WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley gave an interview to Alex McCarthy at talkSPORT recently where he talked about how difficult it can be for a wrestler to truly retire from in-ring action.
The Undertaker and his “inability” to retire without that last “perfect match” has been the topic of conversation recently due to his “Last Ride” documentary. Foley said that while he can understand that dream of a “perfect” last match, there is another factor that made it hard for him and others to retire.
Foley pointed out that, for him and many wrestlers, it can be hard to contemplate real retirement because they realize that they have no other way to earn an income.
“I think people take the financials out of the equation,” said Foley. “It’s one thing to say I had the perfect exit, but then you’re like, ‘I’m 34, what do I do?’ In my case, I realized, ‘Wow, I’ve written two best-selling novels.’”
According to Foley, wrestlers give up so much for their in-ring careers it can be hard to think of retirement as “worth it.”
“The reality is we have this skill set that allows us to make a good living, but we can’t make that living without employing that skill set,” he said.