on 5 May 2013
Last year the WWE documentary of the year was CM Punk's Best In The World, its only April and we've already got this years!
This is a fantastic in detailed review of Mick Foleys career in professional wrestling, starting off as an athletic teenager and how Mick became involved in wrestling, going through how important he was in WCW but not getting the push he deserved, the infamous ear loss against Vader, his move to ECW were he became the biggest name in the company, how and why he joined WWF and the 3 faces of Foley (Mankind, Dude Love & Cactus Jack) and of course THAT match against the Undertaker in the Hell In The Cell at the King Of The Ring in 1998. Plus much much more in this 2 hour documentary, you will be glued to the screen if you are a wrestling fan.
My only criticism of the blu ray is the choice of matches on the 2nd disc, one of my fondest memories of Mankind was him beating the Rock on Monday Night Raw for the WWF championship, this match for some reason is excluded from the list of matches, considering this is one of the most important matches in Mick Foleys career I find it staggering to be left out. Other wise this is a fantastic DVD and one not to be missed.
on 3 July 2013
Just to get this out from the beginning, this collection is excellent and a worthy career retrospective of one of the most influential wrestlers of the 90's. Though if there was a four and a half star option for this review I would have selected that, because it falls just short of the Austin and CM Punk collections, I came away from watching it with an undoubted sense of Foley's impact in wrestling, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Some of the story's and anecdotes are mirrored in his literary work (namely 'Have a Nice Day') but it was still interesting to hear and see his take on various situations more than a decade on from the release of the books. Another nice touch is that there are genuinely interesting, and unexpected, "talking heads" throughout the documentary. That WWE and Shane Douglas put their differences aside to work together in this results in considerable added value to the story of Mick Foley.
I found that the early footage of Foley's career, specifically his Vader and Sting feuds were fresh and welcome (with input from Vader) but the segments ended abruptly and, due to time constraints presumably, left some stones uncovered (where was the "where's Cactus Jack" segments that provided so much entertainment in his books?).
Putting aside the downsides to Foley's hardcore/who can take the most punishment style and the negative impact this has had on a generation of wrestlers, he is a sympathetic figure and some of the bumps and falls that are shown did leave me feeling a little uncomfortable watching them after the fact.
Foley is self aware and his usual self deprecating self, especially with his many retirements, and he is as charming as ever. But seeing him struggle to walk and play with his children left me with an intense mixture of sympathy towards him, guilt that I had been part of crowds that had cheered his crazy style, and disappointment that he ever came back after that first (perfect) retirement.
At the end of the day, its a great documentary and collection but, just like his career, just a notch below the very best (Austin).
on 11 January 2014
This is a fantastic DVD/Blu-Ray for any Foley fan. The ultimate Foley life story from baby to eventual superstar. Some great appearances by other superstars and colleagues such as Vader, JR, The Rock who tell it like it is.
If you like Foley in any capacity this is a must buy, the story is told so well. I actually think people who are not even fans of wrestling would appreciate this.