Mick Foley is a nice man, a family man who loves amusement parks and eating ice cream in bed. So how to explain those Japanese death matches in rings with . Author, Mick Foley Foley had originally wanted the book to be called simply Blood and of his long-time catchphrase Have a Nice Day!, with the former being worked into the sub-title. . Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version. Jul 20, PDF Download Mankind: Have A Nice Day: Have a Nice Day! Book Details Author: Mick Foley Pages: Binding: Paperback Brand.
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Jul 31, Mick Foley is a nice man, a family man who loves amusement parks and eating ice cream in bed. So how to explain those Japanese death. Mick Foley formally trained at Dominic DeNucci's wrestling school in Freedom, Cactus Jack and Eddie Gilbert had three matches in one night: Cactus won a Falls Count Nice Day' without the aid of a ghost-writer – writing , words in. Have a Nice Day! book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Mick Foley is a nice man, a family man who loves amusement parks.
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You must log in or sign up to reply here. Share This Page Tweet. Your name or email address: Then they will boo the hero and cheer the villan or the underdog. In wrestling, as in real-life there are unspoken rules; what we aspire to in our heroes and despise in our villans; the best and worst aspects of ourselves. When done correctly wrestling can have thousands of people on the edge of their seats experiencing dire anticipation, yelling with excitement, laughing out loud, rendered speechless by an unexpected outcome or shouting in disgust at an unwanted result.
Modern wrestling is a multi-million dollar business and as well as huge success big money can bring even greater depths and darkness. Bodies are battered and broken and yet scheduled stories must continue to be told or else executives in suits worry that fans will switch off their televisions. Families are essentially abandonned as fathers go on the road for weeks on end. Alcoholism, drug-abuse, steroids, early-deaths, suicides, concussions, big-paychecks and then no paychecks, groupies, the mania of the packed stadium followed by the come-down of a cheap motel room with nothing but the chronic pain of an old injury to keep you company.
And all the while there is the all-pervading knowledge that no one respects what you are doing. There is no mainstream acceptance. You are not thought of as an athlete or a talented performer, you are nothing more than a dumb wrestler - a fake. The world of Pro-wrestling is the last remnant of the travelling circus and the carnival freakshow and for better or worse there is nothing else like it left on earth. All of it and more is to be found in this book. Mick Foley is one of the most interesting people ever to lace up a pair of spandex boots.
And that is saying something in a world that attracts such extreme individuals. Also, it is nothing short of a miracle that considering the style of wrestling that he not only took part in, but essentially created - hardcore - that he has any functioning brain cells left to write with. I seriously doubt that anyone will ever read this book based on what I have written here but believe it or not, it is a very strange tale that Mamma Foley's little boy has to tell and he does it very well.
Better than you or I would after taking all those chair-shots. View 1 comment. Sep 12, Jen from Quebec: So, this is to let you know that I would be inclined to like this book regardless of how 'good' it actually is Mick Foley is a smart, witty, funny person and this comes through in his writing. This book unlocked a special skill - writing - as he has written several books since this one.
If you are at all interested in wrestling, life on the road, following your dreams, performing for crowds, and just plain insanity, this book will reveal all of that for you.
An incredible read by a great wrestler AND a great writer. Oct 12, Asghar Abbas rated it it was amazing. This isn't a biography. This is epic, a novel concept. This is about a seemingly ordinary man and his dreams. How he let his body be crushed but not his dreams. He kept them alive as much as they kept him alive. A family man , a decent person. A happier ending , he made it and got out on his own terms.
This is literature, as close to literature as biographies can get. Feb 18, KnijenZadnik rated it it was amazing.
Jun 17, Tom rated it it was ok. In case my friends are wondering why I read this one, there are two reasons: I'm doing research for something I'm writing 2. I used to really love wrestling, at least until I started college. Anyway, I suspect I would have devoured this book if I'd read it at the height of my wrestling obsession. As it is, I got through it pretty quickly, but that's because I was able to skim through a lot of the endless repetition. It's kind of interesting, but spends way too much time on blow-by-blow accounts In case my friends are wondering why I read this one, there are two reasons: It's kind of interesting, but spends way too much time on blow-by-blow accounts of the matches, rather than discussing the human elements of his story.
Plus, as he notes in his foreword, he handwrote pages in 7 weeks, and it's obvious that they rushed it. With a good editor, this could have been a really good page autobiography, instead of a repetitive page, typo-ridden inexcusable! And now I just realized that my longest review on goodreads is about a WWF autobiography. Apr 11, C. Phipps rated it it was amazing. Mick Foley is one of the best ring performers in the past thirty years.
