We are now just a matter of days away from the start of the first ever WWE Mixed Match Challenge. The tournament is the first of its kind and will air exclusively on Facebook Watch. Mixed gender tag teams from both Raw and SmackDown Live will compete in a single elimination tournament for the grand prize of $100,000 which they can donate to a charity of their choice.
For the past week-and-a-half the unique pairings have gradually been revealed via social media. A couple of Raw’s top seeds are the pairings of Sasha Banks with Finn Balor and the giant Braun Strowman with the five foot Alexa Bliss. Over on SmackDown Live we have the aptly named Robe Warriors (Charlotte Flair and Bobby Roode) as well as the reunification of real life husband and wife, Rusev and Lana.
Altogether there are 12 teams competing in the tournament, six from each brand, and now we know who will be facing who and how the tournament will work. The stand out matches in the first round are Balor and Banks versus Shinsuke Nakamura and Natalya, plus Strowman and Bliss up against Sami Zayn and Becky Lynch. Those are four of the strongest teams in the bracket and two of them have got to go at the first hurdle.
A few finer details were clarified by WWE also. Each 20 minute episode will feature just one match and the first bout will be the aforementioned Balor/Banks versus Nakamura/Natalya match. Also, just because a team is eliminated doesn’t mean they’re gone for good. Due to the number of teams there will be a spare slot when we get down to the final four, and fans will be able to vote for which eliminated team they would like to see return and fill that slot.
That’s that. The teams are set, the bracket is done, now it’s time for the action to begin. This coming Tuesday the first match will take place immediately after SmackDown Live exclusively on Facebook Watch. It’s a unique and new idea from WWE and it will be extremely interesting to see how it pans out and whether it has a knock on effect on their other programming. Plus it will likely draw more attention than the show that normally airs at that time, 205 Live.
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