ABC2news.com presents “Hardcore wrestling legend Mick Foley brings stand-up act to Baltimore” by Ron Snyder

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Mick Foley spent decades getting hit with steel chairs, tied up in barbed wire and diving 15 feet off of steel cages — all in an effort to send his fans home happy.

Foley, 48, garnered the moniker of a “hardcore legend” during his many years traveling the world as a professional wrestler. He eventually became one of the most well-known and respected wrestlers in the business and last year was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

It wasn’t until many years into his career that he learned he could entertain fans without putting his body – and possibly his life – on the line.

Through the years, Foley has evolved from professional wrestler to a multi-time, best-selling author, actor and stand-up comic/performer. His latest venture, a one-man show entitled, “Tales from Wrestling Past,” is coming to Maryland when he performs at 8 p.m. April 8 at the Baltimore Comedy Factory.

“I think I’ve shown through the years in the ring I could be funny,” Foley said. “My name gave me about a 10-minute grace period where people came because they knew who I was. It was up to me to keep them there passed that.”

Foley said while he felt natural performing in front of thousands of fans as a wrestler, it took time to hone his skills for his show.

“When I first started this about 4 ½ years ago, I used a lot of material that had nothing to do with wrestling. But I found it was like a classic rock group that tried to force new material down the fans’ throat when they really wanted to hear their greatest hits. I think I’ve struck that balance now where I weave wrestling and other subjects into my show.”

Foley, who was known to take a dozen chair shots in a match and even had part of his ear tore off in another, showed off his artistic side in 1999 when he released his autobiography, Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks. The book reached the topped the New York Times non-fiction best seller list for several weeks and started a trend of wrestlers releasing books.

In the years since, Foley wrote three more autobiographical books, four children’s fiction books and two fictional novels. The married father of four also went on to be very active in charitable causes, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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Mick Foley announces details on his WrestleMania XXX raffle that supports the RAINN charity

Mick FoleyMick Foley has announced details on his WrestleMania XXX raffle that supports the RAINN charity. The grand prize will be a trip for two to New Orleans with the following:

* An exclusive meal hosted by WWE Diva Brie Bella and other surprise Divas.
* Two great seats to WrestleMania, Monday Night Raw, the WWE Hall of Fame Induction and any session of WrestleMania Axxess.
* Round-trip airfare from anywhere in the world for two.
* Round-trip limo transportation between Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and the hotel.
* Four nights lodging at New Orleans hotel within a mile of the Superdome for Saturday, April 5th, 2014 — Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 (single room, double occupancy).
* Winner and a guest will receive an exclusive breakfast with hardcore legend Mick Foley
* $1,000 in spending money

Newsday.com presents: “WWE’s Mick Foley smashes TV to protest WWE, support Daniel Bryan over Royal Rumble slight”

Mick F 2Editor’s note: This column originally appeared on www.newsday.com and was written by Josh Stewart.

When notorious squared-circle spendthrift Mick Foley takes a baseball bat to fully functioning electronics, you know something isn’t right with the world.

But the three-time WWE champion and 2013 Hall of Fame inductee couldn’t help it after he felt WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan was unfairly excluded from last Sunday’s Royal Rumble PPV match.

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Mick Foley shares his thoughts on Daniel Bryan joining the Wyatt Family

Mick FoleyMick Foley has published a new Facebook blog on the angle from RAW where Daniel Bryan joined The Wyatt Family. Here’s part of what he wrote:

“For the record, I am a huge daniel Bryan fan. I thought a Bryan win would have been best for business at “Hell in a Cell”. I think Bryan winning the Royal Rumble, and the potential of 75,000 strong in New Orleans chanting “YES” at the conclusion of Wrestlemania – providing an image for the ages….and sending people home HAPPY – will be what’s best for business in April. But could this recent turn of events with Bray Wyatt be what’s best for business now?

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Recent Mick Foley interview

Mick FoleyDavid Dexter reports that during a recent interview WWE legend Mick Foley shared these thoughts:

On Funny Wrestlers: Well some of the funniest guys backstage couldn’t translate that humor to the ring. There’s a fine line that guys use their humor for their character and guys that use their humor to define their character. I think every guy who has been successful has used humor to build their career. There was one moment in Milwaukee, where basically there were five guys in the Main Event match that could not control their upheavals of laughter. The Rock gave me an image the night before and when it was time to deliver my promo, I couldn’t get that out of my mind.

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WWE.com presents: The 20 most amazing masked wrestlers

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Courtesy of WWE.com:

As much a part of professional wrestling as ring aprons and three-counts, masks have a long and important role in the history of sports-entertainment.

Although there’s some argument about when the first masked grappler actually appeared inside the squared circle — some say it was The Masked Marvel in 1915, while others claim it was The Masked Wrestler, way back in 1873 in Paris — masks have a special significance to the performers who wear them. They’re also pretty cool, and help add to the mystique of the already larger-than-life personas that have thrilled fans for generations.

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Newsday.com: WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley has fond memories of Ward Melville

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The following article appeared on Newsday.com, written by author Josh Stewart (josh.stewart@newsday.com)

‘Mrs. Foley’s baby boy!”

For millions of pro wrestling fans, that phrase from WWE announcer Jim Ross meant that “Hardcore Legend” Mick Foley — whether portraying Cactus Jack, Mankind or Dude Love — was heading to the ring.

The three-time WWE champion always kept fans guessing, with an offensive repertoire that ranged from the sick (thumbtacks, barbed wire and flaming branding irons) to the silly (a sock puppet named Mr. Socko.)

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Jim Ross, Ricky Steamboat, Sgt Slaughter, and Mick Foley to attend the CAC Reunion this April!

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Ricky Steamboat, Sgt Slaughter, Jim Ross, and Mick Foley just a few moments ago confirmed their plans to be in Las Vegas for the 2013 Cauliflower Alley Club reunion! Mick Foley, due to scheduling conflicts will only be at the reunion Monday ONLY. Mick will attend the wrestling show Monday night and pay tribute to the late Paul Bearer.

This is sure to be another sell-out reunion. We are getting down to crunch time on the ticket reservations. We are getting closer to the ticket cut-off due to the fire department permit for the occupancy of the Banquet room. So if you haven’t reserved your ticket yet, you need to do it NOW!

There has been over 800 room nights booked at the Gold Coast Hotel through the CAC code if that tells you anything!

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The Kliq vs. The Rock ‘n Roll Express featured at ‘Night of the Superstars’ April 13, 2013

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The Kliq vs. The Rock ‘n Roll Express featured in main event at Night of the Superstars.

Sat., April 13, 2013

Waynesboro High School

1200 W. Main St.
Waynesboro, VA 22980

The main event at the Night of the Superstars from Top Rope Pro Wrestling features a tag-team dream match – Kevin Nash and X-Pac, The Kliq, vs. Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson, The Rock ‘n Roll Express.

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