On May 30, the Funny Stop in Cuyahoga Falls will host WWE's Hardcore Legend, Mick Foley.
His multi-faceted career has seen Foley turn from 3-time WWE champion to 2-time New York Times #1 best-selling author to his present incarnation as sole-proprietor of his one-man stage show "Hardcore Legend: An Evening With Mick Foley." Showcasing his trademark blend of wildness and warmth, and combining the humor fans loved from his books and in-ring "promos," with the intensity of his most famous matches, "Hardcore Legend: An Evening With Mick Foley" is by turns uproariously funny, simply surreal, and surprisingly sensitive - a full-course meal for the senses, including Q&A and meet and greet -- all done with the use of a just one, solitary F-bomb.
One of the cornerstones of WWE's meteoric rise in the late 90's, Mick Foley earned the nickname "The Hardcore Legend" for his ability to absorb seemingly inhuman punishment in some of the most dramatic matches in sports-entertainment history. Already a respected veteran for his 11 physically punishing years wrestling under the name Cactus Jack, Foley's career soared to new heights in WWE as "Mankind," a character Foley claimed was inspired by a combination of reading Mary Shelly's Frankenstein and listening to the music of Tori Amos.
As Cactus Jack, Foley won the 1995 "King of the Deathmatch" tournament in Yokohama, Japan, and continued wrestling, despite the amputation of his right ear, in a match against Vader in Munich, Germany in 1994. As Mankind, Foley was a 3-time WWE Champion, but is best known for his epic and brutal battle with The Undertaker in 1998's "Hell in a Cell" match, during which he was knocked unconscious after falls both off of and through the 16 foot Cell structure. Despite the injury, Foley finished the match -- with one of his front teeth lodged in his nose.
With his in-ring retirement looming, Foley penned his own memoir (by hand, on 700 pages of notebook paper) and shocked the literary world when the book, "Have a Nice Day" hit number one on the New York Times best-seller list in October 1999. The book remained on the Times list for twenty six weeks. A follow-up, 2001's "Foley is Good" hit number one on The New York Times list as well. Foley has published a total of ten books; four memoirs, four children's books, and two novels.
For details on Foley, visit www.realmickfoley.com/
Shows are at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 330-923-4700 for details or tickets.
The Funny Stop is at 1757 State Road in Cuyahoga Falls.