Mick Foley has officially handed down his Mandible Claw to Bray Wyatt, citing that The Fiend needed a finishing move he can perform on anyone.
Today's wrestlers using moves from previous generations is a more hotly debated topic right now than it has ever been. While it has always been assumed that a wrestler should ask permission from a peer before using a move they made famous, if that's possible, Kevin Owens' use of the Stunner warranted the topic being discussed in detail a couple of months ago.
Shortly after that, NXT star Dominik Dijakovic reached out to Taz on Twitter asking for his blessing to use the Tazmission. In both cases, the veteran has given their blessing and admitted that even though it wasn't needed, it's nice to have been asked by the younger star. Fast forward a few more weeks, and we witnessed yet another example of an iconic move being recycled.
Bray Wyatt's use of the Mandible Claw. Oddly enough, the first person he used it on was the man who made it famous, Mick Foley. Since then, Wyatt has also used it on Kurt Angle and Finn Balor. During an interview with Wrestling Inc, Foley revealed that he now considers the move officially handed down to Wyatt. "The mandible claw... is something that is all [Bray's] now," the Hall Of Famer revealed.
When elaborating on Wyatt's use of the move, Foley discussed how The Fiend needed a move he could use on anyone, regardless of size. He now has that with the Mandible Claw. The tweet Wyatt sent after he left Foley laying now makes more sense too. "He said, 'I'm sorry, but thank you.' I certainly took that as a nod of appreciation and I like that."
Personally, we thought The Fiend's entrance was the highlight of this year's SummerSlam. We also like the fact that WWE is using the gimmick sparingly. Wyatt didn't appear on Raw or SmackDown this week, and that's a good thing. As cool an entrance as he has, if we were to see it every week, it would soon start to wear thin. Don't use Wyatt unless you have a solid plan for him WWE, and this could wind up being something huge.