Mick Foley reportedly once hitchhiked from upstate New York to Madison Square Garden to watch his childhood hero battle an opponent in a steel cage match.
In April, Foley will return to Madison Square Garden as an inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame, the organization announced Friday.
His first identity as a sports entertainment star was Dude Love, soon followed by Cactus Jack – described by the WWE as "a lawless maniac ... who put his body through unspeakable trauma in the pursuit of mayhem." He later became known as Mankind, "a demented sociopath who lurked in boiler rooms and hid his scarred face under a leather mask." Foley also gained cult hero status in Japanese hardcore matches, where he reportedly took on opponents in rings "littered with barbed wire, broken glass and even C4 explosives," according to the WWE. He retired from full-time competition in 2000, though he made sporadic appearances over the course of the next decade.
Foley published several books, including the biography Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks, memoir Countdown to Lockdown, and the children's book A Most Mizerable Christmas. He has also created a comic book and a Twitter campaign to support the nonprofit RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network).
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