Mick Foley Posts Lengthy Blog Criticizing The WWE Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View

WWE Hall Of Famer Mick Foley posted the following blog sharing his feelings on the WWE’s booking of the Royal Rumble pay-per-view on Sunday night.


Yes, I’m going to put a brick through my TV. It’s just going to have to wait until tomorrow. I had every intention of putting a brick through my TV tonight, after seeing that Daniel Bryan was not even entered in the Royal Rumble match, let alone going to win the thing. But, upon seeing their dad with a brick in his hand, my younger children got a little bit scared, thinking their dad had lost his mind. A rather spirited debate about the wisdom of following through on the promise to put a brick through my TV ensued with my wife – and, as is usually the case in marital debates, I, being the husband, did not emerge victorious. Honestly, the points she made about mercury and glass fragments everywhere were pretty good ones.

But I’m still going to put a brick through my TV. It’s just going to have to wait until tomorrow – when the kids are in school, and I can take the TV outside the house for the actual throwing of the brick. Granted, it’s not nearly as dramatic as doing it live, right after the Rumble, but at least I will be keeping my word.

As I mentioned on Twitter, I’ve never felt so disgusted at the conclusion of a WWE (or any) PPV. Like many of you out there, I just don’t get it. This Daniel Bryan thing is a phenomenon. You get it. I get it. The fans in Pittsburgh (yes, I was thinking of writing “RIGHT TH…but I’m just not in a cheap pop mood) got it. But tonight, for the first time, I had to admit to myself that the powers that be are just not going to get it. And that makes me sad. I’m just honestly sad, just flat out fucking sad (yes, I dropped an F-bomb there to emphasize how F’ing sad I am for the guys who bust their butts night in and night out – Ziggler, Punk, Bryan, etc – with no hope of getting their shot at this year’s Mania.

You know who else I’m sad for? Me. In my two years as an official WWE Ambassador, I never once had to lie about my enthusiasm for the company or the product. Now, although I am no longer officially an Ambassador for WWE (believe it or not, my only official role in WWE is as GM for Saturday Morning Slam, a contract that ends in one month) I was till looking forward to being part of the biggest event of the year. I’ll probably end up going anyway. But I’m about 1/6th as excited about it as I was just a few hours ago. I wanted so badly to hear 75,000 WWE fans chanting “YES” – and seeing fans walk away absolutely ecstatic about the outcome of a PPV for the first time in a while…a long while. But when given the chance to make it happen (unless they’ve got something MAJOR up their sleeve) WWE’s answer tonight was a resounding “NO, NO, NO”

  • Josh


  • RVD4Life

    Couldn’t agree more with Mick.. Bryan’s match was flat out awesome. Show Stealer for sure. The Finish to Cena/Orton with the Wyatts was awesome. But the Rumble was terrible. The 1st 25 entrants, the match had promise, until it became blatantly clear that WWE doesn’t give a shit about the fans. No RVD, No Jericho, No Bryan, and then Craptista wins.. such bullshit, at the very least, Reigns should’ve won.. Fuck off Vince!!!

  • James Humwood

    mick foley sees the truth and r.i.p foleys tv.


    Hey Jerihoar you think Batista CARES the wrestling business? He cares about kissing HHH’s ass and getting paid and that is the guy to win the Rumble? COME ON?? REALLY?

    • bengalsmarvel

      I don’t hate Batista but ido think that guys like him and Lesnar need to let guys like Bryan, Punk, Ziggler and Kofi Kingston be pushed to the top after paying their dues over the years. Im ok with Batista and Lesnar being in WWE along with other part timers but they shouldnt be in title matches unless they want to work like the rest, which Batista could still prove. I don’t think he should have won the rumble because he doesn’t need it like guys like Bryan and Ziggler do.

  • DemonicJawa

    100% agree wih you Mick. It’s astounding. Daniel Bryan is not only a phenomenon, but as you said has night-in and night-out worked his ass off. Plus, his match with Bray Wyatt was simply wonderful. An instant classic, imo, and then the rest of the PPV just snowballed into the abyss. I reeeeally hope that the WWE has something INCREDIBLE planned for the next couple of months, or this long time fan may finally end up checking out.

