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Fightin' Fanboys: Mick Foley

The Hardcore Legend of WWE gets ready for Tribute to the Troops by booking Captain America in a match and more!



Mick Foley (photo courtesy of WWE)

Photos courtesy of WWE

By James Viscardi

From Cactus Jack to Mankind to Dude Love, three-time WWE Champion Mick Foley has played many roles in his career. However, none of those personas or accomplishments mean as much to him as being able to honor America’s servicemen and women as himself at WWE’s annual Tribute to the Troops, airing tonight on USA Network at 9 PM ET.

We spoke to the Hardcore Legend—and hardcore Marvel fan—about the importance of this event and what Marvel heroes he’d bring to the show. So let’s talk Tribute to the Troops! This is an event that you’ve been a part of almost since its inception. Has it changed much since the early years?

Mick Foley:  It’s changed a lot in that we’re doing them in the U.S. as opposed to overseas. It’s a major difference. By doing it in the U.S. we’re able to show our support, have a great time, and not put the guys who are on the road full time through quite as much. Say you’re getting ready to head to the event, and you’re able to book a match with a Marvel super hero against a WWE Superstar—which heroes are allowed on the bus, who gets booked, against who, and why?

Mick Foley: Well for starters, I can’t bring the Hulk. He’d take up too much room and according to the John Belushi depiction, he can be rough on the bathroom.

Captain America So Hulk definitely doesn’t get to go?

Mick Foley: No, but you have to bring Captain America, that’s a no brainer. And some of these guys are great crime fighters but the fact that they deliver charming humorous dialogue while engaging in battle is probably not something our troops need to pick up from them. So go with the more silent types like Doctor Strange. The Master of the Mystic Arts?

Mick Foley: I don’t know where I pulled Doctor Strange out of—he seemed good just a second ago. But sure! Why not! All right, so if you had to book Captain America in a match, who would you put him up against?

Mick Foley: Let me see…you know when led to a fight and a duel is do, the red and the white and the blue will come through when Captain America throws his mighty shield. I do know the lyrics to the 1964 cartoon. [Laughs] I’m trying to think do we have a heinous anti-American [in WWE]? You know what I’d put him against 3MB. Not because they have any anti-American sentiments, just because they’re jerks. Yeah I’d like to see Captain America come in and just clean house with 3MB. That would be a Tribute to remember, for sure. Speaking of which, do you have any favorite moments from past events?

Mick Foley (photo courtesy of WWE)

Mick Foley: Yeah! I think my favorite moment was announcing that we have been signing a lot of autographs and that it was time for them to sign some autographs for me. So I threw a t-shirt out into the crowd for them to sign, and an hour later it made its way back into the locker room covered. It was like a work of art.  It just had hundreds of signatures in every conceivable place. After holding on to it for several years, I thought that it really should be displayed at WWE headquarters. So I sent it along and I believe it’s framed and hanging there.  But I also had the chance dressing up as Santa to vanquish the bad Santa Claus who turned out to be JBL in a Santa’s toy match where I ended up pummeling [him] with an oversized sack. A match so bad it was good. To close this out, you know as well as we do, comic fans love a good tease, so what should folks be looking for on the show?

Mick Foley: If anyone detects the Mick Foley cameo they will know that it is one of the greatest moments not only my career, but my life.

Tribute to the Troops airs at 9 PM ET on USA Network tonight with a replay this Saturday on NBC! Tune in to see Mick Foley and all your favorite WWE Superstars and learn more at!

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