Mick Foley, a WWE veteran, has explained why he urged Vince McMahon to call off his planned heel turn against The Rock in 1999.
Foley and The Rock, often known as The Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection, won the WWE Tag Team Championships three times between August and October 1999. The two men had a WWE Championship feud at the start of the year before becoming tag team partners.
Foley said on Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions show that Vince McMahon wanted their feud resurrected around the end of 1999. Due to the positive response from fans, he persuaded the WWE Chairman to continue with The Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection storyline.
“I remember phoning Vince and telling him, ‘I’m not going to do this heel change.’ “Vince, I think people are reacting positively,” Foley remarked. “I knew I’m nearing the conclusion of my journey; my knees are giving me difficulties. It’s real; people feel it on a regular basis, and I believe that’s one of the reasons the character continues to resonate.”
Monday Night Raw, September 27th, 1999.
This is your life, Rock!
The highest-rated non-wrestling match segment in the history of wrestling television.
On the September 27, 1999 broadcast of WWE RAW, Mick Foley and The Rock memorably participated in a ‘This Is Your Life’ segment. Before learning that the segment received an 8.39 television rating, Vince McMahon “hated” it.
Vince McMahon allowed Mick Foley to remain a babyface
Despite the fact that The Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection did not last long, they are one of the most famous teams from WWE’s Attitude Era.
Mick Foley believes that the tag team’s history proves he was correct in asking Vince McMahon to cancel his villain turn.
“It allowed people to have those amazing recollections of The Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection because we didn’t do the turn,” Foley said. “When fans say things like, ‘You guys were the best tag team in history,’ I respond, ‘Can you identify one bout we had?’ They may not be able to, but they do recall how we made them feel.”
The 50 greatest tag teams in WWE history are presently being counted down. The Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection was ranked 16th in the most recent episode of the countdown, which can be viewed on Peacock and the WWE Network.
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