Mick Foley’s Secret Weapon? Tori Amos

On Thursday night (October 7), two legends of professional wrestling got down to brutal, bloody business on a special live broadcast of “TNA Impact!” on Spike. In preparation for this Sunday’s (October 10th) special Bound for Glory pay-per-view show, Mick Foley stepped into the squared circle with Ric Flair for a Last Man Standing match that saw each man use barbed wire, thumbtacks, tables and everything in between to draw blood and attempt to knock the other unconscious. It was a tremendous war of attrition that saw a collision of two of the industry’s best entertainers.

Over the course of the match, Foley was even struck in the head with his own new book “Countdown to Lockdown: A Hardcore Journal,” a tremendous new memoir that tracks his exit from World Wrestling Entertainment, his ascent up the ladder at Total Nonstop Action and all of his charity and social work in between. Foley has always been a great humanitarian, and his current causes include helping victims of sexual abuse in Sierra Leone and assisting counselors for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN). In fact, he got into the latter via one of his favorite musicians of all time: Tori Amos. Amos has long been a supporter of the charity, and Foley got so into it after meeting Amos (which takes up one of the best chapters in the book) that he immediately got involved.

“I started reading and realized that I don’t hear a whole lot of men talking about issues like this,” Foley told MTV News. “I am proud to say that I help out with their hotline. I try to actively help people on a one on one basis.”

Foley also put his money where his mouth is, as he donated his entire advance for “Countdown to Lockdown” (which was just released this week) to those two charity groups. But how did Foley first get involved with Amos? It turns out that her understated version of piano-based beauty has helped Foley get into a frame of mind that allows him to get involved in top-shelf choreographed violence.

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