Wow, that's pretty damn hardcore if Foley planned that move! From the way he was hanging there he could have been in serious trouble if that ref wasn't there to untangle him from the ropes...GREAT overall match too. I used to love what little I seen of Cactus Jack in WCCW when he was partnered up with Skandar Akbar, a man probably not well known by the mainstream but in his day drew BIG TIME heat as he played the classic "foreigner bad guy role" who would throw fireballs and verbally harass the fans during matches.
Oh, yeah - it was planned; except for the ear mishap. It was nice of the ref to pick it up afterwards.
Foley did the move again in a WWF match, but I can't remember when or with who.
I'd never personally known anyone to do it while in the indy's. I'm sure there are guys who've done it somewhere, just not in the promotions I was acquainted with.
Sometimes, the ring crew will come out and adjust the rope tension at the turnbuckles to accomodate certain maneuvers in the ensuing match. They used to do this for some of the Hardy Boyz matches in the Fed.
I don't know if Foley was afforded that luxury any of the times he did the hangman.