One of the easiest ways to get fired from any job is to berate and yell at your boss. But oddly enough, the billionaire and powerful Vince McMahon seems to have a bad history of being confronted by his employers.
Some notable confrontations include being punched in the face by Bret Hart backstage immediately after the Montreal Screwjob, and being choked by Nailz (Kevin Wacholz), in his office.
But even the more relaxed, easy-going Mick Foley got into a heated dispute with the WWE chairman. Talking to Jim Norton and Sam Roberts, Foley recalled an incident in which he lost it on McMahon for swearing at him over the commentary headset:
“There was a female wrestler named Layla, and when I returned to WWE [in 2011], she was cowering, backing away — she was terrified of me. She said I was the meanest person she had ever seen based on one interaction she observed with me and Mr. McMahon where I did not take well to being cursed at on the headset.
She just happened to be there when I just snapped [at McMahon] and said, ‘I don’t care who you are or how much you’re worth, you’re not gonna talk to me that way ever again.’ Then three years later, the same finger that was wagging in his face was dialing the phone and going, ‘Hey, can I come home?’ I left for three years.”
Amidst frustrations, Foley left the WWE and joined the rival Impact Wrestling promotion. He would work there for two years, but later told Norton and Roberts about how he and McMahon made amends. Foley said McMahon called him back for feedback on the state of the WWE, and he called McMahon back to make peace. Foley also said that commentary “wasn’t the right job” for him.
Foley became a WWE Hall of Fame inductee in 2013 and became the general manager of Raw in 2016. Though Stephanie McMahon “fired” him in storyline last year, Foley took time off to undergo hip replacement surgery. It is unknown if he will return to the WWE in the near future.
If he does, it should be easier this time around. From what we know, he didn’t have to scold or confront Vincent Kennedy McMahon on his way out prior to being “fired” by Stephanie.
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