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Countdown to Lockdown: A Hardcore Journal

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  621 ratings  ·  45 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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"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
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
Rob Jansing
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
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
Christopher Shawn
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
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
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
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
Justin Sylvia
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Not the best wrestling book-or the best Mick Foley book-out there. There are pieces of a book here, but not enough to make it a substantial read, even in this sub-genre of memoirs. Ultimately, less is more here, and if Mick waited a few more years to publish, he would likely have had a stronger book. As such, this is more of a 2.5-star read rather than a 3-star book.
Another awesome book from the HCL! (Hard Core Legend) Mick Foley always comes through, and I look forward to each any everyone of his releases. He didn't disappoint with "Countdown To Lockdown", and I'm sure if he continues to chronicle his journey through Wrestling, or just decides to write another fiction novel, it will be worth the read as well.
More of the same really. Tracks a few weeks leading up to a big match against Sting and is full of the usual Foley things, funny jokes, silly stories and insights into how he goes about preparing his body and mind for a big match. The man is a great writer, a fantastic storyteller and just an all round good bloke. Keep these books coming...
Probably Foley's best effort since his first book. Since he's not under the WWE umbrella on this one, he's able to speak a little more freely on some issues from WWE and Vince. However, he's tactful enough not to completely burn any bridges either. Any fan of his previous books or wrestling biographies would enjoy this book.
Tim Van Wijngaarden
Once again Mick Foley writes an amazing memoire, his fourth and probably last one might be the least in the series, but Foley once again sheds an unseen light onto many backstage elements of the Wrestling World, a must-read for every wrestling fan.
Highly enjoyable read. Foley has a very conversational style which probably infuriates strict grammarists but works. Touches upon many topics beyond wrestling. Foley is someone to be admired for all the good he does.
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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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