Foley still a top draw out of the ring
Three-time WWE world champion Mick Foley hits New Westminster Feb. 13-15 as part of North West Comedy Festival at Lafflines. (QMI AGENCY FILE PHOTO)
Mick Foley, the three-time WWE world champion, hits New Westminster Feb. 13-15 as part of North West Comedy Festival at Lafflines. While there’s no word if the Hardcore Legend will finish his show with his trademark move, The Mandible Claw, it’s a sure bet the laughs will be fast and furious with this larger-than-life wrestling icon.
Whether it was 1998’s classic WWE Hell in the Cell match where he was tossed off the top of a 16-sixteen-foot steel cage onto a table, or his classic anything goes King of the Death Matches in Japan, it’s hard to believe Foley’s life trajectory would lead him to one day becoming a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author and a comedian selling out shows worldwide.
“There was never a moment, when I was doing some of those wild things that men would do to pay their mortgage and fund their children’s college educations, did I think ‘hey these are going to make some humorous anecdotes,’” the Long Island native told 24 hours. “Never did I think when I was in the emergency room after the Cell match, ‘Hey, 16 years later this is going to make for a great story!’ But it turns out there is humour in the bizarre situations surrounding these surreal matches.”
There is indeed a ton of humour in listening to the stories of Foley taking barbed wire to the face or 10 very stiff chair shots to the head. What better way to spend Valentine’s Day with your loved one than listening to the bloody tales of the man who entertained millions as Mankind, Cactus Jack and Dude Love.
A lot of these memoirs were first put to paper in his critically acclaimed book, Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweat Socks, and followed it up with Foley is Good, which also went on to huge success in the literary world.
Critics raved about his humorous storytelling prowess, which centred on his life in the brutal and often strange world of professional wrestling. You don’t have to be a wresting aficionado to enjoy Foley’s sense of humour because the funny is found in his journey.
“I think that is my specialty. I don’t go out there and I don’t try and veer outside and do other people’s material,” he said. “I kind of use wrestling as my tether and I venture outside a little bit, but I always bring it back to what people know me for and that’s wrestling.”