Mick Foley Character’s Ranked From Worst to Best

Ranking Mick Foley characters - image of Dude Love

When the name Mick Foley is mentioned, there is always a story to be told. From his reckless, violent wrestling history to his after-wrestling career as an author, Foley has led an incredible life. After years of going through tables and having matches where a fire was involved, he is now retired from the squared circle. Foley had a much-talked-about wrestling career, spanning his stops in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Total Nonstop Action (TNA), and many other promotions. Mick Foley was not just Mick Foley.  He was also Dude Love, Mankind, and Cactus Jack. Below are those gimmicks, ranked from worst to best.

Which Mick Foley character was the best?

Dude Love

The Dude Love gimmick had its ups and downs. From the debut of Dude Love until the end, the character was relaxing and fun-loving, yet still packed something to make his character pop. Dude Love was the first character created by Mick Foley.

The Dude Love character displayed a physical style, yet not as physical as the others because he also portrayed himself as a chick magnet. Dude Love was the least used of his characters, and he seemed to always go back to the violent side despite having more of a groovy, relaxed persona.


By far the eeriest, mentally deranged character of Mick Foley. He wore a mask with this character and went all out in the ring, regardless if thumbtacks were involved or not. Mankind was brutally physical, not caring what happened to his body or that of his opponent. In some ways, it was a precursor to Darby Allin

He had some amazing feuds with the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock while using the Mankind character in WWF, always using his body to tell a story. mankind did win a title, defeating The Rock to win his first WWF championship on December 29, 1998.

Cactus Jack

Before he was Cactus Jack, he was Cactus Jack Manson, named after the well-known serial killer Charles Manson. Cactus Jack portrayed a serial killer type of character that often yelled when in the ring and he played that role well. The creepiest character by far of any of the Mick Foley characters. The entire Cactus Jack run had this creepy, weird vibe whenever he stepped in the ring. He would take on all comers and refused to change his reckless wrestling style. The Cactus Jack character was famous for matches with blood and barbed wire bats. The more violent the match the more Cactus Jack felt at home.

He did win several championships across several promotions, showing he was still thirsty for gold. Cactus Jack had been involved in the IWA Japan’s “King of the Death Match” tournament in 1995, shortly before his WWF debut in 1997. Cactus Jack also wrestled in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Eastern Championship Wrestling in the 1990s.

The Many Faces  of Mick Foley

The entertainer. The author. The family man. Mick Foley was all of those things and in each one did what he loved best, and he did what made others happy. He won many titles in his career, including the Total Nonstop Action (TNA) and World Wrestling Federation (WWF) heavyweight titles. His brawling wrestling style was his calling card, one that defined his career.

Outside of the wrestling business, there are currently 16 books that either Mick Foley wrote or was a part of. Nicknamed “the Hardcore Legend”, he participated in the most talked about match in wrestling history. That match was a Hell in a Cell match against the Undertaker at the King of the Ring pay-per-view on June 28, 1998. Foley was severely injured in that match, losing teeth, breaking his ribs, and losing consciousness. However, this is a match that both participants will be remembered for. He also appeared in the 1998 WWF Royal Rumble three times, with Cactus Jack, Mankind, and Dude Love all appearing in the chaotic match.

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