Details on the New ‘Mixed Match Challenge’ Series Announced by WWE


As we previously reported, WWE announced the ‘Mixed Match Challenge’ (MMC) earlier today. Now we have the details on what you can expect and where you can find it, with credit to WrestlingInc.

The series is set to premiere January 16 at 10pm EST. It will air weekly and be available to watch on the Facebook Watch platform.

The mixed teams will be revealed on January 4 but WWE has already announced who each team will be represented by.

The ‘Raw’ team will be represented by Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss, Alicia Fox, Asuka, Bayley, Braun Strowman, WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore, Finn Balor, Goldust, Nia Jax, Sasha Banks, The Miz and a final superstar to be chosen by the fans.

Kurt Angle speaks in the following video about his superstars.

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On the other side, ‘Smackdown Live’ is represented by Becky Lynch, Bobby Roode, Carmella, Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair, Smackdown Tag Team Champion Jimmy Uso, Lana, Naomi, Natalya, Rusev, Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura and a final superstar chosen by the fans. This is between all three members of The New Day.

Daniel Bryan also spoke about the superstars he would have represent ‘Smackdown Live’ in the following video.

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WWE has confirmed that the series of 12 episodes will see the winners of the single-elimination mixed tag team tournament win $100, 000 to support any charity of their choice.

Storylines for the matches are to be built using videos and other content across the various WWE social media pages. Each episode is 20-minute episode will be filmed in the same venue that WWE films the episode of ‘Smackdown Live’ that airs before it. It will rely heavily on fan interaction online.

Variety reported that Facebook has secured exclusive rights to the MMC. They are paying WWE for the distribution rights but WWE will be able to distribute the series as VOD content on the WWE Network after an unspecified amount of time.

The episodes on Facebook will have no commercials or advertisements. Facebook is still testing ad insertion for their live programming. They expect to eventually sell advertising on content that streams on the platform, but there is no word yet on when that will begin.

MMC will have a fresh look and feel as other shows have. The show will also use bright graphics and 360-degree video.

Check out the announcement video below.

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Does this series interest you? Will you watch?

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NXT Live Coverage – December 13, 2017

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NXT
Date: December 13, 2017
Location: Full Sail University, Winter Park, Florida
Commentators: Percy Watson, Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness

This is a special show as we’re on the USA Network as part of WWE Week. It’s the first time that the modern version of NXT has aired on TV and there’s no way to guess how well this show is going to draw. That being said, it’s a big time show with more qualifying matches for the upcoming four way #1 contenders match. Let’s get to it.

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Wrestling Rumors Awards 2017: “PPV of the Year”


Ah, the pay-per-view. The special times of the year where feuds culminate, and the performers tend to go above and beyond the call of duty, to give us some of the most talked-about moments of the year.

But which one stood above the others?

It is time to vote for the “PPV of the year” for 2017! To qualify for this award, the event had to be one in which you had to pay extra to see it. This includes any of the PPVs on the WWE Network, NXT Takeover Events, or any other PPV event outside of WWE.

As always, leave your opinions in the comments below, or reply on our Facebook and Twitter pages, using the hashtag #WRAwards!

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WWE Announces New “Mixed Match Challenge” Series on Facebook


Everybody loves tournaments, but this may be one of the most unique of all.

WWE announced today that they are launching a new “Mixed Match Challenge,” that will stream live in the United States, exclusively on Facebook, on Tuesday nights, beginning on January 16 at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT.

According to the article:

The 12-episode series will air on Facebook Watch and feature WWE Superstars from both the Raw and SmackDown LIVE rosters competing in a single-elimination mixed tag-team tournament to win $100,000 to support the charity of their choice.

Each 20-minute episode will reflect a progressive approach to production, with elements optimized for mobile consumption, experimentation and social interaction, including the ability for the WWE Universe to engage with Superstars during the show. In addition, fans will have the opportunity to select matchups, match stipulations and more, on Facebook.

You can see the promotional video below:

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More from the article:

“As we continue to expand our strategic partnership with Facebook, this new series, Mixed Match Challenge, jointly reflects our innovative approach to content distribution and fan engagement,” said Michelle Wilson, WWE Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer. “This show will deliver the action and excitement our passionate fan base is accustomed to while offering new production elements and social experiences that only Facebook can provide.”

“As a leader in entertainment innovation, WWE is an ideal partner to demonstrate how the live sports viewing experience can be reimagined on Facebook Watch,” said Dan Reed, Facebook Head of Global Sports Partnerships. “Mixed Match Challenge is a new competition produced specifically to take advantage of the reach, interaction and ongoing engagement enabled by our platform. Fans will be able to directly influence and interact with the in-ring action, follow the rivalries and storylines in between events, and connect with one another as the drama unfolds. We’re excited for the WWE community to come together on our platform to watch some of the biggest Raw and SmackDown Live Superstars and engage with WWE like never before.” 

