Foley talks to Chicago Now about his recent appearances in WWE and possibly returning for a recurring on-screen authority role.
I think their needs to be a balance of power. I think on screen the Authority has had too much power for too long and it’s been a little heel heavy. I would hope I am on that short list of candidates for that type of role if it does arise. And if it was brought forth to me, I think I would do it. And with my personality I think I can bring a fresh attitude towards that “higher power”.
Foley is a guest on the Steve Austin Show to discuss WCW, negotiating pay in wrestling and steel chair shots to the head.
It’s been a tough couple of years, honestly. It really has. I used to think a concussion that knocked you out and made ya throw up so I thought maybe I had six. Then we find out its not just the major blows that cause them. Its the cumulative ones including body blows.
Foley sits down with USA Today to discuss doing stand up comedy, Bray Wyatt, WWE and CM Punk.
I love it because performing on stage gives me a chance to feel all the things that I felt when I was in the ring… without the late-night emergency room visits. It’s the great upside without the physical beating that I used to take.
Foley talks to Chad Dukes Wrestling Show The Wyatt Family and The Shield.
Sometimes, and I’m not picking on other groups, but when I wrestled elsewhere for a couple of years it was almost as if they thought every person watching the show watched every episode and kept up on everything, and they would break up groups, literally within months, two or three months.
Foley speaks to The Star Tribune about brain research in professional wrestlers, and donating his own brain to science.
I have been approached. These are some tough questions here. You see how quickly I did those autographs? We got through a few hundred people fairly quickly. Signing my name on that form to donate my brain took a long time. It’s a big step, but if other people can learn from what I’ve done, I’m willing to do it.
Foley talks to Chicagoist.com about his ongoing comedy tour and his comedy focusing on wrestling.
I don’t often venture out from my comfort zone. Again, it’s because people aren’t coming out to hear me tell stories about non-wrestling issues. I do describe how my career in professional wrestling has given me a unique perspective on traveling abroad, politics and pornography, but I have a tether that pulls me back in.
Foley speaks to WWE.com about his infamous fall in his Hell in a Cell match with The Undertaker.
I feel kind of like Adam West in his views towards being Batman. For so many years, he fought it. Just like for so many years it really felt like I had other matches that were worth talking about that seldom got mentioned.
Foley talks about being selected for the WWE Hall of Fame:
It’s going to be huge for me, I attended a New York Knicks game as a guest of the WWE and they but my name up on the scoreboard at Madison Square Garden and then played my Hall of Fame induction video and that is when it kind of dawned on me. In a very short amount of time I will be up on the stage standing in front of close to 20,000 people in the worlds most famous arena and for the first time I got a little bit concerned.
Foley makes his first TNA televised appearance. TNA founder, Jeff Jarrett introduces Foley to the fans before he appears on the big screen on the entrance way to close the show.
One of the things that impressed me about TNA is that they have a big picture. I made it very clear that the show did not need to be about me. I saw the big picture and I realized that I can make contributions when they are needed. So while I don’t see Destination X as something that I’ll play a large role in, it will be an important role in the bigger picture.
Foley publishes a third memoir The Hardcore Diaries. This book follows Foley’s creative struggles with WWE and the return of ECW as a WWE brand. Foley goes in depth on his differences with WWE owner, Vince McMahon.
I believe that anyone that likes my writing style will enjoy this one as well. The things that they loved about the first three, the sophomoric humor, the Tori Amos references, are all abundant in this one as well.
Wrestlemania 22 is heldat the Allstate Arena in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois. The event features Edge vs Mick Foley, Trish Stratus vs Mickie James, The Undertaker vs Mark Henry, Rey Mysterio vs Kurt Angle vs Randy Orton and John Cena vs Triple H
I did feel like it was one of those books that you’d feel compelled to read once they started and to me that is the mark of a good book. One that kind of calls out to you when your’re not reading it and I have read a lot of books that are supposed to be great and I understood while I was reading them that was writing was really good, but I didn’t feel anything in common with the characters or any need to relate to them and I think if there is one strength, and I think that this book does have several strengths, I think that is the strongest point that the main character is very engaging and likable and I think people like you will find that they will be drawn to them.
Foley publishes his second memoir, picking up where the last left off. This book follows Foley as an aging wrestler and his most recent WWE run.
It’s difficult to differentiate between a story that’s humorous and clever and one that actually makes people laugh out loud. I do have stories in the book that make people laugh out loud, but there are others that make people smile or chuckle and you have to learn that you can’t tell too many of those types of stories on stage.
Foley publishes his first memoir, Have a Nice Day: a Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks. Foley becomes the first professional wrestler to pen his own autobiography without the use of a ghost writer. The book covers Foley’s childhood, teenage years and early career.
A big book is like a serious relationship; it requires a commitment. Not only that, but there’s no guarantee that you will enjoy it, or that it will have a happy ending. Kind of like going out with a girl, having to spend time every day with her – with absolutely no guarantee of nailing her in the end. No thanks.
Wrestlemania 2000 is the 16th annual event and the first of the new millennium it is held at Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California. The event features Chris Benoit vs Kurt Angle vs Chris Jericho and Triple H vs The Rock vs Mick Foley vs Big Show.
WWE SmackDownmakes its television debut. The event features Blue Blazer vs Val Venis, Big Show vs Test, Ken Shamrock vs Bradshaw, Mankind vs Big Boss Man and Steve Austin and The Rock vs The Corporate Ministry.
Wrestlemania 15 is heldat the First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The event features Hardcore Holly vs Billy Gunn, Mankind vs Big Show, Kane vs Triple H, The Undertaker vs Big Boss Man and Steve Austin vs The Rock.
Foley faces The Undertaker in first WWE pay-per-view Hell in a Cell match. During the match, Foley is thrown from the top of the cage twice. Foley loses the bout.
Man, that was a good one, and we were having a good time thinking completely ludicrous things to do inside, outside, and on top of the cage. After a while I got serious and said quietly to Terry, “I think I can do it.”
Foley (Michael Francis Foley) is born in Bloomington, Indiana. He pursues wrestling and lacrosse while in high school. He begins wrestling training as a young man under the tutelage of Dominic DeNucci. He makes his professional wrestling debut in 1983.
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