Foley Is Good: And the Real World Is Faker Than Wrestling

Foley Is Good: And the Real World Is Faker Than Wrestling

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by Mick Foley

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In Foley Is Good, Mick Foley — former Commissioner of the World Wrestling Federation, aka Cactus Jack, Dude Love, and Mankind — picks up right where his smash #1 New York Times bestseller Have a Nice Day! left off, giving readers an inside look at the behind-the-scenes action in the Federation. With total honesty and riotous humor,


In Foley Is Good, Mick Foley — former Commissioner of the World Wrestling Federation, aka Cactus Jack, Dude Love, and Mankind — picks up right where his smash #1 New York Times bestseller Have a Nice Day! left off, giving readers an inside look at the behind-the-scenes action in the Federation. With total honesty and riotous humor, Mick Foley shines a spotlight into some of the hidden corners of the World Wrestling Federation. From the ongoing controversy surrounding "backyard wrestling" to the real story behind his now-infamous "I Quit" match with The Rock, Foley covers all the bases in this hysterically funny roller-coaster ride of a memoir.

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Debuting at number one on the New York Times nonfiction best-seller list, this sequel to Have a Nice Day (Regan, 1999/VOYA February 2000) covers the end of Foley's active career as a professional wrestler in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Foley writes about the price he paid, especially physically, to reach the pinnacle of his profession and discusses his surprising success as an author. Although laced with humor, much of it quite raunchy, the book tells an often-sad story as Foley realizes that his body is breaking down and as he fears becoming a joke and a liability. The writing is in-depth about particular matches, including the infamous "I Quit" match featured in the 1999 documentary film Beyond the Mat, and about his relationship with WWF owner Vince McMahon. The book covers other passions in Foley's life: amusement parks, his friends, and his family. Sex references are heavy and often gratuitous. Sex and violence are the calling cards of the new WWF, leading to much condemnation of the product by critics. Foley, in a lengthy and often quite amusing rebuttal, answers the criticism, particularly those of the Parent's Television Council. As a public service, Foley lays down the law to kids participating in backyard wrestling. This book is essential reading for the falling number of WWF fans. Parents of younger fans might be shocked by some of the content, but most teen readers are sure to be entertained by the continuing saga of wrestling's hardcore legend. Photos. Source Notes. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P S A/YA (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult). 2001, Regan/HarperCollins, 481p, $26.95.Ages 15 to Adult. Reviewer: Patrick Jones

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Chapter One

Night of the Champion

The Worcester fans were on their feet, and I was on the shoulders of D-Generation X as they paraded me around the ring. Several pictures later showed the members of DX smiling broadly, and I know that the smiles were too bright to not be real. Much like the early Dude, Mankind — or more accurately, Mick Foley — had made the people feel good about themselves. A chant of "Foley, Foley," began, but unlike my traumatic night at King of the Ring, these chants were loud and growing louder. I was let down from the shoulders of the DX and grabbed the house mike. I first addressed Vince, who was yelling and fussing his way offstage, although secretly I suspect he was beaming. I then got down on my knees and spoke from my heart.

"At the risk of not sounding cool," I began, "I want to dedicate this belt to my two little people at home, Dewey and Noelle — Daddy-0 did it!"

I know, I know, that's how Rocky II started, with the end of the first Rocky being shown over again. But hey, Rocky is my favorite movie of all time, and I even wrote a screenplay for Have a Nice Day! that borrows a couple of lines from Rocky II, so why not "borrow" the start of my sequel from it as well. Just for the record, I never liked the title Have a Nice Day! — I always wanted Blood and Sweatsocks. So if my life story makes it onto the big screen, or even goes straight to video or the History Channel, then by golly, Blood and Sweatsocks it's going to be. Unless of course they pay me a lot of money. Then they can call it TheAdventures of a Fat Guy in Tights Pretending to Fight for all I care.

I had always tried to downplay the importance of the World Wrestling Federation title in my career. That is, of course, until I won it. Then it became the most important thing in the world — besides my family and the log flume at Santa's Village. I was definitely feeling good when I got to the backstage area. Handshakes and hugs all around, except for Rodney of the Mean Street Posse, who I refused to let touch me. Actually, Rodney hadn't even started with the World Wrestling Federation yet, but I need someone new to pick on in this book, and I have a feeling that the Posse is going to take the brunt of it. Now, don't get the feeling that I'm tired of blasting Al Snow, because I'm not — it's just that all my jokes about him somehow ended up actually helping his career, and I don't ever want to be responsible for something like that again.

