Ever had a piece of your ear ripped off? What about a torn abdominal muscle? How about this one: Have you ever been stung all over your body by a giant Portuguese man o' war and then performed in a wrestling match in front of thousands of people? Mick Foley has.
The man's name is synonymous with the hardest of hard core, and he's often referred to in the same sentence as "death match" and "bats covered in barbed wire."
Foley will discuss and sign his latest book, Countdown to Lockdown: A Hardcore Journal, on Friday at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington.
In the book, Foley chronicles the blood, sweat, and tears behind the six weeks leading up to his knock-down, drag-out TNA (Total Nonstop Action) wrestling debut and comeback against archrival Sting (wrestler Steve Borden, not musician Gordon Sumner).
An experienced author, Foley said the concept behind Countdown to Lockdown is the first he has ever sold to a publisher that wasn't completely finished.
"Once the publisher agreed to do the book, I sat at home and asked myself, 'What am I going to write about?'" Foley said.
What unfolded was a chronicle of a man who admits he's past his wrestling prime facing a formidable opponent in a match that could have one of two outcomes.
"It was a match I was quite frankly really worried about," Foley, 45, said. "While I was warming up, one of the things on my mind is that this match could either have a very happy or a very miserable ending."
Want to know how it ended? Foley says you'll have to buy the book, but he admits he was proud of his effort.
For wrestling fans, Foley was affectionately known as the sometimes fierce, fearless and funky man behind the personas of Cactus Jack, Mankind and Dude Love.
When asked who his favorite personality to play was, Foley immediately eliminates the tie-dye wearing Dude Love.
"I might be inclined to say Cactus Jack," Foley said. "He did a lot of the wild matches I'm most known for."
One of the wildest and most outrageous matches Foley said he ever participated in was in 1995 and involved a man known as Terry Funk.
A simple search of YouTube will explain why.
Having wrestled in many matches on many stages throughout the world, Foley said, his epic battles against Funk might be at the top. Foley said he also can't rule out the many times he found himself in the ring wrestling the phenomenon known as the Undertaker.
In his new book, Foley also goes into his feud with Sting.
"Sting was such a historic opponent for me," Foley said. "Had he not entered the picture in 1992, wrestling may have turned out entirely different for me."
Foley compares his relationships with fellow wrestlers to those in any other work place.
Regardless of whether he liked them, Foley said the key to a great wrestling match is the "trust factor."
"Pro wrestling is all about trusting other people with your body," he said.
In addition to cataloguing his fight against Sting in his new book, Foley dishes previously untold stories from his life. One deals with the tragic tale of Chris Benoit, a wrestler who killed his family and himself in 2007.
Foley said the issues of wrestlers dying young is an important one and cannot be covered in a simple sound bite.
"I really put my most intimate thoughts about the problem in my book," he said.
A little-known factoid about the wrestler-turned-author is that he hand-writes all his books.
He also is an active humanitarian. Foley recently donated 100 percent of his advance for the new book to two charities that he says are dear to his heart: the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, and Child Fund International.
When asked, What don't we know about Mick Foley? the pro wrestler could only laugh.
"Man, after four books, I don't know how many secrets I have left," he said. "I guess I'm a surprisingly good dancer for a big guy."