Mick Foley Describes Decision To Release Top Dolla As “Baffling”

Mick Foley
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WWE Hall Of Famer Mick Foley has discussed how he feels the company missed a trick when they released Top Dolla, as he saw him as a potential crossover star.

The real-life AJ Francis started off playing in the NFL including a stint with the New York Giants. He went on to sign with WWE in January 2020, making his debut on NXT television a year later and aligning himself with Isaiah ‘Swerve’ Scott.

The duo would go on to team up with Ashante ‘Thee’ Adonis and B-Fab, and the team went on to be known as Hit Row. The group gained popularity extremely quickly, and were moved to SmackDown as part of the 2021 Draft in October.

However, following their debut on the blue brand things fell apart from quickly, starting when B-Fab was released by WWE on 4th November during a raft of cuts. Two weeks later, the rest of Hit Row were also let go by the company.

Taking to social media, Mick Foley has discussed the release and described the decision as baffling, as well as singling out Francis as someone who could have potentially been a crossover star.

The release of ⁦@AJFrancis410 was particularly baffling to me: a mountain of a man, charisma for days, rapper, top tier promo guy, would have been a go to guy for media; potential crossover star. Baffling.

Mick Foley has certainly been outspoken with his views on WWE in recent months. This included claiming that he wouldn’t trust the company’s creative team and that WWE as a whole had a problem.

In the same breath, Mrs Foley’s Baby Boy has also praised AEW, especially around the time of their influx of talent which included the likes of CM Punk and Adam Cole.