Mick Foley
Professional wrestler; author
Mick Foley
Michael Francis "Mick" Foley, Sr. is an American semi-retired professional wrestler, author, comedian, actor, voice actor and former color commentator currently working for WWE as the on-screen general manager for Saturday Morning Slam. He has worked for many wrestling promotions, including WWE, WCW, ECW and TNA, as well as numerous promotions in Japan. He is often referred to as "The Hardcore Legend", a nickname he shares with Terry Funk.
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Grading Daniel Bryan And Mick Foley As WWE's New General Managers
Forbes - 7 months
WWE has named Daniel Bryan and Mick Foley as the new General Managers of Raw and Smackdown Live. Watch House Money Studios' Alfred Konuwa grade WWE's selections of its new sheriffs in town.
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Wrestler Mick Foley's Long Island Home for the Holidays
Fox News - about 1 year
Former pro wrestler Mick Foley dedicates space in his Smithtown, N.Y., home to his favorite alter-ego: Santa Claus. The post Wrestler Mick Foley's Long Island Home for the Holidays appeared first on Real Estate News and Advice - realtor.com.
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Wrestler Mick Foley Gets Merry in His 'Ho Ho' Home
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
Retired from the ring, Mick Foley dedicates space in his Long Island home to his favorite alter-ego.
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Wrestler Mick Foley Gets Merry in His 'Ho Ho' Home
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
Retired from the ring, Mick Foley dedicates space in his Long Island home to his favorite alter-ego.
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WWE: AJ Lee Retires, CM Punk Happy, And Fans Should Chant ‘Thank You AJ’ At Monday Night RAW
The Inquisitor - almost 2 years
As AJ Lee retires officially from the WWE, CM Punk made a statement on the internet by starting a Twitter trend with the hashtag #ThankYouAJ. But if the world really wants to let her know how much she’s missed, the upcoming Monday Night RAW is the way to do it. In a related report by the Inquisitr, although some predicted we would soon see AJ Lee retire, the WWE Diva herself dropped many a hint during this past year. In addition, CM Punk almost blatantly said that AJ Lee’s UFC career is a real possibility. While no one knows for sure what happened in the back rooms of the WWE, as AJ Lee retires CM Punk only had one thing to say to the public. #ThankYouAJ — Coach (@CMPunk) April 3, 2015 This simple reaction to AJ Lee leaving the WWE caused the hashtag to trend immediately, and many fans are saying their goodbyes. Thanks for never giving up on your dream. #ThankYouAJ — #ThankYouAJ (@FactsAJ) April 4, 2015 #ThankYouAJ 3x divas champion, 2x diva of the year, 2-0 at Wres ...
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Pro wrestler cheats at Wing Bowl, hides food in fanny pack
Yahoo News - about 2 years
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Professional wrestling star Mick Foley was ejected from the Wing Bowl eating contest Friday after stuffing uneaten chicken wings into a fanny pack.
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Royal Rumble 2014 results: Mick Foley destroys WWE for its booking of Daniel Bryan
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
Mick Foley is a Daniel Bryan fan and because of that, he's not happy with WWE after the Royal Rumble 2014 pay-per-view. We knew Mick Foley was passionate about the idea of Daniel Bryan winning the Royal Rumble last night (Sun., Jan. 26, 2014) at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, because he came right out and said he would throw a brick through his television set if it didn't happen. Then, when it didn't, he quickly took to Twitter to wonder publicly if WWE hates its own audience. But that was just the tip of the iceberg. Here's the rest of the boat taking on water (via Foley's Facebook): As I mentioned on Twitter, I've never felt so disgusted at the conclusion of a WWE (or any) PPV. Like many of you out there, I just don't get it. This Daniel Bryan thing is a phenomenon. You get it. I get it. The fans in Pittsburgh (yes, I was thinking of writing "RIGHT TH...but I'm just not in a cheap pop mood) got it. But tonight, for the first time, I had to a ...
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Royal Rumble Rankings: 11-7
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
There have been 26 Royal Rumble matches in WWE history. Let's rank each one, shall we? Up next: Numbers 11-7. Professional wrestling is all about gimmicks and no gimmick has been as successful, at least as a match type, as the annual Royal Rumble. It takes place in January of every year and features 30 (one time 40) wrestlers competing in an over-the-top-rope battle royal. Initially, it was just a fun match WWE would put on that featured the best of the best. Eventually, it became a showcase match that would see the winner rewarded with a shot at the WWE championship at that year'sWrestleMania event. In anticipation of the 27th Royal Rumble match taking place this Sunday night (Jan. 26, 2014) at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, we're going to rank each of the first 26 from worst to first. Today we tackle numbers 11-7. _________________________________ 11. Royal Rumble 1997 Why it was good: This one benefits greatly from hindsight. Stone Cold St ...
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CSSGMT Final Four Match: (1) Hell in a Cell Fall vs. (5) Double Turn
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
The Final Four round of the Cageside Seats Greatest Moment Tournament kicks off today with a match-up pitting number one seed Hell in a Cell Fall against number five seed Double Turn. Come vote now! The Final Four round of the Cageside Seats Greatest Moment Tournament continues today with a match-up pitting number one seed Hell in a Cell Fall, featuring Mick Foley taking a crazy bump off a cage, against number five seed Double Turn, featuring Bret Hart and Stone Cold Steve Austin switching roles in one match. Remember, voting closes at midnight CT. In order to cast your vote, leave a comment and in the subject line make sure you adhere to the guidelines as follows: To vote Hell in a Cell Fall simply write: Vote - Fall To vote Double Turn simply write: Vote - Turn Here are the two moments to choose from: Hell in a Cell Fall: When Mick Foley was told he would be working a Hell in a Cell match against Undertaker, he desperately wanted to outdo Undertaker's previous H ...
