From putting his body on the line as a legend in the wrestling ring, writing his best-selling books on legal pads and creating the most unique cameo videos for fans, Mick Foley has put his skills into everything he’s done. Ditto for his new venture in podcasting.
Foley, 56, is launching a weekly podcast, aptly named “Foley is Pod,” starting June 3, as part of co-host Conrad Thompson’s Ad Free Shows family of podcasts. The first episode will center around Foley’s “retirement” match against Triple H in Hell in a cell at the “No Way Out” pay-per-view in 2000.
But Foley, who grew up on Long Island, is able and willing to go the extra mile to make his show unique. He travels an hour and a half from his home near Nashville to Thompson’s mortgage office in Huntsville, Alabama, every two to three weeks to tape all shows in person. He’s staying at a hotel nearby so they can record about three episodes per visit. This differs from the structure of Thompson’s other nine pro wrestling podcasts, which are mostly remotely taped.
“He doesn’t do business with Mick, he does it for passion and that was obvious when you saw his wrestling,” Thompson said. “Nobody drops their elbow on concrete night after night because it’s a smart business decision. They do it because they are passionate about bringing out the best product and Mick approached the podcast that way.”
They’ve taped about 13 episodes already and the trips are something Foley wants to do for the duration of the show. In addition to the more organic live interactions with Thompson, they can use a green screen, boom mic, and 4K video to enhance the product for their subscribers on AdFreeShows.com, where you can also get the show’s video along with other perks for a monthly fee. Thompson said all of this has resulted in “some of the best podcasts I’ve ever been a part of,” and Foley has seen the benefits.
“It was really natural chemistry and something I really enjoy,” Foley said. “Especially the die-hard fans who choose to get the video in addition to the audio will see that the smile on my face is very real and it’s very obvious that I’m enjoying doing the podcast.”
Thompson planted the seed for this endeavor in 2018 as a guest on one of Foley’s one-man shows in Huntsville, but the hardcore legend wasn’t ready to break into the medium just yet. Foley said one of the reasons he was slow to accept the invitation was because he wasn’t an avid podcast listener himself, and Thompson felt he didn’t believe in the business model at the time. Since then, Thompson has rapidly expanded his podcast empire — which began with Bruce Prichard’s Something to Wrestle — to include some of pro wrestling’s top names, including Eric Bischoff, Jim Ross, Tony Schiavone, Arn Anderson, Kurt Angle and in more recently Jeff Jarrett, “Diamond” Dallas Page, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, and Thompson’s father-in-law, Ric Flair. When Foley was done, Thompson convinced him that his show wouldn’t get lost in the crowd.
“I realized that I really enjoyed telling my stories on stage across the country and in different countries around the world,” Foley said. “I think it just needed a little encouragement that there was a market to reminisce through my career.”
Thompson said he hopes to take a more autobiographical approach to Foley’s show, exploring a career that made stints in WWE, WCW, TNA, ECW, Japan and the end of the Territorial days, and touches on things outside of the wrestling biz like his writing, shows and film roles.
Thompson isn’t about saturating an already crowded market because “there’s something for everyone.” He believes that Foley’s unique career, his already honed storytelling skills and being a “really nice guy” whom fans love and respect make him the prototype of what a wrestling podcaster should be.
“Man, it just jumps out at the screen how passionate he is about his career in the industry and his memory is phenomenal,” Thompson said.
Foley, as is his nature, has also added his own twist to the end of his shows, where he directed a cameo video that usually comes with a song, most often “Happy Birthday.” But the wrestling legend turns other songs like “My Way” into a birthday song.
“They’re unlike anything I’ve ever seen on cameo, my husband has a soundtrack and he does his own song and he writes lyrics and there are wardrobe changes like it’s a J.Lo concert,” Thompson said.
Foley said he composed about 10 different birthday songs for her. It’s another example of the extra care he puts into everything to continue his deep connection with the fans. Podcasting will be no different.
“I think one of the things that really helped me in my career was that the fans felt like they knew me and liked me not just as a character but as a person,” Foley said. “So I think they’re going to feel like they’re spending time with an old friend.”
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