A team of psychologists recently determined that up to 28 percent of all children under the age of twelve suffer from some type of attention deficit disorder, or ADD. They also determined that during an Al Snow match, that percentage can jump to as high as 90. Yess! Yess! All right, I lied — of course I'm going to tear Al a new Snow in this book. I just won't do it as often.

Actually, I traveled with Al back to Boston after the match — in a full stretch limo, no less. When I walked into Worcester that afternoon, I had no idea that I was going to leave as the champ, and during the day I had agreed to do a personal appearance in Everett, Massachusetts, as a replacement for Kane. The money wasn't good, but the owner of the store, Phil Castinetti, was a friend of mine, so I said, "What the hell." This guy Phil knew everybody; a few days ago I went to Yankee Stadium with him (my first game there in twelve years), and through his connections, ended up having my picture taken with Mayor Giuliani and eating hot dogs in Yankee owner George Steinbrenner's office. No, George wasn't present at the time,' but yes, I did pretend to be George Costanza while I was there.

As much as I liked Phil, I still contemplated holding him up for more money once I won the belt, but in the end, I realized that a deal is a deal, and did it for the original amount. Besides, what could be better than a long dark limo, soft snow flurries on a crisp winter's eve, and the company of Al Snow and the Blue Meanie. Wait a second, did I just say "the company of the Blue Meanie"? With bright blue hair and a belly that made my abs look like Jack La Lanne's, the Meanie was quite a character in the ring. He also had a ring outfit of tight "Daisy Duke" shorts and a half shirt that exposed stretch marks that, when viewed sideways, looked like a road map of upstate New York. (The Meanie has since lost over a hundred pounds and looks a lot better than me.)

The soft flurries turned into a blizzard, the one-hour trip to Boston turned into three, and by the time we finally rolled into our Holiday Inn, I was more than ready for my post-big-match ritual of a big fattening meal and a Pay-Per-View movie. The meal, which Phil had arranged to have picked up, was supplied courtesy of Kowloon's Chinese Restaurant, and I was just about to dig in when I realized that a frosty beverage had not been provided with my feast. So it was on my way to the soda machine that I saw him. The Meanie, looking forlorn in the lobby of the hotel. "Meanie, what's the matter?" I asked the rotund grappler. (Actually "rotund grappler" is one of the ways, along with "pear-shaped brawler," that the National Enquirer once described me, but for some reason I like the term better when it's applied to someone else.) The Meanie looked up at me with a sad expression in his eyes. "They don't have any more rooms," he said. Ooh, this was a tough decision for me. On one hand, the rotund grappler looked miserable in the lobby. On the other hand, I had just won the World Wrestling Federation title and was really looking forward to my solitary ritual. "What time is your flight?" I asked. "Eight o'clock," came the sad reply. Damn! If he had said "six," I could have justified leaving him there under my "don't ever get a room if you're going to be there less than four hours" rule. This was too long to sit in a lobby. Yeah, I deserved to be rewarded, but I couldn't leave the poor guy hanging. "Wanna. stay with me?" I mumbled with the same enthusiasm I usually reserve for "let me pay for your dinner."

So it came to pass that I marked my championship night with about seven pounds of Chinese food and the Blue Meanie in my bed.

Meet the Author

Mick Foley is the former Commissioner of the World Wrestling Federation and one of its biggest Superstars. He loves amusement parks, is an American history buff, and can withstand more pain in one hour than most of us could in a lifetime. He is the author of two New York Times bestsellers: Have a Nice Day! and Mick Foley's Christmas Chaos. He currently lives in New York State with his wife and three children.