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CSSGMT First Round Match: (3) Montreal Screwjob vs. (14) Cane Dewey
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
The first round of the Cageside Seats Greatest Moment Tournament continues today with a match-up pitting number three seed Montreal Screwjob against number 14 seed Cane Dewey. Come vote now! The first round of the Cageside Seats Greatest Moment Tournament continues today with a match-up pitting number three seed Montreal Screwjob, featuring arguably the most infamous moment in pro wrestling history, against number 14 seed Cane Dewey, featuring a memorable promo from Mankind about ECW fans wanting to harm his son. Remember, voting closes at midnight CT. In order to cast your vote, leave a comment and in the subject line make sure you adhere to the guidelines as follows: To vote Montreal Screwjob simply write: Vote - Screwjob To vote Cane Dewey simply write: Vote - Dewey Here are the two moments to choose from: Montreal Screwjob: One of the most infamous events in pro wrestling history. Bret Hart was leaving the WWF to go to WCW but refused to drop the championship ...
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Video: 3D seismic images of Louisiana sinkhole released
CBS News - over 3 years
Residents of Bayou Corne, La., received the latest update on the sinkhole that has kept them under an evacuation order for the past 411 days. Nick Foley of WAFB-TV reports.
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On this date in WWF history: SummerSlam 1999
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
When WWE.com named the top 10 SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) events in company history, one of the shows that failed to make the cut was SummerSlam 1999, which took place on this date in history (Aug. 22, 1999). That's because it was an underwhelming show, save for two damn good matches. The main event was a triple threat match pitting Stone Cold Steve Austin, the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) champion at the time, against Triple H and Mick Foley with Jesse Ventura as special guest referee. Ventura had just been elected Governor of Minnesota and was bringing a few extra eyeballs. He served his purpose in the match, delivering a memorable line to Shane McMahon in the process, and did a fine job. The real story was the fact that all reports indicate the plan was for Triple H to win his first world title here. He had been repackaged as a badass heel, moving away from long trunks, long hair, and the comedy image that came with his role as the leader of the second version ...
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Matthew Highton: Seven Robots and Monsters You Won't See Fighting...
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The impending release of Pacific Rim is going to bring colossal monsters and gigantic robots to the masses. Not only this, they will be locked in mortal combat, deciding the fate and future of humanity. If you're like me, then this alone appeals to every part of you, you'll be headed to the cinema, popcorn in one hand and giant robot toy in the other, ready to bear witness to the carnage. Before you do though, in homage, I have trawled through cinema's long history of onscreen robots and monsters and pitted them in theoretical battles (TO THE DEATH) for your own sick amusement. Johnny 5 vs The Kraken Background: Johnny 5 just wanted be human. His hunger for knowledge and lust for life made him a beloved, bumbling and endearing addition to robots everywhere. The Kraken is sometimes seen as a mythical pet of Liam Neeson and sometimes as a big, big octopus. It's as old as time and as large as a country house (it's big). Titan vs Titanium. Venue: Brighton Beach Fight: ...
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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Patriots could target cornerback in 1st round
SB Nation- Boston - almost 4 years
The New England Patriots have been contenders for the past decade, and as long as Tom Brady is at the helm and Bill Bellichick is still the head coach, they'll likely remain that way. Still, the team has to be on their game year-in and year-out when it comes to their drafting, since they're almost always picking near the back-end of the first round. More: Visit Pats Pulpit for more on the Patriots That's no different this year, as the Patriots hold the No. 29 pick thanks to their appearance in the AFC Championship game, which they lost to the Baltimore Ravens, as the secondary was beaten soundly by the Baltimore passing game. In fact, the Patriots have been looking for help in the secondary for some time now. Matthew Fairburn of SB Nation released his latest mock draft on Monday and he has them addressing the need in the first round, with the selection of Blidi Wreh-Wilson, the cornerback out of Connecticut. Here's a new name to keep an eye on. Blidi Wreh-Wil ...
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Cageside Seats Weekly RECs: Week ending Jan. 11
Cageside Seats - about 4 years
We're back with yet another dose of amazing work injected by you, the Cageside commenters. Many of you have impressed us all by producing some amazing work and golden comments yet again. So it's that time of the week to recognize the excellent FanPosts, FanShots, and comments that were the "Best in the World" (of Cageside) this past week. As always, thanks to Cagesider Ecstasy with Extra Cheese for cleverly naming our Weekly Cageside Commenters Awards "The RECs", which perfectly sums up what this feature tries to do. After all, without all of you, Cageside Seats would not be the greatest pro wrestling website on the Internet. So, without further ado, we present to you... The cSs REC Awards: Recognizing Excellence in Contributing ______________________________ FOR EXCELLENCE IN AUTHORING OF FANPOSTS: Cagesider ClownBurger gave us the Good, Bad, and Ugly of the Past Year Cagesider The Notorious Eddie Mac Presented 20 Years of Monday Nigh ...
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Mick Foley talks WWE' 13, working with CM Punk and Paul Heyman's role in his career
Cageside Seats - over 4 years
Watch an interview with Mick Foley talking about a variety of topics, including WWE '13, WWE Champion CM Punk and Paul Heyman.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mick Foley
  • 2016
    Age 50
    On April 3, 2016 at WrestleMania 32, Foley returned in-ring alongside Shawn Michaels and Stone Cold Steve Austin in a post-match interruption where the trio of Hall of Famers took on The League of Nations after they had defeated The New Day and proclaimed "No three people can ever defeat us."
    More Details Hide Details Foley brought out Mr. Socko and executed the Mandible Claw two times during the fight, once on Sheamus and once on King Barrett. The latter was part of a three-way finishing move sequence where Barrett was first hit with Sweet Chin Music by Shawn Michaels, staggered and fell into Mr. Socko, and finally hit with a Stone Cold Stunner. On the July 18 episode of Raw, Foley was appointed by Stephanie McMahon as the General Manager of Raw. Foley is a multi-time New York Times bestselling author, particularly known for his ongoing series of memoirs. His writing has generally received favorable reviews. From May 7 to July 1, 1999, Foley wrote his autobiography — without the aid of a ghostwriter, as he noted in the introduction — in almost 800 pages of longhand. The book, Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks topped The New York Times non-fiction bestseller list for several weeks. The follow-up, Foley Is Good: And the Real World Is Faker than Wrestling, was published in 2001.
