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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 7 June 1965Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Birth NameMichael Francis Foley Sr.
Nicknames The King of Hardcore
The Boiler Room Dwellar
The Deranged One
Mankind
Dude Love
Cactus Jack
The Hardcore Legend
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Michael Francis Foley was born on June 7th, 1965, in Long Island, New York. Nicknamed Mick by his father, a lifelong Yankees and Mickey Mantle fan, he attended college in upstate New York, he hitchiked to New York City to see a wrestling match between Jimmy Snuka ('Superfly' Jimmy Snuka) and Don Muraco that convinced him he wanted to be a professional wrestler. He trained under the tutelage of Dominic DeNucci, alongside such wrestlers as Shane Douglas, and made his debut in the late 1980's. He wrestled all around the U.S., Europe, Japan and Africa before landing a job in World Championship Wrestling as under the name Cactus Jack. He wrestled in excellent feuds with Sting (Steve Borden), Rick Steiner, Scott Steiner, and most notably Vader (Leon White), against whom he lost an ear mid-match in Germany in 1992. Around this time, he met his future wife, Collette Foley. His tenure with WCW at an end, he wrestled for Extreme Championship Wrestling under Paul Heyman, and in Japan, where he took place in (and won) the now legendary _IWA King of the Death Match (1995) (V)_. This attracted the attention of 'Vince McMahon', who brought Foley in to the World Wrestling Federation, under the name Mankind. Foley's first feud was with The Undertaker, against whom he wrestled several classic matches, most notably _King of the Ring (1998) (V)_, where, in possibly the most famous professional wrestling moment of all time, The Undertaker threw Foley off the top of a 20-foot cage, through a table. Foley's lifelong dream came true on December 28th, 1998, when he defeated The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) to win the WWF World Title. He would hold the belt three times before his career ended at WrestleMania 2000 (2000). Now retired, Foley is a bestselling and critically acclaimed author, having wrote two autobiographies (both of which topped the New York Times bestseller charts), a series of children's books, and a novel.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (1)

Collette Foley (1992 - present) (4 children)

Trade Mark (15)

Wrestling moves "Mandible Claw" and "Double Arm DDT"
Wrestling moves: Cactus Clothesline (a clothesline that sends both Foley and his opponent over the top rope), Pulling Piledriver (pulls his opponent's tights to piledrive them) and an Elbow Drop from the ring apron to the opponent on the outside of the ring.
As the character Mankind, Foley uses a sock puppet called "Mr. Socko" to use for the Mandible Claw
As Cactus Jack, Foley uses a barbed wire wrapped bat as a weapon
Finishing move: Mandible Claw/Mr Socko/Love Handle (Mandible Claw Nerve Hold)
Trademark move: Cactus Elbow (Running Elbow Drop from the ring apron to the floor)
Trademark move: Double Arm DDT
Trademark move: Mr Rocko (Testicular Claw)
Trademark move: Spinning Sidewinder Suplex
Trademark move: Stump-puller Piledriver (Texas Piledriver with bent opponent)
Trademark move: Sweet Shin Music (Superkick to the shin, mimicking Shawn Michaels' finishing move Sweet Chin Music)
Signature weapon: Thumbtacks
Signature weapon: Barbie (Baseball Bat wrapped in Barbed Wire)
Missing front teeth
Jokes poking fun at Al Snow, Test, and the Mean Street Posse

Trivia (58)

On August 20, 1995, he won the IWA King of the Death Match tournament in Japan by defeating Terry Funk in an exploding ring match. He later ended up winning the WWF tag team titles with him.
Former WWF World, Tag Team & Hardcore champion, WCW Tag Team champion & ECW Tag Team champion
Has won tag team titles with Kane (WWF) The Rock (WWF), Mikey Whipreck (ECW), Al Snow (WWF), Kevin Sullivan (WCW) & Steve Austin (WWF)
Retired from pro wrestling on February 27, 2000, after losing to "Hunter Hearst Helmsley" in a Hell in a Cell cage match, but returned for one night only two months later to participate in the main event of WrestleMania 2000.
Some of his other injuries include: A broken jaw, fractured left shoulder, broken right wrist, a broken toe, two broken noses, second degree burns and a total of over 300 stitches all over his body. 1998: In an intensely brutal Hell in a Cell match vs The Undertaker, Foley had, his shoulder and jaw dislocated and a tooth knocked into his nose.
March 16, 1994: Foley lost 2/3 of his right ear in a match against Vader (Leon White) in Munich, Germany.
Children: Dewey, Noelle, Hewey and Michael Jr. (b. January 2001)
Apparently, Mankind's sock puppet friend, "Mr. Socko", was WWF superstar Al Snow's idea.
Along with partner Al Snow, won the tag team titles from the New Age Outlaws on November 5, 1999, and held the title for 3 days. Is one of the shortest title reigns ever recorded.
The first ever WWF Hardcore Champion.
Became commissioner of the WWF on June 26, 2000, after Shawn Michaels gave up the job.
Attended college at, and played lacrosse for SUNY Cortland.
First wrestler to appear on Howard Stern's radio show.
Was inspired to become a wrestler after hitchhiking to Madison Square Garden to see a cage match between Jimmy Snuka and Don Muraco.
His appointment to the position of WWF Commisioner occurred in Worcester MA, at the same arena where he won his first-ever WWF Heavyweight Championship several years before.
Though officially retired from professional wrestling, Foley is still involved in "wrestling" (in a way), as host of the mechanical "wrestling" show Robot Wars, on TNN.
The last time his children Dewey and Noelle saw their father perform live was during an exceptionally brutal PPV match between Foley and The Rock (the match was featured in Beyond the Mat (1999), during which Foley was handcuffed and he was subjected to eleven consecutive chair shots to the head. The kids were in the front row with their mother and were shown to be shaken. They haven't attended a live show since.
Two of his 4 books have been #1 on the New York Times Best-Sellers List
  • "Have a Nice Day!: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks" and "Foley Is


