Wrestling fans likely only think of one thing when they hear the name Cactus Jack, but turns out other people associate it with someone very different.
There are very few examples of pro wrestlers who have had just the one gimmick for their entire careers. They change and adapt and find what fits them best. There are even fewer stars who lived more than one gimmick at the same time though, and out of the handful that did, no one did it better than Mick Foley.
For a period of time during the 1990s Foley portrayed three different characters all at the same time. The psychotic Mankind, the destructive Cactus Jack, and Dude Love who gave off an extremely hippy-like vibe. There was even a time when all three of these WWE Superstars appeared in the same Royal Rumble. We hope you got three pay days for that Mick.
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Despite Foley not portraying his Cactus Jack character in WWE for well over ten years now, it has recently become the center of a dispute. Per Highsnobiety, rapper Travis Scott has adopted the nickname Cactus Jack and went about trademarking it. Even though WWE hasn’t had an active claim on the name since 2010, they have decided to oppose Scott’s attempts to trademark it due to theirs and Foley’s history.
The irony behind this dispute is that Mick Foley wasn’t even the first man to coin the Cactus Jack moniker. Kirk Douglas portrayed a character names Cactus Jack in The Villain all the way back in 1979. Apparently neither Foley nor Scott got the idea for the name from Douglas though, and instead chose to call themselves Cactus Jack as a tribute to their respective fathers, both of who were named Jack.
As Vince McMahon reminded us during his recent in-ring altercation with Kevin Owens, he and WWE don’t often step into court rooms and lose cases. The chairman may have been in character at the time but there was certainly an element of truth to what he was saying to KO. Despite them letting the Cactus Jack trademark slip eight years ago, don’t be surprised if WWE somehow manage to emerge victorious from this one.
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