In India to find new talent for ESPN’s TNA, wrestling legends Mick Foley and Kurt Angle, along with rising star Jay Lethal, think Bollywood movies are “something”. “For someone who has never seen one, it’s like one of those big musicals back in America, probably 10 times more,” says Foley, who is doing a Hollywood spoof on horror movies, which has a “Bollywood styled dance number”
Though Lethal has “never seen a Hindi film”, he does manage to sing Chhaiya Chhaiya in his own accent. And when you quiz them on the one thing that won their hearts here, “tandoori chicken,” they reply in unison. “Kurt is going to make it a part of his diet from now,” says Foley. “Yeah, the tandooris are great,” adds Angle.
The wrestlers received a warm welcome on landing in Mumbai. “But at first, someone thought I was The Karate Kid (courtesy his hairdo, which resembles Jaden Smith’s),” says lethal.
Although the wrestlers are well aware of the fan following that The Great Khali commands here as well as in the US, they say they “don’t want another Khali”. “We are looking for a strong and fit wrestler, and not someone with such a huge built,” explains Foley. “Someone with the looks, too — that is important,” he signs off.