg. The tag match before this wasn't anything special & the restart helped a little bit but past it being Foley's in-ring debut, this is easily forgettable.
w/Jeff Jarrett vs. Sting & Kurt Angle - This was Foley's in-ring debut on Impact along with Jarrett's first Impact match in 2 years in a tag match that happened right after Destination X where him & Jarrett were the special enforcer & referee for the match between Sting & Angle. Foley was able to out mat wrestle Angle in the beginning to the shock of everyone causing Angle to resort to dirty tactics such as getting the M.E.M. bodyguards involved before using a steel chair & Angle Slam Foley onto the floor. There was still tension between Sting & Angle which we saw throughout the match as Angle refused to tag Sting & kept beating on Foley because Sting kept showing mercy towards Foley saying "THAT'S ENOUGH, JUST PIN HIM!" However it was the ending of the match that completely shocked everyone & setup the main event for Lockdown.
"Impact" Mar. 09
vs. TNA Champion Sting - Before the match, there was a change to the rules in that you could also win this match by escaping the cage but only climbing over the cage & dropping to the floor as the cage door was locked. Foley came as his Cactus Jack persona and busted himself open before the match got started. They told a good story here as Sting hurt Cactus' leg early on to the point where Mick had problems climbing out of the cage so his decision to have the cage door locked backfired so he tried different ways of escaping the cage...including trying to squeeze himself through one of the camera holes in the cage. It wasn't a blow-away match but you can tell both men tried their hardest here as it was the best Sting match probably since Bound For Glory while Foley heavily made up for his lackluster performance at Genesis months earlier. I'll give Sting & Foley credit here in that they did what Triple H & Randy Orton couldn't do at Mania in that although their match didn't top the the previous two matches, they were able to follow it up and give it the best they could.
vs. TNA Champion Kurt Angle - It should be noted that this was the first one on one meeting between these two & Kurt was going into this match with a legit groin injury which saw him not go as "all out" & intense as Kurt usually does and you saw him heavily favor it as one point after missing a moonsault. I'll give credit here in that Mick gave the best in-ring "wrestling" performance he's had up to this point in TNA with using various moves like a bodysissors/mandible claw combination. This was a solid bout but again, nothing really memorable.
Victory Road 09
Monster's Ball Match vs. Abyss w/Dr. Stevie as the special referee - This match had a special stipulation that if Abyss used thumbtacks in this match, he would lose by disqualification (yes, a DQ in a hardcore match). They started out on the stage that at one point saw Abyss go through it only to come out the ramp like it was a scene from a monster movie. I don't want to give too much away here but the only negative things I can say here is that the way the "tazer" came off looking when it was used was just so hokey & there was a big botch with the count at one point that it was worthy of the chant it got. Past that, you had barbed wire come into play via the baseball bats & wooden boards covered with it, thumbtacks, and Daffney getting involved & doing something so unexpected that it had the arena chanting through the video package for the next match "She's Hardcore! She's Hardcore!" You got just about everything you expected in his match & more just based off the reputation both men have when it comes to the word "hardcore."
Bound For Glory 09
Foley's Funhouse Rules Match w/Abyss vs. Raven & Dr. Stevie - Despite the crazy title, this is really just a hardcore match as Foley & Abyss were out for revenge for the fire incidents on Foley's eye & Abyss' leg caused by Raven & Stevie in the previous weeks. As you would expect, they brought out all the plunder (Dusty Rhodes reference) & fought everywhere from kendo sticks, trash can full of weapons, barbed wire baseball bat while fighting in & out on the ring to the stage & ringside. One moment to look out for was Stevie being wrapped in barbed wire on a table before Foley delivered his classic elbow drop. If you like hardcore matches, this is for you.
Final Resolution 09
No Disqualification/Loser Leaves TNA Match vs. Jeff Jarrett - This took place shortly after Hogan & Bischoff arrived in TNA with both Jarrett & Foley being a pain for Bischoff leading to this match where Bischoff wanted to get rid of at least one of them. Beer Money were the guest referees while Bischoff did commentary here. This was actual a good straight wrestling match between both men as although the match had a no disqualification stipulation, they didn't go there past a chair getting involved but it was a good match overall.
"Impact" Mar. 10
Last Man Standing Match vs. Ric Flair - The spokesmen for their respective groups (Foley with EV2 & Flair with Fortune) met here days before Bound For Glory. Both men were bleeding "crimson mask" with various weapons used such as a baseball bats & boards covered in barbed wire, thumbtacks, and tables. Hardcore spots were taken by both men such as Foley being tossed off the stage though a table, Flair backdropped onto tacks & later splashing Foley through a table, and Mick getting beat up with his own book. In what was been Foley's final match (so far), this was the hardcore war that we should have gotten in their feud back in 2006.
"Impact" Oct. 10
Other segments shown on the DVD include his debut promo on Impact & the interview Foley himself conducted with Cactus Jack while DVD extras include the face to face meeting with Ric Flair the week before their Last Man Standing match & his confrontation with Immortal over the issue of concussions.
They captured most of Foley's career in TNA on this DVD with the only match that wasn't included that I felt should have was his Legends Championship match against Kevin Nash from Hard Justice but overall, this is one to add to the collection for any fan of Foley, TNA, or just hardcore wrestling.
One of the best matches on the dvd is The Cage Match Sting vs Foley. They both put on a great match and a great moment for Foley to get the belt. I think it was a good decision to put Foley in a wrestling role. Foley being their champion gave them more credibility. Another great match on the dvd is Kurt Angle vs Foley. It was an amazing match and proved Foley could still put on a great match. Angle and Foley worked well together. Another great match was Bound For Glory Foley vs Abyss in a hardcore match. It was a big one. It was great. You can see similarities between Abyss and Mankind character. I think Foley helped Abyss a lot and it was good for Abyss's career to say he wrestled Foley.
During the period Foley came in TNA it was getting hot. Sting's Heel Turn and formation of The Main Event Mafia was great. Sting's Heel turn went pretty well and MEM was one of the greatest factions TNA ever had. Foley jumped into the picture to help The Front Line in a supporting role before fighting Sting. I would have picked a young guy to beat Sting for the belt rather than Foley. A guy like Styles or Rhino so The Front Line would have gotten atleast a major victory and TNA wouldn't all be about pushing older guys. I do think it was a good move to give Foley the belt for a brief run. One of the only complaints of the dvd is it's missing his epic hardcore match with Kevin Nash. Overall this covered his entire career mostly.
There is also a good match with Foley and Jarrett on here. My favorite match on here is Foley's match against Flair. Those two squashed their beef but they put on great matches. Foley represented the greatest hardcore wrestler ever and Flair the best wrestler period. There is a great clash and conflict there. It was like Bird vs Magic. Two different people very gifted in their craft. Great match. You also hear from other TNA Wrestlers on Mick Foley.
All in all this is a great dvd that covers just about everything. Foley had a positive impact on TNA. Unfortunately TNA made the mistake of getting Hogan and thus their downfall. I was satisfied with his run in TNA. I thought he should have only stayed a couple years. In the end he had some great matches in TNA and is remembered for being part of TNA when it was on the rise. Cheers!