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The undisputed king of the literary ring is back with another handwritten, hardcore home run. Forget the ghost writer and the computer keyboard - this mesmerizing memoir is straight from the pen and notebook paper of the Hardcore Legend, Mick Foley, chronicling the heart-pounding build-up to "Lockdown", one of the most important matches of his long and storied career. FoleThe undisputed king of the literary ring is back with another handwritten, hardcore home run. Forget the ghost writer and the computer keyboard - this mesmerizing memoir is straight from the pen and notebook paper of the Hardcore Legend, Mick Foley, chronicling the heart-pounding build-up to "Lockdown", one of the most important matches of his long and storied career. Foley's every limit is tested, as he battles back the formidable tag-team of Father Time and Mother Nature - overcoming a host of injuries and serious self-doubts to get back in the ring with one of his all-time favorite foes. With his trademark blend of wit and wisdom, wildness and warmth, Foley dishes previously untold stories from his remarkable life, including his transition from WWE to TNA, his ill-fated stint as a television commentator, his tumultuous relationship with Vince McMahon, his thoughts on performance enhancing substances in sports, the troubling list of wrestlers dying way too young, and his soul saving work in Sierra Leone. Raw, dynamic, and unabashedly honest, COUNTDOWN TO LOCKDOWN charts Foley's wrestling rebirth, and rise to heights that his fans thought he would never see again.Publisher's Note: 100% of the advance for this book has been donated to Child Fund International and RAINN. ...

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Countdown to Lockdown: A Hardcore Journal Reviews

  • Brandon
    2019-03-30 08:05

    "Does the world really need a 4th biography? Well Jon, when I saw the sales, the answer was no".Words spoken by Mick Foley - wrestler, bestselling author, philanthropist - on a recent appearance for Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show". My initial thought was, "Awww, poor Micky" - However, what do you expect from a guy who has now written 4 books about his life? Most people post this information online, daily, for free! Welcome to the world of social networking and blogging, Mr. Foley. That being said, don't take anything away from this man - he's a fantastic writer.Within the pages of Foley's first post-WWE-association book, he goes into detail about what made him leave the safety of Vince McMahon's pro wrestling monopoly and try his hand working for the "competition" (and I use that word lightly as they're not really all that much of a threat as they are a decent alternative). The main premise, or reason, for the book is a glimpse inside the life of Foley leading up to what he considers one of the biggest matches of his career, a steel cage match against fellow legend, Sting. However, I felt this was more or less the weakest part of the book. The stronger material lies outside the TNA material. Foley spends a lot of time talking about his relentless charity work, which is inspiring to say the least. He has a great chapter on how today's generation of performers are far better off than those of the old days, however, he urges them to save money and plan for retirement. The wrestling business can be your best friend when you're on top but a cruel and heartless ex-lover when you've fallen from grace. Regardless of your spot on the roster, EVERYONE is just one wrong move away from a career ending injury. He touches on rampant drug use that leads to many early deaths. In fact, the sheer number of deaths for those under 50 within the last 20 years nearly reaches 70 on Foley's list. It's such a shame. Foley strikes you as just an all around great person. He's easily one of the most likeable people I've ever read about (this includes other material written by others) and comes across as just a fantastic family man and massive dork. This book really saved my overall opinion of the man due to the bad taste left in my mouth after finishing his previous book, Hardcore Diaries. Foley came across as a little arrogant in that outing, maybe it just came across that way only to me as it's a complete 180 this time around.Cross posted on Every Read Thing

  • Christopher
    2019-04-12 09:24

    Does the world need a 4th Mick Foley memoir? No. As the time between memoirs gets shorter and shorter, and the store of interesting anecdotes becomes more barren, the law of diminishing returns kicks in and Foley simply has fewer interesting things to say. Foley's tale of departure from the WWE in 2008-9 and signing with rival promotion TNA and the buildup to a big match at the "Lockdown" pay-per-view with StingThe quasi-stream of consciousness writing style and the same references and jokes from his previous three books become tiresome quickly. And it seems as if Foley KNOWS he doesn't have much to say as each chapter actually has a "Wrestlemeter" which informs the reader how much wrestling-related content the chapter contains and whether they'd be advised to skip it or not. I found it cute initially, but as the book wore on, I actually relied on it and it proved useful.

