By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Mick Foley, a famous wrestler and best-selling author, recently took time to do a Q&A session with The Capital Sports Report. His interview is about his sports career and views.
TCSR: Your biggest role model outside of sports
MF: “I would certainly say my dad. He taught me the important things about life. My dad, I said it in my first book, he worked every day as if it was a Pay-Per-View in the game of life. In wrestling, you have to give it an extra effort on Pay-Per-View night. But my dad gave that kind of effort every day. For that reason, he’s my role model.”
TCSR: Favorite motto
MF: “I don’t usually quote the Rabbi Hillel, but I will here: ‘If not now, when?’ ”
TCSR: Superstitions before matches
MF: “I always wore my left sock inside out. And I believe that was my only superstition. I might get on a streak of wins and wear a certain shirt underneath my wrestling stuff, so I used to wear a shirt with the independent wrestler Shark Boy [currently with TNA Wrestling; inactive currently], or wearing Winnie the Pooh. I’m big on Winnie the Pooh, because I thought it brought me good luck.”
TCSR: How has wrestling impacted your life
MF: “Well, I think it’s an incredible education. Sometimes people look down on wrestlers. And I don’t think I will trade places with anybody in terms of experience. I’ve been around the world several different times, and have met people from all walks of life. And I’ve been able to do things that I’ve always dreamed about.”
TCSR: The best thing that wrestling has taught you
MF: “It has certainly taught me not to judge a book by its cover. And in the words of Ben Franklin, ‘A penny saved is a penny earned.’ ”
TCSR: What keeps you motivated in wrestling
MF: “I was always motivated by the fact that somebody may have gotten on a plane, or drove several hundred miles, just to see me wrestle. I didn’t want to disappoint them.”
TCSR: On being “fired” from TNA Wrestling
MF: “I’m not at liberty to tell you.”
TCSR: Any failures along the way that made you a better wrestler
MF: “Sure. I’ve had a lot of failures, whether they came in wrestling, acting, writing, life, and even in romance. In wrestling matches, you try to learn from your mistakes, and not make the same mistakes twice. You try to do the same thing in life.”
TCSR: Going to Ward Melville High School and competing in lacrosse and wrestling for the Patriots
MF: “I enjoyed it. Trying out for the wrestling team was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. The other heavyweight on the team was Kevin James, who is better known as the King of Queens. We’ve had some spirited wrestling matches in the basement of Ward Melville High School. I actually talk about that in this new book coming out.”
TCSR: On being Kevin James’ classmate and teammate on the wrestling team
MF: “Well, Kevin is a real witty guy. He’s an exceptional athlete. He actually hit a baseball out of the old Shea Stadium, so that shows you that he’s a formidable opponent on the baseball and softball fields. He was also a good running back.”
TCSR: What inspired him to go into pro wrestling
MF: “I was learning to wrestle my junior and senior year of college [at SUNY-Cortland]. Having that big goal of being a wrestler, helped give me a focus, and it helped make me a better student. So mom’s and dad’s out there, they don’t have to think that wrestling is a bad thing, or has to have a negative affect on their kids.”
TCSR: You’ve worked in the WWE, World Championship Wrestling, Extreme Championship Wrestling, TNA Wrestling, National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and wrestled for numerous promotions in Japan. What is your most memorable moment in wrestling?
MF: “That’s a tough one. I was just watching a match with my 7-year-old [on May 26th] from Backlash in 2004. It was probably the best match I’ve ever had. I don’t know if it was my most memorable match, but in terms of this interview, it is. It was against Randy Orton, his first real big wrestling match. He defeated me in my match (hardcore match) for the WWE Intercontinental Championship.”
TCSR: On holding the name “The Hardcore Legend” nickname with Terry Funk
MF: “I didn’t realize that he’s also known as ‘The Hardcore Legend’. I decided that I liked that name, so I guess I stole it from him. I’m sure baseball players do that all the time, right?”
TCSR: On working with Vince McMahon, the owner of WWE
MF: “I always thought it was 90% enjoyable. I still look back on my experiences there as 90% enjoyable. He is an incredible man with a great vision.”
TCSR: On working with Jeff Jarrett, the co-founder of TNA Wrestling
MF: “I really enjoyed it. I love telling fans about how Jeff and I were battling for control of the TNA ownership. I had a lot of fun in that company.”
TCSR: Thoughts on the new leadership in TNA Wrestling with Dixie Carter, Hulk Hogan, and Eric Bischoff
MF: “Dixie has always been there. She was the one that brought me in to the company. I didn’t get the opportunity to work with the new group lead by Hulk [Hogan] and [Eric] Bischoff that much. But I did enjoy working with them when I did.”
TCSR: Do you see a time in the future when you will be working with them again?
MF: “I hope so. I have a book coming out in September, so I have to get back on TV soon. The name of the book is ‘Countdown to Lockdown’, which is about my 6-weeks leading up to my return at last year’s Lockdown match.”
TCSR: You’re known as Commissioner Foley, Mick Foley, Cactus Jack, Mankind, and Dude Love. What persona do you like the best?
MF: “I think I enjoyed being the Commissioner the most. That was a really good time. Wrestling was at its peak when I was the Commissioner. It may have been when I peaked as well.”
TCSR: Being a best-selling author in the New York Times
MF: “We shocked the literary world in 1999 when ‘Have A Nice Day’ hit No. 1 on the New York Times list. It was ironic that 4 or 5 Presidential candidates had books out at the time, and weren’t as successful as mine. But, those books were not actually written by the candidates. You know the world is in trouble when pro wrestlers are writing their own books.”
TCSR: On some young wrestlers dying in recently years, while the older generation are still going
MF: “That’s a really complexed question. I spent a lot of time looking into that for my new book. And, honestly, I think it would be an injustice to those who died if I gave you a quick answer.”
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