match collections or just focused on a small snapshot of his career. Last year, WWE finally released a documentary covering his entire career with an in depth interview with him, his family and peers, along with a hearty chunk of extra matches and bonus interview snippets. For All Mankind: The Life and Career of Mick Foley (trailer) is finally the career spanning retrospective that has been long overdue for the hardcore legend.
With Foley having a lengthy active wrestling career from 1986 until 2000, and making many brief returns since then, it is hard to imagine any length of documentary doing his career justice. WWE did their best however, and went about a half hour longer than what they usually do on most of their documentaries by dedicating just over two hours and fifteen minutes to Mick's career. A fair amount of time is spent on Mick's early days before the ring and his unique personality that bled over into his wrestling personas. A lot more time than I anticipated is dedicated to Mick's initial years before he made it big. For the first time on a WWE home video, Mick's trainer Dominic Denucci and fellow trainee Shane Douglas are interviewed, and it is fascinating getting their perspective on Mick at this initial stage of his career.
ripped off part of Mick's ear!
Mick's ECW and Japan days in the mid-90s have a great chunk of time devoted to them, and we get a lot of great insight from Foley, Terry Funk, Joey Styles, Shane Douglas and Paul Heyman on how Mick delivered some of the best promos in wrestling history in that time and how he really evolved the Cactus Jack character. A lot of you probably want to know by now if the film pays any attention to his WWE career at this point, and yes probably about the last hour and a half focus on his WWE runs. Mick is candid about how trepid he was starting off as Mankind and how it got to be too much bouncing around portraying all three of his personas (Mankind, Dude Love and Cactus Jack) for awhile in 1997 before finally settling down in his Mr. Socko days of Mankind.
There is a unique assortment of bonus matches, and WWE has been good lately of trying to avoid including repeat matches from past collections in recent releases. There are a couple of repeats here, but I understand why, and that is Mick's second ever match and debut WWF match as a jobber where the British Bulldogs beat the living shit out of him, and his classic Hell in a Cell match against Undertaker that cemented his legacy. For those two matches and an ECW match against Shane Douglas we get new alternate commentary from Mick Foley and Joey Styles that adds a new dynamic reliving those bouts. Mick has some brief introductions to some matches and why he included them like a seemingly oddball match against Keith Hart from 1990 where Mick justified its inclusion because he wanted a Cactus Jack match to be seen where he did all the ass kicking instead of being on the receiving end for a change. There is a total of 17 matches, and it is for the most part a fresh new assortment of matches I have never seen or have long forgotten about.
This is one of the better home video releases WWE has put out in recent years where they seem to be complacent in releasing more and more themed collections of matches instead of putting some serious effort into their documentaries. The documentary portion of this is up for streaming on Netflix and WWE Network. Whether you have read his memoirs or not, an in depth and thorough documentary, a fresh collection of matches and hearty chunk of must-see BluRay extras combine for me to give highest recommendations to For All Mankind: The Life and Career of Mick Foley.
Past Wrestling Blogs
Goldberg Ultimate Collection
Legends of Mid South Wrestling
RoH Supercard of Honor V
Warrior Week on WWE Network
WWE Wrestlemania 28
WWE Wrestlemania 29