- Many, many insanely brutal matches, too many to count. There was just something incredibly badass about how Mick Foley could have tacks sticking out of him, blood running down his face, clothing torn and ripped and be smiling like a lunatic that made you wanna get up out of your seat and cheer. Or at the very least think: "There goes the toughest son of a bitch that ever lived."
- Being declared the bodyguard of a boy who stuck up for gay rights by Jon Stewart and vowing to bring a world of pain upon those who would give him trouble.
- Being honored at the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear in Washington, DC in front of hundreds of thousands of people.
- Also, his final promo on WWE programming. Hell of a way to go out.
- And if you're going to mention Mick Foley promos, there's only two words you need to know: "Cane Dewey". It's widely considered the best promo in Foley's career, and some have even gone as far as to call it the best in the history of the industry.
- The 1998 Royal Rumble, where Foley would eventually (through getting eliminated) wrestle in all three of his personas — Cactus Jack, Dude Love, and Mankind. JR said it best: "Mrs. Foley's Baby Boy is having himself a triple-header!"
- His first WWF/E championship win on December 29th. To quote Michael Cole, "Mankind did it! Mick Foley did it!" Take into account the sarcastic comment on Nitro (Tony Schiavone flippantly remarked "that's gonna put butts in seats"), and right after Foley's match WCW fans saw the Finger Poke of Doom. That Foley's win happened on the night their biggest competition dropped the ball (they never recovered and would be buried two years later) is the cherry on the cake.
- Foley later mentioned that he did feel some hurt by Schiavone's comment (which to be fair was orchestrated by Eric Bischoff), until he saw what happened with the ratings: literally over half a million viewers switched to Raw after that comment, just to see Mick win the big one.
- Many, many times you will hear fans say "Oh, the loudest pop (that's fan-speak for crazy cheering, FYI) was this moment when…" and it might seem like they're exaggerating. Well, do yourself a favor and watch the ending of that match when "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's music hits. The fans go absolutely INSANE. And go just as nuts a moment later when Mankind gets the pinfall heard round the world.
- Foley's catchphrase during his first two title reigns, in the face of The Rock and Vince's desperate scramble to try and get the title back from him. "I am the World Wrestling Federation Champion... until I'm NOT"
- An often forgotten one happened at the 1999 Summerslam where he won the world title for a third and final time from "Stone Cold" Steve Austin (Triple H was also in the match.) While Austin had lost a handful of matches since his first title victory, it was usually by either disqualification or by getting screwed (usually by the McMahons). Foley became the first wrestler since Wrestlemania XIV to CLEANLY pin Austin. He lost the belt the next night to Triple H, but the moment stands.
- His punching out of Bubba the Love Sponge. Seeing how Bubba was the Creator's Pet of TNA, it just made it that much sweeter.
- His work with Tori Amos and RAINN counseling rape victims, being named Volunteer of the Month. And his videos for Jezebel.com, teaching self-defense for women and answering questions about feminism and self-confidence. Yeah, that's right. Mick Foley is a feminist.
- When Chyna was debuting in the WWF, none of the wrestlers wanted to sell any of her attacks because she was a woman (who was bigger than over half the boys on the roster). The only guy willing to sell for her was Mick. Eventually, the other guys warmed to the idea of her as a threat. Chyna had a career because Mick Foley was secure enough in his manhood to get knocked around by a girl.
- Writing multiple best-sellers. As in actually writing them, not using ghostwriters (or at least relying on them to a far lesser degree than other celebrity writers).
- He is the first professional wrestler to write a book that would end up number one on the New York Times best seller's list. The kicker? His typewriter died just before he began working on the book, and being uncomfortable with word processing programs, and unhappy with what his ghostwriter was doing, he wrote the whole damn Doorstopper longhand, by himself. That's the kind of dedication that earned him the right to be called a legend.