  • James Humwood

    one thing i have too say is poor rey shouldnt have been booed just wrong place at wrong time guy didnt deserve it.and while i think d.bry shoulda been in and won i wouldnt have been against a super heel bad news barrett coming out at number 30 and saying i got some bad news… anything would have been good really but nope lets have batista fu*k it up good job wwe

    • James Thurmond

      That actually would have been classic XD D Bryan’s music hits, but then instantly stops, only to hear “I’ve got some….baaaad neeews…”

  • theripperdannyb

    He’s right, along with so many other guys around here. And for once this isnt just the internet smarks wanting it, its the real fans, who pay to watch the rumble, who paid to be there. The fact is that the rumble was booked badly. The Waytt Bryan match as clearly stated was great, even the tag match on the kick off was decent, and the lesnar show match served its purpose, even if it was poor. I have no problem with Cena, but even he cant drag out a rivalry that shouldnt be there, but as for the rumble match, that was both brilliant and awful. The shield, punk, sheamus, guys like that made it awesome, but Batista? We ALL saw it coming, it was predictable.

    The thing that upsets me the most, is having Mysterio enter at 30. How did they not know what the outcome of not putting Bryan in would be? One of the most genuine stars, and longest running faces of all time was booed out, at least put a heel in that spot for God’s sake! And then theres Kane, why doesnt it shock me that the record that Kane has been on the verge of breaking for years stays intact when the current record holder (HBK) is HHH’s best friend. I know we will never see Kane win, but he deserves that record, and he wont get it because HHH wants to preserve Michael’s record. The ego of that guy is holding back genuine organic faces like the ones mentioned and seeing guys like Batista (who I dont have a problem with, i just dont think he deserves the spot this year) and Orton (who is only relevant at all because HHH says so) headline the biggest WWE pay per view ever. They will never learn, its a good job that the only rival competitor ( and I use that term loosely) is TNA.

  • Tiny

    Rey shouldn’t have been 30, Bryan should of been in, final 4 Sheamus, Reigns, Bryan and Punk – any of those could of won and everybody would of been happy


    Heres the thing.. As long as the WWE continues to let guys in and steal the spolight from the real wrestlers that bust their asses for the company day in and day out. The longer its going to take for them to reach the next successful era of wrestling. I remember during the Attitude Era, whenever the Royal Rumble, or WrestleMania came around you never needed to bring back past talent to score ratings or gain more viewers. What the WWE had then vs. what it has no was NO SHOVELS! Meaning nobody got BURIED! And because of that, talent developed, wrestlers and their gimmicks grew onto fans and you learned to love the wrestler and everything about its character. As long as they continue to run things the way theyre the more theyll need guys like: Y2J, RVD, Lesnar, Batista (which is now a total fail of a return) and Rock to keep the fans interested. They need to let these superstars get out and give it all they got without shadowing them the next day. The day that happens is the day a WWE PPV match card will include no outside help from the past and still be successful.

    On another note, The Rock for me was the only huge respectable profit. When he came back he brought WWE higher views, and ratings giving younger talent a chance to shine in front of HUGGE! Crowds. I for one started watching wrestling in 96′-04′ then started watching as soon as I heard rock was back at WM26 and I know Im not the only one. Since then ive learn to appreciate guys like DB, Punk, Ziggler and even younger talent such as the Usos. This Batista thing on the other hand makes no sense he legit stole 30 hard working athletes shine to become NOT ONE, BUT A TWO TIME ROYAL RUMBLE WINNER! For a main I event I and I know many others have no interest for.

  • Arvindo

    If they were bringing Batista back, they should have had him feud with Lesnar. Part Timer vs Part Timer would be fair for all the regular guys and at the same time Lesnar and Batista would have drew PPV buys as well. Kind of like what Hunter and Taker did with the end of an era match at WM. I don’t dislike Batista. He’s got his good moments. His rumble win in 2005 was perfect because they were looking to make him the next big thing. But this just doesn’t fit. Even if they made D Bry champ at the EC PPV, I still wouldn’t really want to see Bryan vs Batista.

  • George Lozada

    Daniel Bryan should consider going to TNA.

    • Danno

      …where he’ll be followed religiously by all 13 TNA fans.

  • Trainwreck

    AMERICANS – when Batista comes onto the television instantly change the channel. When the rating drop when Batista is on, they will know they’ve dropped a bollock.

  • Moonjumper

    YES! At last we the majority of the WWE audience have someone with some clout to back us up. WWE can’t just dismiss us as “internet fans” who complain online anymore, this is Mick fucking Foley and he’s mirroring our exact opinions.

    WWE crossed a line last night, the fans are furious. We don’t want another part time champion promoting a damn movie, we want the actual wrestlers we watch every week and cheer for like Punk and Bryan on the top spots. We don’t want Randy Borton and Cena for the 1000th time. ENOUGH!