  • Rob Jansing
    2019-04-17 13:06

    Certainly not his best work, but his previous efforts were so good, it's a hard standard to live up to. Being a lifelong WWF/WWE fan and not being a TNA fan at all, I was still able to enjoy this book on Mick's knack for telling great stories with just the right amount of detail, although I still feel like there was a Kurt Angle cliff hanger that didn't get resolved (I probably missed something). I actually was never aware of this book until I found it in a bin of bargain books. Knowing how great his previous books were, I knew had found the greatest score in bargain book bin history. You have to wonder if the affiliation with TNA hurt his ability to market this book, although without TNA this book would have had no subject matter.

  • Christopher Shawn
    2019-03-31 16:20

    Not Foley's best, but very enjoyable.Follows the lead-up to the titular Lockdown match in TNA. Has lots of good backstage scoops, and some surprisingly hostile things to say about Vince McMahon and Foley's mid-2000s run in WWE.

  • Lee Johnson
    2019-04-21 10:15

    Just 1 too many books from Mr. Foley. Still entertaining, but not his best.

  • L.
    2019-03-26 11:14

    A nice conclusion to the real-life epic.

  • Richard Evey jr.
    2019-03-30 09:26

    Very enjoyable and, as it's his non-WWE book, he reveals all sorts of info about his time there.

  • Navarra
    2019-04-21 10:16

    There are a lot of things for which I can thank Mick Foley. First and foremost of these things is how a person completely apathetic (and perhaps even rather repelled by professional wrestling) can learn to thoroughly enjoy books about wrestlers. Let’s get one thing straight, though. Mick writes his own stuff. In fact, he literally “writes” his books, usually on paper (with a pen!), and he writes really quite well, stylistically and grammatically. Mick’s writing is so entertaining that you get lost and feel as if he’s actually there recounting his stories to you in a friendly get-together. I’ve not come across this in other books I’ve yet read, even when this style is repeated in other sports/entertainment autobiographies. Other things I can thank Mick for is my love of the historian David McCullough, the capacity to use wrestling terminology with my husband, and an appreciation for the entertainment arts of professionally wrestling. Yes, professional wrestling is not real in that it is not a dead-serious competition circumscribed by strictly enforced rules, but the athleticism is there in spades. It is a sport of strategy and meta-strategy in ways with which Greco-Roman style wrestling never has to bother itself. Olympic wrestlers don’t have to mentally exert themselves to create plot and dialogue, cue and placement, and choreography. They don’t have to be the stunt coordinator, stunt person and actor, as well as the stunt safety specialist (usually for the other guy). As a wrestler (at least one that “makes” it in the business for any length of time) you have to be actor, director, producer, scriptwriter, cinematographer (if not the camera man, light and sound man, etc.) and real-time editor. After reading Countdown to Lockdown, I can now thank Mick for making me view The Wizard of Oz in a completely new light, a new appreciation for the graciousness of Tori Amos, a realization of the importance of schools in Sierra Leone and the definition and consequences of a “hardway punch.” Once again Mick Foley has written another bit of memoir that is as entertaining, refreshing and compassionate as any of his previous books. This is not to suggest that I read all of it deeply. I almost sure Mick intended the Wrestle-Meter (a graphic representation of the amount of wrestling-focused material of each chapter) to allow fans to gloss over non-wrestling related chapters, if they so chose. For the most part, I did the opposite. I would skim these chapters cravenly, as I cannot even force myself to pay attention to the ‘mechanics’ (who hit whom and with what, etc.) in these chapters. However, there are always interesting tidbits of jokes, pranks, entertainment strategy and a familiarizing of oneself with other wrestlers that make skipping over them entirely to be impossible and ill-advised.At the risk of overusing an already brutally hackneyed phrase that you really shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover (and I must say this time the cover really wasn’t very inviting), not reading one of Mick’s books because he looks like a redneck, former hockey-playing, well-worn (yes, Mick I’m saying you look beat-up), long-abiding (yes, Mick, I’m saying you’re getting old for a wrestler) member of the professional wrestling circuit is tantamount to a monumental disregard for the autobiographical narrative equivalent of a hot fudge sundae. Even though this is book is not one of his most fluid of his chronicles, he does apologize for the bumpy ride and any other shortcomings in the afterword. One thing is for sure, though, if you don’t read Mick because you don’t read about wrestler…well, then you’re missing out.

