Mick Foley Relives Getting Ear Ripped Off By Vader, Talks Notorious Pain Threshold


Mick Foley

There’s only one hardcore legend.
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Throughout the history of pro-wrestling, you’d be hard-pressed to name a superstar who put his body through as much punishment as Mick Foley.

Even if you could name such a superstar, chances are he didn’t have as high a pain threshold as Mrs. Foley’s baby boy, anyway.

Well before he made WWE history for falling off the Hell in a Cell, being chokeslammed through it and back body-dropped onto tacks within it as Mankind, one of his other personas experienced one of the most gruesome injuries in pro-wrestling history — having his ear ripped right off in the middle of a match.

On Thursday, WWE had Foley and Vader reliving the notorious 1994 moment. Until recently, Vader was under the impression that a brush against the ropes in that match with Foley caused the hardcore legend to lose his ear, but so much time had passed that Vader forgot that he literally snatched Foley’s ear right off his head.

“I felt back and like, “whoa, that bad boy is gone. It’s gone,'” Foley said, remembering the brutal scene.

From there, the referee picked up the ear and handed it to the ring announcer, who ran it back to none other than Ric Flair backstage.

“‘I have Cactus Jack’s ear. What would you like me to do with it?'” Foley said the ring announcer told Flair.

Foley would later ask Flair how the ear looked, to which the “Nature Boy” responded, “It looked like a piece of uncooked chicken wtih tape on it.”

Ugh! Only Mick Foley.

The release of that flashback moment came on the same day as Foley sitting down with Stone Cold Steve Austin for the Stone Cold Podcast on WWE Network.

During the interview, Austin recalls a legendary tale from Japan, where Foley allegedly fought three matches in one night, including those bouts that featured live C4 explosives, for only $300.

That paved the way for Austin to flat out ask his fellow WWE Hall of Famer, “Do you like pain?”

Foley’s answer? “It was something I worked through. It was something that I accepted from the very beginning — ‘If I’m going to do this, I’m going to have to learn to live with a lot of pain.’ Then, my definition of what a lot of pain was kept getting more extensive.”

Foley admits that, as he got older, he realized that was a pretty warped view. Then again, having that mindset is what allowed him to become the hardcore legend in the first place.

He has definitely left us with a wealth of insane memories.

Foley was definitely a 1-of-1 performer.

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