“No Great Loss”: Fans Left Bitter as WWE Legend, Who Overshadowed Dwayne Johnson a Few Days Ago, Declines to Appear on RAW XXX

Published 01/24/2023, 11:00 AM EST

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WWE stacked the deck for the 30th anniversary of RAW as big names from past and present featured on the special occasion. Fans got to see Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, and Shawn Michaels appear on the show. But one big name missing from this celebration was the Hardcore Legend Mick Foley. The WWE Hall of Famer couldn’t do it to the show he helped put on the map during the Attitude Era. Monday Night RAW has been home to some of the biggest names and moments in pro wrestling history. In fact, Mick Foley’s iconic WWE Championship on the show in 1998, topped the list of WWE’s top five RAW moments ahead of Dwayne Johnson’s 2011 return and John Cena being drafted to the brand. Hence, fans duly noted his absence from RAW.

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Fans bitter over Mick Foley not appearing on RAW

Mick Foley established himself as a key member of WWE programming during the Attitude Era and some of his best moments came on Monday Night RAW. After his in-ring career, the three-time WWE Champion also had a memorable stint as the General Manager of RAW from 2016 to 2017.

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Despite his starring role during the Monday Night Wars and beyond, he was absent from RAW’s 30-year celebration. He couldn’t make it to the show, even though WWE made him an offer to return for the special occasion, but Foley politely declined the request. After this news emerged, fans were bitter and took to Twitter to express their feelings.

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One fan wrote, “No great loss.” Another commented, “Sad considering Mankind winning the title is such a huge RAW moment”

Here are the top reactions from fans on Mick Foley deciding not to appear on RAW XXX.

 

Fans were agitated over Foley declining the invitation.

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Mick Foley did address the reason for his absence from the show on his Facebook page. Foley noted that the “hectic nature” of his schedule meant that he had to take some rest and decline the offer. He said that he has been working on a new project that requires a lot of traveling and had he appeared on RAW, he would’ve been on the road for 32 consecutive days. Foley further said that he needed to relax and catch up with his family.

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Indeed, it would’ve been special to see Mick Foley or any one of his wrestling avatars appear in person for the 30th anniversary of the show deeply connected to him. The fan frustration is understandable, but Foley’s explanation makes it clear that it would’ve been too much for him to travel these many days non-stop. Though he didn’t appear on the show, fans will always have his epic title win in 1998 to cherish.

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Sherjeel Malik

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Sherjeel Malik is a WWE writer at Essentially Sports. He has been a passionate Wrestling fan since childhood and his all-time favorites include 'The Hardy Boyz' and Randy Orton. Sherjeel also follows soccer religiously and is a Liverpool fan.
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