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Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks

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Mick Foley is a nice man, a family man who loves amusement parks and eating ice cream in bed. So how to explain those Japanese death matches in rings with explosives, golden thumbtacks and barbed wire instead of rope? The second-degree burn tissue? And the missing ear that was ripped off during a bout-in which he kept fighting? Here is an intimate glimpse into Mick Foley's mind, his history, his work and what some might call his pathology. Now with a bonus chapter summarizing the past 15 months-from his ...

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Overview

Mick Foley is a nice man, a family man who loves amusement parks and eating ice cream in bed. So how to explain those Japanese death matches in rings with explosives, golden thumbtacks and barbed wire instead of rope? The second-degree burn tissue? And the missing ear that was ripped off during a bout-in which he kept fighting? Here is an intimate glimpse into Mick Foley's mind, his history, his work and what some might call his pathology. Now with a bonus chapter summarizing the past 15 months-from his experience as a bestselling author through his parting thoughts before his final match. A tale of blood, sweat, tears and more blood-all in his own words-straight from the twisted genius behind Cactus Jack, Dude Love, and Mankind.

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
Offers vivid descriptions and debunks myths . . . You don't have to be a wrestling fan to enjoy—or at least learn something from [this book].
Entertainment Weekly
Foley's hardcore account . . . Isn't for the faint of heart.
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Captivating . . . Much more than a story about aprofessional wrestler . . . Honest, often hilarious andsometimes moving.
LA Times
Mick Foley is a funny, intelligent, interesting man with a fascinating story totell.
Syracuse Post-Standard
Engaging . . . Grabs the reader by the throat.
Trenton NJ Times
The best insider look at professional wrestling ever written.
Daytona Beach News
Foley's humor alone makes 'Have A Nice Day!' a must read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061031014
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2000
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 768
  • Sales rank: 92,049
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Mick Foley

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.

Mankind is one of the three deranged personalities of Mick Foley, onetime World Wrestling Federation Champion. This is his first book.

In addition to his home in Miami, where he lives with his wife, Dany, The Rock has a permanent suite at Smack Down Hotel, on the corner of Know Your Role Boulevard and Jabroni Drive. He is the youngest champion in World Wrestling Federation history.

Joe Layden is a freelance magazine writer and the author of several books, including All The Rage, with Charles Haley. He lives in upstate New York, not far from the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame.

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Chapter One

March 17, 1994, Munich, Germany

"I can't believe I lost my fucking ear; bang bang!" Now, I'm not a big proponent of the "F" word—in fact, I went from age six to age twenty-one without saying it once—but this was a special occasion and it cried out for a strong expletive. In fact, without the "F" word, that statement just isn't as impressive, is it? Bang bang? Well, for those who know, no explanation is necessary, and for those who don't, well, we'll get to "Bang bang" soon enough.

March 17, 1994, wasn't shaping up to be a real great day anyway, even before the F'ing ear in question was torn off the side of my head. I was not all that happy with my current place of employment. World Championship Wrestling was owned by Ted Turner, but even with Ted's deep pockets behind it, WCW had never really seemed to be on the right path. Part of the reason—a huge part of the reason, actually—was a blatant misuse of talent, a category that I, as Cactus Jack, certainly fell into. In this case we were on a two-week tour of Germany, and I was the only guy on the tour who spoke German. Good German. So it would seem like a natural to have Cactus Jack leading the promotional charge, right? Well, not exactly. In the first week of the tour, I did a few local radio spots while the other guys appeared on national television shows, print work, and promos.

On the first day of the tour Ric Flair, our booker (wrestling vernacular for the guy who makes or breaks you), admitted he wasn't familiar with my work as a babyface (good guy). Now, Flair was a legendary performer in the ring—great charisma, conditioning, and promos that could raise goosebumps on your arm. But apparently, preparation wasn't the Nature Boy's forte. Not familiar with my work? What the hell does that mean? It's his job to be familiar. I'd been a babyface for all of his fourteen months back with the company. I'd main-evented Pay-Per-Views that he wrestled on. Not being familiar with the talent he was in charge of meant that, in my book (and hey, this is my book), he was every bit as bad on the booking side of things as he was great on the wrestling side of it.

