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January 29, 2014

Mick Foley performs at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle

By Thomas Franz
C & G Sports Writer

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Former WWE wrestler Mick Foley performs his stand-up comedy routine before a sellout crowd at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle in Royal Oak on Jan. 22.

ROYAL OAK — Mick Foley is used to performing in front of sellout crowds, but instead of dropping elbows, he is now dropping one-liners as part of his comedy tour, “Tales from Wrestling Past.”

Foley, a former World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler, three-time WWE champion and eight-time tag-team champion, performed a stand-up comedy show for a capacity crowd at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle in Royal Oak on Jan. 22.

Foley took the stage to his entrance song from his WWE days with the comedy club crowd serenading the former champion with a chant of “Foley! Foley! Foley!”

Often referred to as the “Hardcore Legend” for his willingness to attempt dangerous maneuvers involving steel chairs, baseball bats wrapped in barbed wire, thumbtacks and countless other devices, Foley gave the crowd a little more than an hour worth of stories from his wrestling days while providing a comical look at his career.

Foley began his set by stating he is not a naturally gifted athlete, but that his gift of visualization allowed him to picture any elevated platform as a perfect spot to drop an elbow from. That visualization helped Foley become one of the most creative wrestlers to enter the squared circle.

Foley also described his other top asset in wrestling, his self-titled “instantaneous risk-reward ratio analysis.” Foley described a match he had in 2000 with Triple H, an eight-time WWE champion, in which he became the first wrestler to kick out of Triple H’s famed finishing move, “The Pedigree,” but his ratio analysis led him to be slammed again, this time onto a pile of thumbtacks, to end the match for good.

Foley spent a portion of his set sharing his memories, or lack thereof, from arguably his most famous match, a “hell in a cell” match against The Undertaker in 1998.

Foley recalled falling twice from the 15-foot steel cage structure while vividly remembering an ominous request from The Undertaker to the officials to “see if he’s alive.”

Foley also touched on encounters with several other wrestlers and moments from his career, ranging from a night spent with Jake the Snake Roberts in Detroit to asking WWE owner Vince McMahon for a way to let him fly in a reindeer sleigh at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Following his set, there was a question-and-answer session in which Foley answered questions not only about his in-ring career but also his experiences on the TV show “Wifeswap.”

Foley also took photos with any member of the audience who wanted one following the show, and any proceeds made from the photos were to be donated to the Detroit Mason Lodge Association.

You can reach C & G Sports Writer Thomas Franz at tfranz@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1040.