Ric Flair def. Mick Foley ("I Quit" Match)

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August 20, 2006

After nearly two months of maniacal pursuit by Ric Flair, and more than 12 years of deep-seeded personal hatred between the "Nature Boy" and Mick Foley, the two WWE legends finally met in an "I Quit" Match so bloody that neither man may ever be the same again. It was beginning to look as though both competitors might actually "bleed to death in Boston," as Flair had hoped for after accepting Foley's challenge on RAW. When all was said and done, a seemingly possessed Flair finally forced a battered Foley to choke out the magic words, "I Quit."

Just before the match was set to begin, Foley met with his good friend Melina to discuss the upcoming match. He looked focused, but was also noticeably unnerved as he remarked that he had never seen Flair look so crazed as he was when he attacked Foley on ECW on Sci Fi. Perhaps the Hardcore Legend was, for the first time in his illustrious career, unprepared for the danger he was about to face.

As the match started, it appeared as though the "Nature Boy" was the one who should have been scared. Just moments after the bell signaled the start of the contest, Foley pulled out his old friend, Mr. Socko, and applied the Mandible Claw, warning Flair that if he didn't quit now, he would suffer. The determined "Nature Boy" stood pat, and Foley reverted to what he knows best -- hardcore brutality.

It wasn't long before the ring was littered with barbed wire and stained with the blood of the two WWE legends, who tore each other open as the action became increasingly vicious. Flair was slammed in the face three times by a board covered in barbed wire -- and that was before Foley's trademark bag of thumbtacks made its inevitable appearance. Thousands of the tiny weapons were scattered across the crimson-spattered canvas, and as Foley continued his hideous assault, he could be heard shouting "You're gonna suffer!"

Again and again Foley shoved the microphone in Flair's face, seeking the coveted "I Quit," and each time the "Nature Boy" refused to yield. Flair was clearly in agony, suffering through a match that played right into the hands of his rival, and it seemed as though things could not possibly get worse for him as blood poured from all over his body.

The tide began to turn, however, when Flair was able to beat Foley down with a barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat, ripping the Hardcore Legend open and turning the match into absolute bedlam. With Foley reeling, Flair screamed, "You quit or I'll kill you right here!" As Foley stumbled to his feet, Flair charged, catapulting the Hardcore Legend over the top rope and onto a wayward trash can.

As Flair celebrated his crushing blow, Foley lay motionless in a crumpled, bloody heap at ringside. Melina quickly rushed to his side as trainers and medical personnel arrived to examine him. After being given word that Foley could no longer continue, the referee called for the bell to end the match, sending an already crazed Flair into an infuriated frenzy. "It's not a ‘Lay Down On Your Ass Match," he barked, "it's an ‘I Quit' Match!"

It had become plainly clear that Ric Flair was now a man possessed. He continued his assault on a nearly unconscious Foley even after Melina tried desperately to quit on her good friend's behalf by literally throwing in the towel. As her pleas continued to be ignored, Melina threw herself in front of Foley, putting her body on the line to try and put an end to the bloodshed.

But Flair had snapped; he made his charge with the barbed wire bat, apparently ready to strike the defenseless Melina. At that moment, Foley, perhaps afraid that he had no choice but to do so in order to save Melina, finally ended the insanity by groaning, "I Quit."

No one will begrudge Mick Foley any bit of his well-deserved nickname, "The Hardcore Legend," but tonight, the man who built a legendary WWE career around pushing himself to the bloodiest of limits may have fought his most vicious contest to date. Not only did both he and Flair attack each other with reckless abandon, but they did so with a personal score to settle. While neither Mick Foley nor Ric Flair bled to death in Boston, this "I Quit" match was a horrific free-for-all that left the canvas stained blood red and both men in a daze from which they might never emerge quite the same.

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