Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks by Mick Foley

Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks

Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks by Mick Foley is considered by many to be the best biography by a professional wrestler ever written. The book, released in 1999, covers Mick Foley’s entire wrestling career until the night he won the WWF Championship over The Rock. Have A Nice Day hit #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List, becoming the first pro-wrestling to do so.

The book begins with the story of Mick Foley wrestling Big Van Vader in 1994 WCW when he lost part of his right ear. That whole experience is a gruesome one, but it sets the tone for the book in a nice way. Even through all of that, Foley kept his cool and that moment would help build his legend.

Foley then takes us back to the beginning of his love for wrestling when he hitchhiked to Madison Square Garden to see Jimmy Snuka in a cage match. He also shares some funny stories from his youth including the notorious short film “The Loved One” where he jumped off his roof trying to emulate the Superfly.

From there, the book goes chronologically through the career of Mick Foley and culminates with Foley’s first ever World Championship win. A title that many thought that he would never be good enough to win. Equal parts informative, heartwarming, and funny – Foley’s Have A Nice Day is a must-read for any wrestling fan.

Mick Foley Wrestling Books

Have A Nice Day (2000) Shop at Amazon
Foley is Good (2002) Shop at Amazon
Hardcore Diaries (2007) Shop at Amazon
Countdown to Lockdown (2010) Shop at Amazon

Order of Mick Foley Novels

Tietam Brown (2003) Shop at Amazon
Scooter (2006) Shop at Amazon

Order of Mick Foley Children's Books

Christmas Chaos (2000) Shop at Amazon
Halloween Hijinx (2001) Shop at Amazon
Tales From Wrescal Lane (2004) Shop at Amazon
A Most Mizerable Christmas (2012) Shop at Amazon
WWE Superstars #1 (2014) Shop at Amazon

Mick Foley Professional Wrestling Career

  • 2x ECW World Tag Team Champion (with Mikey Whipwreck)
  • WCW World Tag Team Champion (with Kevin Sullivan)
  • TNA Legends Champion
  • TNA World Heavyweight Champion
  • 3x WWF Champion
  • WWF Hardcore Champion
  • WWF Tag Team Champion (with Stone Cold Steve Austin (1), Chainsaw Charlie (1), Kane (2), The Rock (3) and Al Snow (1))
  • WWE Hall of Fame
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame

About the Author

Mick Foley was one of the most famous professional wrestlers of all-time, best known for his personas Cactus Jack, Dude Love, and Mankind. He was known for his hardcore style and his many death-defying bumps. The most famous of those bumps being when he was thrown off the top of the Hell in a Cell at the King of the Ring 1998 event.

Have A Nice Day was Foley’s first book and he followed it up Foley Is Good: And the Real World Is Faker than Wrestling which also debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers’ List.

Foley would write two more memoirs about his active wrestling career and then another, Saint Mick: My Journey From Hardcore Legend to Santa’s Jolly Elf, about becoming a Santa. He also published four wrestling-related children’s books and even wrote two fiction novels, Tietam Brown and Scooter.

Have A Nice Day Review

Mick Foley’s first book will always have a place in the annals of wrestling history because it simply gave birth to the wrestling autobiography genre. It was not the first to be written, but it was the the first to place atop the New York Times’ bestseller list, the first gain a kind of crossover appeal that few wrestling biographies have had since, and lead to many more wrestling books getting published.

It is hard to review this book in the present day because so much of what is written about was foreign to readers at the time. Only the hardest of hardcore fans had seen Foley’s famous Japanese death matches, ECW promos, and WCW outtakes at the time of this book’s release. These things just weren’t readily available to watch on YouTube or the (award-winning) WWE Network, so reading Foley describe them in the book felt very fresh and new. The same can be said about some of the more behind the scenes elements of the book as things weren’t quite as open in that regard as they are now. Which is probably something that his book can be partially credited with.

There are parts that age very well and there are parts that do not. There is a certain level of horniness that Foley keeps as a running theme throughout the book that I could honestly do without. Ditto for the Al Snow jokes. The time and place a book was written are important, but this story would probably be better today without that stuff. That said, Foley’s writing style is sort of conversational and it often feels like he’s in the room telling you this story. That is a hard thing to do so if the trade-off is a few bad jokes, it’s a trade-off that I will gladly take.

Foley’s tales of life on the road and trying to make enough money to support his family without a contract are excellent. It will astound you how cheap this famous TV wrestler was at the height of his popularity. Mick’s anecdotes about his fellow wrestlers are always fun with the “popcorn brawl” between Mick and the late Owen Hart being a highlight.

Ultimately, your enjoyment of this book will only go far as your enjoyment of professional wrestling and Foley himself. I’ve seen others tout this book as one that is good for wrestling fans and non-fans alike, but I just don’t agree. This is for wrestling fans, period. If you are a wrestling fan without a lot of familiarity with Foley, I can see you struggling to enjoy this one. The bigger the wrestling fan/historian you are, the more you are likely to get out of this book.

Have A Nice Day is a lot like wrestling itself. If you know, you know.

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Under the Black Hat: My Life in the WWE and Beyond by Jim Ross: Most of Mick Foley’s most memorable moments were narrated by the long-time WWE commentator Jim Ross and this is his story. Ross worked as a commentator as well as in a behind the scenes role so he has a ton of interesting backstage stories.

Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling by Bret Hart: This is right up there with Foley’s book as the best wrestling biographies of all-time. Bret Hart kept a journal throughout his career so he isn’t relying on memory for his life story, but instead pulling from his own history as it happened.

Have A Nice Day Podcasts

The Steve Austin Show with Mick Foley: Steve Austin is arguably the greatest wrestler of all-time, but he’s also a very good podcast interviewer. Austin and Foley sit down for a long, fascinating chat on the Steve Austin Show. A must-listen for fans of the two.

Talk Is Jericho with Mick Foley – The Biggest Podcast EVER: Jericho built up this podcast with Mick Foley for a year prior and it lived up to the hype. Jericho and Foley tell a ton of fun stories from Mick’s wrestling career.