Holy Foley, the new reality TV show exclusively on the WWE Network, has been hyped up for months throughout WWE programming. Hell, it’s probably half the reason Mick Foley was brought back to be the GM of Monday Night Raw. The first five episodes of the 10-episode season will all drop this Sunday with the live premiere immediately following the conclusion of SummerSlam. Of course, if you have the WWE Network and you’re on With Spandex, you likely know who Mick Foley is, but what about everyone else that’s appearing on the show? We were lucky enough to see an advance screening of Holy Foley‘s first episode, so we’re about to give you a rundown of the show’s main cast — now you can be in the know before the opening credits roll.
Mick Foley is Holy Foley‘s protagonist, the hardcore legend-turned-Christmas enthusiast. He leads the narrative of the show and is in virtually every scene, which makes sense given his pedigree (e.g. three-time WWE Champion, WWE Hall of Famer, That Guy Who Fell Off a Cell Through a Table and Then Fell Through the Cell and Lost Some Teeth and Stuff Too). In the first episode, he comes off as likeable but a little bit overbearing, like any good father should be, especially when one of your kids is…
Noelle Foley. This 22-year-old knockout has been positioned as the direct co-star to her dad in Holy Foley, and while she’s not exactly a natural in front of the camera, she’s so visually stunning that it’s hard to fault the producers. Much of the first episode revolves around her having a big secret she wants to reveal to the entire Foley clan, which leads everyone to speculate that she’s pregnant with her boyfriend’s baby. That boyfriend?
Frank the Clown. Yup, that’s right, Mrs. Foley’s Baby Boy’s Baby Girl has willingly chosen to date WWE superfan Frank the Clown, someone you probably know strictly as one of those guys who seemingly always has the best seats at any given WWE event and may or may not actually be a plant by WWE (and if he is, he’s not admitting it). Frank gets minimal screentime in episode one, only popping up at the end (after being late to the Foley family dinner — way to blow it, Frank) to get rebuked by Mick, who’s too hung up on Noelle’s big secret to pay attention to the rest of his family, including …
Dewey Foley, his oldest son. Dewey’s main storyline is that he’s in his mid-20s and unemployed, like most of post-grad America. Mick’s having none of it, however, and spends a good chunk of the first episode laying into Dewey about not having enough passion for what he wants to pursue in life, a scene which eventually ends with Mick chucking his dental appliance across the room. It’s been a while since we’ve seen Mick Foley that angry on any TV show, and while it’s nice to see the fire is still there, you kinda feel bad for Dewey, because deep down you know Mick has always thought about caning him if he steps out of line. Since Dewey is the oldest, he’s taking all the lumps, leaving his two brothers free to be goofballs.
Mickey Foley, the middle boy, is in a very interesting position as he is autistic (something Mick has talked about publicly before and is brought up in Holy Foley‘s first episode). You don’t see many autistic people represented on TV shows of any sort, and I can’t recall a time when autism was ever talked about on WWE programming, so this is a breath of fresh air that helps the show feel more heartfelt and less slapstick (even though Mickey, like his brother Hughie, primarily exists to crack jokes). Given that one in 68 children in the U.S. has autism spectrum disorder, Holy Foley could turn Mickey into an unlikely role model for many people.
Hughie Foley, the Foley clan’s youngest child, doesn’t get a ton of focus in the first episode outside of cracking a few jokes at his big sister’s expense. He’s definitely here to be comic relief, and that’s A-Okay. I fully expect him to brutally make fun of Frank the Clown, and that’s also A-Okay.
Last but not least, we have Mick’s wife of 24 years, Collette Foley. Collette used to be a model and is seen in the first episode trying to push Noelle into the same career path, something which she doesn’t take too kindly. She’s represented as part stage mom, part obsessive collector (her creepy doll collection rivals that of George Costanza’s old girlfriend), but at the end still comes off as a loving wife and mother to the Foley family. Hopefully she’ll get into some adventures of her own later in the season.