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WWE Says Goodbye To Mick Foley (a.k.a Mankind) While TNA Teases His Debut

by on Sep.05, 2008, under Wrestling News

WWE Mankind Mick Foley TNA Have A Nice Day

For those of you who have been following wrestling for a while, you will recognize the image above. But for those who wonder why TNA has a crazy barb-wired smiley face on their website, allow us to explain. Back when the WWE was called the WWF, Wrestling legend Mick Foley wrestled under the name Mankind and Cactus Jack. Mankind fought with and against with all the big names: The Undertaker, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, and The Rock just to name a few.

Well after playing inside the ring, Mick Foley turned to announcing since Blacklash when he replaced Jonathan Coachman. But all that’s set to change now. As of September 1, 2008 Mick Foley’s contract with WWE has expired and being fed up with the organization, Foley has turned his talents towards the other circus in town, TNA.

In a statement from Mick Foley himself, he wrote about leaving WWE, his future with TNA Wrestling and other opportunities:

As of today, I am a free agent in the world of professional wrestling. I will always begrateful to WWE for affording me so many incredible opportunities over the pastthirteen years, but feel the time is right to pursue other endeavors.

This move frees me up to participate in more film, television and voice roles, autograph sessions, speaking engagements, volunteer work, and will allow me thetime to start work on a third novel, a fourth wrestling memoir and a new children’s story.

Over the next few weeks I will be working with my management team at Braverman/Bloom Co., Inc. in pursuing a couple of unique investment opportunities.

I can confirm I have had discussions with TNA Wrestling and have come to ashort-term agreement. I am very excited about the specifics of this agreement andthe potential it holds.

Mick Foley is available for booking through The Gillespie Agency. Formore information contact Elaine Gillespie (elaine@GillespieTalent.com) or Nola Armstrong (nola@GillespieTalent.com).

And today, the WWE has responded with:
“Three-time WWE Champion Mick Foley allowed his contract with WWE to expire on August 31, 2008. WWE and Foley have mutually agreed to sever business ties at this time as the former Smackdown announcer pursues other options.”

TNA’s website features this smiley face wrapped in barbed wire with the slogan: “Have A Nice Day,” written next to it – of course both being Mick Foley’s trademarks.

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