Mick Foley is a former American professional wrestler, color commentator, and author currently under contract with WWE. Among Foley’s many bouquets of legacies, he is considered one of the greatest wrestlers in WWE history. He has been inducted into the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame class, was four-time World Champion, eleven-time Tag Team World Champion, one-time TNA Legends Champion, and the first WWF Hardcore Champion.
Michael Francis Foley was born on June 7, 1965, in Bloomington, Indiana, and raised by his parents along with his older brother John Foley. He practically grew up in East Setauket, New York, when his family later moved to the city, where he attended Ward Melville High School, played lacrosse and wrestled outside the curriculum.
Career in Wrestling
Foley’s wrestling career was inspired by his favorite wrestler, Jimmy Snuka. While still a student at the State University of New York at Cortland, he went to Madison Square Garden to watch the wrestling matches.
In his quest to devote himself to professional wrestling, Foley began formal training at Dominic DeNucci’s wrestling school in Freedom, Pennsylvania, and debuted in squash matches in 1983 as a jobber for WWF television broadcasts of Prime Time Wrestling and Superstars of Wrestling. For several years he wrestled under the name of Jack Foley and Mick Foley against top-class talents such as the British Bulldogs and Hercules Hernandez.
At that time, Foley was also wrestling in the independent round as he had not signed a contract with the promotion.
However, he finally made his breakthrough when he received offers from various regional promotions. After deciding on one of the offers, Foley joined the Continental Wrestling Association (CWA) under the name of Cactus Jack, where he teamed up with Gary Young as part of the stud farm. As Cactus Jack, he always appeared in the ring with a barbed wire baseball bat and later won the “King of the Deathmatch” tournament in Yokohama, Japan in 1995.
Mick Foley continued wrestling and took the name Mankind, a character Foley claimed was inspired by a combination of reading “Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein” and listening to the music of Tori Amos. He was a three-time WWE champion and was best known for his epic and brutal fight with The Undertaker in Hell in a Cell in 1998. Foley was knocked unconscious during the fight, but ended it with several injuries, including one of his front teeth getting stuck in his nose.
What Happened To His Ear?
Foley’s right ear was amputated in what has been described as one of the most brutal matches in the WWE, against Vader in Munich in 1994.
Foley, still wrestling as Cactus, met Vader in a Texas Death match on Halloween Havoc. His feud with his opponent made the fight so violent that the WCW later refused to rebook him against Vader on pay-per-view.
While the two punches exchanged, Vader reached up and grabbed Foley’s ear, which had already had a nasty cut during the hangman’s fight, and tore it off. Nevertheless, instead of reattaching his ear, Foley decided to wrestle Kevin Sullivan in the already planned fight and won his only championship at the WCW.
Life After Wrestling
Considering the fact that he will soon retire from the ring, Foley delved into writing, and the result is his memoirs “Have a Nice Day”. For someone who did not have the help of a ghostwriter, Foley’s memoirs reached the top of the New York Times bestseller list in October 1999 and remained on the Times list for more than 5 months.
So far, the former wrestling maniac has written five books, including
- Foley is Good,
- The Hardcore Diaries,
- Countdown To Lockdown
- Tietam Brown
- A Most Miserable Christmas
With his verbal and literal skills, Mick Foley became a guest speaker at universities and soon switched to the stand-up comedy stage in 2009. He is currently represented by Innovative Artists.
As there are no boundaries in the entertainment industry, the former wrestler channeled his acting skills and has appeared in several films and TV shows, including Celebrity Wife Swap. He has also lent his voice in animated series such as Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Mick Foley and his family have been sponsoring children with Child-Fund International for more than two decades.
The wrestling veteran has earned several million dollars in the course of his career in the ring from 1983-2012; from 1999 until today an author; from 1996 until today an actor.
His annual salary is set at $1 million and his net assets are estimated at $15 million. He currently lives in East Setauket, a chic neighborhood in New York, and owns a modest collection of luxury cars.
Mick Foley’s Wife
Foley has been married to former model Colette since 1992 and together they have four children Noelle Margaret, Dewey Francis, Hughie Francis, and Michael Francis Foley Jr.
His daughter Noelle Margaret Foley is now quite grown up and is making a name for herself in the social media. She already has up to 859k followers on Instagram and seems very interested in following in her father’s footsteps in the world of wrestling. With her six frames and fine curves, she is described as one of those who will be considered for the Intercontinental Championship. But judging by her sexy attitude on her IG side, I would say that modeling is more suited to the 23-year-old.
But the little girl, who cried more than a decade ago when she saw her father being beaten with a chair in the ring, is now becoming a professional wrestler herself.
The entire Foley family also plays the lead in a reality show, Holy Foley, which is based on life in the Foley family home in Smithtown. The premiere was in 2016 on WWE Network. Noelle’s wrestling training is filmed throughout the series, with the theme focusing on the unique daughter-father bond.
Height: 188cm (6ft 2in)
Weight: 287 lbs (130 kg)