It was October 17th 1983, live from Madison Square Garden, the World Wrestling Federation was in town having television tapings of a live show.
One of the matches this particular night would be the famous Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka vs. The Magnificent Don Muraco in a steel cage match. This match would not be legendary due to its levels of technical barriers that it broke. This match would not be legendary due to any sort of questionable finish. But this match would be famous due to Snuka’s intestinal fortitude to leap off the top of the 16-foot-high steel cage and come crashing down on Muraco with a flying body splash. Something unheard of and unseen in wrestling at this time.
When the 18,000 + in attendance witnessed this, one person in particular stood out in the arena and that would be Mick Foley. Foley would tell you himself, it was this moment that he knew he wanted to be a professional wrestler and nothing would stop him. As we all know Foley went on to realize his dream, but how fitting is it that 30 years later, Foley would return back to Madison Square Garden. Not challenging for a match, not to cut a legendary promo, not to be in the broadcast booth, but to finally be inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame.
According to the NYPost, Foley, who is a multiple-time WWE Champion will be inducted into the Hall Of Fame the night before Wrestlemania 29. For fans of his, this announcement has been something that we have all been anticipating for years. Many would say that this took an awful long time for him to be inducted, if you ask me this came at the absolute right right. With him being from Long Island, New York, and was a regular going to matches in the area, having the honor of being inducted in what would be called your home is the greatest honor one can have.
Foley has a career behind him that was so unique and so fitting for him, that it can never be repeated. Foley has wrestled on almost every continent on the planet. From losing an ear in a match with Vader in Germany, to being dropped on C-4 explosives by Terry Funk in Japan, Foley has done it all. His most notorious and well know segment of his career was his involvement with the WWF/WWE during the attitude era. Foley was one of the men who helped construct and elevate the era into being the best time period in pro wrestling history. Whether if he was Foley, Mankind, Cactus Jack or Dude Love; his absolute all and everything was left in the ring. His programs with The Undertaker and The Rock were programs that still test the annals of time of being one of the most intriguing stories told, in and out the ring. From overseas to WCW, ECW, WWF/E and TNA, Foley is indeed the Renaissance man of pro wrestling and seeing him be inducted will be a tremendous honor.
Congratulations Mick Foley.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer with Rant Sports.