The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 18, 2014

Former WWE star Foley bringing comedy show to Beckley

MANSFIELD, Ohio — Mick Foley’s ability to entertain fans as a pro wrestler went beyond his running elbow drop off the ring apron and being tossed off the top of a cage in Pittsburgh. Today, the more successful wrestlers are masters of the microphone, and Foley was one of the best.

He’s now in a different type of entertainment, and while taking repeated shots to his back with a steel chair are no longer a job requirement, Foley is still putting his mic skills to use.

The former three-time World Wrestling Entertainment champion will be in Beckley Monday night, bringing his Hardcore Legend Comedy Tour to Muncheez on Harper Road. The event will start at 8 p.m.

Foley, who wrestled under several personas including Cactus Jack, Mankind and Dude Love, has actually been doing his stand-up routine since 2008. He’s used to being behind a microphone, but all those years as a pro wrestler didn’t exactly serve him well when he got started.

“You would think so,” Foley said Thursday in a phone interview. “Mic skills are invaluable in pro wrestling. The current WWE is so structured and it’s different from entertaining people by yourself for an hour and 20 minutes. I think I have steadily improved.”

Foley, a 49-year-old native of Bloomington, Ind., will make his listeners laugh, but don’t expect a lot of “didja ever notice” moments in his routine.

“I need to come up with a name for it, because I don’t tell jokes, I tell stories,” the WWE Hall of Famer said. “And it doesn’t always have to be funny.”

After Monday’s stop in Beckley, Foley isn’t sure when he will be back in West Virginia, so he plans on making this one memorable.

“I want to tell a special story that has roots in West Virginia,” Foley said. “I want to do my best to make it special.”

Foley still watches plenty of WWE — he will be part of a Monday Night Raw after-party at Muncheez after WWE goes off the air that night — and he has his favorites as far as wrestlers with the best mic skills. Right now the nod goes to Bray Wyatt, who broadcaster and WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler brilliantly described as “Duck Dynasty meets Charles Manson.”

“What he does is good theater,” Foley said. “He takes people on a ride, which is a good promo should do.

“C.M. Punk, if he decides to come back, he was one of those guys who could take the fans for a ride.”

Tickets for Monday’s show are $25 general admission, while VIP tickets are available for $55 and include an autographed chair.

Beckley native Matt Mullins, formerly of local rock band The Boatmen, will open for Foley, making his stand-up comedy debut.

For more information or to RSVP, call or text 304-640-6929.

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Foley will not be the only well-known wrestling star to visit southern West Virginia.

Chris Jericho, also a former WWE champion, will be in Beckley on Sept. 25.

Also, current IWGP champion and former TNA world champion "The Phenomenal" A.J. Styles has been entered into the tournament to crown the NWA Mid-Atlantic heavyweight champion. He will wrestle at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building in Fayetteville on Sept. 13.

More details will be released as they become available.

— E-mail: gfauber@register-herald.com and follow on Twitter @GaryFauber.

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