    Foley returned to Raw on March 14, 2016 in a backstage segment with Dean Ambrose, in which he gave him a pep talk for his upcoming WrestleMania 32 match against Brock Lesnar and a passing of the torch in the form of his iconic barbed wire baseball bat, "Barbie".
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  • 2015
    Age 49
    In 2015, Foley appeared at SummerSlam, where he kicked off the event with host Jon Stewart.
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  • 2014
    Age 48
    Throughout December 2014, Foley appeared in segments on Raw as Saint Mick alongside his daughter Noelle.
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    On the October 20, 2014 episode of Raw, Foley returned during a segment with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins where he discussed the cases of their match at Hell in a Cell.
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    In April 2014, Foley didn't re-sign his Legends contract with WWE.
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  • 2013
    Age 47
    He left the position in May 2013 when the show was canceled Foley returned on edition of April 22 of Raw to confront Ryback until he was saved by John Cena.
    More Details Hide Details Foley appeared as part of the Extreme Rules post-show to provide an analysis. On the Edition of December 18 of Main Event he appeared As 'Foley Claus', helping The Miz defeat Curtis Axel.
    On January 11, WWE.com announced that Foley would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 6, 2013 in New York City by his longtime friend Terry Funk.
    More Details Hide Details The official announcement was made on the 20th Anniversary of Raw on January 14. At the February 26 taping of Saturday Morning Slam (that aired March 16), Foley was named as the new general manager for the show.
  • 2012
    Age 46
    In August 2012, Foley was originally scheduled to have a match with the debuting Dean Ambrose at SummerSlam.
    More Details Hide Details However, doctors weren't able to medically clear Foley and thus Foley announced his final retirement from in-ring competition.
    On the November 12, 2012 episode of Raw, Foley was appointed the Special Guest Enforcer in the match between CM Punk and John Cena.
    More Details Hide Details Foley's hand-picked Survivor Series team of The Miz, Randy Orton, Kofi Kingston, & Team Hell No failed to defeat Team Ziggler in the Traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series Elimination Tag Match. Foley portrayed Santa Claus on the December 24 pre-taped edition of Monday Night Raw. Foley as Santa was run over by Alberto Del Rio. However, he managed to recover later in the night and help John Cena defeat Del Rio in a Miracle on 34th Street Fight.
    On the September 24, 2012 episode of Raw, Foley made an appearance to confront CM Punk, telling him to accept a match against John Cena.
    More Details Hide Details Later in the show, however, Punk would attack Foley backstage. At Hell in a Cell, CM Punk successfully retained his WWE Championship against Ryback due to interference from the referee, Brad Maddox. The next day on Raw, CM Punk announced he would be facing Team Foley at Survivor Series in a traditional Survivor Series Tag Team Elimination match in which Foley had accepted the challenge. However Punk had been removed from the match the following week.
    In 2012 he hosted the WWE: Falls Count Anywhere – The Greatest Street Fights and other Out of Control Matches DVD.
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    He returned to Raw on June 18, 2012, announcing that he would be serving as the temporary general manager of both Raw and SmackDown for the week.
    More Details Hide Details On July 23, at the 1000th episode of Raw he appeared as Dude Love, danced with Brodus Clay and performed the mandible claw on Jack Swagger with a tie dyed Mr. Socko.
    On April 10, 2012, Foley made an appearance on WWE SmackDown: Blast from the Past.
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    Foley participated in the Royal Rumble match at the 2012 Royal Rumble pay-per-view where he entered at number 7 and eliminated Justin Gabriel (with the help of Ricardo Rodriguez), Epico, & Primo, eventually being eliminated by Cody Rhodes after 06:34.
    More Details Hide Details Foley later appeared in a segment alongside Santino Marella during Wrestlemania XXVIII.
    Foley appeared on Raw on the January 16, 2012 episode to announce his intentions to participate in the Royal Rumble match at the 2012 Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
    More Details Hide Details The next week, he also appeared, wishing Zack Ryder good luck in his match against Kane that night.
  • 2011
    Age 45
    Foley returned to WWE at a house show in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, taking a break from his UK comedy tour, on November 2, 2011, making an in-ring promo with The Miz and R-Truth and then guest refereed the tag team match, appearing again in Manchester on November 5.
    More Details Hide Details Foley returned to Raw on November 14, which featured him presenting a "This is Your Life" celebration for John Cena (he presented a similar segment for The Rock 12 years earlier). Among those brought out were Cena's former tag team partner Bull Buchanan, his former baseball coach (kayfabe), and his father; however the segment was interrupted by The Rock, who delivered a Rock Bottom to Foley before leaving the ring, ending the segment. Foley was the special guest host on the live edition of Smackdown on November 29.
    His departure from the promotion was confirmed on June 5, 2011.
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    On May 23, Foley, who had expressed frustration with TNA and said that he did not plan to renew his contract with the promotion once it would expire in the fall of 2011, made a joke on Twitter, comparing his Empty Arena match with The Rock to a TNA house show.
    More Details Hide Details On the following edition of Impact Wrestling on June 2, Hulk Hogan announced that Foley had been fired as the Network Executive. This was done to write Foley, who had asked for his release from TNA, off television.
  • 2010
    Age 44
    On the October 7, 2010 live edition of Impact!, Foley defeated Ric Flair in a Last Man Standing match. the Last Man Standing match with Flair turned out to be Foley's last match in TNA.
    More Details Hide Details At Bound for Glory Foley was in EV 2.0's corner, when Dreamer, Raven, Rhino, Richards and Sabu defeated members Styles, Kazarian, Morgan, Roode and Storm in a Lethal Lockdown match. After not appearing for two months, Foley returned on the edition of December 23 of Impact!, confronting Fortune and Immortal. After Genesis, Foley once again disappeared from TNA television, but kept making regular appearances at TNA house shows. At the tapings of the edition of May 12 of Impact!, Foley made his return to TV as he was revealed as the "Network" consultant, who had been causing problems for Immortal for the past months.
