It just wouldn’t be a WWE holiday special without St. Mick.
WWE legend Mick Foley donned the red and white (sWo) for the 10th “WWE Tribute To The Troops,” an annual holiday event to honor the United States Armed Forces.
Transformed into Santa mode, Foley welcomed the U.S. troops and their families at the Norfolk Scope in Norfolk, Va., where WWE conducted its crowd-pleasing brand of sports entertainment that featured appearances by Disney’s The Muppets, performances by musical guests Kid Rock and Flo Rida, wrestling by WWE superstars and divas and more.
“Honestly, it was a career highlight for me,” Foley said, “and has led to my new favorite hobby which is ordering and picking up food at a drive-thru as Santa Claus.”
“WWE Tribute To The Troops” has become a holiday tradition and is one of TV’s most patriotic and heartwarming shows. For this year’s event, WWE traveled to Virginia, visiting Naval Station Norfolk, the crown jewel of the United States Navy. The superstars and divas also toured Naval Station Little Creek and Naval Station Oceana as the Norfolk and Hampton Roads area is home to 125,000 active duty members, 830,000 veterans and many military families.
Foley also authored a new book released just in time for the holiday season. “A Most Mizerable Christmas,” a children’s Christmas story, is on sale now, and WWE superstar The Miz is a central character in the tale.
Isn’t The Miz’s ego big enough, and now there is a book featuring him?
“I disagree with you. Miz needs more,” Foley said. “This is perfect for him, and I’m very thankful that he’s embraced it and takes great pride in how big a jerk he is in this book.
“I have never been so happy as to see The Miz having a change of heart on our WWE show. When I saw CM Punk metamorphosing from the most beloved personality in WWE to the most hated, I saw my book’s chances sinking rapidly. Miz turned out to be the greatest proponent I could have hoped for.”
During Tribute To The Troops, St. Mick dispensed presents to all the good girls and boys at the Norfolk Scope. Did that include the book “A Most Mizerable Christmas?”
Foley answered: “No, but he was dispensing plenty of those Cactus Jack T-shirts, which apparently didn’t sell to well.”
Mick and Colette’s son, Michael Francis Jr., inspired the book.
“Eight years ago, when my son, Mickey, was three, I was trying to write a letter to Santa on his behalf, and he kept insisting he had enough, that he didn’t need anything,” recalled Foley, a multi-time New York Times best-selling author. “The more I pressed him, the more he would point out the toys in the house. ‘Look, I have toys there, there. I don’t need anything.’ He literally said, ‘Someone else could have my toys. I have enough.’
“Over the course of several months, I thought of putting that scenario into a kids’ story in a town lorded over by a mayor, McMahon, who took great offense to the fact that some kid thought he had enough.
“Then over the years, I realized it would be better set in a classroom, especially working with WWE’s Be a STAR campaign.”
The WWE Be a STAR program is an anti-bullying campaign in conjunction with the Creative Coalition where WWE superstars and divas visit schools around the country, discussing bullying with students and ways to eradicate it.