WWE Legend Mick Foley recently took part in another interview with AVClub.com in Toronto where he promotd his upcoming comedy tours. Foley talks about his upcoming appearance on NBC’s 30 Rock, how his body is holding up from his wrestling days, and more. Below are a few highlights:
AVC: Did you find that the documentary Beyond The Mat changed how people saw you? It seemed to really open things up for you in terms of being able to be yourself publicly and not hide behind a character.
Mick Foley: Yeah, I think it let people appreciate my career and what I’d been through a little bit more, and it helped them appreciate me as a person and not just a wrestler. It’s interesting that quite a few people who enjoyed Beyond The Mat weren’t wrestling fans. I can always tell when it’s been rerun on cable because a whole new group of people will come up and say hello to me, who never actually watched wrestling but were captivated by the documentary. It was surreal to actually watch that movie on the big screen during its limited run. When we started shooting that, I really thought it would be my lasting legacy in the wrestling business. I had no idea that things were going to turn out as well as they did.
AVC: Do you ever get into trouble for speaking so candidly about the industry?
MF: Not really. My book in 1999 was the first major book that talked about what went on behind the scenes in professional wrestling. There had been others, but not with a major publisher or that reached that large of an audience. But I always felt that what goes on behind the scenes is at least as fascinating as what you see on television. And I also thought that if I wrote honestly about pro wrestling, people would have a greater respect for it. I’ve always felt that I should leave the wrestling business at least a little better off than it was when I joined, and I think by writing and speaking about it, I’m actually helping, not hurting, the business.
AVC: How’s the body holding up from your extreme wrestling days?
MF: Oh yeah, I would not advise anybody to do the things that I did during my career. I’ve tried not to be reckless, although I’m sure people could find many clips where I was. But I think the most lasting effects were just from being very physical and high-impact for a long time. I may have avoided too many knee surgeries, but my knees are shot. They’re worn down and arthritic from landing on them for so many years.
AVC: Is it true that you’re going to be on an episode of 30 Rock?
MF: Yeah, yeah. 30 Rock is probably my favorite show on network television. Judah Friedlander is a buddy of mine. Judah presented me as one of Jenna’s cool new friends. I’m not only on the show, but I’m on as 1997 Mankind, and I do have a kissing scene, so it was a win-win. I’ll also be showing up on Celebrity Wife Swap in a couple of months. [Laughs.]