Foley is also looking forward to the pay-per-view summer extravaganza itself. He is anticipating the main events.
“I wrote a little piece about SummerSlam that, although I was a big fan growing up, there was the occasional match that you felt like you had to absolutely, positively see. As a wrestling fan, I feel you have two of those on the SummerSlam card. You have Punk and Brock with Daniel and Cena.
“The desire to be the best is so strong in all the guys that it creates a very healthy competition. So I think you are going to see guys going above and beyond the call of duty to have the best match possible. The undercard is shaping up very nicely as well. This is a show I had planned on attending before I found out I was going to be a part of SummerSlam week.”
Foley enjoys watching some of the emerging WWE superstars on the roster.
“The Shield is guys who are creating great main events in their first full year in WWE, which is almost unheard of,” Foley said. “A character like Bray Wyatt really captures people’s imaginations. I love being put in that role where, even I, who has been in the business for so long can be caught up in a storyline or character. WWE suffers from no shortage of guys who are intriguing and enthralling and have their best days ahead of them. Damien Sandow is a sleeper talent for me because he has managed to come off so well, despite having a less than stellar win-loss record. That’s something I can fully appreciate.”
Aside from stand-up, Foley has been busy with many projects. He is penning new WWE-themed comic books. The hardcore legend has also been active in making “I Am Santa Claus” a reality. The film, funded through Kickstarter, follows six real-bearded professional Santa Clauses to find out what they do through the year on their off season.
“It is a relief to be funded, and we believe we are going to have a really good movie on our hands,” Foley said. “I got on board originally as a subject who had to undergo quite a startling moment that many WWE fans saw on Christmas Eve and at ‘Tribute to the Troops.’ I really fell in love with the project, where I asked to come on board as a producer…I do love it and am really looking forward to making it the best movie possible. The hope is to have it ready to be available for viewing for the 2014 holiday season.”
• See Mick Foley’s stand-up show “Tales from Wrestling Past” at the Fort Lauderdale Improv on July 31 and Miami Improv Aug. 1. Tickets and information are available at www.realmickfoley.com.
• WWE SummerSlam occurs 8 p.m. EST Sunday, Aug. 18 from the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
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