Could the final of the recently announced 12-week Mixed Match Challenge tournament take place in New Orleans at WrestleMania 34?
A big announcement from WWE has revealed that they are really about to branch out with their programming. The pro wrestling juggernaut are always trying to remain on the cutting edge of social media and the revelation of the Mixed Match Challenge has certainly done that. The show will start on January 16th and air exclusively on Facebook Watch.
The episodes of MMC will be just 20 minutes long and will feature matches that are a part of a mixed tag team tournament. The winning team will win $100,000 to donate to the charity of their choice. 24 wrestlers, 12 from Raw and 12 from SmackDown Live, will make up the tournament bracket and will compete across 12 episodes, each one airing live on Tuesday nights at 10 p.m.
Some of you may have done the same thing that we did upon hearing the details about the MMC and counted up the weeks to see exactly when the tournament will come to an end. It turns out that the Mixed Match schedule reveals episode 11 of the 12 that will supposedly take place will fall on the Tuesday night before WrestleMania 34. That timing seems a little coincidental if you ask us. It may mean that instead of staging the last episode two days after WrestleMania, the final of the MMC may actually take place on the Mania card itself.
WWE hasn't announced that or even hinted that this scenario will be the case. Even if they do have that in mind, not telling us at this point is good business. Vince McMahon and co have no idea how successful this venture is going to be. The Mixed Match schedule does give them some flexibility if it is successful, however. If they get three episodes in and the show is a flop then they won't want to give up a spot on the WrestleMania card for it. Instead, they will want to feel it out and if the show is a fit, then they can reveal that the final will take place on the Grandest Stage of Them All.
The social media presence of the MMC from WWE and a number of the Superstars involved has been relentless since the show was announced this past Wednesday. The news is still fresh, but fans seem to be reacting favorably to the idea. It's certainly pretty innovative and it's hard to imagine that by the time WWE rolls into New Orleans for WrestleMania 34 the final won't have generated enough interest to warrant a place on the biggest card of the year.