“Mixed Match Challenge demonstrates WWE’s flexibility in creating and producing compelling content across platforms in a media landscape that is evolving each day,” said Jayar Donlan, WWE Executive Vice President, Digital & Social Content. “The social interaction leading up to and during each show will connect WWE Superstars with our massive fan base on Facebook in more ways than ever before.”

But who will participate in the tournament?  WWE answered that for us too, emphasizing that it will feature “Raw” vs. “Smackdown Live” matches:

Mixed Match Challenge Participants

Mixed Match Challenge is a Raw vs. SmackDown LIVE tournament where male and female Superstars team up to determine which combination of strength, skill, athleticism and experience reigns supreme.

Fans will have the opportunity to vote on Facebook for the final competitor from the Raw roster, as well as which tag team member of The New Day will be added to the SmackDown LIVE roster. Teams will be announced beginning Thursday, Jan. 4.

Monday Night Raw   SmackDown LIVE

Alexa Bliss      Becky Lynch 
Alicia Fox      Bobby Roode
Asuka      Carmella
Bayley      Charlotte Flair
Braun Strowman      Jimmy Uso

 Enzo Amore

     Lana
Finn Bálor      Naomi
Goldust      Natalya 
Nia Jax      Rusev
Sasha Banks      Sami Zayn
The Miz      Shinsuke Nakamura
Final Fan Vote      Final Fan Vote

     (A member of The New Day) 

 

You can check out the official Facebook page for the tournament here.

Editor’s Opinion:

This is an interesting concept, and I am very intrigued! Social media interaction is key to staying relevant in today’s world, and WWE is continuing to push the envelope in new and innovative ways.

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Former ECW Talent Returns on SmackDown Live After Nearly 10 Years


While WWE has been delivering a string of releases lately, which includes Emma, Summer Rae, Darren Young, James Ellsworth, and Jim Johnston, a very quiet return happened on this past episode of SmackDown Live.

During the go-home show to the Clash of Champions pay-per-view, WWE highlighted the upcoming WWE and United States Championship matches, as well as the tag team match between Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.

It was also announced that Breezango will compete against the Bludgeon Brothers, as confirmed during the Fashion Files segment. Harper and Rowan competed on SmackDown Live in a warm-up match against Colin Delaney and Joe Monroe.

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Although Delaney and Monroe were squashed in the match, WWE did manage to catch up with Delaney backstage for an interview.

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Looking much different than when he did while in ECW, Delaney stated that it good to be back after a near-10-year absence, although suffering his fate at the hands of Harper and Rowan. He added that it was not the last the WWE Universe have seen him, as he plans to return.

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Viewership For “Monday Night Raw” Hits Six Month Low


I find the lack of pay per views a problem. With the lack of a “Monday Night Raw” pay per view between “Survivor Series 2017” and “Royal Rumble 2018”, the focus has been on television shows. That’s quite the risk as fans can come and go with TV and a lot of the bigger matches can be wasted. Was that the case this week?

According to 411mania.com, this week’s episode drew 2.685 million viewers, which is the lowest viewership since the June 12 edition. This number is down 4% from last week’s 2.813 million viewers. The show was headlined by Kane vs. Braun Strowman in a #1 contenders match for a shot at Brock Lesnar’s Universal Title at “Royal Rumble 2018”.

Miss the show? Here are some highlights.

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Opinion: Well, why would you watch it? With a highlight of Kane vs. Strowman in a battle we’ve seen multiple times now which didn’t even have a definitive winner, why would I be interested in watching the show? There’s nothing to build towards until we start the build to the Royal Rumble itself and that could be several weeks away. Wrestling fans know when a show means nothing and that’s the case at this point.

Why did this week’s show not do very well? What would make you watch again? Let us know in the comments below.

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Kickoff Match Announced for “Clash of Champions 2017”


Something close to a sibling rivalry. Two weeks ago on “Smackdown Live”, the tag team division took a hit as the Hype Bros split up. Mojo Rawley laid out his partner and seemingly his best friend Zack Ryder, turning himself heel and leaving the tag division one team weaker. A match between the two seemed clear and that’s where we’re heading in the near future.

This week on “Smackdown Live”, it was announced that Ryder and Rawley will face each other on the “Clash of Champions 2017” Kickoff Show. The match was made when Ryder issued a challenge to Rawley in a YouTube video. Rawley accepted later in the day and the match was announced during the broadcast.

Here’s Ryder’s challenge.

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Opinion: Makes as much sense as anything else. It’s a match that was started a few weeks back and then we only got a quick promo from Rawley last week. Let them get it out of the way so neither can go anywhere in the show full of midcard acts that “Smackdown Live” has become in recent months.

Who do you think wins here? Which of the two has the better upside going forward? Let us know in the comments below.

