• Foley, 47, is as simple as he is unique.
A scruffy looking, flannel wearing combatant who treated his wrestling body like a battering ram, leaving pieces of it throughout the world including a piece of his ear in Munich, Germany, who would think he would accomplish so much outside an exploding barbed wire ring.
Foley proves if you can become a successful professional wrestler on the grandest of stages, you can do anything. Sans tooth (or two), he is an actor (commercials, movies, television shows), comedian, color commentator, TV show host, voice actor and New York Times best-selling author.
A hardcore legend and former champion, he is also a champion family man with a big heart.
Foley participated in numerous Make-a-Wish Foundation events, made surprise visits to children in hospitals, attended schools and libraries to discuss with students the value of education and the importance of reading. The Foley family sponsors several children with ChildFund International, formerly Christian Children’s Fund. He is actively involved with the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), a group co-founded by singer/songwriter Tori Amos.
While Foley’s kids attended Sunday’s WWE TLC PPV at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Foley as St. Mick participated in a Twisted Sister Hurricane Sandy benefit.
“When they came home from TLC, I was still in my Santa garb,” Foley chuckled. “It reminded me of the big matches I had, and I didn’t want to get changed right away. You wanted to savor the moment as long as you could. That’s the way I feel when I do St. Mick. I don’t want to get out of the stuff.
“So they came home to dad as Santa but never on Christmas Eve. They know there is a big difference between das as Santa and the real thing.”
Foley also visits U.S. troops at various military hospitals and bases, including during WWE Tribute To The Troops.
WWE, USA Network, NBC and St. Mick will honor the United States Armed Forces with its 10th annual holiday special, “WWE Tribute To The Troops,” presented by Slim Jim.
The holiday extravaganza will air on USA Network as a two-hour television special starting at 9 p.m. EST Wednesday, Dec.19 and on NBC as a one-hour television special at 9 p.m. EST Saturday, Dec. 22.
• Foley, who is the most accomplished author of WWE superstars past and present, is one of several from his avocation to write a book. Most, if not all of the others, have penned autobiographies. Foley not only wrote autobiographies but also children’s books and fiction.
“You look in the WWE dressing room, and you have a handful of guys who have really written their own books,” Foley said, “whereas you look at the NFL, NBA, and nobody writes their own books. [Someone else writes their story for them.] I don’t want to declare that no one has in those sports, but I think it would be very rare.
“[In wrestling], JBL wrote his own book. Jericho did his own book. I wrote my own book. Edge. It’s become a pretty common thing for the wrestlers. I think they have learned that they have their own unique stories, and the only thing standing in the way of getting them out in their own words is the hard work.”
• A hard working Mick Foley blends his love for Christmas and writing into “A Most Mizerable Christmas,” a children’s Christmas story on sale now.