I am an unapologetic Mick Foley mark. Ever since I can remember I've been drawn to Foley and his array of strange in-ring personas, and have found myself scoffing at people who claim he was nothing but a glorified stunt man. In all my years of fandom, I've never defended the decisions and actions of a wrestler as vehemently as I have Mick Foley. When he stopped hitting people with chairs and started choking them with socks, I was on board. When he got his feelings hurt by Vince McMahon and jumped ship to TNA, I supported him. When he started becoming active on social media and turning a lot of people off with his constant nagging about the WWE product and/or paychecks I rolled my eyes, but stuck by him none-the-less. But now, almost impossibly, Mick Foley has become so petty and difficult that even I don't have the will to muster up a "Yeah but..." in his defense.
"To deal..or not to deal - that is the question. As some of you may have heard, at this point, I am opting not to sign my Legends Marketing Deal, which gives #WWE the right to market my likeness on video games and action figures. I'll be writing in more detail about this in the next week or so, but it would be fair to say that, despite strong sales, I have found the payoffs for the past two video games to be extremely weak - in the 25% range of what most talent was expecting."
So you're mad that you're not getting enough money for doing what exactly? Nothing? Yeah, that makes sense.
"Last year, the explanation had something to do with the video game company going bankrupt - a real shame for me, since I was heavily featured as three characters from the 'Attitude' era, complete with voice work."
I've never done voice work for a video game before, but I can't imagine basically reciting your own words verbatim so that a bunch of people can painstakingly make it look like an animated version of you is saying those words as accurately as possible is all that physically taxing. If anything maybe the people doing the actual hard work deserve a pay bump, but I digress.
"I haven't heard this year's explanation yet, but, personally. I think the #WWE just wants to see if the talent will accept a far lower percentage than had previously been given."
Sure, let's blame the company aka the people that want to give you money for basically sitting on your ass.
"If so, it would proably be a good business move for #WWE, since very few current wrestlers are going to jeapordize their standing with the company by offering resistance - and most legends will probably come to feel like anything they get from merchandise is better than nothing."
They're right, it is literally better than nothing.
"As for me: until I hear a valid reason, I'm opting out."
I get that Mick fancies himself the crusader of the little man, but this isn't a battle worth fighting. WWE is the end of the line basically when it comes to former wrestlers signing away their likeness rights for dough. TNA isn't going to offer Foley better money to put his face on t-shirts, and as far as wrestling video games go you've got WWE and maybe another Juggalo Championshit Wrestling game (those things are like cockroaches, don't count them out). I love Mick, but over the past few years he's become increasingly like my aunts on Facebook; complaining about everything to everybody and not expecting consequences. Foley might think he's getting a small victory for the Superstars that can't voice their displeasure out of fear of reprisals, but in reality all he's doing is furthering the divide between himself and WWE, and creating an annoyance for kids that want to play as Cactus Jack and now have to make him in create-a-wrestler mode.
I still love you Mick, but maybe you should stop confusing greed for nobility.
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