WWE Mixed Match Challenge

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WWE Mixed Match Challenge
WWE Mix MC.jpg
Genre
Created by Vince McMahon
Starring WWE roster
Opening theme "One Chance [Rock Version]" by CFO$[1]
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 14
Production
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 20-25 minutes (first season)
30 minutes (second season)
Production company(s) WWE
Release
Original network Facebook Watch
WWE Network
Original release January 16, 2018 (2018-01-16) – present
Chronology
Related shows
External links
Website

WWE Mixed Match Challenge,[2] also known simply as Mixed Match Challenge, is a seasonal professional wrestling web television series and tournament produced by WWE, where all matches are mixed tag team matches. Like all professional wrestling events it is based on scripted storylines and its outcomes are predetermined.[3][4] The 12-episode first season premiered on January 16, 2018 on Facebook Watch.[5] Each episode was 20-25 minutes in length[6] and featured one match.[7] The show filled WWE's 10:00pm ET timeslot previously held by 205 Live. Following the show's premiere, 205 Live began to air at 10:20pm ET.[8] On September 4, 2018, WWE announced a second season of Mixed Match Challenge, with the season premiering on September 18 immediately following SmackDown Live. Season 2 will consist of 14 30-minute episodes, with each featuring two matches.[9] Episodes of season 2 will air at 10:00pm ET, with a weekly pre-show starting at 9:50pm ET.[9]

Season 1[edit]

The teams, which were made up of both male and female wrestlers from both the Raw and SmackDown brands, were picked by their respective general managers, Kurt Angle and Daniel Bryan.[10] Each team wrestled for the chance to give $100,000 to a charity of the winner's choice,[11] all other charities received $10,000 each. During the second episode, Kurt Angle and Daniel Bryan announced that the first week of Mixed Match Challenge received 35 million total engagements.[12] The Miz and Asuka won the inaugural Mixed Match Challenge tournament, earning the $100,000 for the Rescue Dogs Rock charity.[13] Enzo Amore was originally supposed to take part, but was replaced with Apollo Crews after catching the flu.[14] Samoa Joe was originally Bayley's tag team partner after winning a fan vote, but was injured and replaced by Elias, who finished second in the fan vote.[15] Alicia Fox suffered a broken tailbone[16] and was replaced by Mandy Rose.[17] Big E became the partner for Carmella after winning a fan vote between all three members of The New Day.

Teams[edit]

Raw Teams Charities[18]
Alexa Bliss and Braun Strowman[19] Connor's Cure
Sasha Banks and Finn Bálor[20] Special Olympics
Nia Jax and Apollo[21] Susan G. Komen
Asuka and The Miz[22] Rescue Dogs Rock
Mandy Rose and Goldust[17] Hire Heroes USA
Bayley and Elias[23] Americares
SmackDown Teams Charities[18]
Charlotte Flair and Bobby Roode[24] Girl Up
Lana and Rusev[25] Global Citizen
Naomi and Jimmy Uso[26] Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Natalya and Shinsuke Nakamura[27] Make-A-Wish
Becky Lynch and Sami Zayn[28] UNICEF
Carmella and Big E[29] KaBOOM!

Bracket[edit]

The full tournament bracket was revealed on January 11, 2018 on WWE.com.[7] In one of the semifinal matches, fans were able to vote on a Facebook poll, for an eliminated team to be given a second chance in the tournament.[30]

  First Round
(Weeks 1-6)
Quarterfinals
(Weeks 7-9)
Semifinals
(Weeks 10 and 11)
Final
(Week 12)
                                     
Raw Finn Bálor and Sasha Banks Sub  
SmackDown Shinsuke Nakamura and Natalya 12:48  
  Raw Finn Bálor and Sasha Banks Pin  
 
  Raw The Miz and Asuka 12:45  
Raw The Miz and Asuka Sub
SmackDown Big E and Carmella 9:49  
  Raw The Miz and Asuka Sub  
  Raw Braun Strowman and Alexa Bliss 11:20  
Raw Braun Strowman and Alexa Bliss 11:15  
SmackDown Sami Zayn and Becky Lynch Pin  
  Raw Braun Strowman and Alexa Bliss Pin     Raw The Miz and Asuka Pin
 
  SmackDown Jimmy Uso and Naomi 10:35       SmackDown Bobby Roode and Charlotte Flair 20:00  
Raw Goldust and Mandy Rose* Pin
SmackDown Jimmy Uso and Naomi* 10:14  
  Raw Finn Bálor and Sasha Banks** Pin  
  SmackDown Bobby Roode and Becky Lynch *** 13:03  
Raw Elias and Bayley Pin  
SmackDown Rusev and Lana 9:38  
  SmackDown Rusev and Lana Pin  
 
  SmackDown Bobby Roode and Charlotte Flair 11:02  
Raw Apollo and Nia Jax Pin
SmackDown Bobby Roode and Charlotte Flair 10:39  

(*) - Daniel Bryan was the special guest referee for this match after winning a fan vote.

