Mick Foley

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Mick Foley

Born

6/7/1965, Bloomington, Indiana

Birth Name

Michael Francis Foley

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Dude Love, Jack Foley, Mankind, cactus jack mason, Mick Foley, Michael Foley, Cactus Jack
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Biography

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Michael Francis "Mick" Foley was born in Bloomington, Indiana and grew up in Smithtown, New York. Foley attended Ward Melville High School, where he was a member of the wrestling team. After attending college, Foley wrestled under the name "Jack Foley". He would later change this and wrestled…more

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  • Trivia

    • Mick has wrestled for World Championship Wrestling, World Wrestling Entertainment, and Extreme Championship Wrestling. He is one of the few wrestlers to have accomplished that feat.

    • On September 18th, 2008, Mick made his television debut for Total Nonstop Action, a rival of World Wrestling Entertainment.

    • Mick Foley was an 8-Time WWE World Tag Team Champion: With: Stone Cold Steve Austin (1), Chainsaw Charlie (1), Kane (2), Al Snow (1), and The Rock (3)

    • Foley took his trademark catchphrase "Bang, Bang!" from the B-52's song "Love Shack." The song was running through his head at the end of a match, and he held his fingers up like pistols while reciting the "bang bang bang on the door..." verse.

    • Mick Foley was the first ever Hardcore Champion, he only held the title that one time.

    • Mick Foley is a 3-Time WWE Champion

    • Mick's I Quit match against The Rock, is prominently featured in Barry Blaustein's 1999 wrestling documentary Beyond the Mat. The documentary shows the emotional effect Mick's match had on his wife and two of his children as they witnessed it while sitting at ringside.

    • MIck's Hell in a Cell match as Mankind against The Undertaker at King of the Ring 1998, is one of the most famous matches in wrestling history. Mick took two dangerous and influential bumps and received serious injuries, which took two months to heal.

    • Mick first introduced his gimmick of the sock puppet, "Mr. Socko", in 1998. Mick came to cheer up Vince McMahon at a hospital where he was recovering from an attack by The Undertaker and Kane. Mick first brought a clown, which annoyed McMahon, and then he put on a sock puppet, calling him Mr. Socko. McMahon told Mick to get out, and as he did, McMahon was assaulted by Stone Cold Steve Austin. Over the course of the following weeks, Mick started producing the sock puppet from inside the front of his wrestling tights and donning Mr. Socko whenever it was time to apply the Mandible Claw during his matches.

    • Mick is a member of the Wrestler Observer Newsletter and was inducted into their hall of fame in 2000. He also holds the distinction of being voted "Best Brawler" every single year from 1991 through 2000.

    • Mick helped revive his friend Al Snow's waning wrestling career with his suggestion that Snow start bringing a mannequin's head into the ring and speak to it as if it was a real person. The gimmick proved to be a huge hit and soon crowds were chanting, "We want head", an intentional double entendre, during his entrance.

    • Mick was notorious for using foreign objects in the ring. In addition to Mr. Socko, he utilized thumbtacks, a two by four, and sometimes a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire, he affectionately named "Barbie".

    • Mick sometimes employed a wrestling move called, "Sweet Shin Music", which was a superkick to the shin. The move was a parody of legendary wrestler Shawn Michaels's signature move, "Sweet Chin Music", which was a superkick to the jaw.

    • Mick has visited schools and libraries and talked to students about the value of education and the importance of reading. He has also traveled to various military bases and military hospitals to visit U.S. troops to offer get-well wishes to the soldiers.

    • Mick was a regular guest on Air America Radio's "Morning Sedition." He did several stints as the show's guest host when the regular hosts were on vacation. He also hosted WWE's radio show, which was held in WWF New York.

    • Mick is a critic of Republican President George W. Bush. Mick spoke at the College Democrats of America Convention in Boston in the summer of 2004.

    • Mick, as Mankind, had a guest appearance in the episode Love and Apartments of Boy Meets World, and Sunday Night Evil of Good vs. Evil.

    • Mick's wrestling career came to an abrupt halt at the hands of Triple H, at No Way Out in 2000.

    • Mick: Writing turned out to be a big blessing for me. It was the first thing I found professionally that I loved doing as much as wrestling, and fortunately I can do it a lot longer with less worry for my family.

    • Mick did a guest voice in the episode, The Blind Bandit, of Nickelodeon's popular animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. He played the voice for the character, The Boulder, an Earthbender who was a parody of wrestlers The Rock and Hulk Hogan.

    • During the late 1990's, Mick was the host for TNN's series, Robot Wars: Extreme Warriors.

    • Mick's Dude Love persona originated as a character he portrayed in his home wrestling movies.

    • Mick was appointed by Vince McMahon as the new WWF Commissioner in June 26, 2000.

    • The rat Mick, as Mankind, was often seen talking to was actually owned as a pet by legendary wrestling manager, James E. Cornette.

    • Mick arrived in the WWF in 1996 not as Cactus Jack but instead as Mankind, a tortured soul who lived in a "boiler room," spoke to a rat, pulled out his hair during matches and wore a leather Hannibal Lecter-like mask and an untucked white shirt with necktie and sneakers in the ring. Compared to Dude Love and Cactus Jack, Mankind was Mick's most popular and memorable alias ever.

    • Mick has proved extremely popular to his fans throughout his career and under his many aliases, even when he wrestled as a heel. Mick is always there for his fans and will spend long periods of time with them signing autographs and posing for pictures. His hard work is often credited with helping to re-establish pro wrestling's popularity after the steroid and sex scandals of the late 1980's and early 1990's.