    Foley returned to TNA on July 12, 2010, at the tapings of the edition of July 15 of Impact!, leading an invasion of fellow ECW alumni TNA World Heavyweight Champion Rob Van Dam, Tommy Dreamer, Raven, Stevie Richards, Rhino, Brother Devon, Pat Kenney and Al Snow forming the team of EV 2..
    More Details Hide Details The following week, TNA president Dixie Carter agreed to give the ECW alumni their own reunion pay–per–view event, Hardcore Justice: The Last Stand, as a celebration of hardcore wrestling and a final farewell to the company. At the event Foley refereed a Final Showdown match between Tommy Dreamer and Raven. On the following edition of Impact!, the ECW alumni, known collectively as Extreme, Version 2. (EV 2.), were assaulted by A.J. Styles, Kazarian, Robert Roode, James Storm, Douglas Williams and Matt Morgan of Ric Flair's stable, who thought they didn't deserve to be in TNA. In August Foley began writing a weekly column for TNA's website.
    On January 4, 2010, the day of Hulk Hogan's debut for TNA, Foley was assaulted by the reunited Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and Sean Waltman, when trying to get a meeting with Hogan.
    More Details Hide Details On the edition of January 21 of Impact! new Executive Producer Eric Bischoff fired Foley, after claiming to have been attacked by him. On the edition of February 11 of Impact!, Bischoff and Foley "talked it over", as Hogan had suggested two weeks prior, and Foley was entered in the 8 Card Stud Tournament at Against All Odds. The match was a No Disqualification match against Abyss, who won the match and advanced. On the edition of March 15 of Impact! Bischoff announced that he would be shaving Foley bald as a punishment for trying to help Jeff Jarrett in a handicap match the previous week. At first Foley was seemingly going along with the plan, but at the last second he shoved Mr. Socko down Bischoff's throat, put him on the barber's chair and shaved him nearly bald. On the following edition of Impact!, Foley lost to Jarrett in a No Disqualification Career vs. Career match set up by Bischoff, forcing Foley to kayfabe leave TNA. In reality, Foley was taken off television due to him being on his way to exceed the maximum number of dates per year on his contract, at the pace he was making appearances.
  • 2009
    Age 43
    Foley's father, Jack Foley, a former Ward Melville High School Athletic Director, died on September 13, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Foley's daughter Noelle, seen crying in the film Beyond the Mat when Foley receives multiple chair shots at the 1999 Royal Rumble, is currently training to become a wrestler. Dewey currently works as a creative assistant for WWE. His son Mickey is on the autism spectrum. Foley's sons Mickey and Hughie operate their YouTube channel, MickeyFoley0105. The page depicts Mickey wrestling on a trampoline with his brother, and video games and other aspects of his life. Foley himself occasionally appears in Mickey's videos, including one parodying the 2010 LeBron James special The Decision in which Foley teases announcing Al Snow as being his WWE Hall of Fame inductee before announcing the real inductee, Terry Funk. Foley is a longtime fan of women's professional wrestling and has campaigned for their equality among men. Among his closest friends in WWE have long been their female performers, with Trish Stratus calling Mick their "safety valve" since with Foley being happily married he was one of the few wrestlers who would not try to date his coworkers.
    On August 22, 2009, Foley made his stand-up debut at the Improv in Los Angeles, CA.
    More Details Hide Details The event was billed the "Total Xtreme Comedy show" and also featured comedians, Steve Simone, Brad Williams, Bret Ernst and Ring of Honor's Colt Cabana, who was also making his stand-up debut. The money Foley made from the event went to Wrestler's Rescue, which creates awareness and helps raise money to support the health care needs of retired professional wrestlers. In October 2009, Foley was guest DJ on E Street Radio, a Satellite radio station dedicated to the music of Bruce Springsteen. On November 19, 2009 Foley made his first appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Deemed the "Senior Ass Kicker", Foley defended the pro-gay rights views of Will Phillips. He showed up again on March 15, 2010 to help correspondent Wyatt Cenac compare politics to pro wrestling, giving speeches for and against the use of the filibuster. Due to his charitable work and for standing up for Will Phillips, Foley was awarded a "Medal of Reasonableness" by Jon Stewart at the 2010 Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. On June 18, 2013, Mick Foley again appeared on the Daily Show now hosted by temporary host John Oliver. On this appearance, he defended immigration reform in response to the WWE's character Zeb Colter's comments on the June 17 episode of Raw.
    On July 30, 2009, the 200th episode of Impact!, Foley won the TNA Legends Championship by pinning champion Kevin Nash in a tag team match where Nash teamed with Angle and Foley with Bobby Lashley.
    More Details Hide Details At Hard Justice Nash defeated Foley to regain the title, following interference from Traci Brooks. On the edition of September 24 of Impact! Foley turned heel again when he attacked Abyss during and after a TNA World Tag Team Championship match against Booker T and Scott Steiner. Foley revealed Abyss as the one who tore up his picture and beat him to a bloody pulp with a video tape and the baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire. Abyss then challenged Foley to a Monster's Ball match which Foley accepted. At Bound for Glory Abyss defeated Foley in the match. Two weeks later, Foley turned face by turning on Dr. Stevie and saved Abyss from him. The following week he explained that he had played Dr. Stevie all along and had challenged Abyss to a match at Bound for Glory in order to see how tough he really was. On the edition of November 12 of Impact! Raven returned to TNA and saved Stevie's future in the company by costing Abyss a match and throwing a fireball in Foley's face.
    On April 19, 2009 at Lockdown, he defeated Sting to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship for his first ever championship in TNA, and his fourth World title overall.
