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    Tuesday, March 8, 2016

    #ThemeSongTuesday (3/8/16): The Four Faces of Foley

    When my wrestling memories go back, they go way back to a time when adult-y things happened, Chris Jericho’s outfits still looked cool, and everything was real. These memories may be spotty and scarce to say the least, but one remains clear as day. It’s a moment that could do something rare nowadays: make me feel like a kid watching mind-blowing superhero shit happening for the very first time. This moment happened on June 28, 1998, when Mankind was thrown off the cell by The Undertaker at King of the Ring ‘98.

    I’m pretty sure this moment belongs in a few of your Most Overplayed Moments In Wrestling History mental lists, but the impact it had on childhood wrestling fans in their youth is matched only by the one between the Spanish announce table and Mankind’s back. Take into consideration the fact that I had no context on the match, the story, or who I was supposed to be rooting for. All my oblivious child self thought was “This Undertaker person is scary, and this Mankind person is batshit insane.” That was the core story it was trying to tell, so easily told to a fairly young kid.

    He then climbed back up the cell, and was chokeslammed through the cell itself.

    This man and his many personas are what made pro wrestling so fun to grow up with. He gave every fiber of his to both entertain the fans and play whatever role he was given, be it the heel Cactus Jack or the face Mr. Socko-wearing Mankind. The man I’m dubbing “The Johnny Depp of Pro Wrestling”—WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley—is on this week’s #ThemeSongTuesday!

    “Wreck” by WWE head composer Jim Johnston is Foley’s present theme, and has served as the theme for when he appears as himself, post-Cactus Jack, Mankind, and Dude Love. The theme song stays true to its name from the very first second, as we’re introduced to the track with the sound of a car crash. Then ironically enough, we’re treated to a fun garage rock’n’roll guitar riff, backed by a full band and made even sweeter with more sounds of a car screeching and crashing. 

    An upbeat rock song is fun, and car crashes aren’t. So what gives? It just so happens that Mick Foley, one of the nicest guys in the industry (and ever), also happens to work fervidly to the point of being a human car crash himself. A fun, gun-slingin’, Mr.-Socko-wearing human car crash that deserves nothing but respect.

    Before this, he was Cactus Jack in WCW and given the rough, wild western hard rock theme “Mr. Bang Bang”.

    And then there was the modern classical, almost Opera-like theme for his WWF debut as the tortured soul Mankind “Schizophrenic” (totally not ableist, by the way).

    And finally, the most eccentric character and closest to actual-Johnny Depp he’s gonna get, Dude Love gets “Dude Love”. As a plus, the titantron is pretty much something straight out of Tim & Eric’s Totino’s Pizza Roll ad.

    Of all his previous themes, “Wrecked” best summarizes the many characters of his that have shaped the history of pro wrestling. The same man that made landing on thumbtacks, crashing through tables, and accidentally ripping your own ear off a part of his legacy is the same man who is decorated with World and Tag Titles across different promotions (plus he was given the inaugural Hardcore Championship). Mick Foley stands as a monument of dedication to both professional wrestling and the men, women, and children that love it.

    What is your favorite theme among the Four Faces of Foley? What fits him best? Let us know in the comments below!


    When he isn't writing Smark Henry's #ThemeSongTuesday column, Lorenzo Magnaye hosts the #HomeRun on 99.5 PlayFM. It's a good thing, too, since his childhood consisted mostly of watching professional wrestling and listening to his parents on the radio. He's only recently rekindled his love for the WWE, and has been trying to make up for missing out on everything post-WrestleMania XX by praying to Seth Rollins thrice a day. Follow him on Twitter: @RenzoSaurus!
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