Though most may be aware some may not know that Mick Foley actually started his career at the end of the territory era, but in many respects didn't really start getting noticed until he started going to Japan and wrestling in Death Matches. Then got his first main stream exposure in the United States as Cactus Jack in the WCW, from their proceeded to bring his death match style of wrestling, his high tolerance for pain, and unique look to the fledgling promotion known as ECW or Eastern Champion Wrestling at the time (Later Extreme Championship Wrestling.) Then finally Mick would get the call to come up to New York and become apart of the WWE, and as they say the rest is history.
However, this isn't just about Mick this is also about Dean Ambrose and how he has the makings to become this generations Mick Foley. Now I am aware this generation has a lot more limitations of what one wrestler can do in a Hardcore match unlike one had in Mick's generation, but that is when the wrestlers have to be creative. Ambrose's personality, gimmick, and in-ring style makes him seem unique and different from the rest. I guess the best way to describe this connection would be like this just as Edge is the Master of the Ladder Match, Undertaker was a dominant force in a casket match, Mick Foley was a Hardcore legend, Ambrose could be the connoisseur of carnage. The writers could book him so that Street Fights and Steel Cages are his specialty. This would only feed into his character, allowing him to show off his determination.
"So many of 's stories revolve around its titles. Those are the easiest narratives to write. It's rare that someone can catch fire without hunting one of those down. Making Ambrose a guy bent on wrecking havoc, a man more concerned with the thrill of the fight than what victory will net him, is the ideal path to doing just that." This is just another way to prove what I said earlier, and also wasn't Mick not really always centered in the title picture or focused on a title shot. Seeing Ambrose adapt a similar aura would be a breath of fresh air and make Ambrose stick out from the pack a little easier.
No better way to end it then like this:
"It's an easy way to plug him into the product at any time. He doesn't need a complicated story, just a man willing to step into his domain. At and in the various weapon-heavy bouts he has had at , Ambrose has shown himself to be adept at this side of wrestling. It's a way to amplify his character and give him a stage at all times. If there's no room for Ambrose to be a headliner right now, being the macabre sideshow would do him just fine." Looking at this statement this reminds me of more like an Al Snow type then Mick Foley, but think about Mick in WCW always being the one who fought in the "hardcore matches" or later in his career just having the ability to plugged in wherever he was needed. If the WWE could do that with Ambrose it could give them a valuable tool to look when they need a "night in shining armor."
I love looking back wrestling's past. I view my job as bring new life to the part of wrestling some people thought was gone.