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Foley Is Good: And the Real World Is Faker Than Wrestling 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
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This is the greatest book I've ever read. Mick Foley is one of the funniest authors you'll ever read. Go Mankind, 3-World Champion
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Professional wresetling is sometimes a world believed to be filled with idiot yokels who can barely speak proper English. Mick Foley, who is the author of Foley is Good, shows that professional wrestlers are far from stupid by writing a book that is both humorous and educated. The book starts off following his career in late 1998 following Foley¿s WWE Championship victory, and tells of his children getting a hold of the title and how rival company WCW made a remark about his title victory that cause many viewers switch over to watch WWF. The book then continues to tell the story of Foley¿s career in an order paced by the writer himself, as he will tell stories of his career which are sometimes followed by lists of his favorite thing. The book also explores different aspects of the world, including television media, pointing out ways that they are, in his eyes, faker than wrestling. He makes sure to present information in an entertaining way and comes off as nothing less than professional. One thing that I didn¿t like about this book is that sometimes chapters come off as being slightly too preachy and one sided, although that can be expected when somebody is defending the business that they love. A good thing about it is that it is very approachable, requiring no knowledge of his previous book, Have a Nice Day, to understand this book. His tone is very friendly and does come off as professional and well educated. Also in his favor, he makes sure to cite sources that he used when finding information, a small detail which gives him bonus points for credibility. One of the major messages throughout the book is that major organizations that people tend to trust can be deceptive when presenting information. One major chapter in the book focuses on the Parent Television Council, an organization that looked to discourage advertisers from purchasing advertisements on WWE¿s Smackdown television show in 2000. The PTC at the time was blaming WWE for the deaths of kids who the PTC claimed died because they tried moves similar to professional wrestling moves. Foley looks at results of a study done by the PTC, and conducts a similar study, which contains vastly different results. When Foley tries to contact the PTC, they decline comment. Foley uses situations like that to show that sometimes groups like the PTC have tricks to show their view, based on criteria for finding data. This book is not for everybody though, as stories such as ¿the penis suplex¿ show a more juvenile side of professional wrestling. Although the story is the pinnacle of his juvenile side, although he makes sure to crack jokes about fellow wrestlers Test, Al Snow, and a group known as the Mean Street Posse, at every turn. It is part of Foley¿s personality, and for those who can get into it, can be very entertaining. Who this book is for, is for people who want a unique look at the industry that is professional wrestling. Foley didn¿t earn the title ¿Hardcore Legend¿ by being the most sane person on earth, and much of the more brutal stories are in his previous book. This book instead looks at the later part of his career and the effect that wrestling had on both his body and his family. Anybody who finds that to be even remotely interesting should definitely check this out. Overall, the book is very well written, and I would give it a 4.5 out of 5 because it is very well written and entertaining, but at times can be very preachy. Foley is able to back up what he says which really gives him credibility. But this site only allows for whole numbers, so I am giving him the 5, because Foley is GREAT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I give this book +5 stars!If you like wrestling and you like reading you really think about getting this book!I'm 12 years old and I've read alot of books but this is the best book yet!I hope Mick Foley writes a part 3 on his life.If he does i'll get it!I really think you sould get this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book at least a dozen times,and it never gets old.Even if you've never watched a wrestling match in you'r life,read this book.It's less a book about a wrestler,and more of a book about wrestling as a business.An astounding behind the scenes look at one of the worlds most talked about pastimes.All the chairshots Foley has taken (and there have been lots) haven't his knocked brainstem loose,as he whips out keen observations,humerous prods,and intelectual probes.Buy the paperback version,as it contains nearly 200 extra pages of research defending the business he loves so dearly from the powerbombs,DDTs,and clotheslines of the media,and American Justice system.Foley is good,and Foley Is Good is good,very good. Oh yeah,Al Snow jokes abound
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anybody who thinks wrestling is fake should really start reading this book. After reading this you will know how much wrestlers wrisk everyday to perform for people. Also, people should look at Mick Foley's other book. Both of these give people and indepth look into the world of wrestling and once you start reading them, you won't be able to put them down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't want the first book to end, then this book came out and I couldn't have been happier. This book is a great compliment to the first one. With even more humor and more touching moments from this man's life. If you haven't read either, I highly recomend both books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great follow up to Have A Nice day and a great book for any wrestling/Foley fan. It take off where Have a Nice Day leaves off. And it covers everything and anything that maters. He gives a great description on how Backyard wrestling is bad and shows what he went thru at the end of his GREAT career. BUY IT