    More Details Hide Details Mick did not lose the championship, but Sting became the new leader of the Main Event Mafia by pinning Kurt Angle at Sacrifice. Foley had also stated on Impact! tapings that if he retained the TNA World Heavyweight Title at the King of the Mountain match at Slammiversary, he would only put the title up in a match once a year. However, he lost the title to Kurt Angle in the King of The Mountain match at Slammiversary. He received a rematch at Victory Road, commenting he had only submitted once in his career (to Terry Funk, in a spinning toe hold) and swore he'd never do it again. He lost the match when Angle forced him to submit again with the ankle lock.
  • 2008
    Age 42
    He was a contributor to Barack Obama's campaign for the U.S. presidency in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Foley and his wife Colette (née Christie) have three sons and a daughter: Dewey Francis (born February 20, 1992), Noelle Margaret (born December 15, 1993), Michael Francis "Mickey" Jr. (born in 2001), and Hughie Francis (born in 2003).
    On the edition of September 18, 2008 of Impact!, Foley made his first televised appearance for TNA, where Jeff Jarrett introduced him to the audience on the arena's video wall.
    More Details Hide Details Two weeks later, Foley made his full television debut in a promo making comments about the WWE roster, Vince McMahon and Kurt Angle. At Bound for Glory IV, he was the special guest enforcer for Jarrett and Angle's match. Later, on Impact!, Foley said goodbye, but was then approached by Jeff Jarrett with a new offer; he later indicated that they had come to terms on a new contract and would make a major announcement the next week. On the October 23 episode of Impact!, Foley announced that he was now co-owner of TNA along with Jarrett, just after Kurt Angle headbutted him. On November 27, Thanksgiving Day, TNA presented the Turkey Bowl. Alex Shelley ended up being pinned by Rhino, and Foley handed Rhino the check. Afterwards, the defeated Shelley had to put on a Turkey Suit in compliance with the match rules, albeit with much refusal. However, Shelley "flipped off" Foley and proceeded to beat him up. In the aftermath, Mick mentioned that Shelley is lucky he still has his job. The Main Event Mafia's Kevin Nash, Booker T, and Scott Steiner were going to take on Brother Devon, A.J. Styles, and Mick Foley in his debut matchup at Genesis. Nash, however, suffered a legitimate staph infection and missed Genesis. He was replaced by Cute Kip. Foley got the pin when he hit Scott Steiner with a double arm DDT onto a chair.
    On September 3, 2008, Foley's agency, Gillespie Talent, issued a press release that stated Foley had signed a short-term deal with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).
    More Details Hide Details Foley claimed in the statement to be "very excited about the specifics of this agreement and the potential it holds". Foley made his TNA debut on September 5, at a TNA house show giving a short speech about how he loved the product, in which he also belittled WWE. The official TNA Wrestling website featured an image of a smiley face with a variation of Foley's catch phrase, "Have a nice day!" (and, before No Surrender, "Have a nice Sunday!").
    Foley allowed his contract with WWE to expire on September 1, 2008 and quietly left the company.
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    Foley told Long Island Press pro wrestling columnist Josh Stewart in August 2008 that "creatively, the announcing job wasn't working out too well".
    More Details Hide Details He expanded with Dave Meltzer on the Observer radio show that the environment was creatively frustrating.
    Foley debuted as a color commentator for SmackDown alongside Michael Cole at Backlash in 2008, replacing Jonathan Coachman.
    More Details Hide Details On the edition of August 1 of SmackDown, Foley was kayfabe attacked by Edge during Edge's promo for his SummerSlam match against The Undertaker. Foley sat out the August 8 SmackDown to sell his recovery from the injuries. Tazz filled in for Foley as a color commentator on SmackDown, while Raw wrestler Matt Striker filled in for Tazz on ECW.
    On the January 7, 2008 episode of Raw, Foley and his tag team partner Hornswoggle qualified for the Royal Rumble by defeating The Highlanders, but Foley was eliminated by Triple H during the Rumble.
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  • 2007
    Age 41
    Seven months later, Foley made his return to Raw on March 5, 2007 as a face again and tricked McMahon into giving him his job back.
    More Details Hide Details On April 9, Foley contributed to the Make-a-Wish Foundation and helped a young child named Michael Peña to become an honorary General Manager of the night. Foley appeared again on June 11 for Mr. McMahon Appreciation Night insulting McMahon. Foley also announced his place as a number one contender for the WWE Championship. During the Raw broadcast before Vengeance, Foley was scheduled to make his official in-ring return in a match against Umaga but he attacked Umaga before the match, and the match was never started. At Vengeance, Foley wrestled in a WWE Championship Challenge match involving WWE Champion John Cena, Randy Orton, King Booker, and Bobby Lashley. Cena retained by pinning Foley. A month later, Foley made an appearance on Raw as the special guest referee for a match between Jonathan Coachman and Mr. McMahon's storyline illegitimate son Hornswoggle. Hornswoggle won the match, after Foley handed him a miniature Mr. Socko. Foley then made an appearance on SmackDown the same week, where he defeated Coachman with Hornswoggle as the special guest referee.
  • 2006
    Age 40
    On the February 16, 2006 Raw, Foley returned to referee the WWE Championship match between Edge and John Cena.
    More Details Hide Details After Cena won, Edge attacked Foley, and the following week, Edge challenged Foley to a match at WrestleMania 22. Edge defeated Foley after spearing him through a flaming table. In the weeks after the match, Foley turned heel and allied himself with Edge against the newly rejuvenated ECW. This was the first WWE heel turn (and his final heel turn) of Foley since his feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin as Dude Love in 1998. This was also his first heel run under his real name. Also during that time he changed his "thrilled to be here" catch phrase into a more heelish type way. For example, on a RAW episode in Las Vegas Foley would say, "I'm thrilled to be right here in Las Vegas!" Then right after that he would say, "Well actually, Las Vegas isn't all that great." Then he would continue to make more negative comments while fans start booing at him. At ECW One Night Stand, Foley, Edge and Lita defeated Terry Funk, Tommy Dreamer and Beulah McGillicutty.
