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Michael Francis “Mick” Foley (born June 7, 1965) is an American professional wrestler, author, comedian, actor, voice actor and former color commentator. He has worked for many wrestling promotions, including WWE, WCW, ECW and TNA Wrestling. He is often referred to as “The Hardcore Legend”, a nickname he shares with Terry Funk. Throughout his wrestling career, Foley has wrestled both under his real name and under various personas (most notably Dude Love, Cactus Jack and Mankind). He was the first ever WWF Hardcore Champion and also a three-time WWF Champion as Mankind. He won the WWF World tag team title eight times, the ECW World tag team title two times and the WCW World tag team title once.
Following his retirement from wrestling full-time, Foley appeared occasionally with WWE as a special guest referee and later as a color commentator for the SmackDown brand. Upon his departure from the company in 2008, he signed with TNA, where he was the storyline majority stock holder of the company. There, Foley has held the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and the TNA Legends (now known as Television) Championship. In addition to wrestling, Foley is a multiple-time New York Times bestselling autobiographer. He was also a subject of the documentary Beyond the Mat, which followed him at the peak of his career.
From May 7 to July 1, 1999, Foley wrote his autobiography — without the aid of a ghostwriter, as he proudly notes in the introduction — in almost 800 pages of longhand. The book, Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks, became hugely popular and topped The New York Times bestseller list for several weeks. The follow-up, Foley Is Good: And the Real World Is Faker than Wrestling, was published in 2001 and debuted at number one on the Times list. Foley has also written three children’s books, Mick Foley’s Halloween Hijinx, Mick Foley’s Christmas Chaos, and Tales from Wrescal Lane. He has also authored Tietam Brown, a coming-of-age story which was nominated for the WHSmith People’s Choice Award in 2004. Foley’s second novel,Scooter, was published in August 2005. His writing has generally received favorable reviews. The third part of his autobiography was called The Hardcore Diaries, and highlights his 2004 feud with Randy Orton, his match and later partnership with Edge, and program with Ric Flair in 2006. The Hardcore Diaries also spent time on the New York Times bestseller list. Foley’s newest book “Countdown to Lockdown” was published on October 1, 2010. On September 30, 2010, Joey Styles interviewed Foley on WWE.com, even though he was still with TNA, about his new book, while Michael Cole plugged the book on the September 27 edition of Raw. A piece was published by Foley in Slate of which portions were adapted from Countdown. On November 10, 2010, Foley appeared on The Daily Show and Off the Record to discuss the book and his charity work.
(1999) Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks. ReganBooks. (credited as Mankind/Mick Foley)
(2001) Foley Is Good: And the Real World Is Faker than Wrestling. ReganBooks.
(2007) The Hardcore Diaries. PocketBooks.
(2010) Countdown to Lockdown: A Hardcore Journal. Grand Central Publishing.