Hollywood star, Kevin James, has revealed that he attended high school with wrestling legend Mick Foley and used to fight with the future WWF Champion.
James, who is the star of classic television sitcom King of Queens and the Paul Blart: Mall Cop feature film series, originally attended Ward Melville High School in East Setauket, New York, in 1983, alongside Mick Foley who dreamt of professional wrestling success.
Though the actor never had an inclination for the grappling game, he came face-to-face with the creator of Cactus Jack on the football field which, according to the star, led to many tussles as Foley showed a want for wrestling more than football.
Speaking on Hot Ones, the actor detailed his battles with Foley and how the pair used to throw each other around and how the future ‘Hardcore Legend’ was innovative in inventing ways to take bumps:
“I played football, and never wrestled before, but they needed another heavyweight to go with Mick [on the team]. So they brought me over, and we had some battles. I used to throw him around a little more, I think I was in better shape than him.
That’s where the mind [for pro wrestling] was developing. I remember him jumping off his roof on cardboard boxes, he was just doing these weird things and he’s the nicest guy ever. He’s incredible, writes children’s books, does so much for charity. Just a great, great guy. But he’s definitely a little off.”
The last time Mick Foley competed between the ropes was at the 2012 Royal Rumble when the talent entered seventh and eliminated Justin Gabriel, Primo and Epico before being sent to the showers by Cody Rhodes.
Kevin James can currently be seen in Netflix comedy series, The Crew, with his last feature film coming in 2020 as Sergeant Steve Downey in Hubie Halloween.
Credit for the interview: Hot Ones
h/t for the transcription: Wrestling Inc.