For All Mankind

Retired professional wrestler Mick Foley is one paradoxical fellow.

During his lengthy career, the grappler formerly known as Mankind and Cactus Jack (who claims to have spilled blood on four different continents) participated in some of the most brutal and intense matches wrestling fans have witnessed -- oftentimes involving barbed wire and the occasional flaming table. And yet, Foley’s crimson-soaked past is belied by his gentle, softhearted nature, as depicted via his interactions with his children in the documentary Beyond the Mat.

And while the general public may perceive pro wrestlers as musclebound dunces, the three-time World Wrestling Entertainment champ’s exploits outside the ring prove Foley’s anything but. (Interesting fact: He’s also a big fan of Tori Amos.)

A true ‘rasslin Renaissance man and gifted storyteller, he’s become a best-selling author and has been touring comedy clubs around the world and performing his Mick Foley: Tales From Wrestling Past spoken word, where he spins (in his goofy, good-natured style) hilarious yarns spanning his career.

Thu., April 11, 8 p.m., 2013
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.