  • Sam Denney
    2019-04-01 08:22

    Countdown to Lockdown is Mick Foley's fourth wrestling memoir. I was pleased to discover that this time around he was in a much happier place than at the time of writing number three. The Hardcore Diaries ended its story on a vaguely unhappy note, as a seemingly disillusioned Foley looked back on a professionally frustrating period in his life. There was no mistaking the sense that he wasn't happy with the way his career was going. In Countdown to Lockdown, Foley has jumped ship from WWE to TNA and is once again trying to create a good buzz about a forthcoming match; this time against Sting at the TNA Lockdown pay-per-view. The book skips back and forth in time a little, as we learn the whys and wherefores of the move, and how things have changed.While Foley's Hardcore Diaries account of the weeks before WWE's One Night Stand event saw him banging his head against creative brick walls and struggling to put together a match he could be proud of, Countdown to Lockdown covers a similar period under different circumstances. Foley's ideas are taken on board this time, and now his main obstacle is his own physical condition. Foley steps up to the challenge more readily when he feels he is the master of his own destiny and is determined to give the fans a good show. His descriptions of promos, matches and general build-up contain more of the passion and fire that defined his wrestling golden years, and the book is much better as a result. Of course, all of this positivity has to be viewed with the knowledge that, by 2011, Foley's relationship with TNA would sour, leading to his return to WWE as an occasional guest. The wrestling world moves on quickly, and there's always time for another reconciliation, another crack of the whip.While the diary sections of Countdown to Lockdown are more upbeat, Foley doesn't shy away from some of the more recent wrestling controversies including the Chris Benoit murder-suicide and the ensuing media storm. This is where Foley proves himself to be a cut above the average wrestler in terms of insight, sensitivity and willingness to tackle the thorny issue of steroid use. The consecutive chapters "A Bad Day in June", "An Open Letter" and "A Substance Problem" are some of the most important words ever written about the world of wrestling. I can't think of anyone else who could have covered the subjects with such deep background knowledge gained from a life in the business, and the kind of honesty that comes from a firm ocnviction that, no matter how difficult, these things must be said.In the end, I'm just a fan of Mick Foley's work. This time around, I particularly enjoyed his description of the Mick Foley / Cactus Jack interview and continue to admire him for his charity work and commitment to his famliy. I will continue to read these memoirs as long as he continues to write them and, as such, my opinion on this book is even further than usual from objective. Put simply, I think that wrestling fans are lucky there's a guy doing what he does with these memoirs.Arbitrary Rating: 4 hardways out of 5.

  • Brandon
    2019-03-25 16:28

    I finished this during SSR at work while most of the students were off taking a group picture.Countdown to Lockdown is former WWE (and TNA) champion Mick Foley's fourth memoir that attempts to chronicle the six week journey to his match with Sting at the TNA pay per view, Lockdown. Attempts is the key word here because Foley takes the approach of alternating every third or so chapter as a "Countdown" to the match, while the rest of the chapters focus on various and sundry topics, from his short stint as a WWE announcer to his charity work all with lots and lots of Tori Amos. Seriously, this guy loves him some Tori.Each of Foley's memoirs declined in quality after the inaugural entry, but I'd rank this one slightly above The Hardcore Diaries, his last wrestling-related book, because there's a lot more for him to cover this time around. In The Hardcore Diaries, Foley did a better job of chronicling the one match and how the build-up to what he wanted to do for that storyline went horribly askew of his original vision. However, in addition to the build-up to this particular match in the Six Sides of Steel (TNA's fancy name for a cage match), Foley covers his departure from WWE, his decision to sign with TNA, and shares his thoughts on the state of wrestling. While the timing of events is often confusing, his take on what happens - getting yelled at and disrespected on commentary by Vince McMahon, coming back for WWE championship matches he wasn't prepared for, and the Benoit family tragedy - makes for reading that is compelling and thoughtful.At the same time, there are some completely throwaway and filler chapters devoted to Kurt Angle being overly sensitive about his amateur record and his kids really liking the Motor City Machine Guns. Foley's writing style almost makes up for it as it is conversational and self-deprecating, but too much space is devoted to inconsequential material that ends with a fart or fat joke at Mick's expense.However, the highlight of the book is Foley's trip to Africa, showing the difference his charity work in Sierra Leone has done for the people there. It's easy to dismiss the pages devoted to his charitable contributions and time spent with RAINN or ChildFund International as self-congratulatory, but I didn't see it that way and found these chapters to be the most affecting and effective in the entire book. After my wife and I get a good assessment of our financial situation post-taxes, I'm really hoping to sponsor a child through Child Fund and that's all due to Mick Foley's description of his experience.As a book, I merely "liked" it, but I think, if things work out well, I'll come to appreciate this volume of Foley's memoirs later on a lot more as an inspiration.