  • batistasucks

    The PPV was terrible and I was amused to see Foley’s reaction on Twitter, but can’t say I fully agree with the longer version posted here.

    The fact that Bryan wasn’t in/didn’t win the Rumble isn’t why the PPV sucked. I get that a lot of people would have liked to see that, and hell maybe it should have happened with how over he is right now, but I don’t see that as a total requirement to at least have the PPV go out of the air with cheers instead of boos.

    People are insulted by the return and Rumble victory of Batista, period. Has nothing to do with where Bryan is or isn’t in relation to the Rumble match. It’s insulting to see someone come back a week ahead of time and win a 30 man match where individual odds should be extremely low and a winner shouldn’t be so obvious.

    Even leaving the PPV exactly as it was but simply having Reigns win instead of Batista would have improved the night ten fold. Bryan still had a good night regardless, that opening match was amazing, he lost but did NOT look weak losing to a sudden reversal and a finisher slamming his head off the barricade, he is still over and there is a build up to be had by letting the face lose. I don’t agree with most people saying Bryan needed to win this match, needed to enter the Rumble, needed to win the Rumble, etc. No. He had a separate angle going on with Bray and although it would have been an easy way to blow the roof off the arena by having Bryan enter at 25 or later, I’m okay with him not getting to Wrestlemania by way of the rumble win.

    But don’t get me wrong, if this really is all leading to the rumored Bryan vs Sheamus again at WM, THEN I will agree that they just totally fumbled the ball. I’m okay that he wasn’t in the Rumble and I’m not as upset as most people, but show me how this is going to lead to a match against a (currently also Face) Sheamus at WM for a match totally unrelated to anything else that has been happening these past few months, and THEN I’ll be annoyed as everyone else. Actually now that I think of it I guess these rumors probably already are in motion because what we saw last night was the Wyatt’s getting involved with Cena which was another WM rumor. So Bryan really will need something else to do at WM…. wow.

    The Big Show / Brock match was GARBAGE. I don’t even want to know how much they paid Brock to use one of his dates for a bunch of chair shots and one F5. STUPID self defeating booking again, these guys are 2 legit monsters, neither needed to pull the cowardly heel tactic of attacking with a chair and avoiding a real fight. Brock should be the scariest guy on the roster right now, I have no problem with letting Big Show toss him around the 2 previous weeks because we needed to get Show looking like a credible threat, but no reason to make Brock look like garbage by needing a chair. Brock should have entered this match with his arrogant smirk on his face like always, both guys should have been looking strong. Instead we didn’t even get a match out of it and Brock once again looks weak. Legit shoot fighter can’t beat a slow lumbering aging Big Show who has nothing but a cheesy “KO” punch.

    Randy/Cena was no worse than usual but obviously just drew a lot of heat because this was an especially bad night to ask the crowd to care about a match between Orton and Cena. I guess we needed to get Wyatt/Cena started off but I really don’t care to see PPV matches with lazy booking of interference finishes. But that’s WWE for you, they just can’t stand to figure out how to book a finish between two guys who they want to look good. Bryan/Wyatt was actually a rare shining example, no interference, no DQ, yet no shame in losing to a sudden reversal that slams your head off the barricade. In my opinion Wyatt and Bryan still left looking good. But Cena vs Orton… oh crap how do we protect both guys, oh I know, make the lights go out!!! Come on.

    Point being, disappointment about last night doesn’t need to be rooted all in Bryan or the lack of him. I’ve never been a huge fan of his but his recent run has finally even hooked me and I’m rooting for him, but I still don’t know that I needed to see him a second time last night in the rumble and also winning it. Leaving Bryan’s involvement the the show the way it was last night, there were still plenty of other unrelated things to want to brick your TV over.

    Batista sucks. Brock match was a wet fart and a waste of building up. Cena Orton was boring. Terrible list of entrants for the rumble match, both Usos, both Wyatts, El Torito, why does the Miz still have a job, still allowing Rumble eliminations by people who aren’t legally still in the match (Kane-Punk), etc.

    Be mad at the PPV but not because it needed to have Bryan globbed all over the entire show.

  • cj

    WWE is about the money. If people continue paying $60 every 3 weeks for a pay per view then they’re gonna continue put out the BS. The only way they will listen to the fans is if people stopped buying PPV’s and watching Raw. They’re never gonna listen what we write or say.

  • Cody Cosmos

    I understand WWE is tiring to drag out the entire situation as long as they possibly can, but honesty you can’t be this moronic. Are they gonna completely run Bryan into the ground?