Mick and Noelle Foley’s WWE Network Program is a Reality Show, Debuts in August

It has been rumored for a while that Mick Foley and his daughter Noelle were working on a project with WWE and today the company announced exactly what it will be. “Holy Foley,” a 30-minute reality show about the father-daughter duo, will premiere in August on the WWE Network and has been given a 10-episode order.

Here’s the synopsis from WWE:

“At the Foley household on suburban Long Island, Mick Foley simply sees himself as a stand-up comedian and Santa-loving dad to his family of five, including wife Colette, sons Dewey, Mickey and Hughie, and daughter Noelle, with whom he shares a picture-perfect, father-daughter relationship.

However, unbeknownst to Mick, Noelle has decided she wants to follow in her father’s footsteps, and has been secretly training to join WWE. Just when Mick thought he was out of the ring, Noelle is leading the charge to pull him back in.

As if Noelle’s aspirations weren’t enough, Dewey, Mick’s oldest son, recently landed his dream job as a writer’s assistant on the WWE creative team.

In Holy Foley, real-life antics and laugh-out-loud moments will unfold as cameras follow two generations of Foleys trying to make it in life – and at WWE.”

The WrestleMania Card is Nearly Complete

WWE has filled out the WrestleMania card in recent days on Raw, WWE.com, and Smackdown, adding a United States Championship match, a tag team contest, and the Andre battle royal to this year’s event. All that’s left is an Intercontinental Championship match and something with Chris Jericho and AJ Styles, although those two elements may be combined.

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Roman Reigns vs. Triple H

Hell in a Cell Match
Shane McMahon vs. the Undertaker
(If Shane McMahon wins, he gets control of Raw)

No Holds Barred Street Fight
Dean Ambrose vs. Brock Lesnar

United States Championship Match
Ryback vs. Kalisto

Tag Team Championship Match
League of Nations vs. New Day

Divas Championship Triple Threat Match
Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte

The Usos vs. The Dudley Boyz

3rd Annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

Video: AJ Styles Makes WWE Debut at Royal Rumble

After weeks of speculation, AJ Styles made his WWE debut, entering the Royal Rumble match at number three. Michael Cole did a great job of detailing why Styles was important and the Orlando crowd popped for the former TNA and NJPW standout.

Notably, he is AJ Styles. WWE did not force a name change, which wouldn’t have made sense anyway given AJ’s long career and name recognition in the industry. The company also already has Styles t-shirts for sale on WWE Shop.

We’ll see what’s next for Styles, who lasted quite a while in the Rumble match. He was eliminated after a furious brawl with Kevin Owens and a program between the two men would be very welcome.

Ratings Increase for Third Episode of Impact on PopTV

TNA saw a ratings increase for its third episode of Impact Wrestling since the show moved to PopTV. This week’s show drew 321,000 viewers at 9pm ET and an additional 122,000 for the midnight replay, according to Dave Meltzer. Those numbers are up from the previous week’s 288,000 and 77,000, respectively.

The increase can be attributed to both Matt Hardy saying he would either win the title or quit TNA, as well as an 11% increase in providers carrying PopTV week-over-week. Meltzer points out that the real growth was in the midnight re-air, since the increase in viewership from the prior week was more than the increase in providers.

While these numbers are not gargantuan by any stretch, growth is always encouraging. It will be a while before TNA reaches the near million viewers the company was bringing in during a chunk of its time on Spike – if it ever happens – but positive momentum is all Dixie Carter and friends can ask for at this point.

Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Match Added to Royal Rumble Kickoff with Winners Entering Rumble

WWE just announced that a Fatal 4-Way tag team match will take place on the Royal Rumble kickoff show, with the winning tag team earning entry into the Rumble match. The 4-Way features The Ascension vs. The Dudleys vs. Mark Henry & Jack Swagger vs. Darren Young & Damien Sandow. Apparently Darren Young and Titus O’Neil very quietly broke up, but I missed that one.

The odd thing here is this match implies that six of these men will not enter the Rumble. WWE’s roster is already razor thin thanks to a multitude of injuries, so we’re either getting some NXT call-ups, a Bullet Club appearance, a bunch of nostalgia returns, or a combination of the those.

