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WWE: Mick Foley's Greatest Hits & Misses - A Life in Wrestling
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Wrestler-turned-author Mick Foley looks back at some of his most memorable moments in the Squared Circle in this compilation video, programmed and hosted by Foley himself. Featuring bouts under the names Mankind, Cactus Jack, Dude Love, and just plain Mick Foley, WWE: Mick Foley's Greatest Hits and Misses - A Life in Wrestling includes footage from his tenures with four different franchises and includes matches with The Rock, Triple H, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, The Undertaker, and many more.]]>
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Cactus Jack Vs. Big Van Vader - This was their first encounter on WCW Saturday Night in April of 1993 and I would highly recommend viewing this match to those that remember this brutal affair and to those that only know Vader from his WWE days! At this point, he was WCW World Champion and was a VERY brutal and stiff wrestler as he actually broke Foley's nose (legitimately) during this match! This match is also shown unedited in terms of match footage. Unfortunately, the commentary has been edited as Jesse "The Body" Ventura's commentary is edited out! That sucks but I would still encourage viewing this bout!
Cactus Jack & Maxx Payne Vs. The Nasty Boys (Chicago Street Fight) - This is from WCW Spring Stampede in 1994 (a year to the day when the previous match happened and one of WCW's best cards I might add)! This one is nasty (no pun intended)! Watch for a particular vicious fall by Foley to the concrete floor!
Cactus Jack Vs. Sabu - This was in June of 1994 and was their first ever meeting. Cactus was still wrestling for WCW at this point but was used in a talent exchange and ECW (ran by Paul Heyman) used this to get a dream match of Cactus Vs. Sabu! While these two would go on to have better matches against each other, this first encounter wasn't bad.
Cactus Jack Vs. Chris Candido (RIP) - This was the early days of Candido and Tammy Lynn Sytch (who you may recognize as WWE's Sunny). Ends with a Cactus victory and run-ins from Tammy, Boo Bradly and Brian Lee! Not a great match but not a bad one either.
Cactus Jack Vs. Sandman (Texas Death Match) - This one, admittedly, was one of their WORST matches together and even Foley admits this! It does have a few stiff moments, particular a vicious piledriver by Sandman on Foley that severely hurts his neck! Sandman, by the way, was actually out of it for most of the bout and pretty much had to be led by Mick! Interesting to view, but don't expect anything great out of this.
Cactus Jack & Raven Vs. Terry Funk & Tommy Dreamer - This one was a gruesome affair from ECW November 2 Remember in 1995! If you are into violence and blood, this one is for you as there is plenty of both in this one!
Cactus Jack Vs. Mikey Whipwreck - In his last match for the original ECW, Cactus took on his former tag team partner in March of 1996. This was a very good contest and not only showed the best of Cactus but Mikey showed his wears as well here.
Post-Vader Match Interview
Cactus Jack Vs. Sting (Falls Count Anywhere Match) - This features commentary from Foley and Johnathan Coachman. THIS IS A MUST VIEW FOR THIS DVD!
Cactus Spits On The WCW Belt (This is the famous interview after the Sabu match that got him in trouble with WCW)
"Cane Dewey" Promo - This has been said to be Mick's favorite promo ever!
"Anti-Hardcore" Promo - Cactus denounces the ECW fans
Cactus Jack Vs. Sabu - This is a rematch from the previous bout! Watch for a botched moonsault to the outside by Sabu! Ugh!
ECW Farewell Speech - Following the match with Mikey Whipwreck
"Jack" Foley & Les Thorton Vs. The British Bulldogs - One of Foley's first matches and saw Foley take a quick but brutal beating!
WWE Confidential Feature - Mick's long absence is explained
This DVD focuses on his WWE career.
Introducing.....MANKIND! - The early promos for the coming of Mankind and Foley's take on the character and how he ALMOST didn't do the character!
Mankind Vs. Shawn Michaels - This is from In Your House: Mindgames and while it isn't often talked about, this was a wild match! Not an ECW match but done in the ECW style and we also see a more aggressive Shawn Michaels for one of the first times too! Look for run-ins from Vader, "Sycho" Sid and The Undertaker in this one!
