Mick Foley believes the days of WWE creative going out of their way to have Superstars come out on the losing end in front of a hometown crowd are a thing of the past.
The Triple H-led WWE creative regime is still in its infancy but there have been notable efforts to move away from recognizable tropes of the Vince McMahon era. One of the oft-maligned tropes of the final days of Vince McMahon in charge of WWE creative is having Superstars lose or be embarrassed in front of their hometown audiences. Mick Foley believes that with Triple H in charge now, those days are over.
Foley, while discussing Shawn Michaels defeating Davey Boy Smith at WWE One Night Only in 1997 on Foley is Pod, revealed he believes it's simply better to send the crowd home happy and he has faith that Triple H will do just that.
"Send them home happy. That's one of the — the Triple H regime is probably not going to go out of its way to beat people in their hometown as a matter of a statement,” said Mick Foley.
When asked whether or not he believes Drew McIntyre would agree with that statement having just lost a universal championship match to Roman Reigns at WWE Clash at the Castle, Mick Foley says he believes it's a different situation when you're talking about the World Championship in 2022 as opposed to the European Championship in 1997.
“I think you have to keep it on Roman for the payoff,” said Mick. “If they don't get to Rock/Roman, you can look back and go, ‘God, would it have hurt to put that title on Drew?’
“Going back to, Why beat Sasha in Boston? Why beat Charlotte in Charlotte? Why have Jim Ross kiss your ass in Oklahoma? Why beat Rey Mysterio in San Diego?” Mick Foley continued. “Roman is super over. It doesn't hurt Drew [to lose to Roman Reigns]. You'd be trading in the momentary high for long-term planning, in my opinion.”
There is no guarantee that The Rock and Roman Reigns will wrestle anytime in the near future, but both men have talked about being open to having that match. In the past, Paul Heyman has called the scenario a ‘masturbatory fantasy’ until pen is put to paper.
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