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Countdown to Lockdown: A Hardcore Journal

3.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  694 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
The undisputed king of the literary ring is back with another handwritten, hardcore home run. Forget the ghost writer and the computer keyboard - this mesmerizing memoir is straight from the pen and notebook paper of the Hardcore Legend, Mick Foley, chronicling the heart-pounding build-up to "Lockdown", one of the most important matches of his long and storied career. Fole ...more
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Published October 1st 2010 by Grand Central Publishing
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Brandon
Mar 06, 2013 Brandon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Does the world really need a 4th biography? Well Jon, when I saw the sales, the answer was no".

Words spoken by Mick Foley - wrestler, bestselling author, philanthropist - on a recent appearance for Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show". My initial thought was, "Awww, poor Micky" - However, what do you expect from a guy who has now written 4 books about his life? Most people post this information online, daily, for free! Welcome to the world of social networking and blogging, Mr. Foley. That being said
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Christopher
Does the world need a 4th Mick Foley memoir? No.

As the time between memoirs gets shorter and shorter, and the store of interesting anecdotes becomes more barren, the law of diminishing returns kicks in and Foley simply has fewer interesting things to say. Foley's tale of departure from the WWE in 2008-9 and signing with rival promotion TNA and the buildup to a big match at the "Lockdown" pay-per-view with Sting

The quasi-stream of consciousness writing style and the same references and jokes fro
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Rob Jansing
Jul 18, 2013 Rob Jansing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Certainly not his best work, but his previous efforts were so good, it's a hard standard to live up to. Being a lifelong WWF/WWE fan and not being a TNA fan at all, I was still able to enjoy this book on Mick's knack for telling great stories with just the right amount of detail, although I still feel like there was a Kurt Angle cliff hanger that didn't get resolved (I probably missed something). I actually was never aware of this book until I found it in a bin of bargain books. Knowing how grea ...more
Adam Kelly
Sports-entertainment legend Mick Foley's second "pro wrestling journal" is a breakdown of the six-week period that led up to his steel cage match against the iconic Sting at TNA's Lockdown event in 2009. It follows the same format as The Hardcore Diaries, Foley's WWE memoir that detailed the frustrating creative process of working under Vince McMahon on the road to a major wrestling match. Unlike WWE however, TNA is a bit more lax when it comes to plotting wrestling events and storylines. So lax ...more
Nick
Sep 27, 2014 Nick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am apparently one of the few people who enjoyed Foley's previous book, The Hardcore Diaries, so I was happy to read in the introduction that this book follows the same format - that is to say the birth, life, and hopefully successful climax of a single wrestling angle. In "Hardcore Diaries", it was a fairly horrible journey, with our author at the end wishing he'd just stayed at home, but happily at the end of "Countdown to Lockdown" everything goes about as well as it can when you have a 300 ...more
Paul Pessolano
“Countdown to Lockdown” by Mick Foley, published by Grand Central Publishing.

Category – Sports/Wrestling Publication Date – October, 2010

Mick Foley was a professional wrestler, a unique professional wrestler, in that he not only climbed to the top of his profession but has become a New York Times Best Selling Author. His books about his life as a wrestler are both insightful and enlightening.

Foley makes no bones about professional wrestling as entertainment. He readily admits that the sport (if
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Christopher Shawn
Aug 13, 2015 Christopher Shawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not Foley's best, but very enjoyable.

Follows the lead-up to the titular Lockdown match in TNA. Has lots of good backstage scoops, and some surprisingly hostile things to say about Vince McMahon and Foley's mid-2000s run in WWE.
Oliver Bateman
Apr 01, 2014 Oliver Bateman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was initially quite skeptical of this book, thinking it little more than good-humored "day-in-the-life" account from Foley--a competent writer, to be sure, but also surely a man at the end of his creative rope. However, several essays scattered throughout this diary are surprisingly excellent. Foley's "letter to a young wrestler" in the wake of Benoit's death, comments on the increasing crassness and stupidity of McMahon's booking strategies, remarks on the significance of Tori Amos' music to ...more
Tanya
Apr 27, 2014 Tanya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
The book was good, but was a bit sadder and more serious than Foley's previous books. Countdown to Lockdown: A Hardcore Journal chronicles the months leading up to Mick's match against Sting at TNA's Lockdown pay-per-view. He expresses all of his worries, fears and doubts leading up to the match. His acceptance of his diminished in-ring abilities is honest, yet sad.

