The Three Faces Of Foley
Usually when you think about the legendary Mick Foley and his three faces, you think about Mankind, Dude Love, and Cactus Jack. However, I'm about to explain in depth another version of the Three Faces Of Foley.
Face 1: The Hardcore Legend
When it comes to the sport of professional wrestling, it takes a certain kind of person to not only make it to the big time, but to have all the passion in the world for his work while doing so. I'm not sure if there has been anyone on this planet that had more passion for what he did in that ring than Mick Foley.
Foley was known all around the wrestling world before making his way over to the WWE. However, once he arrived, the WWE Universe were certainly in for the craziest ride of their lives. Mankind was the most deranged and unhinged human being that the fans have ever laid their eyes on. Every time you'd watch Mankind be interviewed, you couldn't help but to be captivated by his words and feel absolutely terrified for anyone that was around him. You just NEVER knew what he was going to do next, and that kept you waiting on the edge of your seat to see when he would strike.
THAT'S how good Mick Foley was at what he did. He made you believe in every single segment that he was apart of. He made you feel every feeling you can possibly imagine feeling. He made you hang on to his every volatile word that kept you wondering, kept you thinking, and kept you interested.
This video below shows an interview Mankind did with Jim Ross that completely explains how dangerous this superstar was:
The character of Mankind was also apart of one of the most iconic matches the WWE Universe has ever seen. On that very night of June 28, 1998, Mick Foley gave me the greatest birthday present a 12-year old wrestling fan could have asked for.
He gave everything he had that night. Blood, sweat, tears, body, soul, and even teeth! The passion that Foley exuded at King of the Ring made that match with The Undertaker so incredibly special for every single human being watching, while their jaws were all dropped to the floor.
Foley put his body on the line for our entertainment so often that when you look back on it now, it makes you wonder how this man is still walking today.
When you think of all the matches he has been apart of, you think about the "I Quit" match with The Rock at the Royal Rumble. You think about the Hell in a Cell match with Triple H at No Way Out. You think about the hardcore match with Randy Orton at Backlash. You think about another hardcore match with Edge at WrestleMania.
The abundance of horrifying matches that Foley has been apart of only solidifies the amount of respect we all have for him and what his body has gone through over the years.
Face 2: The Comedic Commissioner
Back in the year 2000, the Commissioner of the WWE, Shawn Michaels, introduced the WWE Universe to the man who would replace him. Much to the chagrin of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, that man's name was Mick Foley. The fans at that time would see a completely different side of the Hardcore Legend---the comedic side.
Although the role meant Foley would have authoritative power over the talent roster, he used that moment of time in his career as a way to connect to the fans another way. Whether it was using the "cheap pop" method of stating where he was that night, or casually poking fun of certain superstars, Mick quickly became comic relief for fans around the world while in charge.
Most of the segments I enjoyed of Mick as Commissioner were backstage with the likes of Edge & Christian, Triple H, and Kurt Angle. The chemistry he had with every one of those superstars made each segment that much more entertaining to watch. Mick shined in his role as Commissioner and provided the WWE Universe with something they haven't seen before--a fun loving authority figure that they enjoyed laughing with.
Below is one of my favorite moments Mick had with the Olympic gold medalist, Kurt Angle:
A number of years later, the WWE held a brand split and Stephanie McMahon had to name her General Manager of Monday Night Raw. The WWE Universe were then incredibly elated to hear the theme music of Mick Foley. Their beloved Hardcore Legend was back on their television screens each week and interacting with a whole new roster. Although this time around, fun and games weren't the focal point of Mick's authoritative role.
Who can ever forget the moment on Raw when Mick stood in the center of the ring with Sami Zayn? The mere passion shown during that segment by both men was really something extraordinary. You can tell that Foley was sent through time and captured the essence of his former hardcore self. The level of excitement for every fan watching that moment was at an all-time high.
Another important moment in time during Mick's run as GM was when he put together one of the best tag teams of today's generation, Sheamus and Cesaro. Who ever thought that after Foley put those two major superstars in a grueling seven-match series that they would be able to even co-exist?
A few years later, Sheamus and Cesaro are STILL a viable tag team on the Smackdown brand.
Whether it's being a serious General Manager that wants to uplift his talent, or the comedic commissioner who entertains the millions of fans, I'm sure the WWE Universe would very much welcome the idea of Mick Foley being in either role once again in the future.
Face 3: A Charitable and Kind Human Being
Obviously the first two phases of this article explain the roles Mick Foley has had during his career in the WWE. However, there's another way that Foley makes himself an even larger role model for his fans across this world.
Despite the hardcore and barbaric personality his characters have emanated during all those years in the ring, Mick is one of the kindest souls on the planet. Giving back to the community has been something he takes extreme pride in. On numerous occasions, Mick has taken the funds from his signings, appearances, and shows just so he can send a portion of it, if not all, to an important charity.
In my opinion, you can be WWE champion all the times you want, but it takes an extremely genuine individual to use that stardom to help those in need as much as Mick does.
Over the last few years I've realized how important a person like Mick is to have in this world. I've learned how to be more understanding, be more patient, be more compassionate, and how to just be a better person overall. I've learned all that from Mick Foley.
I can sit here and write about the knee-slapping moment we were introduced to Mr. Socko during Vince McMahon's hospital visit, or the infamous "This Is Your Life" segment with The Rock. However, I'd rather talk about the time I met Mick Foley at my high school in 2003.
Some peers of mine were in a tragic car accident that took the lives of three of them. The school decided to start a fundraiser in their names and created a talent show to raise money for their families. Mick was more than willing to show up and contribute.
As I walked down the hallway after a drivers ed class, I stopped in my tracks after seeing a familiar face coming towards me. I tried to muster up the words from my brain and spit them out before he could walk passed me. I extended a piece of paper towards the familiar face and nervously asked, "Hey Mick! Can you sign this for me?"
It was my driver's ed homework that I was supposed to do that night....
It's safe to say that I didn't hand that homework in, but instead, placed that homework assignment into a picture frame:
I was always such a huge fan of Mick's during my childhood while he was on top of the pro wrestling world. Little did I know, however, that he would become one of my biggest role models during my adulthood.
Thank you, Mick Foley, for being the constant inspiration for not only myself, but for all your fans around the world.