I say that because I've been watching wrestling for the past thirty years admittedly, starting at the ripe old age of four.
His matches were full of brutality, acrobatics unexpected of Mick Foley is one of the best ring performers in the past thirty years. His matches were full of brutality, acrobatics unexpected of a man his size, and enough overacting you believed the man had a screw loose. The actual Mick Foley is pretty much the opposite of eccentric characters. He's a dorky quirky guy who has a near-endless amount of funny stories to share about his fellow wrestlers.
Have a Nice Day is the first of three autobiographies he's written and the largest at about seven hundred and fifty pages. It chronicles Mick's life from his Bloomington, Indiana childhood to his first retirement in Due to the fact said retirement didn't "stick" and he was wrestling with World Wrestling Entertainment WWE as late as , this autobiography is by no means complete but that doesn't mean it's not entertaining as hell.
The heart of the book is Mick's easy-going narrative, which is seemingly one amusing anecdote after another. The book opens up with a horrific story about how Mick lost his ear in a match with fellow wrestler Big Van Vader, only to make the story darkly hilarious as he ended up having to explain to a German nurse how he got injured doing a "fake sport.
Wrestling is scripted but it is a massive competition both behind the scenes and on the mat to distinguish yourself enough to win a push to the spotlight. Wrestlers have to work their asses off in order to make any money in the business and frequently injure themselves in order to do the sort of crowd-pleasing moves necessary to make themselves famous. There's moments of tenderness, too, like Mick Foley's tribute to Owen Hart and talk about his relationship with Brian Pillman both men dying tragically at a very young age.
We also get a moving account of his romance as well as sustained relationship with Colette Foley, a woman who is, in Mick's own words, far too good for him.
Mick isn't a professional writer but this doesn't hurt him in the slightest as it goes well with his informal conversational tone. At the end of the book, I feel like I'd come to know the oddball professional wrestler and would likely have called him friend if we'd ever shared a workspace.
One of my favorite stories from the volume was Mick sharing how he first got inspired to enter professional wrestling by watching "Superfly" Jimmy Snuka climb to the top of a steel cage and jump down onto his opponent. It's a story with a funny twist at the end because he'd snuck away from college to go see the match against his parent's wishes, only for them to see him sitting in the third row on television due to his very recognizable trademark flannel shirts.
Another tale which I loved was Mick trying to deal with Vince McMahon's good-natured attempts to help his career by giving him truly horrendous gimmicks like "Mason the Mutilator" amongst other dumb stage names. Mick Foley has worked in all four promotions and gone back to them after serving in others so we get his initial perspective as well as some after the fact. Mick talks about the fans of each promotion too and what they reacted to.
I especially loved how he decided his "gimmick" for the ECW would be to be a guy who loved the WCW and hated hardcore wrestling. That's adorable. Less adorable being the description of how many injuries Mick Foley has sustained in pursuit of his craft. We also get Mick Foley's opinion on some famous moments of wrestling history such as the folding of WCW and the infamous Montreal Screwjob.
The truly impressive thing about this book is that I think non-wrestling fans would enjoy this book almost as much as wrestling ones. And that's amazing. So, I'm not really a fan of wrestling, in that I don't quite get into the watching of it -- but the meta is fascinating, and listening to wrestling fans talk about wrestling is a blast. Which makes this book a fun read. What makes it really hard to put down is that Foley is just a really goddamn fun narrator.
He's got a voice. When something exciting happened, or when he was low, it's clear in the telling. He sounds like a dude telling you a story in the corner booth at a bar. Including the part So, I'm not really a fan of wrestling, in that I don't quite get into the watching of it -- but the meta is fascinating, and listening to wrestling fans talk about wrestling is a blast. Including the parts when you zone out a little.
All that is to say that I probably didn't get the same excitement from the wrestling stories that wrestling fans did; I just felt like he sounded like a cool dude. I admire that he didn't sanitize the story for the sake of looking good, at least as far as I understand it.
He's upfront about his feelings about other people, his mistakes, and disagreements. And he occasionally used language or make comments that even made me a bit uncomfortable, but that doesn't detract from his likability. It's a fun human narrative with all sorts of heart and shit.
