Saturday, May 14, 2011

Mick Foley

Hello again wrestling fans, last week I met one of my favorite wrestler of all time, Mick Foley. In my opinion Foley is one of the creators of the Attitude Era. He had so many wild matches in Japan, WCW and ECW. It’s hard to single out which match was best.
Cactus Jack
Mick Foley was trained in Dominic DeNucci’s wrestling school. He made his wrestling debut in 1983. He had many names throughout his career, such as Jack Foley and Cactus Jack Manson. Foley wrestled in CWA as Cactus Jack. He made his debut in WCW in 1991. During a match with Vader in Germany, Foley lost two-thirds of his ear, while performing the hangman maneuver. In order to perform this maneuver he placed his head between the top and middle rope, then he flipped himself over and mimic a man being hung. The ropes were too tight and as the referee pushed his head down he lost part of his ear. He had an opportunity to get his ear repaired, but he refused to fly back to the States. Instead he stood in Germany and wrestled for the WCW Tag Team titles. Foley proved that he was one of the toughest men in wrestling, and won the titles with Kevin Sullivan as his partner.


Mick Foley joined the WWE in 1996 as Mankind, and began a feud with the Undertaker. The Hell in a Cell match between Mick Foley and The Undertaker was remarkable. In this match Foley executed two huge bumps that proved he was a Hardcore Legend.  During the match the Undertaker and Foley were brawling on top of the cell. The Undertaker threw him from a height of 16 feet and sent him crashing down on to the Spanish announcers’ table. Later in the match both men were back on top of the cage. The Undertaker chokeslammed Foley and the section of the cell gave way. He landed in the ring and a chair that was on top of the cell came crashing down on his face. After all this mayhem the Undertaker won the match, but Foley rose from wrestling in the mid-card to the main event.


I remember the night Mick Foley won the WWE Heavyweight championship, like it was yesterday. I was watching Monday Nitro, just like every wrestling fan was doing at the time. During the show Tony Schiavone told us that Mankind will win the WWE title on Monday Night Raw, by defeating the Rock. I changed the channel in order to witness a boyhood dream come true. I was so proud of Foley and the WWE, for finally having a Mid-card wrestler become the top wrestler for the company. This changed my attitude towards the WWE and I started to watch the Monday Night Raw more often.

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