The WWE Mixed Match Challenge team tournament is less than two weeks away, and SmackDown general manager Daniel Bryan announced the first duo representing his team. Bobby Roode and SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte will team up, as reported by WWE.com.
Charlotte and Roode both shared their excitement regarding the news:
I hope you’re practicing 😉WOOOO! https://t.co/NOxhnaX6oU— Charlotte Flair (@MsCharlotteWWE) January 3, 2018
This comes a day after Raw GM Kurt Angle announced that Alexa Bliss and Braun Strowman will team up together, much to the chagrin of Nia Jax. The winning team of the Mixed Match Challenge will win $100,000 that they'll donate to charity.
Roode—who joined WWE in its NXT division last year—debuted on the main roster in August. He's become one of the more popular mid-card wrestlers and even represented Team SmackDown at the Survivor Series pay-per-view. He is in the midst of a United States Championship bracket challenge.
As for Charlotte, her first couple of years on the main roster couldn't have gone much better. The daughter of wrestling icon,'The Nature Boy' Ric Flair, is in the midst of her sixth championship reign in the WWE. She made history by being part of the very first female Hell in a Cell match against Sasha Banks in 2016. It's safe to say she's lived up to the Flair name quite well.
As the tournament gets closer, more teams should be announced soon. Enzo Amore had to be pulled in favor of Kurt Angle, as he recently came under the flu virus. Other superstars competing include Shinsuke Nakamura, Finn Balor, Sami Zayn, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks and The Miz. Fans can also vote for one New Day member to compete, plus one of either Elias, Jason Jordan, or Samoa Joe.
The Mixed Match Challenge tournament will begin on Jan. 26, 2017, with 12 episodes (each containing 20 minutes), scheduled. Fans will be able to watch on Facebook Live.