About an hour before the match, Flair had talked to me for a long time about changing the course of my career. Naitch, short for Nature Boy, felt that I needed to be a heel (bad guy). His rationale was simple. "You and Vader had the most brutal bouts I've ever witnessed," began Flair in his trademark voice, a strange combination of lisping and perfect enunciation. "But your rematch didn't raise the ratings at all. Nobody cares about you as a babyface."

Even before the Monday night Raw/Nitro wars, WCW had always lived and died by its television ratings. At that time, its flagship show was WCW Saturday Night. Also at that time, there were no quarter-hour breakdowns to more accurately determine just who was responsible for viewing patterns. In other words, Flair was holding my fifteen minutes on air responsible for the ratings of the entire two-hour show. He also failed to realize that ratings increases are more a result of trends and ongoing story lines than just one match. In my book (and once again, this is my book) Flair was wrong about the ratings. But he sure as hell was right about the brutality of my matches with Vader.

Vader, the real life Leon White, was in 1994 the greatest monster in the business. Guys were terrified of him. His style was the stiffest in all of wrestling. Some guys have a style that looks like they're hurting guys when they're not, which is good. Some guys' stuff looks like crap, but it hurts like hell, which is bad. Vader left no room for error; his stuff looked like it hurt, and believe me, it did.

Some of the newer guys used to actually leave the arena if they saw their name on the board opposite Vader. Other guys would hide until that evening's card had been drawn up, and then come out of hiding if Vader wasn't their opponent. Really, underneath it all, Vader was a nice, sensitive guy. I even saw him cry in the dressing room after he paralyzed a young kid named Joe Thurman (Joe recovered the feeling below his waist a few hours later). Still, when that red light turned on, the '94 Vader's sensitive side seemed to turn off.

Strangely, I enjoyed my battles with Vader. I'd pump myself up for days before a big match and would usually hurt for a few days after. The two matches that Flair had mentioned had indeed been brutal. During the first match, at my suggestion, Vader did a number on my face, even though it seemed that my interpretation of "try to raise a little swelling around my eyes" varied dramatically from his. The toll after match number one was impressive: broken nose, dislocated jaw, fourteen stitches in my eyebrow and seven underneath my eye. The second match almost put me out of wrestling for good.

Now, we should probably get something straight. I know you didn't pay $25 (unless your cheap ass waited for the paperback) to have your intelligence insulted. I will not try to portray professional wrestling as being a "real, competitive sport." I will readily admit to occasionally stomping my foot on the mat, and always placing a greater emphasis on entertainment value than on winning. I have, however, over the course of fifteen years of blood, sweat, and tears, compiled a list of injuries that I would compare to that of any "legitimate" athlete.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2000

    awesome book

    This book is an excellent autobiography of profesional wresler Mick Foley, also known as Mankind. It tells all about his whole life and is very intersting to know.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2000

    GREAT BOOK!

    As I started to read the book, I was amazed at how great Mick Foley wrote it! It's not worth 5 stars it is worth 10 stars!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2000

    This book is the best of the Mankind

    Well Mankind you have really outdone yourself havem't you..... This book seems good and guess what I still have not got this book because I live abroad and my brother is sending me the book. I am so excited.. I have read the first chapter thatnks to my friend Kristian. I just cant wait till I get this book and anyway I know it will be the best the Mankind has ever seen!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2000

    Best selling author+ God= MICK FOLEY

    this book is good enough to be read by anyone. those critics who refuse to read it are missing out on a great book written by the hardcore legend himself. this isn't like other 'autobiographies' that are written and changed by other people. this really is his life. and i pity those who miss out on the chance to read a great book like this. for you wrestling fans you aren't one if you don't read this book somehow.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2000

    Well is wrestling fake or real?

