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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446564613
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446564618
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #633,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Professional wrestler Foley is also the author of the number-one New York Times best-seller Have a Nice Day! (2000). This is his account of the 34 days leading up to his emergence from retirement and debut with a new wrestling organization. It’s a chronicle of training, injuries, and rehab. But it’s also a collection of anecdotes about the wrestling world—including a few about controversial impresario Vince McMahon—musings about the use of steroids in the sport, and accounts of charity work in Sierra Leone and Foley’s relationship with Paul “Wolfie” Wolfowitz. Yes, that Paul Wolfowitz. Though the audience for Foley’s writing is primarily the huge wrestling fan base, readers who don’t care a whit about the spectacle will be entertained by a surprisingly sophisticated man with a variety of opinions about the world around him. The book satisfies on a number of levels (particularly Foley’s self-deprecating humor) and will likely draw significant interest. --Wes Lukowsky


"Mick Foley is a natural born storyteller whose sense of humor and sensibilities regarding life are a joy to experience. This hilarious, often poignant, vividly written true story is an amazingly honest journey that any fan of pop culture, sports, family values, battling Father Time, helping others, and, obviously, pro wrestling past or present, will love. I read Mick's latest literary effort twice in three days and am anxious to start the process all over again." (--Jim "JR" Ross, Hall of Fame wrestling announcer)

"Mick Foley is like the two sides of a coin. Both a hardcore wrestling legend and a smart, caring author-Mick's intelligence makes him lethal in the ring and his wrestling intensity makes him a deadly writer. Countdown to Lockdown applies a "Mandible Claw" to every page!" (--Dee Snider, Twisted Sister frontman)

"Like a trusted bard of old, Mick Foley is a masterful storyteller whose tales are guaranteed to engage and entertain." (--Chris Jericho, New York Times bestselling author)

More About the Author

Mick Foley grew up on Long Island, New York. He is the author of the genre-defining #1 New York Times bestsellers: Foley Is Good: And the Real World Is Faker Than Wrestling and Have a Nice Day!: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks. Foley has wrestled professionally for over fifteen years and was the three-time World Wrestling Entertainment Champion. He currently wrestles on TNA. Foley lives with his wife and four children on Long Island.

Customer Reviews

This one, though, left me a little flat.
S. Gepp
I assure you you'll learn more about Tori Amos than Dixie Carter, however Mick tells a great story with plenty of foley corniness and WWE digs.
From his angle with the Motor City Machine Guns to his Lockdown main event with Sting, it's a very good book.
David E Houston II

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Boykin on October 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Mick Foley was one of the first to publish a 'behind the curtian' wrestling memoir, 1999's 'Have a Nice day: a Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks'. My own copy of that book is well worn and (like it's author) has sustained much physical damage from multiple readings (Foley himself sustained damage from explosions, chairs to the head and falls onto hard surfaces, not from multiple readings). It was passed it into the hands of others through the years, and it never failed to make a strong impression. There were 2 subsequent sequels, as C2L points out Foley is thus more memoir'd than Churchill, but lets see Churchill do a flying elbow on the concrete (not taking anything away from being instrumental in defeating the Nazi's, mind you). Can yet another volume, written 11 years later compare? Yes. C2L has the same honesty, humor, and heart that made the original standout. It is also the first of the Foley memoirs not to be published by the WWE machine. Foley describes his departure from WWE, his journey to the competition, and the struggle to overcome the pain and damage sustained over years of a violent style of wrestling (before it was the norm) to perform in another main-event. To recognize one's limitations (having retired from competition more than once) and try to make one more go of it may be a familiar story, but it does not seem the least bit tired. Fun bonuses include a meeting with Tori Amos (bringing full circle the inspiration her music had on him in the early days), tales of surviving the Nautilis side of the weight room, and occasional digs at Al Snow.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Professional wrestling legend Mick Foley has become known for as much as his memoirs as he has exploits in the ring. "Countdown to Lockdown: A Hardcore Journal" is the fourth memoir from Foley, continuing his journey through the unique onscreen and offscreen world of professional wrestling. This memoir follows Foley as he leaves the biggest company in pro wrestling the WWE, and moves to a smaller company in TNA Wrestling. He also speaks on his charity work, the challenges of aging wrestlers, his love for Tori Amos, and gives a different opinion on substance abuse in pro wrestling and sports in general. For fans of Foley's previous work as well sports memoirs, "Countdown to Lockdown" will prove a solid addition, highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Moore on January 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Ah, Mick Foley, on his unprecedented FOURTH! autobiography. Some might call it overkill, but whatever you think of Mick, you can't say he's not interesting!

This book covers his final days in the WWE and his month in TNA leading to his World Title showdown with Sting. First off, all his chapters dealing with wrestling are GREAT! You can tell he's actually happy with how his storyline is going, as opposed to his previous book about the 2nd ECW One Night Stand PPV where everything he was promised was changed. The tone is much brighter.

His non-wrestling stuff is good too. From his charity work to his meeting with one of his heroines (he doesn't call her such, but she is) Tori Amos, it's some compelling, HAPPY stuff.

And a lot less politics than his previous book, HU-FRICKING-ZAH!

One of the few things I didn't like about this book was, in keeping with his happy tone, he didn't talk enough about what happened to Chris Benoit. He has a FANTASTIC chapter discussing the aftermath, and about steroids, pain killers, and other drugs. But I was really hoping he would talk more about Benoit, what happened and his thoughts.

Other than that, it's an almost complete return to form for the Mickster!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard Karels on February 7, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Foley is a naturally-gifted writer, with a style that sucks you in. Good thing, because this book is centered around a storyline that didn't make a lot of sense, didn't draw a lot of business and was set in TNA, where even if was sensical, would have been lost in the chaos that is Impact. It was fun to read about his though process in building the storyline, and did give me some more appreciation for it than when I was watching it unfold, but it still wasn't as good as Foley thought it was at the time.

I certainly wouldn't say this was an unispired effort. I just don't think he realized until the afterword (to the afterword) that hey, maybe this wasn't as great a story as I had thought.

I did see some growth in Foley throughout the book. It was fascinating to follow along with someone who is admittedly past their prime, and quickly deteriorating.

I sure hope Foley retires from the ring for good, to save his brain from more beatings. Because I don't think we've yet seen the best that author Mick Foley has to offer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Super King on September 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Mick Foley is still a good writer, but after so much of the same (this is his fourth autobiography), I couldn't say whether or not this book could stand on it's own. The first book, Have a Nice Day, was so good that I was willing to read ten more books just like it. Actually, I didn't read a lot of books before that. I was in high school and hated the weak fiction that I was forced to read before realizing non-fiction was much more interesting. It didn't hurt that my favorite wrestler had written it either. That is the problem with Countdown to Lockdown - if you're not a fan I don't think it could keep you interested. The minutia of life in between the big moments might come off like a long-winded friend telling you about his kids for a little too long. Recommended for Foley fanatics and those interested in the twilight of a career in professional wrestling.
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