He mixes in humor with serious subjects and the book switches between past and present. Past being his last year or so in the WWE an
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Navarra
There are a lot of things for which I can thank Mick Foley. First and foremost of these things is how a person completely apathetic (and perhaps even rather repelled by professional wrestling) can learn to thoroughly enjoy books about wrestlers. Let’s get one thing straight, though. Mick writes his own stuff. In fact, he literally “writes” his books, usually on paper (with a pen!), and he writes really quite well, stylistically and grammatically. Mick’s writing is so entertaining that you get lo ...more
Sam Denney
Mar 23, 2012 Sam Denney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: wrestling fans
Countdown to Lockdown is Mick Foley's fourth wrestling memoir. I was pleased to discover that this time around he was in a much happier place than at the time of writing number three. The Hardcore Diaries ended its story on a vaguely unhappy note, as a seemingly disillusioned Foley looked back on a professionally frustrating period in his life. There was no mistaking the sense that he wasn't happy with the way his career was going. In Countdown to Lockdown, Foley has jumped ship from WWE to TNA ...more
Brandon
I finished this during SSR at work while most of the students were off taking a group picture.

Countdown to Lockdown is former WWE (and TNA) champion Mick Foley's fourth memoir that attempts to chronicle the six week journey to his match with Sting at the TNA pay per view, Lockdown. Attempts is the key word here because Foley takes the approach of alternating every third or so chapter as a "Countdown" to the match, while the rest of the chapters focus on various and sundry topics, from his short
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Mike
Sep 25, 2015 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad. Not as good as his other books, but still not a bad way to spend a few hours. The non-wrestling stuff outshined the parts about the match he's actually counting down to in this memoir. The thing about Mick Foley the author, and even Mick Foley the personality (I can't really speak about Mick Foley the person, as I don't know him.) is that he comes across as genuine, passionate and an all-in-all decent human being. Who doesn't want to take a short trip riding shotgun next to someone like ...more
Kevin
Feb 16, 2016 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The least enjoyable of the four Mick Foley wrestling autobiographies. The wit and humour we've come to love has been replaced by many tangents throughout his 'countdown to lockdown' journey. Including tangents about wrestlers dealing with concussions and head trauma, to substance abuse where Mick brings up the comparison to baseball players using PEDs.
The timeline of the book jumps from his current period in TNA to his final days with WWE with little fluidity.
Justin Sylvia
Aug 06, 2011 Justin Sylvia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Considering that i had all ready read Foley is Good & The Hardcore Diaries before, i knew that i wouldn't be disappointed or let down when reading this intriguing entry into the life of the Hardcore Legend. I am actually kind of bummed that the T.V. Show that Mick mentioned in his book didn't end up working out for a very idiotic reason, one of which you'll have to discover by reading this book yourself. I really hope that Mick decided to write more books like this because i completely and a ...more
Amy
Apr 22, 2016 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't even remember when I read this...though I do know it was a one day in and out kind of deal. I'm a fan of Mick's, and I don't like to be harsh on the King of Hardcore, but this book was a lacking in steel for me than his previous matches in the printed press. I guess I need a chair to the back of the head to get me more interested when Foley is writing.
Hephaestus
Aug 15, 2012 Hephaestus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hephaestus' rating system:

5 Stars: The book went above and beyond my expectations, delivering a tremendous literary understanding while not sacrificing the pacing of a compelling story.

4 Stars: The book was everything I had hoped it would be, delivering a terrific story while not blowing my mind.

3 Stars: The book was average - which does NOT mean bad. The book may have been well written, but the story was nothing special.

2 Stars: The book was below average. It did not meet my expectations and
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Gef
Dec 20, 2010 Gef rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
One of the books that brought me back to reading nearly a decade ago was Mick Foley's Have A Nice Day, so when I spied this book I thought I would give it a go. I'm no longer a wrestling fan, but I remembered how intriguing Foley's first memoir was and figured this one would be as well.

