Mick Foley has come to embrace his iconic Hell In A Cell match with The Undertaker.
Appearing on the latest episode of Steve Austin's Broken Skull Sessions, Foley discussed the King of the Ring 1998 match that saw him get thrown off the top of the Cell. He says that he hadn't watched it in full for over a decade until his children, who were younger at the time, asked to see it because all of the kids at school were talking about it. It was only after sitting down with them did he realize that it's still emotionally impactful.
"For the longest time, I'm pretty sensitive to the fact that I'm only remembered for that one thing," Foley said. "The two things that hit me were that I come home and my wife tells me my younger boys want to see this match. Probably 5 and 7 at the time. Kids at school have been talking about it. I'd only seen the clips, you know, Jim Ross 'Good God Almighty, they killed him!' That had become iconic. They're showing it in World Cup soccer games and Superbowls and whatnot, but I hadn't actually watched the match in probably 10 years. So I sit down there with my boys and I watch it and I realize that all these years later, man, it still really packs a punch. It's a ride. It takes you on a ride all these years later."
In addition to watching with his children, it was some words of wisdom from The Undertaker that helped lift the burden of the match from Foley's shoulders. Now, Mick says he is no longer bothered by the fact that he is asked about it nearly every single day. He said the following:
"That combined with Undertaker coming to one of my events in Austin. He and Michelle come and we start reminiscing and Taker looks at me -- he still called me Jack at the time. One of the last holdouts from when I was Cactus Jack. He goes, 'Jack, what you and I did that night will outlive us both. People will be talking about that match long after you and I are gone.' It was almost like I could feel this weight being lifted off my shoulders. Then I realized, wait a second, I wanted to make people feel the way I felt the night that I saw Snuka come off the top of that cage. I've done it and I'm too stubborn to realize it. You know how many great workers there have been in our business who aren't remembered for anything? It's like now I've got not only this match but the title change with The Rock. I got a few things and it no longer bothers me that I'm asked about that match almost every single day."
The full conversation with Foley is available to watch on the WWE Network.
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