Ric Flair def. Mick Foley (2 out of 3 Falls Match)

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June 25, 2006

Ric Flair may have defeated Mick Foley in the 2-out-of-3 Falls Match at Vengeance, but the Hardcore Legend made sure the last image fans in Charlotte saw of their hometown hero was a bloody one.

Foley said on RAW that he would try to outwrestle Flair, and early in the bout it looked like it would be a technical encounter…until Foley punched Flair square in the face. After hitting his signature Double-Arm DDT, Foley pulled out a customized Mr. Socko that looked like the "Nature Boy," but Flair blocked his attempt to use it.

Flair would later hit a double axehandle off the top rope (a rarity, as Flair fans would know) but appeared to hurt his knee. Foley pounced, working the knee and even going for Flair's signatures Figure-Four Leg Lock. The "Nature Boy" was quick to counter, rolling Foley up in a small package to claim the first fall.

Foley immediately jumped Flair to start the second fall and the two men brawled to the floor. Foley took control, and the technical wizardry went out the window when he found a trash can under the ring. The Hardcore Legend stalked the "Nature Boy" with the weapon, but Flair tripped him up. He then locked in the Figure Four, and with nowhere to go, Foley bashed Flair in the head with the trash can. That drew a disqualification, giving the match to Flair in two straight falls.

Unfortunately, that wasn't the end of Foley's attack. After another shot with the trash can, the Hardcore Legend found his favorite barbed-wire baseball bat under the ring. Foley maniacally mauled Flair with the weapon, nailing him several times to leave the "Nature Boy" a bloody mess. Foley was finally escorted from the ring, but the damage was done.

After the match, Foley told WWE.com exactly why he shifted from his "technical" game plan. "Well you know, in life as in WWE you always have to have a Plan B," Foley said. "Plan A wasn't working, so I shifted gears. It surprised me, but not as much as I'm sure it surprised Ric."

Foley also said last week on RAW that he wanted to embarrass Flair by having what he called a "fiasco" of a match. While it wasn't quite as "bad" as Foley hoped, he still thinks that he got the job done.

"I surprised myself by actually having a good match," Foley said. "I wasn't quite expecting a bloodbath, but I think it was mission accomplished. I did indeed embarrass Flair….right here, in Charlotte, North Carolina."

The hometown hero may have won the battle at Vengeance, but it certainly looks like this war has only just begun.

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