    Thought this novel would lend insight into the age old question, how does one not get hurt when hit over the head by a steel chair? Hey Mick, thanks for the 503 pages of self adulation, next time can the self praise and and tell it like it is!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 1999

    Cool Book

    I think that this one of the coolest book ever writen by any sports figure!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2011

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    amazing book about my all time favorite wrestler!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    this book had alot of good moments in it its the best book ever made thank you mick foley for being my role model!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2010

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    Best book ever!!!!!!!!!!

    This book is the best book ever even at the start of the book it was a great book. There is probably nothing else to say that someone hasn't already said. I just reccomend this book to any wwe fan or not a wwe fan it is a fantastic book and will always keep you entertained. When i went to sleep i couldn't wait for it to be morning so i could wake up and read this book. The book is pure $$$$$$$$. It is AWESOME!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2007

    Best book I have ever Read!

    Mankind- have a nice day By-Mick Foley Autobiography This book talks about the wrestling occupatation of my preferred brawler Mick Foley. So far Mick¿s career is opening slow as he goes to a school that teaches people how to wrestle. The book reminds me of my Dad and how he was playing football. Overall it is a pretty good book. You should not read this book if you are squeamish.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2006

    Incredible and Funny book!

    This book was just awesome. It was hilarious! he talked about everything. His wrestling career, his normal life, his home, life, his school years. It was just flat out a great book. I highly recommend it for older children though. It contains some very explixit things.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2005

    Excellent

    So I picked up this book at Barnes and Nobles. Seeing it was a nice thick book I figured it might be good for one of the WWE Biographies. Boy, was I right. I think this is byfar one of the best WWE Biographies I have read. Excellent pictures (some in color I might add) and his style of writing is great. I highly suggest this to Pro-Wrestling Fans if your into a good read. It talks alot about his family him growing up making wrestling movies. And alot about his whole entire wrestling career from all his extreme bumps and bruises to favorite times. Its an amazing book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2005

    True Hardcore!

    This is an awesome book. You wouldn't think it would be just because its about 'Pro Wrestling'. Mick Foley is one of the most mis understood people in America. From reading this book three times I can see that he is definately a nice man who loves his family more than anything. But his characters inside of the ring were so dark. This book definately gave me new respect for wrestling. It made me a fan. Now I never miss a show or pay per view.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2005

    The best wrestler/writer to come from the WWE

    Even if your're not a wrestling fan and if you just want to read a good autobiography, this book is for you. Mick Foley goes in depth about hus life growing up and training. He goes into detail about everything.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2005

    The Best Book Ever

    Mick Foley IS A Wrestling GOD! He writes with such honesty and feeling. I couldn't put this book down for a second.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2003

    A MUST FOR EVERY FOLEY FAN

    If you like mick foley or just want to read an outstanding book this book is for you. Mick gives an outstanding outlook on the wrestling world, the good and the bad and the ugly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2003

    Great book

    This book is awesome. It will make you a Foley fan for sure. I could hardly put it down, and didn't want it to end. You will laugh, you will cry, you won't want to miss a single word of this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2003

    A Captivating Story

    This man's story is so inspirational and uplifting, it will make you a Mick Foley fan even if you have never heard of him. With it's humorous and sometimes tear jerking stories, this book is hard to put down. I truly didn't want the book to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2002

    Have a nice Day rules

    Hear the life the biggest risk-taker in the world of wrestling, straight from his own writing. The life story of Mick Foley is humorous, tear jerking, and very true. Even if you're not a wrestling fan, Have a Nice Day is enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2002

    Foley is God

    This is a great read for a any wrestling fan or any1. This goes dep into his life. Tells the heartache of pro wreslting. Pick this up if u dont have it. Then get Foley is Good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2002

    From Long Island to World Champion

    A must read for any pro wrasslin' fan or for that matter any student of life. We learn Mic was just like you and I growing up and by following his heart he made his dream come true. And then to find out Vince Russo graduated from the same high school I did (Sachem), what a nice bonus!

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