Guest More than 1 year ago
Horrible book. Very bitter. Foley drags on and on about so many stupid topics it makes you skip to better chapters. I really didn't find anything I liked in this book. Have a Nice day was great but this was horrible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can you say about Mick Foley but GOOD things. Once you start the book it pushes you to read on. Mick mixes his life situations and story telling so well that the book just gets better and better. The honest things that Foley writes about really do him justice as a person. I finished reading this book at the fire station, and was sad to have it end, and have nothing but praise for the man who writes with such enthusiasm. Hey are GO(O)D. And MICK if you happen to read me, I have an important piece of history that you may want to add to Dewey's Owen collection...
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book ¿Foley is Good¿ was written by the old WWE superstar known as Mick Foley, now a days Mick Foley is hosting a show known as Robot Wars. This book is about the wrestling entertainer known as Mick Foley, Cactus Jack, and Dude Love. In this book Mick talks about how the wrestling sensation got started in his wrestling career. When Mick Foley was fifteen years old he and his friends set up a bunch of cardboard boxes and then put a mattress on top of them. After all of the stuff was set up Mick got on his roof and jumped off of his roof face first onto the mattress and boxes. I¿ll bet that when was in the air he had no idea where jumping off of a roof would bring him in ten years. When he jumped his friend recorded the jump on a camera. Somehow someone that knew Mr. McMan, the owner of the WWF, got a hold of the tape and Mr. McMan saw it. A couple days after Mr. McMan saw the tape he called up Mick and asked him if he wanted to join the WWF. Mick had got a lot of wrestling experience going in to the WWF. Mick Foley was in Japan and Tokyo wrestling in the Japanese death wrestling. He became the champ a few times and then got a lot of attention. I really recommend this book for anyone that has a big personal goal that they want to achieve. I only recommend this book for someone that has followed the WWF for a while back. In the book there is a lot of look back on the old ledges of wrestling. Over all, this is a very good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book i have ever read it tells you how Mick Foley came from backyard wrestling to the top of the world wrestling entertainment it also mentions Mick Foleys accomplishments such as the king of the death match, 3-time wwe champion, first ever hardcore champion and of course a 8-time tag-team champion. Mick Foley has jumped of an 8-ft shed and travelled from his university to his wrestling school just to make it to the top of the world wrestling entertainment Mick Foley has inspired me to try the same and come to the world wrestling entertainment now you re-live all these memories by purchasing this book. this is Foley is good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i am 13 years okd i read this book and loved it Mick Foley has always been my hero and him writing an autobiography is outstanding. Read this book y0u can not possibly be disappointed. WOW!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is so cool, parents who think that wrestling is all a bunch of BS or that the wrestlers are all thickheaded illiterate morons should really read this book, then you'll REALLY know what wrestling is all about and not say that it's just a bunch of grown men jumping around in speedoz pretending to fight.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first saw the word 'Faker' on the cover of this book I was almost compelled not to read this book. Being the big Mick Foley fan I am, I couldn't pass up the chance to read it. This book had all the qualitys I want in a book pluss more. This book had humor (although it sophmoric), drama, It almost made me cry on some parts. It had all these things pluss it was infomative, although I am in to current polotics I had never even heard of McCarthyism until I read this book. Compared to his first book this book had less pages, less violence and less wrestling. This is why I think 'Foley is Good' will appeal to more than just wrestling fans. I think this book has the potential to be a classic if non-wrestling fans will give it a chance. Over all I thought this was the best book I've ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked have a nice day but this book is also a great read. Foley is Good picks up right where the last book left off with everything that happend after he won the WWF title for the first time. Read all about the story behind the 'I Quit Match' he had with the Rock as well as other great matches. There is also a chapter about the writing of Have a Nice Day and top 10 lists that list some real intresting things like his favorate T.V. shows. If that's not enough there is a whole section about the PTC and a study that Indiana University did on wrestling that is very interesting. Mick did a ton of research on it. Get this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great! If your a fan, thats a plus, but if your not, this book may make you one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that it is totally awesome that Misk Foley writes his own books. I'm now slightly hesitent to read other autobiographies because so many people don't write thier own lives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Foley is Good was a great book, especially since he included his own opinions.I would love to see more wrestler written books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is, simply put, the BEST book ever written. I especially enjoyed, and personally share, his opinions about the PTC, L. Brent Bozell III, and censorship. I reccommend this book to everyone, wrestling fan or not.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Foley Is Good by Mick Foley is very outragegouly good. He is very good at writing books and i hope he has the best life and keep writing Mick Foley.