Mick Foley Reacts To The WWE WrestleMania 32 Rumors, Talks RAINN, More


Mick Foley spoke with Sports Illustrated about his work with RAINN (the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network), reports that he’ll appear at WrestleMania 32 and more. Check out some highlights:

On his involvement with RAINN: “I started as a RAINN donor in 2008, and then a volunteer a year later after meeting singer Tori Amos. I knew the work that RAINN did was important, but as a male, I didn’t see how I could make a difference. Then, when I read more about it, I realized it was where I could make the biggest difference. Sexual assault and rape are thought to be issues for women, but there are so few men involved, so I thought I could make a difference as an advocate and later as a volunteer.”

On complaints about this year’s main event: “There are some people who are up in arms over this year’s official WrestleMania main event. But don’t worry about that–worry about the match that is most important to you. I don’t look back at the 2000 WrestleMania as special just because I was in the main event, and isn’t nearly as important to me as the one I did with Edge in 2006, which in no way was the main event. It’s not that we didn’t have a good match in 2000, because we did, but the match with Edge has stood the test of time. Strange as it sounds, there is a level of trust in a match like that, not unlike the kind you would experience in pairs figure skating. There is no way you even try the ‘Iron Lotus’ if you’re Chazz Michael Michaels and Jimmy MacElroy unless you completely trust each other. The ‘Iron Lotus’ was to figure skating was what Edge and I going through a burning table was to professional wrestling.”

On the success of the WrestleMania Dream Vacation raffle: “I really look forward to making a difference, and so many of the fans do, too. Wrestling fans have raised almost a half-a-million dollars over the past five years, and that’s pretty astounding. This is fourth year of the WrestleMania Dream Vacation, and with all of the excitement surrounding it, we’re going to try to make it an annual event.”

On rumors about him appearing at WrestleMania 32: “There is a rumor that I will be participating in the show. I’m not sure how just yet, but I’ll try to add to the excitement of WrestleMania.”

On his favorite WrestleMania memory: “Savage-Steamboat from WrestleMania III. It had the ability to cast an impression that’s lasted thirty years. I haven’t mentioned Savage much, maybe because he came up in-between the Jimmy Snuka years and the Terry Funk/Bruiser Brody years, but when I entered pro wrestling, Savage was my favorite guy. I was really impressed, not only by his character, but also with his work ethic. I understood even at 19 years old that there was so much more to Savage than the character. He was an extremely hard worker, and I admired that.”

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