Wrestling By The Numbers: Michael ‘Mick’ Foley
World Wrestling Entertainment has announced the first inductee into their Hall Of Fame Class Of 2013 is the hardcore legend Mick Foley. The 47-year-old Bloomington Indiana native was one of the greatest risk takers and most talented promo guys in the history of the business. Mick Foley first started his professional wrestling career back in 1983 after having been trained by Dominic DeNucci. He has competed mostly under 3-main personas over his career including Mankind, Cactus Jack and Dude Love. His in-ring career was active for 17-years up until his retirement in the year 2000 but he has continued wrestling occasionally on a part-time basis since then. For the first 8-years of his career from 1983-1991 Foley worked for numerous top notch organizations. From 1986-1987 he worked as an enhancement talent for World Wrestling Entertainment. Starting in 1988 he worked for the American Wrestling Association also also won numerous championships in both World Class Championship Wrestling and the Championship Wrestling Association. Over the next 2-years he would compete for NWA Jim Crockett Promotions, the Universal Wrestling Federation, the Global Wrestling Federation, Tri-State Wrestling and did a tour with All Japan Pro Wrestling.
World Championship Wrestling signed Foley in 1991 and he would spend the next 3-years with the organization competing as Cactus Jack. His feud with Vader is remembered for some of the most barbaric matches ever contested in WCW. He would also have memorable feuds with Sting and Abdullah the Butcher and went on to become a 1-Time WCW Tag-Team Champion alongside Kevin Sullivan. From 1994-1996 Foley competed in the newly formed Extreme Championship Wrestling where he was a main event performer having feuds with most of the company’s top stars. He also spent time in Smokey Mountain Wrestling before winning the infamous 1995 IWA King Of The Death Match tournament in Japan. World Wrestling Entertainment signed Foley in 1996 and he became a main event star for the organization during the attitude era becoming a 3-Time WWE Champion. He wrestled in his retirement match in the main event at Wrestlemania 2000 against Triple H., The Rock and The Big Show. He has not worked a full time wrestling schedule since that event but has continued to occasionally compete inside the squared circle. From the year 2000-2001 Foley stayed with the WWE as the company’s Commissioner before leaving to only make occasional appearances from 2003-2008. While working a part-time schedule with the WWE he was also able to make appearances in All Japan Pro Wrestling, Ring Of Honor and other independent organizations.
TNA Wrestling signed Mick Foley in September of 2008 and he worked for the organization for the next 3-years. Foley returned to the ring and became a 1-Time TNA Champion and a 1-Time TNA Legends Champion during his run with the company. He would go on to have feuds with the likes of Sting, Kurt Angle and Abyss and was put in a power struggle storyline with Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff. Foley was also a major part of TNA’s revival of Extreme Championship Wrestling in July of 2010. Foley parted ways with TNA Wrestling in June of 2011 and has since started working a part-time schedule once again with World Wrestling Entertainment. In addition to professional wrestling Foley is a New York Times number one best selling author, an actor, voice actor and has worked as a comedian.
Below we look at the professional wrestling career of Michael ‘Mick’ Foley by the numbers…
World Wrestling Entertainment:
* 59 Matches ( 23rd Most All-Time ) on WWE Pay-Per-View. (First Match: 1996 King Of The Ring Vs The Undertaker Last Match: 2012 Royal Rumble in the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match)
* 17 Main Event Matches on WWE Pay-Per-View.
* 1 Match Managed on WWE Pay-Per-View.
* 6 Events As A Commentator on WWE Pay-Per-View.
* 114 Matches on WWE Raw.
* 43 Main Event Matches on WWE Raw.
* 20 Matches on WWE Smackdown.
* 5 Main Event Matches on WWE Smackdown.
* 1 Match on WWE Tribute To The Troops.
* 8 Matches on WWE Superstars.
* 2 Main Event Matches on WWE Superstars.
* 6 Matches on WWE Heat.
* 5 Main Event Matches on WWE Heat.
* 4 Matches on WWE Wrestling Challenge.
* 1 Match on WWE Prime Time Wrestling.
* 13 Matches on WWE Shotgun Saturday Night.
* 2 Main Event Matches on WWE Shotgun Saturday Night.
* 9 Matches on TNA Pay-Per-View.
* 5 Main Event Matches on TNA Pay-Per-View.
* 1 Match Managed on TNA Pay-Per-View.
* 1 Event As A Commentator ( 10th Most All-Time ) on TNA Pay-Per-View. (Event: 2009 Against All Odds Commentating Partners: Mike Tenay, Don West)
* 14 Matches on TNA Impact Wrestling.
* 11 Main Event Matches on TNA Impact Wrestling.
Jim Crockett Promotions / World Championship Wrestling:
* 18 Matches on JCP/WCW Pay-Per-View.
* 2 Main Event Matches on JCP/WCW Pay-Per-View.
* 2 Matches Managed on JCP/WCW Pay-Per-View.
* 9 Matches ( 23rd Most All-Time ) on JCP/WCW Clash Of The Champions. (First Match: February 6th 1990 Vs Mil Mascaras Last Match: June 23rd 1994 With Kevin Sullivan Vs Brian Knobbs & Jerry Sags)
* 1 Main Event Match on JCP/WCW Clash Of The Champions.
* 68 Matches on JCP/WCW Saturday Night.
* 10 Main Event Matches on JCP/WCW Saturday Night.
* 1 Match on JCP/WCW Power Hour.
* 1 Main Event Match on JCP/WCW Pour Hour.
* 13 Match on JCP/WCW Worldwide.
* 7 Main Event Match on JCP/WCW Worldwide.
* 7 Matches on WCW Main Event.
* 5 Main Event Match on WCW Main Event.
* 4 Matches on JCP/WCW World Championship Wrestling.
* 2 Main Event Matches on JCP/WCW World Championship Wrestling.
Extreme Championship Wrestling:
* 17 Matches on ECW Home Video Releases.
* 8 Main Event Matches on ECW Home Video Releases.
* 6 Matches on ECW Hardcore TV
* 4 Main Event Match on ECW Hardcore TV.
American Wrestling Association:
* 1 Match ( 4th Most All-Time ) on AWA Pay-Per-View. (Match: 1988 Superclash With Tommy Lane & Mike Davis Vs Chavo Guerrero, Hector Guerrero & Mondo Guerrero)
* 2 Matches on AWA On ESPN.
Universal Wrestling Federation:
* 1 Match ( 20th Most All-Time ) on UWF Pay-Per-View. (Match: 1991 Beach Brawl With Bob Orton Jr. Vs Steve Ray & Sunny Beach)
* 11 Matches on UWF Fury Hour.
* 4 Main Event Match on UWF Fury Hour
Global Wrestling Federation:
* 9 Matches on GWF At The Sportatorium.
Smokey Mountain Wrestling:
* 3 Matches on SMW Television.
* 2 Main Event Match on SMW Television.