Unfortunately, this one didn't provide the same impact--oh lord, a pun--as his first book. Maybe it's because I cannot bring myself to sit through the doldrums of pro wrestling anymore, or maybe Foley's constant m
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Chris Dean
Mick Foley is right about the ending making a good book. It was "just OK" until I got to the end. "It's not to allow anyone else to define what success is We get to do that for ourselves." Indeed. Thanks, Mick.
Reid Harris
Jun 05, 2010 Reid Harris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've just finished with Cactus Jack's latest memoir detailing his last years in the WWE through his debut in TNA and the night he fought Sting at Lockdown 2009 in a steel cage match for the world title. While the wrestling sections are wonderful, fully detailing his mindset of not continuing with the WWE for a final time to the thought process that lead to things like this..., yet those aren't the best parts. The best sections are the truly sincere tales of his visits from charity and child spon ...more
Dan Corley
Jun 25, 2014 Dan Corley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Mick Foley. His style of story telling is about as entertaining as he is wrestling. This was funny, with silly personal moments. It was also surprisingly moving
Gary Norris
Jan 01, 2011 Gary Norris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mick Foley's fourth(!) autobiography is in the same style as his previous one "The Hardcore Diaries", though an improvement at least in part because it documents an enjoyable and fairly successful period in his career (his feud with Sting) and a major change in his professional life (leaving the WWE) rather than what turned out to be a fairly crappy and forgettable period as with The Hardcore Diaries. Plus, he has some interesting thoughts on steroid use and the whole scandal following Chris Ben ...more
Tony
Feb 04, 2016 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wwe
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Travis
Feb 15, 2014 Travis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Mick Foley's memoirs. However, he takes the high road when, as a reader and wrestling fan, I want him to take the low road. He talks about his departure from the WWE and I want him to dish the dirt on anyone and everyone backstage. That's more of a me thing than a critique on the book.
Craig Williams
Mick Foley's fourth book chronicles his time in TNA, leading up to and including his cage match with Sting. I haven't read the previous book, The Hardcore Diaries, but from what I can surmise, that book is mostly about Mick's experience having his creativity suffocated in the WWE, whereas in this book his creativity flourishes to heights he hadn't thought possible this late in his career.

The book is about as good as his others, so if you've read any of those, you can't go wrong.
Mosh
I have to wonder if Mick's taken one too many chair shots to the head. While his writing is enjoyable and genial, his tangents have tangetial tangents to the point that it becomes distracting. At the same time, his chapter on financing a school in Nigeria is some of the most heartfelt writing I've read in a long time (and I totally identify with his Tori Amos obsession). You don't have to be a wrestling fan for this book, but it helps. You don't have to have common sense on important social issu ...more
Thien Nguyen
Received this book as part of a random gift and surprised the giver by being super excited because I love Mick Foley. Overall I did enjoy reading it but I haven't read any of his other memoirs. There are a handful of chapters which I'd give 5 stars that range from the famous Tori Amos chapter to his dealings with Vince as an announcer. Mick's thoughtfulness, sincerity, and brand of humor comes out in his writings and for any fans I'd say it's worth a read even if some chapters get skimmed.
Josh
Dec 03, 2010 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, kindle
I love Mick Foley, and I haven't watched wrestling with any regularity in years. This is the third of his memoirs I've read. He's a indisputably great person, and it really comes through in his writing. I don't see myself reading his novels, and I don't have any desire to read his 3rd memoir, where he admits he was pretty bitter. I think I'll just wait until I can get his childrens' books and then pretend to read them to my kids. Junk food for my literary soul, and I love it.
Barry
May 14, 2011 Barry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read 3 out of Foley's 4 books. Unfortunately, I didn't care too much for this one too. I like to read his books mostly for the insight he provides into the wrestling business. And while there is a bit of insider information in this book, it wasn't enough to sustain my attention. I did read the whole book, however I feel like I retained very little. All I can think is, gee, Foley should donate some of his money.
Davy
Apr 26, 2012 Davy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a relief. His 3rd memior was a downer this one was a lot more positive. Plus with his 1st book gave us an inside look at WCW, ECW, and WWE. The 2nd gave us more of a look into WWE and a look into the entertainment history as a whole. The 3rd was a negitive look into the WWE creative process. This one was refreshing in that it gave us a look into TNA.
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Mick Foley grew up on Long Island, New York. He is the author of the genre-defining #1 New York Times bestsellers: Foley Is Good: And the Real World Is Faker Than Wrestling and Have a Nice Day!: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks. Foley has wrestled professionally for over fifteen years and was the three-time World Wrestling Entertainment Champion. He currently wrestles on TNA. Foley lives with his wi ...more
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