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WWE star to visit Bristol as part of tour

Contributed • Mar 12, 2020 at 9:00 AM

One of the cornerstones of WWE‘s meteoric rise in the late 1990s, Mick Foley is known worldwide as professional wrestling’s “Hardcore Legend.”

On Friday, Foley will visit Bristol’s 423 Social as part of his Nice Day Tour Comedy Show. The all-ages event begins at 8 p.m., with tickets starting at $15. 

Known for his ability to absorb seemingly inhuman punishment, Foley finished a match in Munich, Germany despite the loss of his right ear, and endured falls both off and through a 16-foot cell structure against The Undertaker in June 1998 — a match that has taken on almost mystical proportions.

He became WWE champion for the first time in December 1998 with a dramatic victory over Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson that is seen by many as the most important match in the era of WWE’s “Monday Night Wars.” Foley would lose and then reclaim the title from Johnson before the two joined forces to become the “Rock and Sock Connection” —  an incredibly popular tag-team that allowed both men to showcase their comedic abilities.

With retirement looming, Foley penned his memoir “Have a Nice Day” — by hand, without the aid of a ghost-writer — and the book stunned the literary world by hitting No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list for 26 weeks.

Foley followed the success of the book with a second memoir, “Foley is Good,” which also hit No. 1 on the New York Times list. All told, Mick has written 11 books including five memoirs, four children’s books and two novels, and in so doing, established himself as wrestling’s premier story-teller showcasing his ability to write laugh-out-loud stories, as well as provide moments that were alternately touching, cringe-inducing and just outright bizarre.

In 2003, he began the transition of taking stories from the written page and bringing them to life on the stage. He has spoken at some of the most respected colleges and universities in the United States, including Notre Dame, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and George Washington University, and performed sold-out shows throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia.

His stage show has been featured in two televised specials for WWE Network — 2015’s “Cheap Pops” and 2018’s “20 Years of Hell.” He is currently on the “Nice Day Tour” — a spoken-word stage-show celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of “Have a Nice Day.” 

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