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WWE Mixed Match Challenge
WWE Mix MC.jpg
Genre
Created byWWE
StarringWWE roster
Opening theme"One Chance [Rock Version]" by CFO$[1]
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12
Production
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22–25 minutes
Production company(s)WWE
Release
Original networkFacebook Watch
WWE Network
Original releaseJanuary 16 (2018-01-16) –
April 3, 2018 (2018-04-03)
Chronology
Related shows
External links
Website

WWE Mixed Match Challenge,[2] also known simply as Mixed Match Challenge, is a professional wrestling web television series and tournament that was produced by WWE, where all matches are mixed tag team matches. The teams, which are made up of both male and female wrestlers, compete for the chance to give $100,000 to a charity of their choice.[3] The other charities receive $10,000 each.

The tournament comprises various matches, that result from scripted storylines and have predetermined results.[4][5] The 12 episode series premiered on January 16, 2018 on Facebook Watch.[6] Each episode was 25 minutes in length,[7] and featured one match.[8] The show filled WWE's 10:00pm ET slot previously held by 205 Live. Following the show's premiere, 205 Live began to air at 10:20pm ET.[9]

During the second episode, Kurt Angle and Daniel Bryan announced that the first week of Mixed Match Challenge received 35 million total engagements.[10]

Season 1[edit | edit source]

The show consisted of teams from both the Raw and SmackDown brands, as picked by their respective general managers, Kurt Angle and Daniel Bryan.[11] Enzo Amore was originally supposed to take part, but was replaced with Apollo Crews after catching the flu.[12] 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.[13] Alicia Fox suffered a broken tailbone[14] and was replaced by Mandy Rose.[15] Big E became the partner for Carmella after winning a fan vote between all three members of The New Day.

James Harrison and Alexa Bliss won the inaugural WWE Mixed Match Challenge, earning the reward for Connor's Cure.[16]

    Raw
    SmackDown
Raw Teams Team Names Charities[17]
Alexa Bliss and James Harrison[18] The Resistance Connor's Cure
Sasha Banks and Finn Bálor[19] The Boss Club Special Olympics
Nia Jax and Apollo Crews[20] Susan G. Komen
Sonya Deville and The Miz[21] Awe-Suka Rescue Dogs Rock
Mandy Rose and Goldust[15] Rose Gold Hire Heroes USA
Bayley and Elias[22] Americares
SmackDown Teams Team Names Charities[17]
Charlotte Flair and Bobby Roode[23] Robe Warriors Girl Up
Lana and Rusev[24] Ravishing Rusev Day

The Husband & Wife Duo

Global Citizen
Naomi and Jimmy Uso[25] Glowing Since DAY ONE ISH Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Natalya and Shinsuke Nakamura[26] Make-A-Wish
Becky Lynch and Sami Zayn[27] The Ginger Snaps UNICEF
Carmella and Big E[28] KaBOOM!

Bracket[edit | edit source]

The full tournament bracket was revealed on January 11, 2018 on WWE.com.[8] 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.[29]

  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 Sonya Deville 12:45  
Raw The Miz and Sonya Deville Sub
SmackDown Big E and Carmella 9:49  
  Raw The Miz and Sonya Deville Pin  
  Raw James Harrison and Alexa Bliss 11:20  
Raw James Harrison and Alexa Bliss 11:15  
SmackDown Sami Zayn and Becky Lynch Pin  
  Raw James Harrison and Alexa Bliss Pin     Raw James Harrison and Alexa Bliss 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 Crews 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.[30]

(***) - Becky Lynch replaced Charlotte Flair for this match after Flair had dental surgery.[31][32][33]

Broadcast team[edit | edit source]

Ring name Notes
Renee Young[34] Co-host
Byron Saxton[34] Co-host
Greg Hamilton Ring announcer
Michael Cole[35] Lead commentator
Corey Graves[35] Color commentator
Beth Phoenix[35] Color commentator
Hall of Famer

Season 2[edit | edit source]

The second season will premiere on September 18, 2018 on Facebook Watch, as announced on September 4. In the second season, teams will not compete for charity. They will also compete round robin-style on fourteen 30-minute, two match episodes.[36] The finals of season 2 will take place at the TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs event on December 16, 2018.[37][38]

Raw Teams SmackDown Teams
Alexa Bliss and James Harrison[36] Asuka and The Miz[36]
Sasha Banks and Bobby Lashley[36] Naomi and Jimmy Uso[36]
Bayley and Finn Bálor[36] Lana and Rusev[36]
Alicia Fox and Jinder Mahal[36] Charlotte Flair and AJ Styles[36]
Natalya and Kevin Owens[36] Carmella and R-Truth[36]

Table[edit | edit source]

Bliss
Harrison
Banks
Lashley
Bayley
Bálor
Fox
Mahal
Natalya
Owens
Asuka
Miz
Naomi
Uso
Lana
Rusev
Flair
Styles
Carmella
R-Truth
Bliss
Harrison
Banks
Lashley
Bayley
Bálor
Fox
Mahal
Natalya
Owens
Asuka
Miz
Naomi
Uso
Lana
Rusev
Flair
Styles
Carmella
R-Truth

References[edit | edit source]

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  35. 35.0 35.1 35.2 "Beth Phoenix announced for WWE Mixed Match Challenge commentary team". WWE. WWE.com. 2 January 2018. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
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