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Mick Foley says wrestlers lose their individuality in WWE’s developmental system

During his appearance on Busted Open Radio, WWE Hall Of Famer Mick Foley doubled down on his comments on the “WWE, we have a problem” statement:

“When I’m on a tour, and it’s going to sound like a plug for the tour, the second half of the show is a Q & A session. I welcome every question. The first question was, ‘What do I think about AEW?’ That’s where I ended up saying, I ended up using the phrase, ‘I think WWE has a problem’ because they are no longer the place that talent aspires to go. Once I talked about that, I said, ‘Oh, oh’, because there’s usually one question every couple nights that the wrestling media will catch on to. I thought they’re going to pick up on this. I thought, as long as they’re going to pick up on this, they might as well hear it from me because it’s been something I’ve been thinking anyway. I did that 75 second video, and it really struck a chord with people because I believe it was on a lot of people’s minds anyway. I think it’s something WWE needed to hear.”

Foley was asked if wrestlers lose their individuality in WWE:

“I think one of the things you risk when you have a developmental system, and a way of doing things specific to your business model, is that you lose a little bit of the individuality, so you tend to have a lot of people who can do great moves, have very good matches, whose names you can’t remember after they’ve wrested unless you’re tuning in every week. That was part of the problem with me. I was watching sporadically, and I was like, “Wow, look at that guy. Good shape, looks great, handsome guy, wearing trunks, great moves, can’t remember his name. A lot of guys tend to fall into the same pattern of looking and wrestling the same.”

Ruby Soho was also on the show to talk about her AEW debut:

“I don’t even know if I have words to describe it. I had so much anticipation building up to that day. I was shaking. My hands were shaking. My legs were shaking. Before the Countdown happened, and I heard my name, I was in awe. I knew that this was the beginning of a new journey. I was so excited. The moment I stepped out on the stage, it’s just a wave of pure joy. I felt so welcomed by the AEW fans, and I was so grateful for it. I was like, this is what it’s all for. This is the reason that we do this, for moments like this. I wanted to soak up every second of it because I never, ever want to forget what that feels like.”

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit Busted Open Radio with a h/t to for the transcription. Busted Open Radio can be heard on SiriusXM’s Fight Nation (Channel 156), Monday through Saturday from 9 am to Noon eastern.

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