  • 2005
    Age 39
    Foley returned in 2005 in a match where fans were able to vote on which persona he would appear as—Mankind, Dude Love, or Cactus Jack—against Carlito at Taboo Tuesday.
    More Details Hide Details Foley cut promos for each character and an online vote was held. The fans voted for Mankind, who went on to win the match.
    Foley appeared as a color commentator at WWE's ECW One Night Stand, which aired on June 12, 2005, and subsequently renewed his contract with WWE.
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  • 2004
    Age 38
    In 2004, Foley returned briefly to wrestling, competing in the Royal Rumble and eliminating both Orton and himself with his trademark Cactus Jack clothesline.
    More Details Hide Details He and The Rock reunited as the Rock 'n' Sock Connection and lost a handicap match to Evolution at WrestleMania XX when Orton pinned Foley with an RKO as Foley pulled out Mr. Socko. On the April 12th edition of Monday Night RAW Foley teamed with Shelton Benjamin, Shawn Michaels & Chris Benoit in an 8-man tag contest against Evolution, in which Foley's team was successful in scoring victory which furthered his feud with Randy Orton. The two continued to feud, culminating in a hardcore match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship at Backlash, where Orton barely defeated Foley as his Cactus Jack persona to retain the title with an RKO onto a barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat, which Foley now regards as possibly the best match of his career.
  • 2003
    Age 37
    In December 2003, Foley returned to replace Steve Austin as co-general manager of Raw.
    More Details Hide Details He soon grew tired of the day-to-day travel and left his full-time duties to write and spend time with his family. In the storyline, Foley was afraid to wrestle a match with Intercontinental Champion Randy Orton on the December 15 episode of Raw and walked out of the match rather than face him, the result of the match was ruled a draw. After Foley walked backstage, Orton confronted him asking why he walked out of the match, calling him a coward in the process, before spitting in his face. Foley walked out of the arena afterwards.
    Foley returned in June 2003 to referee the Hell in a Cell match between Triple H and Kevin Nash at Bad Blood.
    More Details Hide Details On June 23, during a Raw broadcast in Madison Square Garden, he was honored for his achievements in the ring and presented with the retired WWE Hardcore Championship belt. The evening ended with Foley taking a beating and kicked down stairs by Randy Orton and Ric Flair.
    His first independent circuit appearance was on December 12, 2003 for International Wrestling Cartel, where he was the special guest referee for a match between Dusty Rhodes and Jerry Lawler.
    More Details Hide Details Foley did not appear on the independent circuit again until May 2004, when he appeared for the Japanese promotion HUSTLE and returned to the ring to face Toshiaki Kawada for the Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship, but ended up losing. On September 11, Foley made his debut for Ring of Honor and cut a promo, praising ROH and referring to it as "Ring of Hardcore", thus establishing himself as a babyface. On October 3, Foley refereed a match between Jerry Lawler and Slyck Wagner Brown for the New England Wrestling promotion. On October 15, Foley returned to ROH where he confronted Ricky Steamboat, who claimed that traditional wrestling was better than hardcore wrestling. The next day, both Foley and Steamboat cut promos on each other, leading to a match between two teams of wrestlers handpicked by both men, with Nigel McGuiness and Chad Collyer representing Steamboat and Dan Maff and B.J. Whitmer representing Foley, which was won by McGuiness and Collyer. On November 6, Foley teased a heel turn when he called ROH Champion Samoa Joe "softcore". On November 20, Foley made a surprise appearance for New York Wrestling Connection, making a run-in during Mikey Whipwreck and Ken Scampi's match against Mayhem and Tony Burma, where he helped Whipwreck and Scampi win.
    During his absences from WWE, Foley made frequent appearances on the independent circuit from 2003 to 2005, primarily in non-wrestling roles, either as a referee, manager, or special guest.
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  • 2001
    Age 35
    Foley returned as commissioner in October 2001, near the end of The Invasion angle.
    More Details Hide Details During this brief tenure, Foley had the opportunity to shoot on the WWF's direction and how dissatisfied he was with it. Saying that there were far too many championships in the company, he booked unification matches prior to the final pay-per-view of the storyline, Survivor Series. After Survivor Series, he ended his commissionership at Vince McMahon's request and left the company.
  • 2000
    Age 34
    He left the position in December 2000 after being "fired" onscreen by McMahon.
    More Details Hide Details Foley made a surprise return on the Monday Night Raw just prior to WrestleMania X-Seven and announced that he would be the special guest referee in the match between Mr. McMahon and his son Shane at WrestleMania. After WrestleMania, Foley made sporadic WWF TV appearances throughout the spring and summer, at one point introducing Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura during a taping of Raw in the state as a foil to Mr. McMahon, as well as serving as the guest referee for the Earl Hebner versus Nick Patrick Referee match at the WWF Invasion pay-per-view.
    Foley left for a few weeks but returned at the request of Linda McMahon to wrestle for the title at WrestleMania 2000 against Triple H, The Rock, and The Big Show.
    More Details Hide Details Triple H won, and Foley did not wrestle again for four years. After retiring from active competition, Foley served as storyline WWF Commissioner under his real name rather than one of his personas. Foley has said that he intended for his Commissioner Foley character to be a "role model for nerds," cracking lame jokes and making no attempt to appear tough or scary. He also had a knack during this time to have no one spot for his office; rather, Mick would have an office in all sorts of odd places (for example, closets). Foley turned getting cheap pops into something of a catchphrase, as he shamelessly declared at each WWF show that he was thrilled to be "right here in (whatever city in which he was performing (e.g., New York))!" punctuated with an intentionally cheesy thumbs-up gesture. During this time, Commissioner Foley engaged in rivalries with Kurt Angle, Edge and Christian, and Vince McMahon without actually wrestling them.
  • 1998
    Age 32
    He began the transition into this character following Summerslam in 1998, after Kane turned on him and the two lost the tag team championships.
