In reality, Foley had to take time off after requiring hip surgery in April. He's yet to appear on television since Stephanie McMahon fired him, but Foley did hint at possibly coming back in the future.
Speaking with Bryan Fritz of The Sporting News, Foley talked about his tenure as GM, working with Stephanie and about a possible return:
“It was pretty agonizing just getting to and from the shows but once I was there, I felt like I made a contribution. I really enjoyed working with Stephanie. I'm deeply indebted to her for a really beautiful foreword for my book and I hope I get the chance to interact with her some more when I eventually return in some shape because, eventually, we all return.”
Foley sacrificed his body in a handful of matches, pulling off some of the most dangerous stunts in WWE history. At the 1998 King of the Ring pay-per-view, Undertaker threw Foley (in his Mankind gimmick), off the top of a cell into the announcer's table.
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Later in the match, Taker slammed Mankind through the roof of the cage, causing him to crash through and fall into the ring. Foley also lost a tooth and dislocated his shoulder. With stunts like that, it's no wonder that Foley has fought through pain in his post-wrestling career.
In storyline, Foley was fired by Stephanie McMahon after he stuffed his sock down the throat of Triple H. Foley was ordered to fire a Raw superstar, but refused to do so and unsuccessfully tried firing Stephanie herself.
As Fritz pointed out, Foley could possibly return at the Raw 25th Anniversary special on Jan. 22. Undertaker and Shawn Michaels are a number of wrestling legends who will be appearing at the event.
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