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Foley's visit a dream come true for Timmins wrestling fans
By JEFF LABINE - Timmins Daily Press


For wrestling fan Brad Bondar, left, meeting the legendary Mick Foley was a dream come true. Foley was among the headlining performers for the three-day Timmins Comedy Festival. Bondar took advantage of a meet and greet opportunity with Foley on Saturday.

TIMMINS - It was a dream fulfilled for Timmins resident Brad Bondar.

Hundreds of fans took the opportunity to meet World Wrestling Entertainment legend and best-selling author Mick Foley. Bondar was among those fans who got to meet and chat with Foley.

“It's been my dream for the last 15 years or so to meet him but I never could because of the travelling and cost to get to WWE events,” said Bondar. “But now that he was able to come here to Timmins was totally awesome.”

Sporting his trademark sock, Foley, who seated himself comfortably on a throne on the stage at École secondaire catholique Thériault, signed autographs, posed for pictures and chatted with everyone who came up to meet him. Foley was one of the headliners for the inaugural Timmins Comedy Festival.

“I never thought in a million years I would meet such famous ex wrestler never-mind in Timmins where I live ... “I enjoyed every minute of it because he was very friendly, open, and accommodating to fans, especially those with disabilities,” said Bondar, who uses a wheelchair.


Having retired from the ring, Foley took to the stage for a one-man performance Saturday night. Foley described his show as more of an “evening with” than a standup comedy act.

Scott Tomiuk, who wore a plaid shirt and a Foley souvenir T-shirts, said he was thrilled to meet him.

“He’s a hardcore legend,” Tomiuk said. “He’s done it all. He’s one of the legendary wrestlers of the WWE. It’s a great opportunity to meet one of your wrestling heroes. It is just a privilege to meet him.”

He said one his fondest memories of Foley was seeing him go up against Adam Joseph Copeland, also known as the Edge in Wrestlemania 22, where both wrestlers gave it their all.

Kyle Nicholls waited in line to meet Foley for no other reason other than the fact he thought the wrestling legend was “simply awesome.” He bought a number of souvenirs including a comic book and trading cards. But one of his treasured purchases was a picture of Foley as Mankind taking on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

“I’ve seen a couple of his comedy shows and he’s hilarious,” Nicholls said. “It was nice to meet him. There’s a lot of people, though, so you could tell it was taking a toll. He’s taking pictures every five seconds but he’s a good sport about it. I’ve always watched wrestling. I’m more into the old style wrestling. He was back in that generation where it was really hardcore.”

– With files from Ron Grech, The Daily Press

RELATED LINKS

  • RealMickFoley.com
  • Twitter: @realmickfoley
  • Mick Foley bio and story archive