Bruce Prichard Reflects on His Initial Impressions of Mick Foley in World Class Wrestling Association

Posted at: June 22, 2024 - 7:34 AM

Mick Foley’s journey in the world of professional wrestling began in the mid-1980s, slowly climbing the ranks to become a prominent figure in Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Federation (WWF). During this period, Bruce Prichard, a writer and producer, was also making a name for himself behind the scenes in the company. In a recent episode of “Something to Wrestle,” Prichard shared his first impressions of Foley, which dated back to the wrestler’s time in the Von Erichs’ World Class Wrestling Association, years before he joined the WWF.

Prichard expressed his admiration for Foley’s size and agility, especially considering his stature. He appreciated Foley’s unique look, in-ring abilities, and promo skills, which set him apart from other wrestlers. “Pretty much from love at first sight,” Prichard confessed. However, he also acknowledged that the company had some concerns about Foley’s wrestling style, which they felt involved unnecessary risks. Despite these reservations, the WWF ultimately decided to sign Foley.

Mankind, one of Foley’s most iconic personas, made his television debut on the April 1, 1996 episode of “WWE Raw,” defeating Aldo Montoya. This marked the beginning of a rapid rise for Foley within the company. He soon found himself in a feud with The Undertaker, one of the top stars in the promotion and a former on-screen associate of Prichard, who had previously managed him as Brother Love. The rivalry between Foley and The Undertaker would span several years, culminating in their infamous Hell in a Cell match at King of the Ring 1998. Foley’s career reached new heights when he captured the company’s world championship, although Prichard has revealed that it took some convincing for McMahon to agree to this decision.

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