    More Details Hide Details The following month, Foley began an angle with Vince McMahon, with Mankind trying to be a friend to the hated Mr. McMahon. On the October 5 episode of Raw, while McMahon was in a hospital nursing wounds suffered at the hands of The Undertaker and Kane, Mankind arrived to cheer him up. Having succeeded only in irritating McMahon, Mankind unveiled a sock puppet named Mr. Socko. Intended to be a one-time joke, Socko became an overnight sensation. Mankind began putting the sock on his hand before applying his finisher, the mandible claw, stuffing a smelly sock in the mouths of opposing wrestlers. The sweatsock became massively popular with the fans, mainly because it was marketed (mostly by Jerry "The King" Lawler during the events) as being a dirty, smelly, sweaty, repulsive, and vile sock. McMahon manipulated Mankind, who saw the WWF owner as a father figure, into doing his bidding. McMahon created the Hardcore Championship and awarded it to Mankind, making him the first-ever champion of the hardcore division. Mankind was then pushed as the favorite to win the WWF Championship at Survivor Series, as McMahon appeared to be manipulating the tournament so that Mankind would win. He and The Rock both reached the finals, where McMahon turned on Mankind. As The Rock placed Mankind in the Sharpshooter, McMahon ordered the timekeeper to ring the bell even though Mankind did not submit, a reference to the Montreal Screwjob from the year before.
    On April 6, 1998, Foley turned heel when Cactus Jack explained the fans would not see him anymore because they did not appreciate him and only cared about Stone Cold Steve Austin.
    More Details Hide Details Vince McMahon explained to Austin the next week that he would face a "mystery" opponent at Unforgiven. That opponent turned out to be Dude Love, who won the match by disqualification, meaning that Austin retained the title. McMahon, displeased with the outcome, required Foley to prove he deserved another shot at Austin's title with a number one contendership match against his former partner, Terry Funk. The match was both the WWF's first ever "Hardcore match" and the first time that Foley wrestled under his own name. Foley won, and after the match, a proud McMahon came out to Dude Love's music and presented Foley with the Dude Love costume. At Over the Edge, Dude Love took on Austin for the title. McMahon designated his subordinates Gerald Brisco and Pat Patterson as the timekeeper and ring announcer, and made himself the special referee. The Undertaker, however, came to ringside to ensure McMahon called the match fairly, and with his presence, Dude Love lost the match and was "fired" by McMahon on the June 1st edition of Raw.
    At the 1998 Royal Rumble, he participated under three personas, Cactus Jack, Mankind, and Dude Love.
    More Details Hide Details Charlie and Jack defeated the New Age Outlaws at WrestleMania XIV in a Dumpster match to win the tag team titles. The next night, however, Vince McMahon stripped them of the belts and scheduled a rematch in a steel cage, which the Outlaws won with help from their new allies, D-Generation X.
  • 1996
    Age 30
    Foley arrived in the WWF in 1996 with a new gimmick and perhaps his most famous personality: Mankind, a mentally deranged schizophrenic who constantly squealed (even throughout his matches), shrieked "Mommy!", spoke to a rat named George, enjoyed pain, physically abused himself (such as by pulling out his hair), wore a mask and lived in boiler rooms; hence, his specialty match, the Boiler Room Brawl. His catch phrase was "Have a nice day." The original name that Vince McMahon had for Foley was "Mason the Mutilator", but Foley thought that Mankind would be a better name and McMahon changed it. On the April 1, 1996 edition of Raw is War, the day after WrestleMania XII, Mankind debuted and defeated Bob Holly, quickly moving into a feud with The Undertaker.
    More Details Hide Details The two then began interfering in the other's matches until they were booked in the first ever Boiler Room brawl, in which the goal was to escape the arena's boiler room and reach the ring to take the urn from Paul Bearer. The Undertaker appeared to have won, but Paul Bearer refused to hand him the urn, allowing Mankind to win, thus (for the time being) ending the relationship between Paul and The Undertaker. While Mankind was managed by Paul Bearer, he referred to him as "Uncle Paul." Mankind then earned the number one contendership to face the then WWF World Heavyweight Champion Shawn Michaels at In Your House: Mind Games. Michaels won by disqualification via interference by Vader and The Undertaker. For several years, Foley considered this match his best ever, saying "Sure, at 280 pounds I still looked like hell, but after a brutal cardiovascular training regimen, I was able to go full-tilt for twenty-seven minutes with a smaller, quicker, better athlete than me." Foley would later state he preferred his match with Randy Orton at Backlash 2004.
    In 1996, Foley signed a contract with WWF and, this time, the WWF did not use Foley as "enhancement talent".
    More Details Hide Details He was shown several designs for a new character—a man with a leather mask and chains. However, WWF said that it was too dark and only left the mask.
    Foley's last ECW match was against Whipwreck on March 9, 1996, and he recounts that he was not looking forward to it due to the increasingly hostile reactions he got even when he wasn't in character.
    More Details Hide Details The ECW fans, who knew that this was Foley's last match, finally returned his affection. They cheered him throughout the match and chanted, "Please don't go!" After the match, Foley told the audience that their reaction made everything worthwhile and made his exit by dancing with Stevie Richards and The Blue Meanie to Frank Sinatra's song "New York, New York". Foley has said that this exit was his favorite moment in wrestling.
  • 1995
    Age 29
    In 1995, Foley went to Japan and wrestled in International Wrestling Association of Japan, where he engaged in feuds with Terry Funk and Shoji Nakamaki.
