Mick Foley left audience seeing stars and Santa Claus
Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 23:10
Mick Foley came to East Tennessee State University to sit and talk with students and fans about his time in wrestling, his books and his life.
One may not have known quite what to expect in a speech coming from a person who used to get thrown through tables and wore a sock on their hand that was used for stuffing into people’s mouths.
However, the mood was light and jovial, extremely entertaining, and humorously insightful.
Coming on stage wearing a Hawaiian shirt and sweat pants and still sporting his shaggy hair and beard, Foley was welcomed by an audience chanting his name.
You could almost see the reminiscence in his eyes to the days when he was still a World Wrestling Entertainment superstar.
No longer able to continue that career due to his health and age, Foley has written two New York Times bestsellers, been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, and has traveled the nation speaking to audiences about his days in the ring. He gets booked for gigs anywhere from motivational speaking to stand-up comedy.
His speaking is a mixture of all that, and you can tell very early on that he is an entertainer used to being in front of an audience.
He knows how to work a room, who to single out and when.
He is truly great in front of a crowd and he enjoys being there.
Foley came to ETSU to talk about his days in wrestling and to tell stories about memorable moments.
He opened up on many of those instances and told stories that everyone may not have known, such as times when the Undertaker hugged him after a match because he was happy Foley was alive and OK.
The take-home message of Foley’s entire time here at ETSU came from many of his stories and was interwoven sophistically into most of what he said.
He continued to reinforce that he was not the biggest wrestler, but that he was willing to take risks that others wouldn’t.
He said that he didn’t work the hardest at wrestling, but that he had a clear vision of the things he wanted to do.
Foley also knew from the a young age that he wanted to be a professional wrestler and chased after that dream and accomplished what he wanted.
For the audience, the message was clear: With hard work and perseverance, dreams will come true.
Although he is older and his body is broken down to a point that he walks with a limp, he smiles as if it was all worth it.
Well-spoken and mild mannered, jovial and content, Foley is a man that may not look the part but is a one that accomplished what he set out to do.
Mick Foley knew from the time that he was 16 years old that he wanted to be a professional wrestler, and he became one of the legends.