Unlike certain other Halls of Fame, the WWE Hall will have at least one inductee this year.
Mick Foley has had a lot of titles during his career: Pro wrestler, best-selling author, unlikely champion, Mankind, Cactus Jack, Dude Love… And this year, he’ll earn another: Hall of Famer.
The longtime World Wrestling Entertainment performer, a key figure in the professional wrestling boom that began in the late 1990s, is the first announced inductee into this year’s WWE Hall of Fame, WWE announced last week. The induction is traditionally held on the weekend of the annual Wrestlemania event, which this year is returning to New York’s Madison Square Garden.
The 47-year-old Foley, known mostly as Cactus Jack early in his career, wrestled mostly in independent promotions in the ’80s and early ’90s, and also made his mark both in Japan and in Philadelphia-based ECW before debuting in the-then WWF in 1996.
He then surprisingly emerged as a major star, winning multiple championships and becoming known for his many over-the-top stunts in and out of the ring. Foley’s 1999 autobiography, “Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood, Sweat and Sweatsocks,” was the first of several of Foley’s best-selling books. Foley has been mostly retired since 2000, wrestling only occasionally.
Below is one of the greatest moments in wrestling history, when Foley won the WWE championship for the first time:
Foley was also featured in the 1999 documentary “Beyond the Mat.”