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Leo C

Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day.

robert Kirkland

Great read I know it was for wrestlers but it made me realize nothing is promised tomorrow you should always prepare. thank you

Anthony young

great read mick..awesome words, an well put.

Jill Racine

Well done, Mick.

When the Benoit tragedy occurred I was angry because the story was handled so shallowly by so many in the media. I don't know if anyone who wasn't Chris Benoit has all of the answers. I don't know if he had all of the answers. I don't know if at the end even he didn't wonder what had just happened and why.

I don't know how you convince an eighteen year old boy or girl that maybe risking everything for a shot at wrestling stardom is not your best idea. The life is crazy and the conventional wisdom that goes with that life...you gotta get huge, you gotta take anything that comes to you, you gotta do what you gotta do...is problematic as well. There aren't many good role models and some of the poor role models have a lot of power in the business.

All you can do is try, Mick.


Definitely one of the most chilling and best chapters of the book, Mick. I have a few friends who are looking to get into the wrestling world and I know they appreciate stuff like this. It's sad when you see wrestlers who died young for no reason they should have when they could have been so much more than they actually were and did so many amazing things but their lives were cut short for something sad. I hope many wrestlers read this.

Brandon Schutz

That was great. Although not in the wrestling world I have always wondered what is a man worth? My dad has spent 30 years driving truck and being in the military reserves. He doesn't make big money or seem important but that doesn't mean he isn't a great person. We are not what we own. I truly believe that. As much as I loved the hell in a cell match you wrestled against undertaker when I was a kid now being older I cringe at thinking what could have happened to someone taking that bump. I think wrestling has reached the point that most those spots can be in video games but are dangerous in the ring.

I also see the cost in wrestling seeing dusty rhodes on smackdown last week. You can see what decades cutting open his scalp has done.

Also on a lighter note me and my buddies would always yell at the tv when you would get the thumb tacs in a match. We wondered why you wouldn't watch the game tape and realize that 99% you are going to be the one thrown on those thumb tacs. Why Mick why?!?!

Joseph Zeug

Hey Mick, I just wanted to say that I loved this article you posted here and I hope that every wrestler would take your words to heart.

I wanted to ask two questions, one related and one, not...

1) Seeing as you have a lot to give, do you think that you would consider giving some of your time to Taz's finishing school to help wrestlers there? I seriously think that there should be literally an entire course on this stuff to have wrestlers prepared for stuff like this.

2) My second question which I would love to hear your thoughts on would be this...recently Shane Helms had made comments regarding Shawn Michaels and that he felt that Shawn was a hypocrite for saying that he's a Christian yet he goes out hunting and that it gets him closer to God, and Helms had said that how did that make him a good Christian in that said that he couldn't recall in the Bible where Jesus or Moses would go out hunting in order to get closer to God, and that Shawn claimed that his used Christianity as an act because his actions "in the back" where other wrestlers were able to witness the back-stage politics and political backstabbing he did for people he thought weren't "good" enough. The things I would love for you to comment on would be who do you think is right, Helms, Michaels, or maybe a bit of both sides can't see each other perhaps (what do you think)...and what do you think about the reaction of this in which the dirt sheets really went against Helms for speaking his thoughts/mind on the subject.

I look forward to hearing your comments Mick.



This excerpt from 'Countdown to LockDown' demonstrates why Mick Foley's books are a MUST READ for wrestlers and wrestling fans.
Joey Styles


I enjoyed reading your posted chapter. It's so insightful, and you touched on a subject I was just discussing with my husband with the recent suicide of a former NFL player who requested his brain be sent to the 'brain bank' (I'm failing to recall his name at the moment). Upon reading his story, my first reaction I shared with my husband was "Well, for goodness sake, think about the wrestlers who don't yet get the respect the players in the NFL get, imagine how many injuries they wrestle through and the effects of that." I thought of Benoit.

If ever given the chance to speak to any of the wrestlers I watched over the years I figured I'm simply have to tell them 'thank you'. Thanks for all of the years and days you spent on the road, the bumps you took, the dedication you gave to the show. Somehow though, all of the thank yous in the world may not compensate for a shortened life or the constant pain.
I can only hope it might allow them to smile.
Thanks Mick!

rich Panek

Good stuff Mick!!


Great exerpt from a great book. A note as well: You mentioned geneticists and neurologists trying to see if there were actual genetic differences between those who partake of dangerous sports vs those who abstain. The results of that particular study (from a Swedish university whose name I can't remember at the moment) showed no physical genetic differences. However, newer studies have actually concluded that many who partake of dangerous sports do have a neurological difference in regards to basic neurological responses. Most people, because of evolutionary traits, read false positives in life, much like we did in nature, which of course was one of the many advantages we developed in mid-stages of human evolution. A false positive would be something like a shaking in the brush next to an animal. The animal can either assume it's a predator, even if it's not (false positive), or it can assume it's just the wind and not a predator (false negative). The latter of the two has a much higher risk of costing the animal its life, which is why we've developed this false positive mentality. While it helped us in our evolution, it's hurt us very much in matters of civilized society in ways I won't get into here, but the mass fear of change as well as outsiders is a huge contributing factor. Back to my point: humans who have a better-safe-than-sorry attitude, have so because of this falst positive instinct. We've noticed, however, that many in this day and age are losing that instinct, which could be good or bad, depending on how you look at it. Those who partake of extreme sports (the majority of those tested anyway) seemed to show little or no signs of this instinct when put through various controlled-process experiments. More needs to be done as far as the physical neurology of why this is happening to so many, but there does seem to be a clear difference. Anyway, sorry to bore you. Thought you may be interested in that little tid-bit. Great chapter; great book, Mick. And thank you for everything that you do, inside and outside of the ring.

