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WWE announces Pat Patterson doc, more January Network content

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A Pat Patterson documentary is among the new content coming to the WWE Network in January. 

WWE has announced that -- as part of a 30-day countdown to the Royal Rumble -- "new pieces of Royal Rumble-themed content will drop every day of the month, between WWE Network and WWE’s social and digital platforms." This year's Royal Rumble is taking place on Sunday, January 31.

"Get ready for daily full-length matches from past Royal Rumble events, as well as all-new episodes of WWE Playlist and Top 10, plus classic highlights and lots more surprises throughout the month on WWE’s YouTube channel and social platforms," WWE announced. "WWE Network, meanwhile, has a full slate of original programming, all culminating on Jan. 31 with the 2021 Royal Rumble and the series premiere of WWE Icons, featuring Yokozuna."

The Patterson documentary will premiere on Sunday, January 24. It will explore his contributions to the industry both in the ring and behind the scenes.

Patterson, who created the Royal Rumble match, passed away at the age of 79 earlier this month.

An episode of Steve Austin's Broken Skull Sessions with Bayley as the guest, a WWE Untold episode on AJ Styles' WWE debut at the 2016 Royal Rumble, a WWE Chronicle episode on Bianca Belair, a roundtable on WWE's first-ever women's Royal Rumble match, and a WWE The Day Of episode on the 2014 Royal Rumble are also set to premiere on the WWE Network in January.

Here's the full list of new content coming to the WWE Network as part of the countdown to the Royal Rumble:

Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions: Bayley
Sunday, Jan. 10
Former Raw, SmackDown and NXT Women’s Champion Bayley joins 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin to discuss her remarkable career, including her experiences competing at the Royal Rumble.

WWE Untold: AJ Styles’ Royal Rumble Debut
Sunday, Jan. 17
The WWE landscape was forever changed at the 2016 Royal Rumble when AJ Styles made his shocking, unannounced entrance in the event’s namesake match. The Phenomenal One and others look back on Styles’ game-changing arrival to WWE on a new episode of WWE Untold.

The Best of WWE: Attitude Era Royal Rumble Matches (available on the free version of the WWE Network)
Tuesday, Jan. 19
Matt Camp of WWE’s The Bump looks back at the Royal Rumble Matches that defined one of WWE’s most beloved eras, featuring “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Rock, The Undertaker, Triple H and more.

WWE Playback: 2020 Royal Rumble Matches
Friday, Jan. 22
Competitors watch, relive and react to the 2020 Men’s and Women’s Royal Rumble Matches -- jaw-dropping surprises, painful eliminations and all.

Pat Patterson Documentary
Sunday, Jan. 24
If it wasn’t for Pat Patterson’s creative vision, there would be no Royal Rumble Match. Explore the late WWE Hall of Famer’s immense contributions to sports-entertainment, both in the ring and behind the scenes, in this new documentary.

WWE Chronicle: Bianca Belair
Sunday, Jan. 24
WWE Network cameras bring you behind the scenes with The EST of WWE in the weeks leading to Royal Rumble 2021.

The Best of WWE: Royal Rumble Matches of the 2010s (available on the free version of the WWE Network)
Tuesday, Jan. 26
Matt Camp returns to host this compilation of the best Royal Rumble Matches of the past decade, from the first Rumble of the 2010s to last year’s 30-Superstar melee.

Roundtable: 1st Women’s Royal Rumble Match
Wednesday, Jan. 27
The glass ceiling was shattered in 2018 with the introduction of WWE’s first Women’s Royal Rumble Match. Charlotte Flair, Natalya, Nia Jax and Mickie James discuss the profound impact of that night.

WWE The Day Of: Royal Rumble 2014 (available on the free version of the WWE Network)
Friday, Jan. 29
Batista’s triumphant in-ring return at the 2014 Royal Rumble was an infamously polarizing moment in WWE history. Watch never-before-seen footage from that night as Batista is overcome by a wave of mixed emotions, from the jubilation of victory to disappointment over WWE fans’ hostile reaction.

WWE Icons: Yokozuna
Sunday, Jan. 31
WWE Network Documentaries’ new biographical series, WWE Icons, premieres with an in-depth look at two-time WWE Champion and 1993 Royal Rumble Match winner Yokozuna.