  • Nick
    2019-03-24 13:21

    I am apparently one of the few people who enjoyed Foley's previous book, The Hardcore Diaries, so I was happy to read in the introduction that this book follows the same format - that is to say the birth, life, and hopefully successful climax of a single wrestling angle. In "Hardcore Diaries", it was a fairly horrible journey, with our author at the end wishing he'd just stayed at home, but happily at the end of "Countdown to Lockdown" everything goes about as well as it can when you have a 300 pound, 45-year old retired wrestler lacing up the boots one last time. Um, spoiler alert.As always, Foley is a gifted author with a deft touch for understatement and setting up horrible, obvious jokes that make you laugh anyway after they land. On the downside, he also continues his bad habit of rambling about how much he loves a random celebrity (having now moved from Katie Couric to Tori Amos, who he won't stop talking about). For this book he introduces the "Wrestlemeter", a device that is supposed to let you know how much he's going to be talking about Tori Amos or his charitable work in Sierra Leone as opposed to the main thrust of the book, which is dissecting in fascinating detail what goes into a modern wrestling angle. To be honest, I don't think the Wrestlemeter works. It's not specifically that I only want to read about wrestling, it's more that I just don't want to hear him going on about how much he loves Tori Amos for pages. In fact one of my favorite parts of the entire book has nothing to do with wrestling, it's Foley admitting to and then describing in amusing detail his watching and then re-watching in slow motion a scene from Mad Men trying to see if the actress is using a body double when he's supposed to be working out.In that respect, the Wrestlemeter is actually unnecessary; All you need to do is start flipping pages when you see "Tori Amos" or "Sierra Leone" (sorry, orphans) and you'll be fine. I don't think I really skipped that many pages - maybe 10 or 15 out of a 314-page book - and the rest is just as good as anything he's ever written. Recommended for wrestling fans and non-wrestling fans alike, or, I guess, Tori Amos fans?

  • Paul Pessolano
    2019-03-30 11:21

    “Countdown to Lockdown” by Mick Foley, published by Grand Central Publishing.Category – Sports/Wrestling Publication Date – October, 2010Mick Foley was a professional wrestler, a unique professional wrestler, in that he not only climbed to the top of his profession but has become a New York Times Best Selling Author. His books about his life as a wrestler are both insightful and enlightening.Foley makes no bones about professional wrestling as entertainment. He readily admits that the sport (if one can call it a sport) has predetermined outcomes and that the matches are scripted to some degree. He also is not one of the beefed up wrestlers you see today, in fact, he could be considered dumpy and overweight. Foley does admit that even though the matches are scripted the broken bones and blood are real, no blood capsules or ketchup. He loved his chosen profession and gave his all for the fans; he probably shed more blood and created more excitement than any other wrestler. If one questions his dedicated one just has to go to You Tube and put in Mick Foley vs The Undertaker Hell in a Cell.Foley is also unusual in that he is a family man, a husband to his wife and father to his children, not easy to do in this profession. He is also a humanitarian, always there to help a good cause.“Countdown to Lockdown” is the story of the 34 days leading up to his cell match with “Sting”. A match that sees him coming out of retirement and joining a new organization. The book rehashes some of the stories fro “Mankind, Have A Nice Day” and “Foley is Good”. This book does not have the excitement nor does it hold the interest of the reader as the other books did, but it is still a good read and is remarkable in that it was written by him, without a ghost writer.

  • Tanya
    2019-04-20 09:23

    The book was good, but was a bit sadder and more serious than Foley's previous books. Countdown to Lockdown: A Hardcore Journal chronicles the months leading up to Mick's match against Sting at TNA's Lockdown pay-per-view. He expresses all of his worries, fears and doubts leading up to the match. His acceptance of his diminished in-ring abilities is honest, yet sad.He mixes in humor with serious subjects and the book switches between past and present. Past being his last year or so in the WWE and how he felt about his departure from the company. He also talks about his charity work, which made me like him even more. The fact that he takes the time to go to Sierra Leone and Mexico to visit children that he sponsors and to help build schools is really cool. Stateside, he meets with Make A Wish kids and volunteers for RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network). He had a chapter in the book called "Open Letter" that's full of excellent advise for current or aspiring wrestlers. It discusses the importance of having something to fall back on. In another chapter he gives his thoughts on steroid use in the business.Reading about his various matches was neat because it was like re-watching the ones that I've seen. I also like how he's a fan of the Hardy Boyz and the Motor City Machine Guns, two of my favorite tag teams.I'd recommend this for Foley's fans and for anybody who's been a fan of professional wrestling in the past 20 years.