Penny Serrato

Good Blog Mick,
Addiction is not a sport so you can't blame it on the sport. Addiction is an illness.Maybe Psychiatric evaluations should be a requirement, I'm just sayin....

Sarah Weekes

This is a brilliant read, thank-you for sharing it. I'm a great believer in 'if one person listened...' and I hope everyone who has read this has gained something from it.


Hi. With such a deep excerpt here, I wanted to chime in with something lighter, thought TRUE. Whatever situation had you appearing publicly in Worcester MA with only sixteen fans was HORRIBLY mismanaged.

This from a fan who lives near Worcester, has worked there for a long time who drove down to CT to once meet you.

That said, this chapter has helped me reaffirm my choice to no longer be involved in the local indies. I have no training nor ever had any expectations of working a match, but have called play-by-play for tv, ring announced, and managed. After seeing me once take a slap, my wife asked me to quit in the case of a spot gone wrong. I dismissed her specific fears, confident that I could bail out of anything if it were to ever go that far off the page, but took a step back to reassess.

Truth be told, I saw some things about the lifestyle that in retrospect make me shiver. This business is unhealthy. Much is made about "behind-the-curtain politicking" but if a wrestler is not some sort of diplomat, there is sure to be employment issues. In addition to the physical challenges to the work, it's still showbiz and paranoia and jealousy can consume a person who doesn't have amazing maturity.

Piper and Flair are exceptions. I fear that young wrestlers -- and fans -- will see them as the rule that you can look that good, still appear and perform at their ages, with the long-term notoriety that means there will always be a line for autographs. Not that either of those guys has had it easy.

Adam Senour

Hey Mick,

Long time reader and fan of various things you've written and said, first time commenter.

Just in case you're still looking for the stat, by sheer coincidence I read about it a few days ago. The average life expectancy of an NFL player has now apparently "increased dramatically" from your 42-year projection to 54 years.


Whether it's 42 or 54 years old, though, it's still a pretty sobering number, especially when those of us who are fans of wrestling and/or the NFL consider how legitimately scary it is to see someone wheeled out on a stretcher after something has gone wrong. The Reggie Brown play in the NFL from 1997 comes to mind...seeing the ambulance come onto the field really was chilling, especially when the play itself seemed so relatively innocuous (I remember that no one at the time knew he was hurt for about 5-10 seconds after the play).

I think you're 100% right with the theory that the mainstream media looked too quickly for an easy answer in the Benoit tragedies. Steroids were a great fit in that regard, and to a lesser extent so was Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (hopefully I spelled that correctly). Were they contributing factors? Probably. But you mentioned several other factors, and I'm wondering what those factors were/are and how both the wrestlers can overcome those factors and those of us in the stands and watching on TV can help if at all possible.

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Hello Mr. Foley. I really liked your book 'have a nice day!'. Your writing is very inspirational.I like the way you can be real without being rude.It inspired me to write my first letter to A celebrity which would be you.The web address is http://www.loudletters.com/ll/rest/letters/536 I hope you like it and it has inspired me to try harder in life.Life has been A real challenge.I suffered A severe head injury before the age of 12,currently dealing with depression,and have occasional seizures but watching Mr. Bruce Lee movies and reading some of your work I feel more driven.Just can't seem to figure out how to make it work for me at this time when my thoughts and mood can change minute to minute although i'm more sure i'll figure it out now then I was before reading some of your work.Thank you and honestly have A nice day.


thank you.


Wow, that was really powerful stuff. I have only imagined how tough can life be in wrestling world, but this really opened my eyes. I always loved to watch you wrestling 'couse it seemed like you really give your everything for your fans, and reading this article made me appreciate your career even more. When i first saw the world famous Hell in the cell, with you and undertaker fighting on top of the cage, it made me gasp and feel amused and so many mixed strong feelings. I was thinking that how much punishment can one man take. When you first crashed trough the table and suddenly ran back on top of the cage i couldn't believe my eyes. After the second crash trough the cage i just couldn't believe my eyes no more. I wondered that how dedicated for entertaining can man be to go trough all that punishment and still continue! You have given so much to everyone and by writing your book you are opening eyes for wrestling fans and wrestlers. I thank you!


Foley will go down in history for being able to control the crowd, being violent and hardcore, and also being able to be one of the most loveable characters in wrestling.

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