During The Attitude Era, you might have known him as the unhinged Mankind, the barbaric Cactus Jack or the tie-dyed lothario Dude Love. Today, however, we salute Mick Foley for his myriad contributions to sports-entertainment during the 1990s … and that doesn’t just include being able to withstand a 20-foot drop off Hell in a Cell at King of the Ring 1998.
Competing in legendary clashes with The Undertaker, Triple H and The Rock, “Mrs. Foley’s Baby Boy” utterly captivated the WWE Universe, overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds and putting his body on the line in an effort to fulfill his lifelong dream: to become WWE Champion. Foley would accomplish that lofty goal on the Jan. 4, 1999, edition of Raw.
On that night, Foley defeated The Rock to earn his first WWE Title — a victory he would later dedicate to his children. The occasion not only represented a personal triumph for The Hardcore Legend, but also a victory for WWE itself. On that night, WWE turned the tide in its longstanding battle with WCW’s Monday Nitro, doling out a debilitating ratings blow from which the Atlanta-based organization would never recover.
Outside the ring, Foley became a New York Times best-selling author with the 1999 release of his first autobiography, “Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks,” and was solely responsible for a surge in sock puppet popularity with the debut of his questionably odored ally, Mr. Socko.