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- Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
- Weight: 297lbs (134.7 kg)
- Birthday: June 7, 1965
- Hometown: East Setauket, Long Island, New York
- Trained By: Dominic DeNucci
- Professional Debut: June 24, 1983
- Previous Manager(s): Paul Bearer, Linda McMahon
- Movie(s): Boy Meets World, Good -vs- Evil
- "Bang Bang Bang, on the door Baby!"
- "Bang Bang! You're dead!"
- "Bang Bang!"
- "Oh, Have Mercy!"
- "Have a Nice Day!"
- "And It's FINAL!"
- Cactus Jack
- Cactus Jack Foley
- Cactus Jack Manson
- Jack Foley
- Nick Foley
- Super Zodiac #2
- The Mutilator
- Mason The Mutilator
- Mankind The Mutilator
- Dude Love
- Mick Foley
- Mandible Claw / Mr. Socko
- Double Arm DDT
- Elbow Drop (from the ring apron to the floor)
- Cactus Clothesline (Clothesline over the ropes to the floor)
- Sweet Shin Music (Superkick to Shin)
- Cactus Jack Crack Smash (Diving Somersault Splash)
Foley was noted for his hardcore matches, which frequently involved some kind of injury. These include at least six concussions, part of his ear being ripped off, and over 300 stitches. One of his most famous matches happened during the World Wrestling Federation's King of the Ring pay-per-view in 1998. Foley, in his Mankind persona, was wrestling The Undertaker when he was both thrown off of the "Hell in a Cell" (which is similar to a steel cage but with a mesh ceiling as well) and onto an announcing table, which broke under his weight and left him unconscious (a fall of approximately sixteen feet), and subsequently, after doggedly continuing the match after coming to, choke-slammed through the ceiling into the wrestling ring, an even more devastating "bump", as a chair followed him downwards, landing on his face and knocking out a tooth. Foley still cannot clearly recollect anything about the match after that point.
In 1995, he won the Japanese IWA King of the Death Match Tournament (as Cactus Jack). This is where he received the scars on his arms, burns from concussive explosives.
In 1998 Mick Foley was a contender for the TIME Magazine Man of the Year title, which was to be decided by an online vote. A huge turnout of wrestling fans gave Foley over 50% of the vote. However, before the final count Time removed him from the competition. "I was told that Time magazine did not feel that I had done anything to make me worthy of being man of the year." 
On December 1, 2003 Foley returned to WWE television in a non-wrestling role. In a new storyline, he replaced Stone Cold Steve Austin as co-general manager of RAW. Two weeks later, he was scheduled to wrestle Randy Orton, but did not work the match. As part of the angle, he walked out of the arena without wrestling. He later made a surprise appearance at the 2004 Royal Rumble, eliminating Orton from the main event battle royal. He then immediately eliminated himself from the Royal Rumble to fight Orton as the two exited the ring.
Foley and Orton then were booked in a feud that led to a 3-on-2 tag team match at WrestleMania XX, in which Orton's team of "Evolution" (himself, Ric Flair, and Batista) defeated "The Rock and Sock Connection" (The Rock and Foley). This result, however, did not end the Foley-Orton feud; the two worked a one-on-one match at the subsequent Backlash pay-per-view, with Foley resurrecting his Cactus Jack persona for the event. Orton won the match; much of the smark community considered this match one of the best of 2004. Many smarks also believe that Foley's work in putting Orton over in these two matches has put Orton on the track to superstardom.
Throughout his career, and under all of his aliases, Foley has proved extremely popular to his fans, even when he wrestled as a villain. Foley has always been accesible to his fans and will spend long periods of time with them signing autographs and posing for pictures. His hard work is often credited with helping to re-establish pro wrestling's popularity after the steroid and sex scandals of the late 1980s and early 1990s.
He has written several books: two autobiographies, Have a Nice Day! (2000) and Foley Is Good (2002), three children's books, Mick Foley's Halloween Hijinx, Mick Foley's Christmas Chaos, and more recently Tales from Wrescal Lane (2004). Foley has also written Tietam Brown (2003) a coming-of-age type story aimed at young adults all of which have received favorable reviews. Despite his autobiographies going to number 1 in the American bestsellers list, many reviewers refused to review his novel because it was written by a professional wrestler. Foley's next novel, Scooter, is scheduled for release in 2005.
Foley most famously wrestled as Cactus Jack in independent promotions, at times billed as Cactus Jack Manson during those early years. He was just Cactus Jack when later wrestling in Smoky Mountain Wrestling and ECW however. On September 13, 1986 he wrestled as simply Jack Foley for the WWE and when he later joined the company permanently he debuted as Mankind in March 1996, later becoming Dude Love, his former teenage alter ego, in early 1997, and finally bringing back Cactus Jack in a match against Hunter Hearst Helmsley in Madison Square Garden on September 22, 1997.
Dude Love was one of three personas used by Mick. Dude Love first appeared on July 14, 1997 on an episode of Raw Is War. He came to the aid of Stone Cold Steve Austin in a match against Owen Hart and the British Bulldog. The Dude Love character was actually created by Foley when he was a teenager growing up in Long Island, New York. A big fan of pro wrestling, Dude Love was Foley's wrestling alter ego among his friends, and Foley appeared as the Dude in home movies, portions of which were later shown on WWF television. He admitted that Dude Love was not his favorite character to play. The Dude Love persona was different from his other characters. Foley last appeared as Dude Love in 1998.
Only on five occasions has Foley wrestled under his own name, a victory versus Terry Funk in a no holds barred falls count anywhere match on May 4, 1998; versus Triple H, The Rock and The Big Show in a fatal four way elimination match for Triple H's WWE Championship at WrestleMania 2000, being the second man eliminated; a forfeit loss to Randy Orton in December 2003; as the 21st entrant into the 2004 Royal Rumble match, eliminating himself and Orton; and in a loss while teaming with Rock in a handicap tag match at WrestleMania XX against Orton, Batista and Ric Flair where he was pinned by Orton.
- 3-time WWE Champion
- 1-time WWE Hardcore Champion (first ever)
- 8-time World Tag Team Champion
- 1-time WCW Tag Team Champion
- 2-time ECW World Tag Team Champion
- 1-time USWA Tag Team Champion
- 1-time CWA Tag Team Champion
- 1-time MCW North American Heavyweight Champion
- 2-time WCWA Tag Team Champion
- 1-time WCWA Light Heavyweight Champion
- 1-time IWA Tag Team Champion
- 1-time King of Death Match Winner
- 1-time GLCW Heavyweight Champion
- 1-time ACW Universal Television Champion
- 1-time NAW Heavyweight Champion
- 1-time OMW North American Heavyweight Champion
- 1-time Mid-South Heavyweight Champion
- 1-time NWL Heavyweight Champion
|First reign||Followed by:|
|Second reign||Followed by:|
Stone Cold Steve Austin
|Third reign||Followed by:|
- WWF/E Commissioner
- WWF/E Special Referee
- WWE RAW Co-General Manager (2003)
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