When WWE decided to do its most recent brand split, both Raw and SmackDown Live needed general managers to serve as on-air talents under Stephanie and Shane McMahon. The choice for Raw was WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley, who served in a similar on-air role as WWE commissioner in 2000.
Foley was “fired” after attacking Triple H, but had a several-month run as GM before that role was taken over by fellow Hall of Famer Kurt Angle. Foley discussed the goal of his run as an authority figure on a recent episode of Ring Rust Radio (listen here).
“Going in, the goal is to really help create interest in some of the characters and to be fired in spectacular fashion,” Foley said.
One example Foley brought up was his interaction with Sheamus and Cesaro, from the start of their one-on-one rivalry to the formation of their tag team. He said the promo that he cut backstage to help motivate Sheamus and Cesaro (and Kevin Owens), rather than cut them down for being low draft picks, came from the heart and helped elevate their on-air characters.
“Those were two of the guys that I really fought for and two of the fights that I picked. I am probably proudest of the stuff I did with them. As well as the episode where I got to put the sock on Triple H, that was a great Raw for me,” Foley said.
As for what he didn’t like, the answer is probably fairly obvious.
“It’s easy to look back and think I could of, would of, should of. I wish it would’ve lasted longer, but it just got to the point where traveling was just agonizing.”