Mick Foley

Mick Foley


Mick Foley made his debut onWorld Wrestling Entertainment. Foley's legacy involves three identities: Mankind, Dude Love, and Cactus Jack. Foley has also become a successful author: Have A Nice Day, Christmas Chaos, Halloween Hijinx, Foley is Good, Tietam Brown, Tales from Wrescal Lane, and Scooter.


Michael Francis Foley was born on East Setauket, Long Island, N.Y., the son of an athletic director and a teacher who became a full-time mom. Upon graduating from Ward Melville High School, Foley enrolled at the State University of New York at Cortland in upstate New York.

A lifelong wrestling fan who once hitchhiked to Madison Square Garden to see Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka take on Don Muraco in a steel cage, the seeds of his future career were planted while he was a college student. In September 1985, Foley met former World Wrestling Federation Tag Team Champion Dominic DeNucci through a Long Island wrestling promoter. Still in college, Foley, in early 1986, began driving 400 miles from Cortland to Freedom, PA, each weekend to train at DeNucci's school. After months of training and working in independent promotions (where he competed as Cactus Jack), Foley got the opportunity to work at a few World Wrestling Federation television tapings—and to be squashed by well-known Federation superstars, including the British Bulldog.

He wrestled under his real name and was what can politely be called an "enhancement talent." For fear that he would become a full-time jobber, Foley began declining invitations to attend TV tapings when fans started recognizing him. In the summer of 1990, Foley was handing out flyers for an upcoming independent show he would be wrestling in on Long Island when he met a beautiful model named Colette Christie. It was the woman he would go on to marry.

Over the years, Foley competed as Cactus Jack all over the world—mainly in Africa and Japan—and also in WCW and ECW. In 1996, the day after WrestleMania XII, he made his debut in the Federation as Mankind. Since then, he's been Mankind, Dude Love, and Cactus Jack. On February 27, 2000, the career of the "Three Faces of Foley" came to an end when Foley, as Cactus Jack, put his career on the line for a chance at the main event at "WrestleMania." When Triple H pinned Cactus after a brutal Hell in a Cell bout, Cactus left the Federation forever, as did Mankind and Dude Love.

However, on the March 20, 2000, edition of "RAW IS WAR," Linda McMahon proved that dreams do come true in the World Wrestling Federation. Linda turned what was supposed to be a Triple Threat main event at WrestleMania into a Fatal Four-Way, and the fourth participant was Foley! This time, for one night only, Foley competed as himself. Unfortunately, he was pinned after two brutal Pedigrees by Triple H. But Foley was able to accomplish his dream of main-eventing the biggest show of the year. Foley's career as an active wrestler ended on April 2, 2000, in Anaheim, California.

Whatever the persona, Foley is one of the most respected competitors in the history of sports-entertainment. He has the reputation for enduring more pain than anyone. His maniacal personality is not just on display in the ring. Consider that he wrote his own autobiography—but since he doesn't own a computer or even a typewriter, he filled up 760 pages of notebook paper writing freehand!

The book, Have a Nice Day which showcased Foley's irreverent sense of humor and natural storytelling ability shocked the literary world by hitting number-one on the New York Times Bestseller List in December 1999, and by staying on the list for twenty-six weeks. The sequel, Foley is Good shot to number-one on the Times list in its very first week of publication. He has also written two New York Times best-selling children's books, Mick Foley's Christmas Chaos and Mick Foley's Halloween High Jinx. In July 2003, Foley released his debut novel, Tietam Brown.

Foley was featured in the critically acclaimed motion picture Beyond the Mat, and has appeared on dozens of television shows, including, Good Morning America, Larry King, 20/20, World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Live with Regis and Kelly, and Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Katie Couric has also interviewed him . . . twice.



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