Also available on WWE From the Vault - Shawn Michaels
Cactus Jack Vs. HHH (Falls Count Anywhere) - This was before HHH's DX days and this was on WWE RAW! Originally scheduled to be Dude Love, Foley did a classic promo reintroducing his Cactus character with Dude Love and Mankind doing the honors!
As for the match itself, it was classic ECW in WWE and one of the first in the "Attitude" era.
Mick Foley Vs. Terry Funk - This one was on RAW in 1998 and went everywhere. It was also a Falls Count Anywhere deal with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Jim Ross commentating! Funk (who was 53 when this bout happened) proved he can still put on a good match and against Foley, it was classic mayhem! Austin also added to it by beating up Jerry "The King" Lawler and taking over his spot at the announce table!
Dude Love Vs. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin - Foley faced Austin twice as Dude Love at WWE Unforgiven '98 and WWE Over The Edge '98. This one was from Over The Edge '98 and is the better of the two. McMahon decides to stack the deck against Austin by making the announcer Pat Patterson, the time keeper Gerald Brisco and himself as special referee but unexpected by all parties was the appearance of The Undertaker as he made sure this match went down the middle (for all intents and purposes)! A wild encounter to say the least and was the beginning of the Undertaker/Austin battles that went through the summer of '98 and main evented that years' SummerSlam.
Mankind Vs. The Undertaker - The match that is often talked about when discussing Mick's career and, in my opinion (other than his "I Quit" match with The Rock at The Royal Rumble '99), was the worst beating he ever took! Foley took two 14-18 foot falls during this match off the top of this cage and somehow finished the match despite being knocked out for most of it! It also saw the first time (in WWE anyway) that he used the now infamous thumbtacks but it was The Undertaker that utilized them on Foley! Also available on WWE: Hell in a Cell ,WWE - Undertaker - This Is My Yard and WWE Tombstone - History of the Undertaker
Mankind Vs. The Rock - This was for the WWE Title and it was on RAW. A little sidenote in that this was actually taped towards the end of 1998 but was shown on January 4, 1999.
Also, this the infamous night on WCW Nitro where Tony Schivone announced that (and I am paraphrasing a bit here) "Mick Foley, who used to wrestle here as Cactus Jack, is going to win their world title. Well, that'll put some butts in the seats!" That came back to haunt them as almost half their audience who thought they were going to see Kevin Nash Vs. Hulk Hogan (which turned into their infamous "Fingerpoke Of Doom" incident), turned immediately to RAW! LOL!
Back to this match, it wasn't his best match with The Rock but it was a wild affair nonetheless. Ends with a wild celebration when Foley (with the help of Degeneration X and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin) wins! I could be wrong but I haven't heard a pop for a win like that in a long time on either WWE RAW, WWE Smackdown or even TNA Impact! Man I miss those days! LOL!
Also available on WWE - Best of Raw 1-2
Cactus Jack Vs. HHH - This is their famous street fight match at The Royal Rumble 2000 for the WWE Championship. While everyone knew that HHH was a good wrestler and was fairly tough, no one knew how tough he could be until this match! This is the one that put him on the map as a true contender in a lot of fans eyes.
As for the match itself, it was classic Cactus Jack all the way! Though he lost, HHH looked more like the loser than Jack did! Definitely worth seeing.
Also available on WWE Royal Rumble - The Complete Anthology, Vol. 3 ,WWE - Triple H - The Game and WWE Royal Rumble 2000
Mankind Teasers - The first looks at this disturbing character.
Music To My Ear - Another Mankind promo
Mind Games - Jim Ross interviews Mankind and Paul Bearer prior to the match with Shawn Michaels at IYH: MindGames.
Jim Ross Interviews Mankind - Originally aired on RAW on 6/9/97
The Birth Of Mr. Socko - This was a skit with Mr. McMahon in the hospital after an attack by The Undertaker and Kane.
Mick & Al Snow In Vegas
More Mick & Al Snow In Vegas
Commissioner Foley & Kurt Angle - The Commish books a match
This is the bonus disc that wasn't on the original release! All the commentary is done by Mick Foley and ECW announcer Joey Styles.