Congratulations, you found it! Here is the book that started it all. Written in , the "Hardcore Legend" Mick Foley holds nothing back in this ground-breaking tale, one suitably based on its title's namesake of "blood and sweatsocks. Both works shattered the notion that each sport was not nearly as g Congratulations, you found it!
Both works shattered the notion that each sport was not nearly as glamorous as the public had viewed and idolized it for generations.
Furthermore, following this biography's unprecedented success on the New York Times bestseller list, WWE and others associated with wrestling launched a massive campaign throughout the s where the top wrestlers were tasked with creating their own autobiographies in order to duplicate Foley's financial gains, which were achieved simply through putting written words on paper.
Even two decades later, this book just like "Ball Four" remains a MUST-READ, both for its insight into the incredible world of sport entertainment, and the simple fact that millions of people from across the world have been fans of Foley over the past 30 years, which makes this one of their best chances in getting to know the man behind his wrestling persona errr, all three characters, in fact.
Oh, and Mick Foley hasn't run into a case of writer's block, judging by the fact that he now has 4 bestselling autobiographies and several more literary works published since Take your pick!
Though start with this iconic masterpiece!!! Mick Foley is that crazy wrestler. Not the one who puts up his hands to logically shield his head for a bump. Not the one who takes what could be a dangerous fall onto what ends up being a ridiculously obvious pile of fluff.
Mick Foley was the guy who got thrown off the top of a foot steel cage, straight through a table, only to climb right back on top to be thrown through the middle of it again, busting his tooth out through his nose. Though it focuses on Foley's struggles to pursue his dream, the classic tug of underdog overcoming the odds and the sweetness of being a kid pursuing your dreams , the book obviously has its fair share of violence.
In fact, I can still remember the opening scene more than a decade later: Foley has only used the f-word a few key times in his life. One of those times was when he got his head stuck between the ropes, and, when his opponent, a monstrous behemoth of a man, pulled him loose, two-thirds of his ear went sailing in to the crowd. F-word indeed.
Have a Nice Day! Unfortunately, in an industry that loses far too many workers far too early, a fat slab of volumes could be written on the matter. Three stars. View all 4 comments. Feb 08, Rohith rated it really liked it. For me, Mick Foley's autobiography was an education in pro-wrestling. It made me nostalgic about all those times when I used to look forward to watching the Rock, Stone Cold, Undertaker, Kane and others.
But more disturbingly, I found out that several wrestlers whom I used to enjoy watching had p For me, Mick Foley's autobiography was an education in pro-wrestling. But more disturbingly, I found out that several wrestlers whom I used to enjoy watching had passed away like Eddie Guerrero, Test, Umaga, et al.
In fact, the last big rivalry that I had watched involved one wrestler, Chris Benoit who killed himself after killing both his wife and child. It led me to plough the depths of the internet to find old clips and magazines of my favourtie moments, the legendary 'Attitude Era' and 'Ruthless Agression' era that I loved.
But what I understood from all of that was that WWE was but a small part of the pro-wrestling universe. I realised that I was a casual fan when I was younger. In fact, I had missed out on all the best bits of wrestling culture. That's when I discovered that one of the wrestlers whom I liked to watch apparently had written one of the best memoirs in the business, his name is Mick Foley aka Mankind aka Cactus Jack aka Dude Love.
I was surprised to know that Foley wrote the book himself when he could have easily hired a ghostwriter to do it like most of the other celebrities who try to publish autobiographies or memoirs.
It traces Foley's career from when he started building a wrestling persona around Dude Love well before he was even an amateur wrestler to his more famous antics with the WWF now WWE. What I found most fascinating is the punishment that wrestlers go through to reach the top.
The politics, the ridiculous schedules, the hazardous working conditions, the bloodthirsty fans make for engaging reading. I gained a whole new appreciation for what wrestlers do. The booking terminologies like 'jobber', 'heel' and 'babyface' were not things that I was familiar with when I was younger. The book was an education in how pro-wrestling shows are made: I remembered conversations in school when we used to discuss how fake wrestling was. WhatCulture Wrestling had a great response to that.
Pro-wrestling is sports entertainment, the storylines are fiction, but the action is most definitely not. They obviously cushion blows and falls, but the impact is real and the injuries are oh so real. Till recently, the violence was so crazy that it left many a wrestler irreparably damaged. Edge, who made his reputation as a tag partner with Christian in several tables, ladders and chairs matches, then later as a solo heel, 'the rated R superstar' had to retire because of risk of paralysis.
