I can’t believe I didn’t know Mick Foley had another book out. Have a Nice Day!: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks has been out since 1999 but I guess I always thought it was the same book as Foley is Good: And the Real World is Faker Than Wrestling. I read that one years ago and fell in love with Foley as a writer.
When I read the first one, I wasn’t even a fan of him as a wrestler. I knew him as a solid in-ring performer and his interview segments were always fun, but he just doesn’t look like a champion. Boy was I wrong. He is actually everything that makes wrestling fun sports entertainment.
Have a Nice Day! was a great followup to Foley is Good. Mick doesn’t repeat things from the first book but instead builds on things left out or that have happened since. This is more about him actually reaching the pinnacle in his sport in becoming the WWE Champion. It is chock full of grisly tales of his legend as a hardcore wrestler – complete with being body slammed onto thousands of thumbtacks, landing with a flying elbow on the concrete, crashing through the roof of a steel cage courtesy of an Undertaker choke slam.
It is much more than wrestling though. It is a story of goal setting… of romance… of humor… of loss. And do yourself a favor… don’t read the written version. Get the audiobook which Foley narrates himself. Hearing his story in his own voice is the way to go. Hearing him impersonate Vince McMahon, Rick Flair and countless others is a riot.
by Chris Doelle