- A third of Foley is Good would be taking critics to task over criticism of the WWF. The research he conducted to expose the hypocrisy of Moral Guardians such as the PTC was incredible, and an off-hand comment on McCarthyism so impressed Linda McMahon he ran with it and showed that as racy as professional wrestling was, it was nothing like pushing for a preemptive nuclear attack on Moscow like one of the chief antagonist's fathers wanted.
- The Cactus Jack promo preceding his Royal Rumble 2000 match with Triple H. Hunter selling it like he'd just seen a ghost was the cherry atop the sundae of awesome. For that matter, the match itself, and the Hell in a Cell follow-up one month later, are both awesome themselves.
Foley: His name is Cactus Jack!
- In his book Foley Is Good, Mick gives a lot of credit to Triple H for how he reacted to Cactus Jack's return: if Triple H had laughed it off, the angle would have been dead before it got started. But by selling it as if Death Incarnate was coming to ringside, the angle ended up becoming the stuff of legends.
- Merely calling the subsequent Street Fight at the Royal Rumble "awesome" is massively underselling it. To put it bluntly, this was the match that made Triple H and legitimized him as a top-tier performer. Years on, many still consider it the best match The Game has ever been in, thanks to the incredible work both men put in.
- Cactus Jack's Debut three years earlier certainly counts. Again, with this in mind, the reaction Hunter gives three years later before the Royal Rumble is most definitely justified.
- The debut is so famous that it was recreated almost word-for-word, image-for-imagenote in WWE '13.
- A couple weeks before WrestleMania 2000, Vince decides to have the scheduled main event for WrestleMania (a triple threat between Triple H, The Big Show, and The Rock for the WWF Championship) free on Raw. The match commences with Triple H just barely squeezing out a victory but happy he doesn't have to compete at WrestleMania now. Then, Linda McMahon comes out and declares that Triple will instead compete in a Fatal Four Way elimination match against Rock, Big Show,... and Mick Foley. The crowd becomes positively unglued as Foley comes out and beats the crap out of Triple H and Big Show and hoists the WWE Title high above his head.
- In 1998, Time Magazine decided to have an online poll to determine who would be their "Person of the Year." Mick Foley ended up winning by a landslide, to the point that they decided to pull him from the poll so someone "proper" would end up winning.
- His promo with CM Punk on the 9/24 edition of RAW? In so few words: "DO YOU WANT TO BE A STATISTIC OR A LEGEND!?"
- His famous Hell in a Cell match against The Undertaker from King of the Ring 1998 may be one of the all-time greatest examples of looking strong in defeat. If this isn't Heroic Resolve, nothing is. The guy took so much punishment (both scripted and accidental), he got carried out of the ring on a stretcher...and then got up and kept wrestling despite his injuries. This happened twice. Then, after the match, he refused to go to the hospital so he could stay for the championship match. There is a reason the fans believe Mick Foley is indestructible.
- To be specific: the moment we get the shot in the entrance aisle of Mick climbing off the stretcher, fighting off officials and climbing back on the cell is one of the most spine-tingling moments in WWE history.
- In case you were underestimating his injuries, he was thrown off the steel cage, which is several meters tall, into a table. After several minutes of trying to wheel him away on a stretcher, he stands up, climbs the steel cage and is promptly THROWN THROUGH THE ROOF OF THE CAGE onto the mat. Though seriously injured (and with one of his teeth visible, sticking out of his nose), he fought Undertaker to a standstill and covered the mat in tacks before being dropped onto said tacks by the Undertaker and writhing in pain for MINUTES. And he STILL refused to go to the hospital. Indestructible, indeed.
- Even more awesome was later than night during the "First Blood" match between "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Kane, Foley CAME BACK one last time, limping a bit, chair in hand, seeming to be ready to help Kane. Austin still beat him down, but then when Undertaker came back to attack him as did Austin, both with chairs, Foley ducked outta the way, costing Austin the match in the process.