Then there is Daniel Bryan whose Yes chants took the WWE Universe by storm, but could only last two years at the top before being forced to retire. A few years before, they would have probably continued till they couldn't anymore. It had no context here in India as the big money shows and the regular weekly episodes were no different here.
Sure, you anxiously looked forward to the Royal Rumble, Summer Slam, Hell in the Cell, Elimination Chamber or Wrestlemania because they had great matches where feuds ended or began, titles changed hands and legendary moments were made; but I used to see them as tournaments outside of regular shows.
I could not understand on what basis the matches were booked. Back to Foley. Foley is a hall of famer and is most known for being a guy who took the most punishment in the ring. His game was that of being as hardcore was possible. His legendary bumps, Japanese death matches, and many other crazy stunts with barbed wire, flaming tables, thumbtacks are testament to that. First 30 chapters are dedicated to his pre-WWF days. It was not the WWE of today back then. It had taken a toll on the business and all the success that he achieved since the mids was starting to die down.
Foley describes how Macmahon convinced him to wear a mask and how the character development of 'Mankind' was inspired by scenes from 'Silence of the Lambs'.
Mankind's feud with the Undertaker also started around the time WWF began to use chairshots and outside-the-ring brawling quite a lot.
Following his debut, he had a stellar rise to the top changing between Dude Love and Mankind with Cactus Jack making brief appearances. But his frequent change of characters was taking a toll on his credibility. It was then that he was booked in the now legendary 'Hell in a Cell' match with the Undertaker in If you have ever seen an episode of RAW or Smackdown, try to remember the montage of someone falling off the top of a steel cage while the announcer says,"Whoever you are, and whatever you do, please don't try this at home".
However, Foley's career plateued a bit after the famous match and he described how he couldn't understand the Attitude Era fans' disrespect for his old-school-ECW-style promos. The Attitude Era was littered with catchphrases and sexual imagery which Foley didn't quite appreciate. He also felt that the Era passed him by as Stone Cold, and others surpassed him in popularity.
But as he felt his career was drawing to a close, he went back to being Mankind in a series of promos with Vince McMahon and a certain Mr. Socko was born.
In yet another twist, Foley showed his ability to adapt to the audience and that's what makes careers in this brutal business of pro-Wrestling. I have no idea how he managed to pretty much remember everything he ever did in his career.
After all those shots to the head, you could have forgiven him for losing some memory! The only flaw in the book might be that it suffers from too much content. I was a little bored by the details of every single match, the roadshows, and the injuries. The editor could have ideally removed some of that. But then, the man went on to write three more memoirs which probably sold a lot until he got the message with the last one.
Overall, a great read especially if you are a regular follower of professional wrestling. But, it is quite a good book even for those who would like to understand why men and women beat other men and women in costumes with absurd storylines and people pay to watch it.
Oct 15, Jared Waller rated it it was amazing. While i'm not what you may call a big reader, of the books I have read, this one has to be one of my favorites. Unlike some painfully slow autobiographies i've read, this one had something many others were missing, charm. You can't help but fall in love with this book when you read lines such as " I hadn't been so embarrased since my mother walked in on me when I was fourteen and caught me playing Coleco electronic football nude. It's what an autobiography should be, smart, filled with information, but also fun to read.
One of the biggest, and probably most legitimate complaints I tend to hear to problems with the length. More specifically, the amount of fluff between his more famous moments in life. Even I'll admit that at times, I really wish he would get a move on or edit his book a little bit.
But, I also felt this showed his career in a more realistic and down to Earth fashion. He wasn't selling out stadiums his first night on the job, no he had to pay his dues and prove he could and earn that right, which this book captures perfectly. All in all, this book is an absolute must read for pro wrestling fans, and it gets my recommendation for those of an open mind who wish to learn a little about the male soap opera business.
Dec 17, Andrew Webb rated it really liked it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. However, I can't strongly recommend it to anyone who isn't a wrestling fan. Foley has a great story to tell and has a wonderful sense of humor, but his stories of dealing with various wrestling personalities Harley Race, the Dynamite Kid, Paul E. Dangerously, etc.
In other words, it's extremely fascinating to read about the backs I thoroughly enjoyed this book. In other words, it's extremely fascinating to read about the backstage behavior of the people you see on TV; reading about the backstage behavior of someone you've never heard of, less so.
With that said, I am a wrestling fan. Because of this, I found these stories riveting. The tone of the book is very conversational I saw her at We had this match So, while a non wrestling fan may appreciate the honest tone, sense of humor, and compelling overall story, the more knowledge one has of the art form as I see it , the more enjoyable this book will be.
