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Reason Behind Mick Foley Leaving WCW

Mick Foley Mankind Dude Love Cactus Jack

• Old School WWF Veteran Would Have Celebrated His Birthday

Today would have been the 66th birthday of Old School WWF Veteran “Playboy” Buddy Rose (Real name: Paul Perschmann).

He was considered a Legend in several territories such as Verne Gagne’s AWA and Don Owen’s Pacific Northwest, but also made a name for himself in the WWF during the 80s.

Buddy Rose (as The Executioner) wrestled Tito Santana in the opening match of the first ever WrestleMania in 1985.

When he returned to the World Wrestling Federation in 1990, he was used mainly as a ‘Jobber To The Stars’.


• Reason Behind Mick Foley Leaving WCW

During a recent edition of 83 Weeks podcast, former WCW President Eric Bischoff talked about Mick Foley’s brutal matches with Vader in WCW.

Eric noted that he wasn’t a fan of those hardcore type matches, while Foley loved those matches and this difference of thoughts eventually led to Foley’s departure from WCW.

Below is what Bischoff said:

“Obviously I remember it because of its intensity, and you are right, there were people that were justifiably concerned that Cactus Jack was hurt badly. We knew that he was hurt, but there is a difference between being hurt and being hurt badly. There was a few moments of concern about that, and look, it wasn’t my kind of match.

I recognized it for its brutality, but even back then this was long before I ever really thought about creative, I really didn’t think of creative, I was only focused more on what I was hired to be focused on and I didn’t know anything about laying matches or storylines, it was just never in my wheelhouse, so I knew what I liked and what I didn’t like, and to me that went too far.

Part of that was Mick Foley loved that type of actions, which was one of the reasons why he left WCW because it was one of the areas Mick and I disagreed on and he ended up leaving. Mick Foley liked those kinds of matches. He loved the brutal, dangerous, almost death-defying matches.

He would hurt himself regularly. He got to the point where he would put himself in situations where he was putting himself in great risk and putting the company in great risk in the long run. This match was the beginning of that evolution of Mick Foley. He loved those kind of matches and Vader was an opponent that could certainly facilitate it.”

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