Mick Foley Names The Undertaker As Favorite Opponent
Mick Foley has wrestled some of the greatest wrestlers of all-time and recently he named The Undertaker as the opponent he loved wrestling the most.
When Mick Foley debuted in WWE in 1996, he was well-known to wrestling fans after having a successful run in WCW and ECW as Cactus Jack. As the story goes, Jim Ross had to convince Vince McMahon to hire WWE and when Vince finally agreed, they decided to put a mask on Mick’s face while making him a deranged lunatic named Mankind.
The first feud Mankind had in WWE was against The Undertaker. The most memorable moment in the 1996 rivalry was at SummerSlam 1996 when Paul Bearer turned on The Undertaker and became aligned with Mankind after. The original feud between Mankind and Undertaker led to Foley becoming one of WWE’s biggest stars because he put up such a great fight against the popular Undertaker character.
Two years later at King of the Ring 1998, Foley and Undertaker had one of the most memorable matches ever when The Undertaker threw Foley off the Hell in a Cell structure onto the commentary table. Undertaker also gave Foley a Chokeslam through the cell and into the ring. It remains one of the most violent matches in wrestling history.
When it comes to picking Foley’s greatest rival in WWE, there are a lot of great choices in addition to The Undertaker including “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Hunter Hearst Helmsley aka Triple H, The Rock and even Shawn Michaels, who Foley had a legendary match with at Mind Games 1996.
Foley recently did a “Foley is Pod” podcast episode about his memorable In Your House 11 Buried Alive Match against The Undertaker. Foley talked about why he would consider The Undertaker his favourite opponent.
“It’s so tough to pick out a favorite. There’s maybe Terry Funk. Steve [Austin] and I had a blast, Rock and I, Hunter, who I might want to work for at another time. You have to put him up there because we had amazing matches. But the truth is, like I said, without The Undertaker coming out of the gate, my story kind of ends unceremoniously as a guy that goes in and gets pushed down the card and is largely forgotten. The Undertaker, by virtue of that, meant so much to my career, and also, by virtue of the fact that the matches were really enjoyable is probably my all-time favorite opponent.”