Mar 16, G rated it liked it. In part I think this was down to an increasing bitterness in Foley towards certain people and a seeming inability to admit when he may have been wrong. However, with memories of wrestling from my childhood, I found it fascinating to read about what goes on behind the scenes and the tremendous difficulty in becoming a top WWF star.
Unfortunately, the frequent typos reveal the rushed nature of the b While I quite enjoyed Have a Nice Day at the beginning, I found it started to drag by the mid point. Unfortunately, the frequent typos reveal the rushed nature of the book, and with some more editing it could have been a much more enjoyable read.
If you have or ever had an interest in wrestling, I think Have A a Nice Day is worth reading, but you might struggle through it. This is definitely not the sort of book that I just pick up. It was given to me by someone and recommended strongly. I actually really enjoyed it and got into the stories of Mick Foley's life and climb to the top.
Mick has a great way of telling his stories. It really feels like you are sitting there listening to him recant this whole book in a late night conversation. I think that's what made it so compelling for, as someone who has not seen a pro wrestling match in my memory.
I didn't recogniz This is definitely not the sort of book that I just pick up. I didn't recognize most of the names and definitely had no clue about the terminology, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. But i definitely wont be catching any pro wrestling matches. The blood and guts is just not something I enjoy and those were the parts of the book that I found hard to read.
Aug 22, Stacey Bryan rated it liked it. I loved this book. I read it quickly and it was very entertaining. You do need to be at least a small amount of a wrestling fan to really enjoy it and I have been for many years. A small wrestling fan. I could tell you v little about the sport right now. This did make me rethink my love of WCW. And Ric Flair. There is a lot of it in there. Aug 29, Kyle Levesque rated it really liked it. A very good insight into how crazy professional wrestling really is.
Best Parts: Foley talking the real deal about the great names in the 'biz', including the truth about Vince Macmahon!
Worst Parts: Foley talking about brain damage and about how he needs to stop getting metal chair shots to the head Mick Foley is far smarter than you'd expect for a guy who's known for taking beatings.
Wrestlers must tell stories by their actions in the ring, but he can actually maintain my interest in book form, and for the whole book. He's had a lot of interesting experiences, and he has a great imagination.
I"m looking forward to reading his novels.
Jun 14, Justin rated it did not like it. Dec 28, Leo H rated it really liked it. Quite surprising is the fact that this was written without a ghostwriter, very surprising is the fact that at the time of writing the book Foley didn't know how to use a computer, so all of the odd pages were hand-written, longhand, onto pads of notepaper.
The astonishing thing is the fact that a man who has taken more steel chairs to the skull than I've had hot dinners can remember in such intricate detail events that happened years previously, how he felt, how other people felt, how it affected his career, and so on.
One of the most interesting things about this book is placing it into the context of what was happening in professional wrestling at the time it was written and published. He describes his time there as immensely frustrating, both creatively and personally, with WCW bookers and higher management both treating him incredibly poorly.
He describes his main event push as being 'set up to fail', with Ric Flair, Arn Anderson and Bill Watts all putting him down and doubting his abilities. One wonders how much of this criticism comes from Foley himself and how much was exaggurated to put down the WWF's major opposition at the time. Something to think about, anyway. Foley describes his early work in wrestling in great detail, talking about the many small companies he worked for before hitting the big time.
These passages are particularly interesting for me, as a wrestling fan with very little knowledge of the so-called 'territories era', in which wrestling promoters or companies would effectively split the US into sections, each promoting their company which that region and not spreading into other territories. This led to situations where wrestlers were treated as gods within their own territory the Von Erichs in Dallas, for instance but be virtual unknowns just a couple of states away. Foley came into wrestling just at the end of this era, as the NWA the National Wrestling Alliance, which most territories were a part of and allowed for the trading of talent, settled disputes, elected an NWA World Heavyweight Champion from among the champions within the territories, sent this champ around the territories to fight local favourites to increase audiences, all that fun stuff was in the process of being taken over solely by WCW, and it's quite sad to see this outlaw, PT Barnham style method of promotion slowly die through the eyes of a rookie wrestler, especially when I know so little about it in it's heyday and there are so few books and documentaries I can learn about it from.
I realise this is a bit of a tangent, but the territorial era of American pro-wrestling is something that really fascinates me and there is very little material for me to devour on it. The reason there's no material on it? The WWE own all the back catalogues, and are doing fuck all with them.