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Mick Foley Talks About Jimmy Snuka’s Influence on Him

February 6, 2017 | Posted by Larry Csonka
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– Mick Foley recently appeared on The Ross Report (transcript via wrestlinginc.com), here are the highlights…

On appreciating Snuka and hoping that Snuka’s love for his family and kindness outweigh the alleged killing of Snuka’s ex-girlfriend: “I came around to what Bruce Springsteen had said, which was trust the art, not the artist. And so, by doing that, you allow yourself to watch the films of an actor who may have been abusive to children. And he was a kind and gentle man. I mean, ultimately, there is a harsher judge, I really believe, than the internet. And if Jimmy did what was alleged, you hope the kindness he showed towards people for decades and the love he had for his family outweigh that incident in the final picture.”

On what Snuka meant to him: “Without Jimmy, there’s no me. There’s a me, there’s a Mick Foley, doing something somewhere, but that feeling being brought out of me, being in the Garden and feeling the emotion. And then, having this moment in time captured that I remember as clearly today as when it took place over 30 years ago. And know that I wanted to make people feel that same way, I don’t know if, as much as I loved the [professional] wrestling business or just the wrestling show, I didn’t know it was a business at the time, I don’t know if there’s anything else that would have made me feel that way.”

On his Mount Rushmore of wrestling: “Oh man, that’s such a tough one to say. I don’t know if Snuka would be on there. I don’t know. He [has] never been on there before. He’s definitely my favorite. I don’t know if he makes that unless you widen Mount Rushmore. I go with Terry Funk. I think you have to put Ric Flair up. I’m going to put Tom Billington on there. I thought he was out of this world. Yep and fourth guy, maybe you put ‘Stone Cold’ up there as a guy who brought in this new era of wrestling. But you couldn’t go wrong with 100 different names. Do you know what I mean? I’d love to have Harley Race up there, The Rock, and some other guys. Yeah, Tommy Billington, he was an amazing worker.”

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