Hometown: East Setauket, NY (billed from Truth or Consequences, NM)
Signature Moves (in WCCW): Cactus Elbow, Cactus Clothesline, double-arm DDT
WCCW Titles Held: WCWA Light Heavyweight title, WCWA Tag Team titles (once each with Sheik Braddock and Gary Young)
Notable WCCW Feuds: Eric Embry, Percy Pringle, Jeff Jarrett, Matt Borne and Jimmy Jack Funk.
Need to Know Facts: Born in Bloomington, Indiana on June 7, 1965, Mick Foley was first inspired to become a professional wrestler when he attended a WWF card at New York's Madison Square Garden on October 17, 1983 and witnessed Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka's flying splash onto Don Muraco from the top of a steel cage. Trained by veteran Domenic DeNucci, Mick began his career putting various WWF stars over in televised squash matches before moving on to the indy circuit.
Following stays in the late Herb Abrams' UWF, Joel Goodhart's Philadelphia-based Tri-State Wrestling (where Foley and Eddie Gilbert engaged in a violent and memorable feud) and the Global Wrestling Federation at the Sportatorium, Mick moved to WCW, feuding with Sting and Abdullah the Butcher, then taking on Leon "Vader" White in a series of shockingly brutal clashes that were unfortunately marred by the promotion's notoriously incompetent booking. One infamous Cactus-Vader bout on WCW Saturday Night was heavily censored due to Turner Broadcasting's policy against showing blood in televised matches; in another, which took place at a house show in Germany, half of one of Foley's ears was severed as he struggled to free his head from the excessively tight ring ropes.
Mick left ECW for the WWF in 1996, establishing the Hannibal Lecter-influenced Mankind character who lived in a boiler room and tore out clumps of his own hair during matches. His initial feud there was with fellow WCCW alumnus The Undertaker, managed at the time by Paul Bearer (Percy Pringle). Mick would turn babyface in 1997, establishing his happy-go-lucky hippie alter ego Dude Love, who replaced the injured Shawn Michaels as Steve Austin's tag partner and co-holder of the Tag Team titles.
Not surprisingly, Mick subsequently elected to cut back on the hardcore brawling, reinventing Mankind as a comedic character and introducing the Mr. Socko gimmick (a sock puppet used while applying his Mandible Claw finisher). Later, however, he returned to his former brutal style, taking nearly a dozen chairshots in an "I Quit" match against The Rock at the 1999 Royal Rumble. Foley retired after losing to Triple H at No Way Out in 2000, taking on the role of commissioner for a time before leaving following a dispute with Vince McMahon. He would return in 2003, mostly in non-wrestling roles but working some matches in both WWE and its version of ECW.