Mick Foley, hardcore legend and beloved WWE star, appears to be officially done with wrestling.
Retirements in wrestling are often as impermanent as the weather, but perhaps he's speaking the truth when he says he's going to stay retired this time.
Raj Giri of WrestlingInc.com interviewed Foley after the Hall of Fame ceremony and Foley said he'd performed his last wrestling move. During Foley's Hall of Fame induction speech, he mentioned that he never pinned Chris Jericho during his career. Jericho pulled a Brett Favre-lying-down-for-Michael Strahan moment and allowed Foley to pin him on stage after an elbow drop.
Foley told Giri, "I think that elbow is the last wrestling move that you will see me participate in."
The man known as Cactus Jack, Mankind and Dude Love is 47 years old. There have been wrestlers who have performed beyond that age, but Foley's body has taken more abuse than most. Foley has been thrown off the Hell in a Cell, had part of his ear torn off and been bashed in the head with a chair an ungodly number of times.
After a career that has spanned four decades, Foley doesn't need to give fans another bump, let alone another match.
But Foley's statement about nailing Jericho being his last act as a wrestler didn't have a lot of confidence behind it, as he said, "I think" rather than "I'm sure."
He may be tempted to go back on that, but there's no need. Ending his long wrestling journey at a Hall of Fame ceremony is fitting. He fought long and hard to get to the top and can rest easy now nestled in that position.
Foley gave so much of himself to WWE, WCW, TNA and every other company he bled for. He should sit back now and let the young guys play their part in the insanity that is pro wrestling.
While some fans may clamor for "one more match," Foley is no shape to produce the way he did in his prime. Watch how difficult it was for him to move at the ceremony, to complete a single wrestling move.
His body held up amazingly well through all the wars he put it through. Now it's spent.
Fans would love for him to stick around as a promo guy, as an on-air personality. He'll be welcome on WWE Raw on any Monday for the rest of his life. However, there is nothing left for him to accomplish in the ring.
He finally got Jericho, contrived as the victory was, with a move that may prove to be the last period of the last sentence of the novel that has been his career.
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