Mick Foley, a WWE Hall of Famer often likened to the legendary Lon Chaney for his diverse personas and his commitment to performance, is famously known for pushing the boundaries of physicality in the ring. Yet, among his many memorable acts, one stands out for its unorthodox nature - the creation of a sock puppet named Mr.
Socko. Foley, in his "Foley Is Pod" podcast, revealed an intriguing backstory to this unique character, a tale of creativity and spontaneity that has captivated wrestling fans worldwide. The origin of Mr. Socko, as Foley recounted, wasn't his own brainchild but rather a suggestion from his colleague, Al Snow.
"How about a sock puppet?" Snow proposed, sparking Foley's curiosity. Despite initial reservations and Snow's remark that "people hate sock puppets," Foley decided to give the idea a chance. This decision led to one of the most iconic moments in WWE history.
Mr. Socko's Unlikely Debut
Mr. Socko made his debut under unusual circumstances. Foley had prepared the sock puppet as part of a series of gifts for the then-injured WWE Chairman, Vince McMahon. However, it wasn't until a birthday clown, brought in by Foley, began overshadowing him that he decided to use the sock puppet.
Foley's impromptu decision was driven by a performer's instinct - not allowing his scene to be stolen, especially by an outsider. The character's charm, Foley believes, lay in its amateurish presentation. "It was just that horrible ventriloquist act," Foley reflected.
He mused that had he been a skilled ventriloquist, Mr. Socko might not have achieved the same level of fame. The following week on "Raw," WWE writer Vince Russo inquired if Foley still had the sock puppet, attesting to the audience's growing fascination with Mr.
Socko. The legend of Mr. Socko's rise is not just a testament to Foley's innovative spirit but also to his unique ability to connect with the audience. WWE Hall of Famer Steve Austin himself noted that no one else but Foley could have made Mr.
Socko a sensation. This story, an exemplary blend of improvisation and audience engagement, highlights Foley's legacy in the WWE - a legacy marked by creativity, resilience, and an unparalleled connection with fans.