Flair and Foley - A Battle of Legends
World Wrestling Entertainment had an amazing year in 2006. The highlight of that year in WWE had to be that summer. Who'll ever forget the night Triple H turned face for the first time since 2002 and re-aligned himself with Shawn Michaels to reform D-Generation X? Who'll forget the fantastic feud between John Cena and Edge? What about the debut of the Great Khali, Kane's feud with an impostor Kane, and the list goes on!
However, there's one feud that's well-remembered; Mick Foley and Ric Flair. What's really interesting is that this feud was based on legitimate heat between the two. In addition, Foley had surprisingly turned heel when he briefly aligned with Edge with whom he had feuded at the beginning of the year.
The feud began on Monday Night Raw after ECW: One Night Stand. Flair and Foley had a memorable segment in which they both heavily criticized each other. For example, Flair would refer to Foley as a glorified stuntman and claim that Foley's hardcore moments were meaningless. Foley, on the other hand, would mention that fans didn't remember and care about Flair's classic matches with Harley Race at the 1983 Starrcade and Ricky Steamboat in New Orleans.
For the next few weeks, they'd cut immense promos on each other, going as far as making the fans think that they were legitimately attacking each other. In wrestling terms, fans thought Foley and Flair were shooting on each other Both men at one point would take it as far as mentioning comments about each other in their books. Knowing Flair and Foley, it's no surprise they agreed to take this rivalry to the next level. It's about giving the fans something to enjoy and to talk about.
At Vengeance, the two squared off in a two-out-of-three falls match, which Flair won. After the match, Foley would attack Flair with a barbed wire baseball bat. Soon after, Flair would continually challenge Foley to another match to put an end to their beef once and for all. Foley would continually refuse, claiming he didn't want to waste a match with Flair. Eventually, the two agreed upon an I Quit match at Summerslam.
Flair would emerge victorious at Summerslam. The match certainly went fans would have expected. Foley bringing in a barbed wire baseball bat, thumbtacks, a trash can, etc. Flair and Foley battled it out and the finish was very much unique. It was the perfect way to put an end to their beef.