Good: And the Real World Is Faker Than Wrestling". His 2 children's books are holiday books - "Mick Foley's Christmas Chaos" and "Mick Foley's Halloween Hijinx". He is also the author of "Scooter", a novel published in 2005.
Wrestled Vader (Leon White) the night he had his ear ripped off in Germany.
The WWF originally wanted the mouthpiece of his Mankind mask to resemble the mask Hannibal Lecter wore in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), complete with bars across the mouth.
On an episode of rival program WCW Monday Nitro (1995), WCW commentator Tony Schiavone sarcastically remarked on Foley's WWE Title win, "That'll put asses in the seats." Thousands of Foley fans replied by carrying signs to WWF events reading, "Mick Foley put my ass in this seat" for the year to follow.
The episode of WWF Raw (1993) on which he won his first WWF Championship was taped 6 days before it aired. Foley did not tell his 2 kids that he had won, so he could watch it with them on TV and see their surprise.
Took his trademark catchphrase "Bang, Bang!" from the B-52's song "Love Shack." For some mysterious reason, the song had been running through his head, and he held his fingers up like pistols, and recited the "bang bang banging on the door..." verse.
Contrary to popular belief, never actually "won" the WWF Hardcore Championship. It was given to him as a gift by Vince McMahon.
After losing the Hardcore title to the Big Bossman, never attempted to re-capture it.
When making his World Wrestling Federation debut as Mankind, he was often seen in vignettes holding a live sewer rat. In real life, the rat was actually owned as a pet by legendary wrestling manager, James E. Cornette.
While in WCW, he once traveled with Steve Austin and Dallas Page. Because Page was so easy to rile up on a trip, he and Austin pulled a number of stunts, trying to see how long it would take Page to crack.
Despite coming up with the character, Mick is not fond of his Dude Love persona. When the WWF asked permission to show his Dude Love home movie, Foley gave them access only to the wrestling scenes.
Notable Title Wins Include: WCW World Tag Team titles (2); ECW Tag Team titles (2); IWA Tag Team titles; IWA King of the Death Match; WWF Heavyweight title (3); WWF Tag Team titles (8); WWF Hardcore title (first)
While his wrestling gimmick is that of a consistently dissheveled, borderline psychotic bruiser, in real life he is an exceptionally well-read, fiercely intelligent individual.
On ABC World News Now, he debated with WWE champion John "Bradshaw" Layfield the day before the first Presidential debate. He supported John F. Kerry, John Bradshaw Layfield supported George W. Bush.
Former Co-General Manager of Raw.
Competed in The 1998 Royal Rumble as all three of his personalities.
Debuted in The WWE in 1996.
In WCW, Cactus Jack debuted as a gift to Sting at Clash of the Champions XVI, On September 5, 1991.
Foley started team with Terry Funk, when he entered the WWE as Chainsaw Charlie. The duo won the tag team straps at Wrestlemania XIV, defeating the New Age Outlaws in a dumpster match.
Attended Cortland University, along with The King of Queens (1998) star Kevin James (with whom he also attended high school).
Has contributed much of his time to charity, especially in the New York City/Long Island area. He volunteered as a Sports Counselor at a camp for children with cancer and their siblings. During the camp he even called other wrestlers on his cell phone, at the request of some of the children. He has also raised money for a New York City family of multiple children with disabilities by "selling" his autographed photos and handing them the profits.
Frequently wears a Minnesota Twins jersey. He got the jersey after he took batting practice with the team. He said that the players were so nice to him that became a Twins fans and starting wearing the jersey on his live TV appearances.
One of his teammates on the wrestling team at Ward Melville High School was future actor Kevin James.
In his autobiography, he said that his favorite animated movie is The Iron Giant (1999), which is in his top four favorite films.
Firmly believes that potential wrestlers need a fall back career in case they can't succeed in wrestling. He once received a backyard wrestling video from a fan, with a note asking him to watch it. He wrote back saying that he wouldn't watch it until the fan finished school.
While writing his autobiography, he had only vague recollections of his Hell in a Cell match with the Undertaker. He had to go back and re-watch the match several times in order to write about it.
For many years, he considered his match with Sting at WCW Beach Blast (1992) to be the greatest match he'd ever had. Sting was flattered to hear Foley say it, but was disappointed to learn Foley's match with Shawn Michaels at WWF in Your House: Mind Games (1996) had replaced it.
Parents were Jack and Beverly Foley. His mother was a former government worker. His dad served as the athletic director at Ward Melville High School for many years and was the inspiration for the Cactus Jack character. He died on September 14, 2009 at the age of 76.
For many years, he claimed his missing front teeth were kicked out by Sting during a match. In his book "Have a Nice Day!", he reveals they were actually knocked out when Foley was involved in a car accident in the late 1980s.
Of all the wrestlers he's been in the ring with, he trusts the Undertaker the most.
During his steel cage match with Triple H at Summerslam (1997), Chyna slammed the cage door on his head so hard that, because the pain was so great, he grabbed his arm instead of his head where the contact was made.
He thinks so highly of WWE announcer Jim Ross that he comes up with match spots with Ross' calls in mind.
He considers tearing his abdominal muscle to be his most painful wrestling injury.
Was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 6, 2013 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Other inductees were Trish Stratus, Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund and Donald Trump.
Appeared in Alex Shane's FWA promotion in England. Had matches with Shane himself and Samoa Joe. [June 2005]
Came out of retirement to team up with the Rock against Evolution's Ric Flair, Randy Orton and Batista in a Handicap match at WrestleMania XX. Lost when he (Foley) was pinned by Randy Orton. [March 2004]
In his last match (to date), faced Randy Orton (as Cactus Jack) in a No Disqualification Match at Backlash 2004. Surprisingly lost the match when Randy Orton RKO'ed (Diamond Cutter)Cactus Jack on a bat warped with barb-wire. [April 2004]
In his last match (to date), faced Randy Orton (as Cactus Jack) in a No Disqualification Match at Backlash 2004. Surprisingly lost the match when Randy Orton RKO'ed Cactus Jack on a bat warped with barb-wire. [April 2004]
Has signed a WWE contract to appear on TV. [September 2005]
Refereeing the Hell in the Cell match between Kevin Nash and Triple H at the PPV "Bad Blood" in Houston, Texas [June 2003]
Is back on "Monday Night Raw" as the new Co-General Manager with Eric Bischoff. [December 2003]

