Mick Foley: Predicting Who Will Induct Hardcore Legend into WWE Hall of Fame

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 11, 2013

Photo courtesy of WWE.com
Photo courtesy of WWE.com

Mick Foley was never the most talented or physically gifted wrestler during his time in WWE, but he always gave it his all and was willing to put his body on the line. Foley's dedication will soon be rewarded as he is reportedly set to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

According to Anthony Sulla-Heffinger of the New York Post, Foley will indeed be a Hall of Fame inductee the night before WrestleMania XXIX. With 'Mania taking place at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. and the Hall of Fame ceremony happening at Madison Square Garden, the Long Island native as an obvious choice for induction.

There is plenty to be excited about with regards to Foley's entry into the Hall of Fame, but one thing that many are already talking about is his potential presenter. As is the case with the WWE Hall of Fame and essentially every Hall of Fame, every inductee has somebody who introduces them prior to their acceptance speech.

This is usually a close friend related to the business, a family member or someone along those lines. Foley has been wrestling since 1983, so there is no doubt that he has formed a lot of relationships along the way. There are probably countless people who could potentially induct him into the Hall of Fame, and it will be extremely interesting to see who he chooses.

Although it's anyone's guess at this point, my money is on Terry Funk. Of all the people that Foley has faced and worked with over the years, some of his bloodiest and most brutal battles came against Funk. While Funk was known as a hardcore legend long before Foley earned that moniker, Funk's matches with Foley helped him gain a great deal of notoriety.

They have faced each other all over the world in a number of different promotions and they always managed to put on an incredible show. The two of them were friends and enemies in ECW, Japan and the WWE. Perhaps their most memorable encounter was a "King of the Death Match" encounter in Japan back in 1995 in which both men were rendered a bloody mess by barbed wire.

Despite their many feuds and matches against each other, Funk was brought back to the WWE in 1998 as Chainsaw Charlie where he teamed with Foley under his Cactus Jack persona. They went on to win the Tag Team Championships and were essentially the two superstars responsible for ushering in the hardcore style of wrestling.

When you consider all they have been through, Funk would seem to be the obvious choice when it comes to inducting Foley. At the same time, Foley has had so many influences that he could conceivably decide to go in a different direction. Not only were there plenty of guys who he came up with and learned from, but he formed plenty of bonds with his colleagues during the Attitude Era as well.

Next in line after Funk would have to be The Rock. Foley and The Rock were constantly linked and had a relationship similar to what Foley had with Funk. The Rock and Foley were bitter rivals and had some incredible matches against each other. Their "I Quit" match at Royal Rumble 1999 immediately comes to mind, as does their landmark battle on Sunday Night Heat during halftime of the Super Bowl.

They also formed one of the most popular tag teams of all time in the Rock 'n' Sock Connection. Their comedic chemistry was spot-on as Foley hopelessly tried to gain The Rock's affections while The Rock constantly looked annoyed by Foley's presence. Also, nobody will ever forget the "Rock: This Is Your Life" segment between Foley and The Rock, which remains the highest rated segment in Raw history.

Dark-horse candidates to induct Foley include "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Triple H and Vince McMahon as well. Foley had tons of interactions with all of them and owes a lot to them in terms of helping him get over. In turn, Foley was also incredibly helpful to them too, so there is a mutual respect that would make any of the aforementioned names great candidates for Foley.

Regardless of who presents him for enshrinement, Foley's induction promises to be an extremely special moment for him and wrestling fans everywhere. He worked hard his entire career to be recognized, and he is finally going to be mentioned alongside the all-time greats, just as he should be.


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