Michael Francis "Mick" Foley was born in Bloomington, Indiana and grew up in Smithtown, New York. Foley attended Ward Melville High School, where he was a member of the wrestling team. After attending college, Foley wrestled under the name "Jack Foley". He would later change this and wrestled under the name "Cactus Jack". After wrestling for numerous independent promotions, Foley made his way to World Championship Wrestling (WCW), where he wrestled once again as Cactus Jack. He would soon make a name for himself in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), where his high risk wrestling was a better fit. It was during his time at ECW that Foley would become known as a hardcore legend.
After exiting ECW, Foley went on the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), now known as World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Upon entering the WWE, Foley adopted the persona of the masked madman Mankind. During his tenure at WWE, Foley was able to perform as Dude Love, a character he had created in his teens though he would soon revert to Mankind. It was as Mankind that Foley performed in one of his most noted matches, A Hell in a Cell match against the Undertaker. A match which garnered a standing ovation as well as multiple injuries, including the loss of a tooth.
In the following years, Mick Foley would win the WWE championship multiple times, enter into tag teams (including the notable Rock 'n' Sock Connection with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) and would return to his Cactus Jack persona for a time before temporarily retiring from wrestling though he would later return to in ring performing and appearing in non wrestling roles such as commissioner and commentator During his career, Mick Foley has established himself as a legitimate writer, writing multiple autobiographical novels, fictional novels and children's books.
Recently, Foley left WWE for Total Nonstop Wrestling (TNA)… Expand