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As well as writing books for children, Foley wrote three best-selling memoirs.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Mankind is coming to Salem. But instead of giving pain in the ring, he’ll be giving smiles to fans.
Michael Francis “Mick” Foley is a retired wrestler, author and actor. He currently works for World Wrestling Entertainment as the general manager for “Saturday Morning Slam,” a children’s TV show.
He wrestled for more than 20 years, and is often referred to as “The Hardcore Legend” because he was able to take horrible punishment during matches. Some examples include getting thrown off a steel cage 22 feet above the ground into a table, getting bodyslammed onto thumb tacks, and even losing part of his right ear. He has had many personas throughout his career such as Dude Love, Cactus Jack and arguably his most famous role, Mankind.
I watched wrestling as a kid in the middle to late 1990s. I was always amazed at the wrestlers’ physical feats, but Foley was the one who stood out to me.
As Mankind, he pretended to be a mentally deranged man who lived in a boiler room, wore a leather mask, and had a sock on his hand that he referred to as “Mr. Socko.” The things I saw him do made me wonder how much physical pain he was in and why he did it. But at the same time, it was extremely enjoyable to watch.
He has worked for many wrestling companies including WWE, World Championship Wrestling, Extreme Championship Wrestling and Total Nonstop Action. He’s even worked for some promotions internationally.
No longer an active wrestler, the 48-year-old keeps himself occupied by writing and has three New York Times best-selling memoirs. He’s also written children’s books.
In April he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, and is currently raising money through Kickstarter.com for a film called “I Am Santa Claus.”
The movie documents a year in the lives of six professional Santa Clauses to find out what the rest of the year is like. The campaign has raised about $7,100 of its $40,000 goal, with 27 more days to go.
Foley will be in Salem for the Salem Red Sox game on Friday to sign autographs and throw out the opening pitch.
“We are building on the success that we have had previously with wrestling stars,” said Allen Lawrence, the team’s senior assistant general manager. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for wrestling fans of all ages.”
Here’s what Foley had to say in our phone interview Monday:
Q: So what brings you to the Salem/Roanoke area?
I’ve just been going around the country to make appearances at family-friendly events.
Q: Being a wrestler for so long, how has it been adjusting to a different lifestyle?
Well I had about 14 years to adjust [chuckles]. It’s nice because I get to travel wherever I want, and book my own events. It’s another way of entertaining people aside from being in the ring.
Q: You’ve had a few memoirs on the New York Times best-seller list. What exactly made you want to write children’s books on top of that?
Well, I really enjoy writing, so it just came naturally to me to write children’s books. I have a new one coming out in April of 2014, so there’s always plenty on my table.
Q: Do you plan on writing any more memoirs?
No, I think four is enough. Most people would say three is enough, but I think I’ve written enough about myself.
Q: You were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame — how does that feel?
Well the induction was a big moment for me. It’s always nice to be recognized by your fans and by your peers.
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