- To drive the point home, The Undertaker was extremely reluctant about the first stunt, and in an unused camera shot (that has been released in segments that talk about the match) you can see that, for perhaps the only time in his career, 'Taker actually broke character when he saw Foley coming back down the aisle, staring through the cage with a 'WTF?' look on his face. Then there was getting up after the second, completely unplanned, far more damaging fall through the cell. How bad was that fall? The Undertaker has said that after Mick fell through the cage, Taker thought he had actually killed him.
- How brutal was this match? Vince McMahon personally spoke to Mick after the match and told him "Mick, you have no idea how much I appreciate what you just did, but I never want to see that again."note
- A few weeks before Wrestlemania 22, Foley and Edge get into a brawl. Edge drops Foley face-first onto thumbtacks and celebrates... until Foley rises, thumbtacks sticking out of his face, and beats Edge down.
- A recent episode of RAW shows Foley calling out CM Punk and Paul Heyman for mocking recently-returned Jerry "The King" Lawler about his heart attack. What's even more is that he supervises the main event of the night and prevents Paul Heyman from interfering in the match!
- Him finally being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013 and finally being able to beat Chris Jericho!
- Tearing the WWE a new one after the anti-climatic finish to Royal Rumble 2014, which didn't feature Daniel Bryan as one of the surprise participants despite numerous hints in the week building up to the PPV, the crowd chanting for him throughout the whole night and Bryan being the most over wrestler since Stone Cold in 1998. Foley summed up his frustrations, tweeting an Armor-Piercing Question to the WWE that was retweeted over 20,000 times within 24 hours:
Foley: Does the WWE really hate their own audience?
- Mick Foley's appearance at ICW's Fear and Loathing VIII PPV. Brought in as the "Commissioner" of the Show. 'Nuff said.
- His appearance, which he voiced himself, on Celebrity Deathmatch where he fought and killed Ernest Hemingway! On top of that, he ends his night in the Deathmatch arena with a death drop from the arena ceiling, which he had just headbutted his way through, taking out the entire ring, along with Mills Lane, James Hetfield and the dead remains of Fred Durst. The way he kills Hemingway deserves special mention - he uses his Mr. Socko/Mandible Claw attack to TEAR THE JAW OFF HEMINGWAY'S SKULL!!
Mankind: HAVE A NICE DAY!!! *tears Hemingway's jaw clean off, causing his brain and eyeballs to fall out of his skull*
- For weeks, if not months, people had been seriously bothered by how willing Foley was to bow to Stephanie McMahon's desires and directives, as it seemed to indicate that he'd lost his spine and his charisma. Thus, his decision to stand up to her — in epic fashion, no less — on the 3/13/17 edition of Raw was immensely satisfying. Toward the start of the show, Stephanie had tasked Foley with the duty of firing one member of the Raw roster, a mere three weeks before WrestleMania. After agonizing over it for the whole show, during the closing segment, he revealed he had, in fact, come up with a name. That name? Stephanie McMahon. Stephanie thought he was tired, then grew angry when he was clearly hellbent on pointing out that she, and no one else, was responsible for bringing down the show. At one point, Stephanie even tried to cut him off to deliver one of her signature emasculating tirades, but Foley then cut her off, shouting, "I WILL NOT BE SILENCED!" It came down to Triple H himself coming out to the ring to deal with Foley. And even then, every point Triple H made, Foley argued right back ("You want to go back to traveling the world and telling stories of a broken-down man?" "Maybe! After all, I LOVE traveling the world and telling my stories!") Ultimately, however, HHH would silence Foley by using his own grown children against him (Dewey being part of Creative in Stamford and Noelle with her aspirations to be a wrestler) and terminating them in addition to him, then order him out of the ring. But on his way out, Foley stopped, reached down, and when HHH approached to push him along, he spun around and grabbed HHH in the Mandible Claw. He ultimately would not emerge on top in that segment (thanks to a timely low blow by Stephanie), but it was nevertheless extremely cathartic to watch him stand up to the Authority after all those months.
Awesome / Mick Foley
Thanks to being a badass Determinator and still being a hell of a Nice Guy, Mick has more Awesome moments than a normal wrestler could dream about.