With the announcement of this match, here is your updated Rumble card:

Royal Rumble WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match

Intercontinental Championship Last Man Standing Match
Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose

United States Championship Match
Kalisto vs. Alberto Del Rio

Tag Team Championship Match
The Usos vs. The New Day

Divas Championship Match
Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte

Kickoff Show Fatal 4-Way, Winning Team Gets Entry into Rumble
The Ascension vs. The Dudleys vs. Mark Henry & Jack Swagger vs. Darren Young & Damien Sandow

Mike Tyson is EA Sports UFC 2 Pre-Order Bonus

EA Sports today revealed that Mike Tyson will be the pre-order bonus playable character in the upcoming EA Sports UFC 2 videogame. While Tyson makes pretty much no sense in an MMA game, remember that the previous version of the game featured Bruce Lee as a playable fighter. Lee – an icon in the world of martial arts – made some sense and I guess at least Tyson has participated in combat sports but if you were upset about Arnold Schwarzenegger being in WWE 2K16, you’re probably pretty upset about this one.

Pre-ordering the Deluxe Edition will get you two versions of Tyson; the younger “Iron Mike” and the older, tattooed-faced “Legacy Mike.” Along with the two Tysons, all pre-orders get Bas Rutten and Kazushi Sakuraba as playable characters.

The game hits retail shelves March 15th in North America and is available for Xbox One and PS4.

CM Punk’s UFC Deal is for Eight Fights

CM Punk revealed that his UFC contract is not a “one shot deal” but instead is for a total of eight fights. He told SunSport, “I can’t honestly answer how many (fights) I’m gonna have – we’ll wait and see how the first one goes. But there’s gonna be eight, at least.”

UFC President Dana White has teased that Punk’s debut fight will be at UFC 199 against Mickey Gall, who won his professional debut by submission. At just 23-years-old, he’s a much more “conventional” MMA rookie than CM Punk, but pairing the two together makes sense. If Gall wins his UFC debut against Mike Jackson at UFC 196, it’ll be a lock that he’ll get Punk in the former WWE Champion’s MMA debut.

Punk also told SunSport that he would rather be on the UFC 200 card but added, “But I’m not doing this whole thing for money, so it almost kinda doesn’t matter to me. But since it’s only a month later it’s like ‘oh yeah, why don’t we push it?’.”

Matt Hardy Turns Heel, Wins TNA Title

During last night’s TNA World Championship Last Man Standing match, Tyrus turned on Ethan Carter III and aligned with Matt Hardy, who turned heel and won the TNA World Championship. Following the title win, Hardy embraced his heel persona to the fullest, going off on an excellent Twitter rant calling fans “insolent underlings” and demanding they address him as “YOUR GRACE” or “MY LORD,” and claiming he offered Tyrus twice what EC3 was paying him.

While it’s often been easy to criticize TNA, I very much like how this storyline has played out, especially with Reby Sky becoming more and more enraged as the weeks have gone on and coming off like the puppet controlling Matt. It will also be nice to see EC3, who has become one of the best parts of TNA each week, as a babyface.

Jim Ross Returns to Play-By-Play as Voice of New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV

The rumors are true: Jim Ross will return to pro wrestling broadcasting beginning March 4th at 9pm ET, when he replaces Mauro Ranallo as the play-by-play voice of New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV, according to FOX Sports.

Ross will work alongside Josh Barnett and will voice-over his play-by-play from AXS studios in Los Angeles. JR is familiar with the New Japan product from his play-by-play work on Wrestle Kingdom 9 in January 2015, which he called with Matt Striker.

Here is Your Updated Royal Rumble Card

With less than a week to go, WWE finally got around to adding some matches to the Royal Rumble card during last night’s episode of Raw. We already knew that Roman Reigns would defend his WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the 30-man Rumble match and we now also know that he will be entrant number one in the contest. Every championship will now be defended on the show, which airs live on the WWE Network (and pay-per-view, if you’re a big dumb idiot who can’t do math) at 8pm ET.

Here is the complete Royal Rumble card, as of Tuesday, the 19th.

Royal Rumble WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match

Intercontinental Championship Last Man Standing Match
Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose

United States Championship Match
Kalisto vs. Alberto Del Rio

Tag Team Championship Match
The Usos vs. The New Day

Divas Championship Match
Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte

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