Foley/Nash WWE Interview: The Night That Changed Wrestling

By Sebastian Suave
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WWE Classics has a featured article on their website by Zach Linder about the night that changed wrestling during the Monday Night Wars. The article focuses on the night of January 4, 1994 when Mick Foley won the WWE Championship and Kevin Nash lost the WCW Heavyweight title. Linder discusses many controversial topics during the interview including “The Fingerpoke of Doom” and Tony Schiavone’s critical comments towards Foley on live television, “Wow that’ll put a lot of butts in the seats”.

Many including Foley would like to believe that that was indeed the night that changed professional wrestling as it was the last night that WCW held the lead in the ratings war. Furthermore, as soon as Schiavone announced a spoiler of Raw’s main event and his subsequent remarks towards Foley, 600 000 homes changed their channels.

However, Nash apparently disagrees to the previous assessment and credits the Mike Tyson versus Stone Cold Steve Austin storyline from the previous year in 1998 as the time when momentum began to shift in the WWE’s (then WWF) favor. The article has re-sparked some debate not only among the likes of Foley and Nash but also among the wrestling community. Statistically, the numbers make a strong case but the Monday Night Wars were a competitive era with many high points.

Nevertheless, the article makes for a great read as it brings out a lot of emotion from Foley who has always been known to take pride in his work and standing as a stalwart among the wrestling community. When Foley was asked about the personal significance of that very night when he defeated The Rock for his first ever WWE Championship title he said, “In retrospect, if people say it’s the night that changed wrestling, I’ll believe it. I’m happy to take that credit, but certainly think it was a night that changed people’s perception about me within the wrestling industry.” He goes on to state, “I think I went from being a highly recognized role player to a leading man in the WWE.”

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