Extreme Awards

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April 27, 2012

Most Extreme Masochist – Mick Foley

To those members of the WWE Universe unfamiliar with his storied career inside the ring, the approachable, easygoing demeanor of Mrs. Foley’s Baby Boy may very well give the impression of a friendly uncle, not a masochist.

Yet, with more than 20 years of barbed wire brawls and chaotic, fiery incidents under his belt, there are very legitimate reasons why the former Cactus Jack/Mankind/Dude Love is reverentially referred to in wrestling circles to as “The Hardcore Legend.”

Now years removed from active competition, the scars on Foley’s body tell the story of an underdog-made-good. Lacking many of the physical attributes of his grappling peers, Foley more than made up for any perceived lack of cosmetic appeal with his relentless work ethic and unearthly ability to stop at nothing – even an ear-detaching run-in with ring ropes in Germany – to reach the top.

Foley has actually long since dismissed the notion that he actively enjoys pain. However, when you consider the back cover of his first book, New York Times bestseller “Have a Nice Day! A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks,” maps out Foley’s body by injury, you have to wonder.

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