  • Oliver Bateman
    2019-03-24 12:17

    I was initially quite skeptical of this book, thinking it little more than good-humored "day-in-the-life" account from Foley--a competent writer, to be sure, but also surely a man at the end of his creative rope. However, several essays scattered throughout this diary are surprisingly excellent. Foley's "letter to a young wrestler" in the wake of Benoit's death, comments on the increasing crassness and stupidity of McMahon's booking strategies, remarks on the significance of Tori Amos' music to his own subjective life as a performer, and critique of mindless PED scaremongering (easily among the best essays I've ever read on this subject by anyone, public intellectuals and academics included) are a sign that he should probably be doing more serious writing for places like Salon, Slate, etc. (his concussed, cobwebbed brain allowing, of course). Not essential reading by any means, but don't overlook this one: it'll exceed your expectations.

  • Justin Sylvia
    2019-04-04 16:25

    Considering that i had all ready read Foley is Good & The Hardcore Diaries before, i knew that i wouldn't be disappointed or let down when reading this intriguing entry into the life of the Hardcore Legend. I am actually kind of bummed that the T.V. Show that Mick mentioned in his book didn't end up working out for a very idiotic reason, one of which you'll have to discover by reading this book yourself. I really hope that Mick decided to write more books like this because i completely and absolutely love this type of writing, especially with the wrestling meter thrown in. To me, personally, it wouldn't of matter if it had one or not, but i did however enjoy reading non-related wrestling stuff amongst the wrestling related stuff. ie) the story of how he met Tori Amos, his trip to various countries, etc. If your a big fan of Mick like i am then i highly recommend this book to you.

  • Hephaestus
    2019-04-15 08:08

    Hephaestus' rating system: 5 Stars: The book went above and beyond my expectations, delivering a tremendous literary understanding while not sacrificing the pacing of a compelling story.4 Stars: The book was everything I had hoped it would be, delivering a terrific story while not blowing my mind.3 Stars: The book was average - which does NOT mean bad. The book may have been well written, but the story was nothing special.2 Stars: The book was below average. It did not meet my expectations and was an unfortunate flop. I wouldn't read it again, but didn't necessarily hate reading it.1 Star: The book was the biggest letdown. It was not fun to read in the slightest, and may have even caused me to stop reading only partially through.

  • Reid Harris
    2019-03-25 13:15

    I've just finished with Cactus Jack's latest memoir detailing his last years in the WWE through his debut in TNA and the night he fought Sting at Lockdown 2009 in a steel cage match for the world title. While the wrestling sections are wonderful, fully detailing his mindset of not continuing with the WWE for a final time to the thought process that lead to things like this..., yet those aren't the best parts. The best sections are the truly sincere tales of his visits from charity and child sponsorship, and his true admiration for Tori Amos, they're heartwarming and show the sensitive, real man behind the Hardcore Legend.

  • Gef
    2019-03-27 09:07

    One of the books that brought me back to reading nearly a decade ago was Mick Foley's Have A Nice Day, so when I spied this book I thought I would give it a go. I'm no longer a wrestling fan, but I remembered how intriguing Foley's first memoir was and figured this one would be as well.Unfortunately, this one didn't provide the same impact--oh lord, a pun--as his first book. Maybe it's because I cannot bring myself to sit through the doldrums of pro wrestling anymore, or maybe Foley's constant meanderings and wild tangents aren't nearly as endearing as they once were.I'm sure those still a fan of rasslin' will find something to like here, but as for me, I would be better off re-reading Have A Nice Day.

  • Gary Norris
    2019-03-21 15:29

    Mick Foley's fourth(!) autobiography is in the same style as his previous one "The Hardcore Diaries", though an improvement at least in part because it documents an enjoyable and fairly successful period in his career (his feud with Sting) and a major change in his professional life (leaving the WWE) rather than what turned out to be a fairly crappy and forgettable period as with The Hardcore Diaries. Plus, he has some interesting thoughts on steroid use and the whole scandal following Chris Benoit's death, although there's still a couple of chapters that read like an advert for Mick's charities. Overall, however, I always Mick's writing and this was another good read.

