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Top 15 Little-Known Facts About Mick Foley

Over the history of professional wrestling, there may not be a more beloved superstar than the hardcore legend, Mick Foley. Really, how can you hate a guy like him? During his time overseas, in WCW, TNA, ECW and, most importantly, WWE, Foley transitioned from an odd looking, awkward wrestler to a 2013 Hall of Famer.

His accomplishments and accolades speak for themselves. Not only was Foley atop the food chain in almost every single company he wrestled for, but he also won the audience over by being such a relatable human being.

On top of his championships and famous matches, Foley did something that not one other professional wrestler has been able to do to date: while many struggle to get one character over with the crowd, Foley took three separate characters with three different looks, actions and feels to them – Cactus Jack, Mankind and Dude Love – and individually made them popular.

While “Foley is God” chants were one of the most popular during the end of his WWE tenure, what many people do not know is the important and impactful things he has done since finishing up his in-ring career. Whether it was donating money to charity or being respectful to everyone he comes across, Foley is the definition of a good person.

Yes, if you are a wrestling fan, you have seen him hoisting the WWE championship on top of D-Generation X’s shoulders, thrown off of the top of the Hell in a Cell by The Undertaker or heard of him losing his ear in a match with Vader; however, here are fifteen things you probably didn’t know about the man, the myth and the legend, Mick Foley.

15 He Has Been on a Variety of Television Shows

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14 He is on the National Leadership Council for RAINN

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13 He Mows Lawns as a Reward For Donations to Charity

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12 He is a Die Hard Tori Amos Fan

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11 He is a Three-Time New York Times Best Selling Author

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When Mick Foley decided to come out with a memoir titled “Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks,” many wrestling fans didn’t know what to think of the book. Could a man who has taken countless chairshots to the head compile 800 pages of sensible work? Well, not only did the fans perceive the book well, but so did the general public, as his first autobiography became a New York Times Best Seller.

10 He is a Christmas Fanatic

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9 He Went to High School with Actor Kevin James

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8 He is a Former TNA World Heavyweight Champion

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7 He Created the Dude Love Persona as a Teenager

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6 His First WWE Match Took Place in 1986

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5 He Entered the 1998 Royal Rumble Three Times

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4 He was Anti-Hardcore in ECW

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3 He Wasn’t Supposed to be Fall Through The Cell

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2 He Wanted to Quit WWE After the Montreal Screwjob

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1 He Wasn’t Originally in the WrestleMania 2000 Main Event

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Just weeks after Mick Foley retired in 2000, he was brought back to WWE television to be a part of the Fatal-Four-Way main event for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 2000. While the decision seemed odd at first, it’s for good reason – Foley was never supposed to be a part of the match. If you look back on original event posters and even for the picture that represents the event on the WWE Network, it is Chris Jericho who was featured with Triple H, The Rock and The Big Show, not Foley.

Although there are different rumors as to why this happened, it appears to be a combination of both Jericho not impressing the WWE brass, while owner Vince McMahon felt bad that Foley never had the chance to main event a WrestleMania. Although he lost, Foley was able to say that he was a part of the last match of the Super Bowl of wrestling.

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