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 Posted: Fri Jan 5th, 2018 04:56 pm
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Pre-WWF I was a big fan. His arrival in WCW late summer 1991 was a godsend for a promotion that had hit rock bottom. You really have to take into account how original his bumps and style seemed back then. For example, that fall he had a "falls count anywhere" match with Sting on Worldwide that blew me and my friends away, it was easily the best singles match Sting had that year, but looking at it now you'd think it wasn't so great, because post-ECW there have been tons of guys who will take big bumps. Foley was always a bit better than those guys, however, in selling and in telling a story in his matches. His ECW material was brilliant, especially the anti-hardcore promos, although even at the time they were transparently hypocritical.

I still thought he was great for a few years in the WWF until the comedy took over. I'm not quite the mark that others are for the Hell in a Cell match, but, as mentioned above, it wasn't just about the bumps, it was a story about a guy who wouldn't quit. Then came Mr. Socko and "This Is Your Life" with The Rock, and it all went downhill from there. His first book was well written and opened the floodgates on all the wrestling bios that followed but Foley's ego made it a tough slog for me. I was never interested in the follow ups because I knew they were going to be dedicated to extolling the greatness of Mick Foley.

My verdict is that his first decade was memorable and worth revisiting but everything after that was mostly annoying.



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 Posted: Fri Jan 5th, 2018 06:17 pm
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I wenjoyed "Have a Nice Day" and whatever the 2nd one was called. Didnt care for Hardcore Diary.

I liked Cactus Jack, didn't like Mankind, could have lived without Dude Love entirely. I think his daughter is hot.

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 Posted: Fri Jan 5th, 2018 09:40 pm
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Gotta say I really liked all his characters. Even Dude Love made me laugh. He wasnt a great athlete but took unreal bumps and always put on a good show.

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One of the best promos in the history of the biz, so he found ways to keep himself over even after he stopped taking crazy bumps. His WCW stuff was awesome, his ECW stuff was off-the-charts, and then once WWE let him go he turned into a legitimate superstar. The Dude Love-Steve Austin match at Over the Edge 1998 is one of my favorite matches ever, and he had match with Terry Funk in 1997 that I think holds up as one of the best Raw matches ever.



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chrob61 wrote: I agree with spatulapup- not a big fan of his, but I do have his "Have a Nice Day" book that I picked up used paperback from my library that I've been meaning to read. Does anyone think that his book is any good?? I hated the Mankind socko hand in the mouth routine!
I read it and enjoyed it.  It's an easy read.



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tamalie wrote: Pro wrestling fans are generally in the extreme with their opinions. Up until maybe 2007 or so, Mick Foley was in the category of those who could do little to nothing wrong as a wrestler, personality, and individual away from the ring. Since then a backlash has occurred that has gone way too far. The truth of the matter, as always, is somewhere in the middle. I don't think he was the greatest ever, but he was entertaining and certainly is better than he seems to get credit for being. He was a key figure in making WCW at least watchable at times in the early 1990s, in getting ECW on the map in the mid 1990s, in helping the WWF rise to the top in the late 1990s. He was no scientific marvel, but his big bumps, brawling, and interesting interviews that weaved realistic matters into the work were all entertaining and a fit for their era. He's fine in my book.
I think this is a pretty good assessment.
He hung around too long and people turned on him, just like most stars who hang around too long and are marks for themselves.
He was one of ECW's top characters of all time and his promos were great.
During the Attitude Era he was one of the top 3 guys and whether he was heel or face he was a huge draw and entertained.  I liked his promos for the most part, but some times they were too silly for me.  I thought Dude Love & Cactus Jack kept him fresh.
I think he's a legit HOFer.  During his prime years he was one of the top guys in whatever fed he was in.



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Mick's been in some of my favorite matches, involving Sting, Michaels, Austin, Undertaker. As long as he was doing more than random, dangerous bumps I enjoy him. And I remember years and years ago during the vcr era having a video that was released that was Mick in ECW. Got a big kick out of it, especially the promos. I don't really watch much wrestling past 1999 or so, so I missed out on anyting good or bad.

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I'll add that I've seen his live one-man show three times. The first two times were entertaining, with a free signing before the show. I think he only repeated one story across the two shows.

The third time I saw him was at the Edinburgh Festival, and the audience wasn't 100% wrestling fans. The only new stuff on this show was some non-wrestling stories. I think he'd tried to re-do his style for a comedy festival, and he fell between two stools, not really pleasing wrestling or comedy fans. [On the other hand, Colt Cabana's Edinburgh show is fantastic, and I've been many times. He always takes pleasure in the bemusement of the non-wrestling fans in the audience who have no idea what they are watching.]



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