(**) - This team won a Second Chance poll, earning 40% of the votes, to re-enter the tournament.[31]

(***) - Becky Lynch replaced Charlotte Flair for this match after Flair had dental surgery.[32][33][34]

Broadcast team[edit]

Ring name Notes
Renee Young[35] Co-host
Byron Saxton[35] Co-host
Greg Hamilton Ring announcer
Michael Cole[36] Lead commentator
Corey Graves[36] Color commentator
Beth Phoenix[36] Color commentator
Hall of Famer

Season 2[edit]

The second season premiered on September 18, 2018 on Facebook Watch. In the second season, teams will compete in a round robin-style tournament throughout the fourteen 30-minute, two match episodes.[9] The finals of season two will take place at the TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view event on December 16.[37][38]

Injuries[edit]

Alexa Bliss was originally supposed to take part in the tournament again alongside her partner, Braun Strowman, to reform "Team Little Big." However, due to an arm injury suffered at Hell in a Cell at the hands of Ronda Rousey, Ember Moon replaced Bliss to form "Team Monster Eclipse." If Bliss is cleared to compete before Strowman and Moon are eliminated, Bliss will resume her partnership with Strowman.[39] Sasha Banks was also supposed to take part in the tournament alongside her partner Bobby Lashley, but it was announced on September 21, 2018 that Banks was injured and unable to compete in the tournament. Mickie James replaced Banks as Lashley’s partner.[40] Kevin Owens was originally part of the tournament alongside his partner, Natalya, to form "Team Pawz," but it was announced on October 9, 2018 that Owens suffered an ankle injury the previous night on Raw at the hands of Lashley, leaving Natalya looking for a new teammate.[41] On October 12, 2018, Bobby Roode, who was Charlotte Flair's partner during season one, was chosen as Natalya's new partner.[42]

Teams[edit]

Raw teams SmackDown teams
The Monster Eclipse (Ember Moon and Braun Strowman)[43][9] Awe-suka (Asuka and The Miz)[43][9]
Country Dominance (Mickie James and Bobby Lashley)[43][9] Day One Glow (Naomi and Jimmy Uso)[43][9]
B'N'B (Bayley and Finn Bálor)[43][9] Ravishing Rusev Day (Lana and Rusev)[43][9]
Mahalicia (Alicia Fox and Jinder Mahal)[43][9] Fenomenal Flair (Charlotte Flair and AJ Styles)[43][9]
Team Pawz (Natalya and Kevin Owens/Bobby Roode)[43][9] The Fabulous Truth (Carmella and R-Truth)[43][9]

Bracket[edit]

Raw Moon
Strowman
James
Lashley
Bayley
Bálor
Fox
Mahal
Natalya
Owens/Roode
SmackDown Asuka
Miz
Naomi
Uso
Lana
Rusev
Flair
Styles
Carmella
R-Truth
Moon
Strowman
Moon
Strowman
10/9[44]
Moon
Strowman
9/18[45]
Asuka
Miz
10/23[46] Asuka
Miz
10/16[46]
Asuka
Miz
9/25[47]
James
Lashley
James
Lashley
9/25[47]
James
Lashley
10/16[46]
Naomi
Uso
10/23[46] Naomi
Uso
10/2[48]
Flair
Styles
9/18[45]
Bayley
Bálor
Moon
Strowman
10/9[44]
Bayley
Bálor[48]
10/2
10/23[46] Lana
Rusev
Asuka
Miz
10/16[46]
Naomi
Uso
10/2[48]
Fox
Mahal
James
Lashley
9/25[47]
Bayley
Bálor
10/2[48]
Flair
Styles
Flair
Styles
9/18[45]
Flair
Styles
10/9[44]
Natalya
Owens/Roode
Moon
Strowman
9/18[45]
James
Lashley
10/16[46]
10/23[46] Carmella
R-Truth
Asuka
Miz
9/25[47]
Flair
Styles
10/9[44]
Standings
Raw SmackDown
Moon/Strowman 2–0 Asuka/Miz 2–0
James/Lashley 2–0 Flair/Styles 2–0
Bayley/Bálor 1–1 Naomi/Uso 1–1
Fox/Mahal 0–2 Lana/Rusev 0–2
Natalya/Owens/Roode 0–2 Carmella/R-Truth 0–2

Broadcast team[edit]

Ring name Notes
Kayla Braxton Pre-show co-host
Michael Cole[45] Color commentator
Greg Hamilton Ring announcer
Vic Joseph Color commentator[45]
Pre-show co-host
Renee Young Lead commentator[45]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2018 8th Streamy Awards Subject – Sports WWE Mixed Match Challenge Pending [49]

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