Mick Foley Vs. Randy Orton (No Holds Barred Match) - This was from Backlash 2004. I have often said that Randy's crowning moment was his World Heavyweight Title win over the now infamous Chris Benoit but prior to that, this is the match that made fans take him seriously as a possible contender to that belt! Randy takes some nasty shots, especially when a missed RKO landed him into some thumbtacks! His reaction has to be seen to be believed! Foley loses BUT it does give him (Orton) credibility and helps him into a main event position months later.
Also available on Tagged Classics: No Way Out 04/Backlash 04 and WWE Backlash 2004
Mick Foley Vs. Edge w/Lita - This is their hardcore match from WrestleMania 22 and was arguably the show-stealer of that WM! This also established Edge as a legit contender to the WWE title in the fans' eyes because though he held the belt prior to this, it was under questionable circumstances. This match erased all doubt that Edge belonged in the main event status. Once again, Foley helps a guy out with a great performance. Also available on WWE WrestleMania 22 and WWE - Edge: A Decade of Decadence.
Mick Foley & Edge & Lita Vs. Terry Funk & Tommy Dreamer & Beulah - This was from ECW One Night Stand 2006 and was probably the show stealer from that card as well! Cactus and Funk do their classic hardcore stuff while Edge shows that he could go that style. We even get to see some female brawling with Beulah and the former Ms. Congeniality (for those that remember that gimick that Lita went under in ECW). Ends when Edge spears Beulah (classic ECW move, attacking a woman) and does a VERY PROVOCATIVE cover on her! Even the ref is hesitant to count at first! LOL! Very good match!
Also available on ECW: One Night Stand and ECW Extreme Rules.
Mick Foley Vs. "Nature Boy" Ric Flair ("I Quit" Match) - This was a very good match BUT it doesn't hold up as well as the other Hardcore stuff! Still, to see both Foley and (especially) Flair this vicious was quite different! The ending kind of messes it up but up until that, it was a very good match but Foley really wanted more and you should hear his comments on not only Flair during this match but also Melina and WWE Creative!
Also available on WWE SummerSlam 2006 and WWE Summerslam: The Complete Anthology, Volume Four.
Overall, this is a great DVD set to pick up! Highly recommended!
Perhaps the most compelling thing about this DVD is the abuse that Mick puts his body through. On this DVD alone, Mick takes dozens and dozens of hard bumps onto solid concrete and then gets up and continues the match as though it was nothing. Watching him wrestle, it is easy to underestimate how much alot of what he does really hurts. A casual WWE fan probably won't be able to understand the hype behind Mick Foley, but those who understand the build-up of a great match will be amazed by the little things that Foley does to make both the match and his opponent look better. Heck, Foley had alot to do with getting the Rock over as an effective heel during the late nineties, as well as HHH. Foley, by putting his body through extreme pain, was able to make both of these superstars look far more vicious and heel-like than they ever had before.
All the matches on this DVD are outstanding. The only exception to this is the Cactus Jack vs. Sandman match, which I believe was included on this DVD to show you how Foley is able to carry a match with an opponent who is basically contributing nothing to the match. The Sandman was knocked stupid very early on in this match, and could hardly stand. He clearly had no idea what was going on for the rest of the match. However, Foley was able to save the match by carefully directing the flow of the match, and makes the match halfway watchable, instead of the total disaster that it could have been. The only reason I give this DVD four stars instead of five is that there are plenty of other Foley moments that could have been included. Cactus Jack vs. Terry Funk in Japan would have been great to include on this DVD, as many non-Japanese fans haven't seen this match before, and it is hands down the bloodiest match I have ever seen, period. I'm not sure if WWE has the rights to that tape, however. Regardless, Foley/HHH Hell in a Cell should definently have been included in this set, as well as Mankind vs. The Rock, I-Quit match, if for no other reason than the brutal chairshots that Foley takes while handcuffed. I would also have liked to see more of Foley's promo's and interviews, as I think Foley is one of the greatest promo guys ever, possibly second only to Ric Flair. The match with Vader where Foley lost his ear should also have been included on this set. Finally, an interview with Foley about the transition from WWE Superstar to two-time best-selling author would have been nice. Even still, the DVD is by far worth the money it costs, and is a must buy. It isn't perfect, but it's darn close.