A famous professional wrestler is making a stop in downtown Pikeville this March.

Mick Foley, WWE Hall of Famer and best-selling author, will hold an evening show at the Appalachian Center for the Arts on March 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets, which went on sale on Tuesday, are $25 for general admission and $50 for a VIP Ticket and Meet/Greet.

The show will be a part of Foley’s “The Nice Day Tour” in support of the 20th anniversary of his first memoir of the same name, which became a New York Times best-seller.

Erick Buckley, director of education and outreach at the App, said Foley is “truly a worldwide superstar,” being known for his “outrageous” wrestling persona that went over well with his fans and for not becoming “your prototypical action superstar” after moving on from wrestling.

“He’s a remarkably kind guy, really smart and funny, and played such an outrageous wrestling persona,” Buckley said. “Since then, he’s really followed up with a career of writing, acting and reaching out to his continuing fan base.”

Foley is known for his wrestling characters, such as Cactus Jack and Mankind, and became famous for his ability to absorb extreme physical punishment. As Cactus Jack, Foley won the 1995 “King of the Deathmatch” tournament in Japan and continued wrestling, despite the amputation of his right ear.

As Mankind, Foley is best known for the brutal battle with The Undertaker in the “Hell in the Cell” match of 1998, during which he was knocked unconscious after falling both off and through a 16 foot-tall steel cage. Foley finished the match despite his injury, according to his official website.

Since his retirement from wrestling, Foley has published 15 novels, with two of those becoming New York Times best-sellers. His professional career also includes acting and stand-up comedy.

“The fact that we get him here is fantastic,” Buckley said.

Tickets can be purchased on Ticketmaster and at the Community Trust Bank Box Office at the Appalachian Wireless Arena. For more information, call, (606)262-4004, visit the App at 218 Second Street or the App’s website with information about the event at, www.theapparts.org/presents.

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