Subtitle: A Hardcore Journey

Mick Foley is a former professional wrestler and best-selling author. Wrestling under the names Cactus Jack, Mankind, and Dude Love in addition to his own name, Foley held four world championships as a singles wrestler and numerous others as part of a tag-team. His first memoir, Have a Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks, hit the best-seller list in late 1999 and set the stage for a wave of wrestling memoirs. I began following Mick Foley on Twitter about a month before the 2020 elections and was impressed by his thoughtful statements. Having read Have a Nice Day and Tietam Brown, Foley’s first novel, I searched our library’s online card catalog for any other books of his they might have.

Countdown to Lockdown is Foley’s fourth memoir, and follows Foley’s career from WWE to the TNA wrestling organization, specifically focusing on his preparation to wrestle the main event of TNA’s 2009 Lockdown pay-per-view. At this point in his career, Foley was suffering the consequences of a lengthy career of high-impact and hardcore wrestling, so he was particularly concerned how his age, physical conditioning, and general health might affect his ability to perform the kind of match that he felt he owed his employers at TNA and their fans.

Told in Foley’s rambling style with a generous helping of self-deprecating humor, Countdown to Lockdown is filled with interesting stories based inside the ring and out. I gave Countdown to Lockdown five stars on Goodreads. It can be easy to dismiss pro wrestlers or athletes in general as tough, unsympathetic characters. Mick Foley reveals himself here and in his other books to be a well-read, sensitive person. It recommend them to anyone with even a passing interest in pro wrestling and the lifestyle it requires.