‘Hardcore Legend’ in one-man show

Mick Foley performs Oct. 4 at Abbotsford Arts Centre

Mick Foley will perform Oct. 4 at the Abbotsford Arts Centre.

Mick Foley will perform Oct. 4 at the Abbotsford Arts Centre.

“Hardcore Legend: An Evening with Mick Foley” comes to Abbotsford on Saturday, Oct. 4.

The one-man show begins at 7 p.m. at the Abbotsford Arts Centre, 2329 Crescent Way.

Foley’s multi-faceted career has seen him turn from a three-time WWE champion to a two-time New York Times bestselling author to his present incarnation as sole proprietor of his one-man stage show.

The show highlights his trademark blend of wildness and warmth and combines the humour fans loved from his books and in-ring “promos.”

The event includes a question-and-answer session and meet-and-greet with the fans.

One of the cornerstones of WWE’s meteoric rise in the late 1990s, 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 three-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 bestseller list in October 1999.

A follow-up, 2001’s Foley is Good hit number one on The New York Times list as well.

Tickets for his Abbotsford show are $30 and $35 and are available by phone at 250-853-0966 or online at brownpapertickets.com/event/712957-1-800-838-3006.

 

 

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