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New Yorker Mick, 46, is set to tread the boards, rather than smashing people with one, as he takes the plunge into stand-up comedy for a UK run at the end of the month.
Foley has many strings to his bow. He’s an intelligent, articulate and engaging character as well as a bestselling author – facts often at odds with his raw style of wrestling.
These days the WWE, TNA and ECW ring hero works a more comedic style and he hopes his wit will shine as he tackles the new art form, one to which you would imagine he’d be well-suited.
Foley told FT: “You can be intimidated by a couple of hundred comedy fans if things aren’t going well. I was more comfortable in front of 20,000 people than 100 in a comedy club.
“Unlike a traditional comic I’m not worried about getting laughs every couple of minutes. It’s like my time in the ring – it’s not about the cheers and pops you get while you’re out there, it’s about the feeling I leave my fans with.
“I’m not claiming to be the funniest guy in the world, all I want is for people to leave feeling happy!”
Back with WWE for the Mania run, the recent Rumble cameo was a fun outing, he tells me
Mick said: “I had to sit back afterwards and think about all the things that had transpired in the five or six minutes I was out there. I realized just how much fun it was at that point. I had some great reactions from the other wrestlers and my children.
On The Attitude Era vs. Today: "The Attitude era was fun for different reasons, it was risque, but a lot was not appropriate for kids. The new style forces wrestlers to be creative and not rely on chair shots to get a pop. Promos, well, I don't think it is maligned, yet I don't think it's fully appreciated. The reason why a guy like Punk can cast a spell is that he has a different style all of his own. Nothing seems forced. It is an art form that has been some- what lost."
On His WWE Status: "I'm on a need to know basis going forward, I'd like to get involved in some way. I can't wrestle very often any more. Apart from the run-in, the Rumble was the perfect way to play to my remaining strengths and not expose my many weaknesses!"