Mick Foley has returned to his writing role on TNAWrestling.com. In his latest entry, he commented extensively on last weekend’s HardCORE Justice pay-per-view which featured the EV 2.0 gang as well as some other Hardcore Originals. Below are his comments from his recent blog entry:
I really didn’t know what to expect out of “Hardcore Justice”. A show with little in the way of advertised matches, featuring talent that much of our TNA fan base was not overly familiar with, seemed to offer up the potential for disappointment. I’m glad to report that my fears were unfounded. I didn’t see the entire show, but from the action I caught, reports I received from other wrestlers, and from the genuine enthusiasm of the crowd on hand, “Hardcore Justice” was clearly something special. Perhaps most telling of all, my wife, (who was in attendance with the two youngest Foley boys) whose opinion can be painfully honest from time to time, gave it a big thumbs up. “I’ve never seen some of those guys”, she said. “But that was a really good show.”
Just a few mental notes:
- CW Anderson is a hell of a worker. Believe it or not, I’d never actually seen him in the ring before. I had assumed he was good – honestly, you don’t get over with the fans, looking like that (hello kettle, it’s me, pot) unless you are really good. But all it took was a minute or so of action and I “got” the CW Anderson thing. Well done.
- 2 Cold hasn’t aged at all. Has this guy been sleeping in a barrel of pickle brine? He looked exactly the same. More importantly, he moved almost as well as that kid from Colorado, who showed up on the Clash of the Champions in ’93 or ’94 and blew everybody’s mind with a move (the 450 splash) that didn’t even have a name at the time.
- Raven and Dreamer bring out the best in each other. Sure it was violent and sickening (I was closer to it than anybody) but when it comes to telling a compelling story with sickening violence, these two have done it together as well as anybody.
- Sabu never really got his due. How this guy, with what he’s put his body through, was able to step up to the Hardcore plate and hit it out of the park, is beyond the scope of rational thinking. Especially knowing that he found out only hours before the show that he would be in the main event. Add a little music at just the right time, and it’s a Hollywood movie – Randy the Ram without the heart attack. Maybe we’ll have to recast Fonzie for the big screen rendition. Sure, he was hilarious and added greatly to the match in the role of dual manager, but come on, would moviegoers really believe that such a creature existed without four or five hours in the special effects chair.