Mick Foley is one of those wrestlers who has quite literally seen and done it all.
Starting from the backyard, where he famously jumped off of a neighbor's rooftop, Foley made his way to several regional territories before landing work in the NWA (later WCW). From there, he gained a reputation as The Hardcore Legend taking crazy bumps in Japan, ECW, Smoky Mountain Wrestling, the WWF/E and even TNA.
Not only is Foley a four-time World Champion and best-selling author, he's also been King of the Death Match, a commissioner, an executive shareholder, a color commentator and a WWE Hall of Famer. And he's done so while going back and forth between playing himself and his alter-egos Cactus Jack, Mankind and Dude Love.
Of course, along the way.... Mick has made his fair share of enemies.
Much like the Top 50 Rivalries for Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Sting, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, John Cena, Bret Hart and Randy Macho Man Savage, we're basing this on storyline rivalries Foley had with wrestlers and non-wrestlers alike, not speculating on what may have happened backstage (although in some cases, these will fall under both categories).
In counting down the Top 50 Mick Foley Rivalries, we looked at the following criteria:
How prominent was the rivarly?
What type of stage(s) did it play out on?
How memorable were the matches and/or segments?
How much did the rivalry do to advance either person's career?
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Another tag team Cactus Jack formed in the mid-1990s was with Boo Bradley, the man who would later go on to ECW fame as Balls Mahoney. But in Smoky Mountain Wrestling, Bradley was teamed with Chris Candido and often battled Cactus before the Foley persona convinced Bradley to turn babyface in SMW.
As the executive shareholder of TNA, one of Mick Foley's biggest beefs was with The Motor City Machine Guns, who refused to give The Hardcore legend any respect. Foley forced Machine Gun Alex Shelley to wear a turkey suit and later battled Shelley and partner Chris Sabin in a handicap match on TNA Impact.