Mick Foley worked for many wrestling promotions, including the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), and National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), as well as numerous promotions in Japan.
He is widely regarded as one of the greatest wrestlers in the history of WWE, and participated in the main event of WrestleMania in 1999 and 2000 (as a special guest referee in the former). He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2013.
In the latest episode of Chasing Glory, Foley believed wrestlers had more freedom in Attitude Era: “I think the men and the women don’t have that same freedom to fail. Guys are going out there playing not to lose instead of playing to win with the characters.
I think you can specifically blame ‘This Is Your Life’ with me and The Rock for going fourteen minutes over for the tighter structuring. I do think that the [PG] rating hurts in the sense that … imagine trying to be a heel in today’s environment where you can’t be offensive.
Obviously we had a little more freedom to use language. I think in a lot of ways the PG rating makes you be more creative which is a good thing. When you’re catering to families … you can actually see someone complaining that a heel was scary.”