“I’m Going To Get Destroyed” – Mick Foley Recalls Dislocating His Jaw on His WWE Debut

Published 06/20/2021, 8:15 AM EDT


Before the ‘Three Faces of Foley,’ hardcore legacy and WWE Hall of Fame. Mick Foley started his pro wrestling journey as a jobber. In his first match in WWE, Foley suffered from a dislocated jaw thanks to the Dynamite Kid.

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The match was also the first episode of WWE Superstars and Foley, along with wrestler Les Thornton, faced off against The British Bulldogs. As shown in a clip from ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin‘s Broken Skulls podcast, Foley reveals more about the match.

Randy Orton, Mick Foley, and referee (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)

“You had to be pretty good to be an extra,” Foley began. He revealed the Dynamite Kid aka Tommy Billington broke his jaw yet, he was on his Mount Rushmore of wrestlers.

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“I go out there and I’m actually feeling pretty good with my little heel persona where I was setting a bird free,” Foley poked fun at himself. “That was my thing. Jack Foley. That was going to be my big thing, setting a bird free. Why that said money to me I don’t know.”

“I see Les Thornton in there, he’s the man of a thousand moves, and I start realizing, they work together. They’re all British. They know each other. I’m going to get destroyed out there. Once he does his 2-3 minutes of technical wrestling, he never gets in there again and I take that beating.”

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The match kept getting hard for Mick Foley

Mick was just 18 at that time and was with a ring full of professionals. Thornton and Dynamite were known for their stiff in-ring work and Foley suffered the consequences soon.

He apparently threw the “worst-looking punches in the world,” before hitting his flying elbow, which Davey Boy Smith did not sell. Then The Dynamite Kid came in the ring.

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Then everything that Tommy did hurt for weeks. Every single thing,” he said. “So just as I’m coming off those ropes here is his bicep hitting me right in the jaw. I didn’t know the injury was a dislocated jaw, but three weeks I couldn’t chew anything. To this day, I don’t think I could make my eyes roll up in my head like I think they did. It was just everything he did was 100%.”

Mick Foley would recover and went on to have one of the most iconic careers of all times. With his three personas, he wrestled all over the world and gained popularity as a hardcore legend.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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