I have recently found (thanks to this thread) that I am not the only wrestling fan on SDMB. I decided to write a bit about how I came to the conclusion that Mick Foley is the greatest out there. Yes, better than Ric Flair, better than HBK, better than Hogan (not like that’s very hard), even better than Bret Hart.
I didn’t get into wrestling until about 4 years ago. A friend made me watch a pay-per-view, and it was decidedly more entertaining than I thought it would be. About a month later we went to a house show (the wrestlers travel on the days they aren’t doing TV and do some shows just for the live audiences).
This goofy guitar riff started playing, and out walked this fat guy in a tie and leather mask, carrying a book. He had just come back from writing his first book, and took “revenge” on Triple H for having “injured” and “putting him on the shelf” for three months.
In the next 8 months or so, I watched the creation of the Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection, the return of Cactus Jack, and his subsequent retiring at the hands of Triple H. A few months after that he came back as Commissioner for almost a year, I think.
Anyway, the reason I think he’s my favorite of all time is not his technical wrestling skill, of which he admittedly has very little. He always made me laugh, and he never took what he did too seriously. I mean, when some people have some finishing moves that look quite painful and almost real, how can you not laugh at a guy who pulls a sock out of his pants, puts it on his hand, and tries to jam his hand down the other guy’s throat?
I totally marked out when he returned to referee the Hell-in-the-Cell match a few weeks ago. As soon as Stone Cold said he was going to have to find a “crazy SOB” to do it, the entire stadium broke out in a chant…
That’s why I think he’s the best ever.