A tale of bloody pro wrestlers battling over a barbed wire bat with the inspiration coming from Tori Amos’ “Winter”, might sounded extremely odd if you have never heard of Mick Foley.
In his fourth memoirs, Countdown to Lockdown: A Hardcore Journal, Foley relives the eccentric journey he took to get to his first World Heavyweight Championship match with Total Non-Stop Action against The Icon Sting. Similar to the style he wrote his third memoirs, The Hardcore Diaries, Foley jumps back and forth between his eventual confrontation with Sting and chapters in his life that follow the third autobiography.
Unlike The Hardcore Diaries, Foley is not filled with anger and disgust over his status in the pro wrestling business. While World Wrestling Entertainment head boss Vince McMahon Jr. made Foley feel like he was outdated, worthless and a failure with the use of a lot of F-bombs, Foley found new life and strength thanks to his growing family, TNA, and the many causes he supports.
Foley’s humour is still intact; he continues his relentless amount of Al Snow jokes, Christy Canyon porn jokes, embarrassing wrestling diva Melina so badly that she was red in the face, random mocking of Jay Lethal and swearing consistently at his dog Pom Pom for munching on fecal matter.
The #1 New York Times bestselling author’s honest writing and extensive memories makes this so much more than just another wrestling book—the chapter on Tori Amos shows the reader a side of Foley you would not expect—a frighten person filled with self-doubt who has a sensitive side that goes far beyond any desire to wear women’s clothing. Foley is still able to be human, despite living in different forms of entertainment filled with fake and emotionless drones.
The chapter on the Chris Benoit murders and his thoughts on the ongoing steroids debate in professional sports are insightful and controversial reads. Foley not only covers drugs, but the problem men have dealing with women when they get the slightest bit of attention from the opposite sex. The chapter on Kurt Angle breaking down in tears after meeting fighter Mark Coleman shows how emotionally fragile professional athletes can be.
Foley’s first two memoirs, Have A Nice Day, and Foley is Good, are still the best ones. However, the suspense leading up and during his match with Sting is one of the best match descriptions he has ever published. From his children growing up, his 20-year marriage to Colette, joining The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), and telling McMahon that he hated ‘Mr. McMahon’s death’, Foley has matured so much since 2006. Nice to know there’s still a little Cactus Jack left in him at times.
Countdown to Lockdown: A Hardcore Journal
By Mick Foley
Grand Central Publishing
Released on Oct. 1, 2010