WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley has played a number of roles during his time with the company. Unforgettable characters such as Cactus Jack, Dude Love and Mankind were presented to WWE audiences throughout their careers. Foley also occasionally served on-screen as management, even holding the role of WWE Commissioner from 2000–01.
Although his role as commissioner was only for storytelling purposes, Foley used his influence to help three tag teams receive a sizable salary for their match at SummerSlam 2000. However, those three teams were three of the greatest teams of all time. Age and Christian, The Hardy Boys, and The Dudley Boys.
“I was still one of the guys. They totally understood that I wasn’t the commissioner, I’m really not [in the] office, and I said, ‘How bad was that?’ And when he said $10,000, I was like, ‘You got $10,000 for that?’ Foley said during an episode “Foli is the pod.” “So I went to the gym [Ross, Head of Talent Relations at the time] Petitioned for more money on their behalf.
“When I brought up how much we’d heard the Undertaker, he goes, ‘The Undertaker is a tenured veteran,’ and I said ‘be that as it may, the match and the boss man were thrown together in the same way. [snaps his fingers], It was not a good match.
“It felt like a slap in the face to the guys who were paying a little bit, and they got hit out there.”
Former WWE Chairman Vince McMahon has always been known for his unique way of handling things and Foley believes this scenario was no different.
“… Per-view main events can make money.”
Since starting his podcast, Matt Hardy has been very vocal about his salary during these years, stating several times that all three teams were underpaid for their memorable performances. Hardy went on to elaborate that he, his brother and The Dudley Boyz received $7,500 for their tag team tables match at Royal Rumble 2000 and $10,000 for their coveted tag team ladder match with Edge and Christian at No Mercy 1999.
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