This week WWE announced the launch of an exciting new venture with Facebook. Starting on January 16th Facebook Watch will be the home of a 12 week series known as Mixed Match Challenge. There were rumors that WWE and Facebook have been trying to team up for a while now and MMC is the end result.
The show will be 20 minutes in length and feature Superstars from both Raw and SmackDown Live. Male and female performers from one brand will team up to take on their red or blue counterparts. The winning team will get $100,000 to donate to a charity of their choice. MMC is set to air every Tuesday at 10pm EST for 12 straight weeks...and therein lies the problem.
Tuesdays at 10pm are already occupied by a WWE show, 205 Live. With the cruiserweight show floundering when it comes to interest some might have believed that the announcement of MMC was the beginning of the end for the cruiserweight division. Apparently that is not the case though. PWInsider has confirmed that 205 Live will still air on Tuesdays, although Pro Wrestling Sheet is of the belief that it may be filmed before SmackDown Live instead of after.
If that is what winds up happening then there are pros and cons. Having the cruiserweights go out before SmackDown Live makes a lot more sense as currently fans are leaving before the show has even begun. The only problem is WWE will need to come up with a different name for the show as it will no longer be live. Even though it may be filmed earlier on in the evening, apparently it will definitely still air later and once MMC has finished.
Considering the extra effort and money WWE are putting into 205 Live as of right now, it was unlikely that they were going to cancel the show altogether. Whatever happens to the cruiserweights during MMC though may alter the course of the division. If they do choose to film the show before SmackDown Live for that 12 week period and it's a success, then maybe WWE will choose to do that on a more permanent basis.