Edge and Mick Foley actually pushed one another to their limits in 2006.
The pair met at WrestleMania 22 in search of very various things. Edge was trying to actually assert himself as a major occasion participant and turn into a world champion.
He was simply beginning to get red-hot because of his real-life affair with Lita coming to life onscreen, too.
Foley was on the complete different finish of the spectrum. A 3-time world champion who initially retired in 2000, however very similar to The Undertaker did till the tip of his profession final 12 months, he discovered himself chasing the right ship off years after he ought to have.
From 1999 to 2006, Foley had turn into the king of creating a legit major eventer.
The Rock in 1999, Triple H in 2000 and Randy Orton in 2004 can all thank Foley for serving to them attain the following stage of their profession.
WWE hoped the Hardcore Legend might sprinkle a few of that rarefied stardust on Edge at WrestleMania 22 and the blossoming Rated-R Celebrity, a person no stranger to hazard in a WWE ring, seized the chance.
The match had a ton of brutal spots involving chairs and thumbtacks. However the match is known for the flaming desk Edge speared Foley by on the climax.
“I didn’t suppose it by an excessive amount of, Edge advised Contained in the Ropes. “Right here’s the factor, in the event you noticed me do one thing idiotic like that, it was my thought.”
Edge wished to place his title on the map and whereas he’d had an iconic WrestleMania second when he speared Jeff Hardy off the ladder at WrestleMania 17 throughout TLC II, he wanted one as a singles man.
WWE had been beginning to transfer away from a few of the excessive violence of the Perspective Period and the Ruthless Aggression period.
The PG period, because it had been, was a few years away that means Edge and Foley’s second of violence is likely one of the final salvos in WWE.
They needed to get loads of measures in place to persuade Vince McMahon they might do it safely and that meant some vegetation within the crowd.
“It needed to be completed in entrance of fireplace marshals, there have been assessments completed and there have been at the very least six fireplace marshals within the viewers within the case that something went mistaken, however it was deemed secure and we did it. We pitched it and the powers that be went for it.”
Whereas WWE is scripted and so they attempt to make it as secure as doable, there’s solely a lot you are able to do whenever you’re taking part in with fireplace.
Edge says WWE outfitted each males with fire-resistant gel, however their sweat wore it off and so they suffered burns.
“I don’t have a shirt on, I’m diving face-first into this factor. He’s going into it on his again with 18 layers of garments on.
“They put this flame retardant gel on us which was washed off inside two minutes. I dove by, and tuck my head into Mick’s stomach and hoped for the perfect.
“However I wrapped my palms round him, so it burnt my arms, singed lots of hair off my arms and chunk of my hair on the pinnacle and I rolled off and I simply noticed my physique smoking.
“I used to be attempting to make it appear like shock, however I used to be smelling my very own burnt flesh.
“It’s solely on this trade that you possibly can presumably have two males lined in blood, thumbtacks caught of their backs and kneecaps, who’ve simply burned one another, however they love one another.
“Rolling over to Mick, I put my arm on him, and I went, ‘I like you, Mickster,’ and he goes, ‘I like you too, Edgester.’”