  • Mosh
    2019-04-02 10:14

    I have to wonder if Mick's taken one too many chair shots to the head. While his writing is enjoyable and genial, his tangents have tangetial tangents to the point that it becomes distracting. At the same time, his chapter on financing a school in Nigeria is some of the most heartfelt writing I've read in a long time (and I totally identify with his Tori Amos obsession). You don't have to be a wrestling fan for this book, but it helps. You don't have to have common sense on important social issues, either, but it helps.

  • Mike
    2019-04-06 09:08

    Not bad. Not as good as his other books, but still not a bad way to spend a few hours. The non-wrestling stuff outshined the parts about the match he's actually counting down to in this memoir. The thing about Mick Foley the author, and even Mick Foley the personality (I can't really speak about Mick Foley the person, as I don't know him.) is that he comes across as genuine, passionate and an all-in-all decent human being. Who doesn't want to take a short trip riding shotgun next to someone like that?

  • Kevin
    2019-04-18 10:08

    The least enjoyable of the four Mick Foley wrestling autobiographies. The wit and humour we've come to love has been replaced by many tangents throughout his 'countdown to lockdown' journey. Including tangents about wrestlers dealing with concussions and head trauma, to substance abuse where Mick brings up the comparison to baseball players using PEDs. The timeline of the book jumps from his current period in TNA to his final days with WWE with little fluidity.

  • Josh
    2019-04-03 14:17

    I love Mick Foley, and I haven't watched wrestling with any regularity in years. This is the third of his memoirs I've read. He's a indisputably great person, and it really comes through in his writing. I don't see myself reading his novels, and I don't have any desire to read his 3rd memoir, where he admits he was pretty bitter. I think I'll just wait until I can get his childrens' books and then pretend to read them to my kids. Junk food for my literary soul, and I love it.

  • Craig Williams
    2019-04-17 09:21

    Mick Foley's fourth book chronicles his time in TNA, leading up to and including his cage match with Sting. I haven't read the previous book, The Hardcore Diaries, but from what I can surmise, that book is mostly about Mick's experience having his creativity suffocated in the WWE, whereas in this book his creativity flourishes to heights he hadn't thought possible this late in his career.The book is about as good as his others, so if you've read any of those, you can't go wrong.

  • Thien Nguyen
    2019-04-03 12:17

    Received this book as part of a random gift and surprised the giver by being super excited because I love Mick Foley. Overall I did enjoy reading it but I haven't read any of his other memoirs. There are a handful of chapters which I'd give 5 stars that range from the famous Tori Amos chapter to his dealings with Vince as an announcer. Mick's thoughtfulness, sincerity, and brand of humor comes out in his writings and for any fans I'd say it's worth a read even if some chapters get skimmed.

  • Barry
    2019-03-29 13:31

    I've read 3 out of Foley's 4 books. Unfortunately, I didn't care too much for this one too. I like to read his books mostly for the insight he provides into the wrestling business. And while there is a bit of insider information in this book, it wasn't enough to sustain my attention. I did read the whole book, however I feel like I retained very little. All I can think is, gee, Foley should donate some of his money.

  • Davy
    2019-03-28 10:11

    This was a relief. His 3rd memior was a downer this one was a lot more positive. Plus with his 1st book gave us an inside look at WCW, ECW, and WWE. The 2nd gave us more of a look into WWE and a look into the entertainment history as a whole. The 3rd was a negitive look into the WWE creative process. This one was refreshing in that it gave us a look into TNA.

  • Amy
    2019-03-29 13:07

    Don't even remember when I read this...though I do know it was a one day in and out kind of deal. I'm a fan of Mick's, and I don't like to be harsh on the King of Hardcore, but this book was a lacking in steel for me than his previous matches in the printed press. I guess I need a chair to the back of the head to get me more interested when Foley is writing.

  • Jono
    2019-04-14 08:09

    More of the same really. Tracks a few weeks leading up to a big match against Sting and is full of the usual Foley things, funny jokes, silly stories and insights into how he goes about preparing his body and mind for a big match. The man is a great writer, a fantastic storyteller and just an all round good bloke. Keep these books coming...

  • Steve
    2019-04-14 14:14

    Not the best wrestling book-or the best Mick Foley book-out there. There are pieces of a book here, but not enough to make it a substantial read, even in this sub-genre of memoirs. Ultimately, less is more here, and if Mick waited a few more years to publish, he would likely have had a stronger book. As such, this is more of a 2.5-star read rather than a 3-star book.