Personal Quotes (18)

Have a nice day!
Bang Bang!" Owwwwww, have mercy!
I'm gonna make your ass the world's largest pin cushion!
"I know this may not sound cool, but Dewey and Noelle, this one's for you! Daddio did it!" (After winning his first WWF World Championship)
[To Randy Orton, about how Foley and Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock) lost to the team of Orton, Ric Flair and Dave Bautista (aka Batista)] "I'm very impressed that, in a three-on-two situation, you can defeat a Hollywood movie star and a writer of children's books".
[about getting knocked unconscious during Hell in a Cell] I had been knocked goofy countless times .... but this was the first time that a period of time elapsed and I wasn't aware of it.
Wrestling has become so good at creating the illusion of disaster that when disaster does hit, it's very difficult to tell the difference. Sadly, when Owen Hart died in the ring during a World Wrestling Federation pay-per-view, many initially thought it was just part of the show.
Eric Bischoff was the perfect heel. ECW fans hated both WCW and the World Wrestling Federation, but at least they respected Vince.
[about Ric Flair] When Flair is retired and fans are singing his praises as one of the greatest ever, I hope those same fans realize that, as a booker, this is the same guy who let both Mick Foley and Stone Cold Steve Austin walk away.
[about his infamous bump off the Hell in a Cell structure] I have never felt the need to exaggerate its height, because I feel the truth is impressive enough.
[about breaking down and buying a cell phone] I always used to hate guys with cell phones. But as their popularity grew, I realized I would have to hate an awful lot of people.
As a heel, part of The Rock's appeal was watching him humiliate people.
I consider the buildup to and execution of the Royal Rumble 2000 to be the greatest angle I've ever been involved in.
[about the insulting comments WCW commentators made the night he won the WWF Championship] Not only did their company come across like scumbags for insulting someone whom the fans held in some measure of respect, but they also cost themselves a hell of a lot of viewers.
[about Vince Russo leaving WWF for WCW in 1999] You can tell the guy's job wasn't going well by the number of times Vince McMahon was asked "Is Russo still secretly on our payroll?".
[about Vince McMahon] I find it ironic that the man who revolutionized sports entertainment [and] erased the stigma of fakery surrounding it... is the one guy in the company who feels compelled to become a wrestling character whenever a camera light turns on.
[defending the WWF against L. Brent Bozell III and the PTC] Mr. Bozell's pattern of speech is so singsongy, his mannerisms so robotic, and his inflection so devoid of any real human emotion that I find him downright spooky. Even more frightening is the fact that people actually send this guy money, and that they swallow the crap he feeds them.
(Observation, 2014) For me, the one-man show is a way of feeling the same high I used to feel in the ring - onstage, without getting hurt. So, even though it's a small audience, I really get the same gratification I used tho get after a great match in front of fifteen thousand people.

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