    • Mick, as Mankind, first lost the WWF title belt to The Rock in a brutal I Quit Match at Royal Rumble 1999. During the match Mick took several impressive and dangerous bumps, including a 10 foot fall from a balcony onto actual electrical equipment, which was gimmicked to emit sparks upon impact. He was then handcuffed by The Rock and hit in the head with a steel chair a total of eleven times, despite the two competitors agreeing before the match that only five chair shots would be given. The match ended after The Rock stuck a microphone in Mankind's face and the words, "I quit" were heard through the arena. Mankind revealed the next night, that The Rock had used a recording of him saying "I quit", and he had never really given up. A rematch was set on Halftime Heat 1999, which aired during halftime at Super Bowl XXXIII, where Mankind and The Rock fought in WWF's first ever Empty Arena Match. Mankind won the title, less than 48 hours after he had lost it.

    • Mick, as Dude Love, and Stone Cold Steve Austin were forced to relinquish their Tag Team Titles because of Austin's genuine neck injury during SummerSlam 1997.

    • Mick formally trained at Dominic DeNucci's wrestling school in Pennsylvania, and debuted in June of 1985.

    • While Mick was a student at State University of New York at Cortland he hitchhiked to Madison Square Garden to see his favorite wrestler, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, in a steel cage match against Don Muraco. Mick says witnessing Snuka's flying body splash from the top of the cage was what inspired him to pursue a career in professional wrestling.

    • Mick, as Mankind, was the first ever WWF Hardcore Champion. Vince McMahon awarded the belt to him on November 2, 1998.

    • Mick, as Mankind, is the only one to hold a KO victory over The Undertaker (as of 2006).

    • Mick's wife was once one of Dude Love's "Dudettes". When Dude Love returned in 1998 as a heel with Vince McMahon, his wife did not because the costumes had become skimpier.

    • Mick appeared as Cactus Jack, Mankind and Dude Love, at the 1998 Royal Rumble. This marks the only time in which a single performer has appeared in the Rumble under multiple gimmicks.

    • Mick got his trademark catchphrase "Bang, Bang!" (used by his Cactus Jack persona), from the B-52's song "Love Shack" - The song was running through his head at the end of a match, and he held his fingers up like pistols while reciting the "bang, bang, bang on the door..." verse.

    • Mick lives with his wife Collette, three sons: Dewey Francis (born in 1992), Michael Francis, Jr. (born in 2001), Hewey (born in 2003), and daughter, Noelle Margaret (born in 1993).

    • Mick has a cameo as "Cactus Sac" in Insane Clown Posse's 2000 cult film, Big Money Hustlas. "Cactus Sac" is a parody of "Cactus Jack", which is one of Mick's actual wrestling names. ICP fans were familiar with Mick since one of his matches was part of the Japan ICW event ICP took and dubbed their own hilarious commentary over and released sometime in the late 1990's as Stranglemania.

    • Mick is real life friends with fellow wrestler, Al Snow.

    • Mick Foley is currently the author of seven books: (1999) Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks; (2000) Mick Foley's Christmas Chaos; (2001) Mick Foley's Halloween Hijinx; (2002) Foley Is Good: And the Real World is Faker Than Wrestling; (2003) Tietam Brown; (2004) Tales From Wrescal Lane; and (2005) Scooter.

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  • Mick Foley - Hardcore Legend, Wrestling Superstar, Awesome Entertainer.

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    Mick Foley is one of the greatest wrestling talents to ever hit the squared circle. From ECW (the original one) to WCW...From WWE to TNA, and everything in between, Mick Foley started from the bottom and worked his way to the top. Dude Love, Mankind....Cactus Jack....Even just Mick Foley, his charcters were both fun to watch and loved to be hated. Willing to sacrifice his body and well-being for the sake of my entertainment, he deserves and has my respect and gratitude for the years past and years to come of a great wrestling legend. Thank you very much Mick Foley!moreless
  • In my opinion Mick Foley the greatest hardcore wrestler and had some of the most shocking moments in WWE history

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    In my opinion Mick Foley the greatest hardcore wrestler and had some of the most shocking moments in WWE history. Mick has to be the greatest hard worker ever he his not the most good looking guy but he can kick your ass!!!. Mick has had some of the coolest gimmicks ever. The 3 faces of Foley are Cactus Jack, Mankind, and Dude love. Mick has put on some great matches with Triple H (the hell in the cell in 2000 and a street fight) The Rock( the ST. Valentine massacre last man standing match Mick's I Quit match against The Rock, is prominently featured in Barry Blaustein's 1999 wrestling documentary Beyond the Mat. The documentary shows the emotional effect Mick's match had on his wife and two of his children as they witnessed it while sitting at ringside. Stone Cold, and who could forget The Undertaker(hell in the Cell) where he fell from the top of the cell trough the announce table Mick's Hell in a Cell match as Mankind against The Undertaker at King of the Ring 1998, is one of the most famous matches in wrestling history. Mick took two dangerous and influential bumps and received serious injuries, which took two months to heal. the best calls by Jim Ross happened in that match. Mick is a 3 time world champion Mick Foley was an 8-Time WWE World Tag Team Champion: With: Stone Cold Steve Austin (1), Chainsaw Charlie (1), Kane (2), Al Snow (1), and The Rock (3 ) a ECW tag team champion(Mickey Whipwreck) The first ever Hardcore champion. Mick is a com-mentor on Smackdown I hope he comes back and wrestles Edge for the World heavyweight champion in a TLC matchmoreless
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