It was reported earlier that Mick Foley was going to be forced to take some time of WWE TV in early 2017 in order to have much-needed hip surgery. Well, that hasn’t happened yet, and Foley himself revealed the fateful reason why in a post on Facebook today.
“I guess I should’ve said something when I started getting prayers and well wishes from friends and colleagues alike – including some of the biggest names in the business. I have definitely mentioned that I needed a hip replacement, definitely mentioned that I intended to get one sometime early in 2017, but never actually set a date. I have this little tiny problem in that I don’t actually have health insurance.
I had health insurance for 26 years, but the last four years have been tough – with companies sending out letters telling me they will no longer be insuring families, and that I needed to find alternate insurance. By 2016 health insurance was particularly confusing, and after missing one payment, I found myself no longer insured. I am doing my best to be insured in 2017, but nothing is guaranteed, and I have no idea how this new insurance company will feel about replacing a hip that clearly should’ve been replaced many years ago.
For those wondering why the general manager of Raw needs to procure his own health insurance: well, I’m on a handshake deal. I do the job as long as I enjoy it and feel like I am making a difference, and I do it as long as WWE is happy with me and thinks I’m the best person for the role. No contract involved at all, except for the legends deal, which is strictly about merchandise.”
That’s right, Mick is doing his GM job for absolutely no promised salary (although he did get a reality show out of the deal, we suppose). Foley goes on to discuss his options for the $60,000 operation that could greatly improve his quality of life, from paying out of pocket (obviously a last resort) to procuring some TV or film roles in order to get access to insurance through the actor’s union, but it looks like he’ll be hobbling around for the foreseeable future.