    More Details Hide Details During his brief stint in Japan Foley had the nickname "Tsunami Stopper." Foley, however, soon returned to ECW to feud with The Sandman. Funk returned to team up with Sandman, and during a particularly violent spot, the pair hit Cactus with a Singapore cane forty-six times. Cactus Jack then defeated Funk at Hostile City Showdown 1995. Later, he fought Sandman for the ECW championship. During the match, Cactus Jack knocked Sandman unconscious and was declared the winner. Referee Bill Alfonso, however, reversed his decision on the grounds that the title cannot change hands by knockout. Returning to the IWA, Cactus Jack began a feud with Leatherface, whom he had betrayed during a tag team match. Foley also continued to wrestle in independent circuits, winning championships on the Ozark Mountain and Steel City circuits. On August 20, 1995, IWA organized a "King of the Death Match" tournament. Each level of the tournament featured a new and deadly gimmick: Cactus Jack's first round was a barbed-wire baseball bat, thumbtack death match, in which he defeated Terry Gordy; the second round was a barbed-wire board, bed of nails match where Cactus Jack defeated Shoji Nakamaki. The final, against Terry Funk, was a barbed-wire rope, barbed-wire and C4 board, time-bomb death match, which Cactus Jack won with help from Tiger Jeet Singh. After the match, both men were ravaged by the wire, and burned by the C4 explosions.
  • 1994
    Age 28
    At the tail end of 1994, Foley joined Smoky Mountain Wrestling (SMW) as Cactus Jack, causing Boo Bradley to lose the SMW Beat the Champ Television Championship.
    More Details Hide Details He often teamed with Brian Lee to feud with Bradley and Chris Candido. Cactus Jack then began a crusade to rid Bradley of his valet Tamara Fytch. He ignited a feud between Candido and Bradley when he accused Candido of having sexual relations with Fytch. (Ironically, Candido and Fytch were a couple in real life). Cactus Jack left SMW before the feud was resolved.
    WCW also shared a brief co-promotion with ECW during this time in which Foley represented WCW on ECW television as the WCW Tag Team champion, facing Sabu at Hostile City Showdown on June 24, 1994. During a promo, Foley spat on his Tag Team title belt and threw it to the ground to appeal to the hardcore fans who frowned upon the mainstream promotions. Cactus Jack's first appearance for NWA Eastern Championship Wrestling came on the May 31, 1994 episode, with Cactus revealed as Sabu's opponent on June 24 at the ECW Arena in Philadelphia.
    More Details Hide Details After leaving WCW, Foley went to the newly formed Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and began a feud with Sabu. Jack then began working the ECW tag team division on teams with Terry Funk, Mikey Whipwreck, and Kevin Sullivan. He had two ECW World Tag Team Championship reigns with Whipwreck while in ECW.
    On March 16, 1994, during a WCW European tour, Foley and Big Van Vader had one of the most infamous matches in wrestling history in Munich, Germany.
    More Details Hide Details Foley began a hangman—a planned move where a wrestler's head is tangled between the top two ring ropes. The spot is usually painful but safe (though in WCW the danger factor was raised slightly because their ring ropes were not actual ropes, but elevator cables encased with rubber). Unbeknownst to Foley, however, 2 Cold Scorpio had earlier complained that the ropes were too loose, resulting in the inexperienced German ring staff tightening the ropes to the maximum. When Foley performed the move, he found himself trapped in a position where the ropes were constricting the blood to his brain, which he realized would quickly result in cerebral anoxia, potential brain damage and even death. As Foley struggled to free himself (aided by the referee and eventually Vader himself, who saw that he was in danger), he tore off two-thirds of his ear and underwent surgery later that day to reattach the cartilage from the ear to his head, so that a total reconstruction would be possible in the future. Later that year, Cactus Jack and Kevin Sullivan were scheduled to win the tag team titles at Slamboree in 1994. Foley had to choose between reattaching his ear or wrestling in the pay-per-view and winning the titles. Foley chose to wrestle and won his only championship in WCW. Later on, Foley was frustrated by WCW's reluctance to work a storyline around losing his ear.
  • 1991
    Age 25
    On September 5, 1991, Cactus Jack debuted as a heel and attacked Sting. After feuds with Van Hammer and Abdullah the Butcher, Cactus Jack faced Sting, then WCW World Heavyweight Champion, in a non-title Falls Count Anywhere match at Beach Blast in 1992, which Sting won.
    More Details Hide Details For a long time, Foley considered this the best match he ever worked. Unlike Jack's first stint in WCW, where his personality was quieter, he was now outwardly maniacal; laughing hysterically, shrieking into the air while choking his opponents, and yelling his signature catch phrase "Bang-Bang!" After spending a year and a half with WCW as a heel, Cactus Jack transitioned into a fan favorite after engaging in a feud with Paul Orndorff, Harley Race and Big Van Vader. Jack and Orndorff wrestled each other in a match for a spot on WCW World Heavyweight Champion Vader's team at a Clash of the Champions event. After the match, Race and Orndorff beat up Jack. At the following Clash of Champions event, Cactus Jack helped Sting's team win the match. He engaged in a feud with Orndorff, winning a falls-count-anywhere match against Orndorff at Superbrawl III. He then moved on to face Big Van Vader.
  • 1986
    Age 20
    Mick Foley formally trained at Dominic DeNucci's wrestling school in Freedom, Pennsylvania, driving several hours weekly from his college campus in Cortland, New York, and debuted in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to appearing on DeNucci's cards, Foley and several other students also took part in some squash matches as jobbers for WWF TV tapings of Prime Time Wrestling and Superstars of Wrestling, where Foley wrestled under the name, Jack Foley and Nick Foley. In one of these matches (the very first episode of Superstars), Foley and Les Thornton (another jobber) faced the British Bulldogs, during which the Dynamite Kid clotheslined Foley with such force that he was unable to eat solid food for several weeks. During these squash matches, Foley also faced other top level talent at the time, such as Hercules Hernandez. His run would not last long, as he had not signed a contract with the promotion at the time. During this run, he was also billed from different hometowns and at different weights. After several years of wrestling in the independent circuit, Foley began receiving offers from various regional promotions, including the Universal Wrestling Federation (UWF). He joined the Memphis-based Continental Wrestling Association (CWA) as Cactus Jack, where he teamed with Gary Young as part of the Stud Stable. Cactus and Young briefly held the CWA tag titles in late 1988. On November 20, Foley left CWA for Texas-based World Class Championship Wrestling.
  • 1965
    Born on June 7, 1965.
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