Mick Foley is a former professional wrestler, actor, author, and comedian from the United States of America. Foley has competed for ECW, Smoky Mountain Wrestling, and in Japan. His unique style of wrestling has earned him the moniker The Hardcore Legend. He won three WWF Championships and the TNA World Heavyweight Championship throughout his career.
|Full Name||Michael Francis Mick Foley|
|Birth Date||7 June 1965|
|Birth Place||Indiana, United States|
|Profession||Wrestler / Actor / Comedian|
|Life & Career|
Mick Foley was born as Michael Francis in Bloomington, Indiana on 7th of June 1965. His ancestors were Irish. He grew and raised in East Setauket, New York, with his elder brother where he attended Ward Melville High School, where he participated in lacrosse and wrestling. Kevin James, an actor who was also a member of the wrestling team, was one of his classmates.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the State University of New York. He hitchhiked to New York City as a student there to attend a wrestling battle between his favorite wrestler, Jimmy Snuka, and Don Muraco. Snuka performed a flying body splash from the top of the steel cage during the steel cage bout.
Foley began official training at Dominic DeNucci’s wrestling gym in Freedom, Pennsylvania shortly after seeing the event. He would commute many hours from his college campus to practice, and he made his professional debut in June 1986 in Clarksburg, West Virginia, against Kurt Kaufman.
He and other pupils participated in a number of squash matches as jobbers while training under DeNucci. Squash matches are designed to pit two wrestlers of mismatched ability against one another, with jobbers frequently losing poorly. These matches were filmed for the WWF and aired on Prime Time Wrestling and Superstars of Wrestling.
He then relocated to Texas and joined World Class Championship Wrestling. While there, he won multiple championships, including the company’s light heavyweight championship. He was awarded a contract with World Champion Wrestling after a lengthy struggle to make his wrestling career financially viable, but he quickly departed to join Abram’s Universal Wrestling Federation.
He was still dissatisfied with the UWF and signed with Tri-State Wrestling in 1991. The organization then changed its name to Extreme Championship Wrestling. He discovered that he flourished in Tri-increased State’s intensity and aggressive approach. Foley competed in 3 grueling battles on one night known as the Tri-State Summer Sizzler, which drew the attention of World Championship Wrestling organizers.
He became a fan favorite and abandoned the villain role in 1993, when he began a fight with the notoriously vicious Darth Vader. Promoters desired to include an injury plot into one of their bouts. They removed the ring’s protective mats, and Vader dropped a powerbomb on Foley on the pavement.
In 1996, Foley signed a deal with the World Wrestling Federation, who desired that he rebrand and adopt a new character. Initially, they envisioned him wearing a leather mask, carrying chains, and going by the moniker Mason the Mutilator. This proved to be too sinister, and so they abandoned the chains and adopted the name Mankind.
In 2000, Foley announced his retirement from active competition and began working as a narrative WWF Commissioner. His retirement was not final, as he returned to WWE in 2004 as Cactus Jack. Throughout the 2000s, he continued to wrestle and act as a referee and in other positions.
Foley is a best-selling author in the New York Times and the author of 5 autobiographies. Additionally, he has authored 4 children’s books and 2 fiction novels. He was profiled in both the 1999 wrestling documentary Beyond the Mat and the 2009 wrestling documentary Bloodstained Memoirs.
He has been on Family Feud, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and he and his family participated in the reality television series Celebrity Wife Swap. He provided voice work for the television series Avatar, The Last Airbender and Squidbillies.
|Personal Life & Relationships|
Foley has suffered several injuries during his wrestling career as a result of his philosophy of taking things to the next level. In addition to a fractured jaw in 1986, a broken nose, and many shoulder dislocations and separations, he sustained second-degree burns on his arm in 1995. With over 300 stitches across his body, it’s safe to assume that foley had quite a few injuries.
Mick Foley’s wife is Collette Foley. Collette Foley is a former model and actress who has been married to Mick Foley since 1992. She’s appeared on Raw, Deadbeats, and Holey Foley.
Noelle Margaret, Dewey Francis, Michael Francis, and Hughie Francis are the children of Mick and Collette Foley. Noelle has participated in Holey Foley. And has a sizable social media following, while Foley’s eldest kid has already landed a WWE gig.
Mick Foley is believed to have a net worth of more than $20 million as of February 2022. His principal source of revenue comes from his professional wrestling career. Prior to that, Foley worked as a jobber for the WWF.
He made around $2.88 million per year from WWE, stand-up appearances, writing, and theatrical performances.