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Mick Foley AKA Mankind AKA Cactus Jack AKA Dude Love is commonly known for being one of the most famous and respected professional wrestlers of all time.
But there’s more to this hulking man than his wrestling career could sum up.
1. He loves Tori Amos. In fact, he said in an interview, “the secret to doing these intense matches? Three words: Tori Amos songs.”
And his matches were definitely intense. Yes, that’s a barbed wire ring.
When he finally got the opportunity to meet Amos in 2008, she turned him onto an organization with which he would become very involved: RAINN.
Here’s Mick, Tori Amos, and his wife Colette.
2. Foley is a member of the National Leadership Council for the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN), an organization for which Amos was the original spokesperson.
3. He is constantly raising funds for and making large donations to RAINN. He auctioned off his priceless wrestling memorabilia (including Mr. Socko) and donated half of his advance from his memoir, Countdown to Lockdown.
4. He’s also an online volunteer counselor, having spoken to hundreds of survivors in his first year alone. The number is still growing.
5. And to anyone who makes a donation of more than $5000, he will personally go to your house and mow your lawn.
6. He’s an impeccable dresser.
7. Foley emerged as the “anchor heavyweight wrestler” of his high school wrestling team when actor Kevin James went out with an injury.
9. In fact, bullying really grinds his gears. He made a guest appearance on the Daily Show just to threaten school bullies who were teasing 10-year-old Will Phillips, a vocal advocate for gay rights.
10. Mick Foley has a long track record of advocating for children. He sponsors several for the Make-A-Wish foundation.
11. He sponsors children for ChildFund International as well. The other half of the advance from his memoir went to them.
12. Earlier this year, he rounded up some big name wrestling alumni for a fundraiser at Lee Road Elementary school on Long Island, where he grew up. The fundraiser benefitted the PTA board.
13. Not only is he a big advocate for children, but in many ways he’s a big child himself.
Exhibit A: Mick Foley LOVES Christmas.
In fact, he starts looking forward to Christmas once summer hits. (Probably earlier)
14. And he’s been instrumental in the production of a documentary about mall Santas. He lent his fundraising expertise to getting a Kickstarter off the ground to get this important film made.
15. But he’s kinder than Santa. Foley gave his furniture to a Long Beach family who lost all of theirs in Hurricane Sandy. He then invited himself over for dinner so he could “eat at his old table one last time.”
Here’s a photo of Foley and Alexandra Gialanzé, a member of that Long Beach family.
16. He has participated in some of the most brutally intense matches in professional wrestling history.
17. And not only does he watch Boy Meets World…
18. …but he was ON Boy Meets World as his most famous wrestling persona, Mankind.
19. Speaking of unexpected cameos, he also appeared on 30 Rock.
20. His status as a wrestling icon is global.
21. Mick Foley has also made “20 visits in a 20-month period” to injured troops in the Washington DC area. He was spotted taking 11 injured veterans to a Washington Nationals game in 2005.
23. At Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity, Foley was awarded a “Medal For Reasonableness.” It was well earned.
24. He and his family were featured on an episode of Wife Swap. SPOILER: he was the cool dad.
25. Speaking of being a cool dad, Foley is a quintessential family man.
26. He has one of the most memorable finishing moves ever.
Yes, that’s Mr. Socko in the Rock’s mouth.