Me and Mick Foley around 1997
It was announced recently that Mick Foley will be a member of the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame Induction class. I'd be hard pressed to think of a more deserving superstar.
The hardcore legend had one of the longest careers in pro wrestling history, despite putting his body on the line in some of the most barbaric matches. Foley had many faces during the Attitude Era, including Mankind, Dude Love, Cactus Jack, and a stint as Commissioner Foley following his retirement.
Some of the most memorable moments of the Attitude Era were brought to us by Mick Foley's selflessness to entertain the fans at any expense. Whether it be jumping through a table from the top of a 20-foot cell, falling on thumbtacks, or taking shots from a barbed wire bat, Foley was an instrumental part of the WWF's success in the late '90s.
But Foley's impact on the Monday Night Wars is what truly puts him near the top of this list. When WCW's Tony Schiavone spoiled Foley's taped title victory over The Rock on a live broadcast of Nitro, 600,000 households switched their televisions from Nitro to Raw. This marked the end of Nitro's dominance in the Monday night ratings battle, thanks in large part to Mick Foley's title victory