WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley made his living in what some consider a faux violent sport.
Of course, the wrestling injuries he sustained were real. His post-wrestling career has been spent writing bestsellers and grammatically correct tweets, and performing spoken word stand-up shows, like his recent engagement at the New Hope Cinema Grill: “I do appear at comedy venues, not so much [to tell] jokes as charming stories, usually funny. Sometimes they are quite touching.”
I met Foley at Ridgedale’s Fan HQ, where fans brought wrestling-related pieces of furniture to be autographed as you will see in my startribune.com/video.
Q: You write some really sweet tweets on Twitter to fans. You write them?
A: [Laughter] Thank you, sometimes they are sweet, sometimes they are silly. Sometimes they are self-promotional, but they are almost always grammatically correct. That’s important to me.
Q: You seem to wear a lot of Twins jerseys on TV. Are you a Twins fan?
A: I was given a Twins jersey when I took batting practice with the team the day before Summer Slam in 1999 and I found the Twins were neutral. I could wear that Twins jersey anywhere and not be hated; didn’t spark the kind of vitriol like a Yankees jersey might. So I like the Twins. They were the first team to give me a jersey and as much of a Yankees fan as I was growing up, I tend to side with the teams that give me free things. Go Twins, yeah.
Q: How many concussions do you think you’ve had?
A: Unfortunately, I had too many for me to count really.
Q: Have you been approached about donating your brain for study as many NFL players have?
A: I have been approached. These are some tough questions here. You see how quickly I did those autographs? We got through a few hundred people fairly quickly. Signing my name on that form to donate my brain took a long time. It’s a big step, but if other people can learn from what I’ve done, I’m willing to do it.
I believe as long as I can continue to say the words Boston Center for Traumatic Encephalopathy that my brain is still working OK.
Q: Which of your wrestling personas did you enjoy most?
Poll: Which of these teams is the most frustrating to watch right now?