MOUNT HOPE, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Fans flocked to the Crossroads Mall on Saturday afternoon to get a glimpse of wrestling icon and Hardcore Legend Mick Foley.
A winding queue of eager fans waited patiently to shake the hand of the legendary wrestler, known for his work in WWE, WCW, ECW, TNA, ROH, and NWA.
Along with various pieces of merchandise, snacks and beverages were available for guests in line, and included hot dogs, candy, and a variety of sodas including the mysterious, coconut-tinged Socko Soda, which takes its name from a recurring bit associated with Foley’s Mankind character.
Foley could be seen engaging thoroughly with all fans who crossed his path, applying his signature to everything from official memorabilia to a literal steel chair brought in by one creative fan. Remaining at RetroReset long past his scheduled 4:00pm departure, the icon saw to it that each guest got the face time they had anticipated.
One of the most well known performers of WWE’s Attitude Era, Foley’s most beloved in-ring characters include Mankind, Cactus Jack, and Dude Love.
In the early 2000s, Foley became more prominently recognized as a backstage personality, with notable stints in roles such as Commissioner and special guest referee.
The legendary competitor earned his famous moniker through an array of brutal matches throughout his wrestling career. These bouts frequently involved outside weaponry and dangerous props such as steel chairs, thumbtacks, and barbed-wire baseball bats.
Foley has also become heavily associated with the Hell In a Cell match format following a June 28, 1998 match as Mankind which saw Foley tossed 22 feet from the top of the structure by The Undertaker, resulting in a concussion, dislocated jaw and shoulder, bruised ribs, internal bleeding, puncture wounds, and the loss of several teeth. He also famously lost his ear in the mid-90s WCW matchup with Big Van Vader.
These days he can be seen on WWE with A&E’s Most Wanted Treasures, with an upcoming episode on Sunday set to reminisce on fellow WWE legend “Macho Man” Randy Savage.