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Major Change Made to “Clash of Champions” Tag Team Match


Why have one when you can have two? The ending of last week’s episode of “Smackdown Live” saw Shane McMahon appoint himself guest referee for Sami Zayn/Kevin Owens vs. Shinsuke Nakamura/Randy Orton at “Clash of Champions 2017”. In addition to that, if Owens and Zayn lose, they’re fired from WWE. That sounds a little too unfair so a change has been made.

This week on “Smackdown Live”, Owens and Zayn were complaining about McMahon’s abuse of power and wanted something done about it. General Manager Daniel Bryan agreed and made himself the second guest referee for the match. There is no word on which of the two of them will be the in-ring referee.

The bosses have had some tension for a good while.

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Opinion: WWE isn’t exactly hiding the fact that this is the main event and I wouldn’t be surprised if it closes Sunday’s show. You know, the one about CHAMPIONS. McMahon continues to dominate the show, which doesn’t do much for you if you’re not a fan of the guy. This isn’t the most thrilling story in the world but a big change could help things out quite a bit.

Who do you think wins the match? Will either referee turn to the other side? Let us know in the comments below.

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Video: Breezango vs. Bludgeon Brothers Set For “Clash of Champions”


This is going to hurt. Over the last few months, Breezango has turned themselves into one of the more entertaining acts on WWE TV. Their Fashion Files segments have been some of the funniest things WWE has put out in a long time and they seemed to be leading to a match with the Bludgeon Brothers. It turns out….that’s exactly what’s going on.

As announced tonight on “Smackdown Live” the Bludgeon Brothers will face Breezango at Sunday’s “Clash of Champions 2017”. The match was set up during a Fashion Files segment which didn’t air in full on TV, but can be seen on WWE’s various online platforms. Here’s the clip which set up the match:

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Opinion: This is really starting to look like another case of WWE saying “You did a great job of getting over. Now go get these other guys over instead.” Breezango became one of the best parts of “Smackdown Live” and now they can only get a clip of their segment on the show before they likely get destroyed on pay per view. Such is life in WWE and it’s rather depressing.

Who do you think wins this match? Will Breezango get an in-ring push one day? Let us know in the comments below.

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Smackdown Results – December 12, 2017

Smackdown
Date: December 12, 2017
Location: US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio
Commentators: Corey Graves, Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips

It’s the go home show for Clash of Champions 2017 and things are starting to pick up. The most recent weeks have focused on the Sami Zayn/Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon and company feud. Therefore, tonight is probably going to be more centered around the World Title match between champion AJ Styles and Jinder Mahal. You know, the title match on the show about champions. Let’s get to it.

We open with a long sequence on last week’s big story, seeing Shane McMahon making Orton/Nakamura vs. Zayn/Owens for the pay per view with himself at the referee. If Zayn/Owens win, they’re done in WWE.


Here’s Styles to open things up. He won the title a little over a month ago and wants to be a fighting champion. This Sunday he defends against Mahal and lists off what Mahal will do to get the title back, including bringing in Great Khali. Cue the Singh Brothers, who say they’re not introducing Mahal tonight. We look back at Mahal attacking the two of them two weeks ago so AJ wants to hug it out. AJ: “Come hug it out with Uncle Al!”

The Brothers get in the ring and say they want to be in Mahal’s corner on Sunday. One of them rants about how horrible Mahal is (“He thinks we’re twins!”) while the other tries to calm him down. AJ doesn’t buy it and shows a still of the Brothers being in Mahal’s corner this weekend in India. They swear they’re done with Mahal, who comes out looking rather angry. AJ of course doesn’t buy any of this and lays the Brothers out.

We recap the Riott Squad debuting and picking apart the women’s division.

Charlotte vs. Ruby Riott

Non-title with Natalya on commentary. Charlotte suplexes her down for two but stops to yell at Natalya. We take an early break and come back with Charlotte hitting a Lethal Combination into the corner. Sarah Logan has to be knocked off the apron and Natalya gets forearmed as well. Natalya clotheslines Charlotte for the DQ at 5:04.

Result: Charlotte b. Ruby Riott via DQ when Natalya interfered (5:04)

Post match the Squad goes after Charlotte and loads up the steps but Naomi returns (after missing a single week) for the save. Carmella, Tamina and Lana come in to help as well with the Squad running off.

Daniel Bryan is on the phone with Shane when Zayn and Owens come in, both wearing modified Bryan shirts (YEP instead of YES). They don’t say anything but hand him a sign with Shane’s face crossed off.

Dolph Ziggler vs. Baron Corbin

Non-title with Bobby Roode on commentary. Corbin drops him with a single right hand before yelling at Roode. Ziggler is back with a dropkick and avoids a charge to send Corbin into the post. Roode gets off commentary and removes the robe before getting inside. A Glorious DDT plants Ziggler for the DQ at 1:34.

Result: Dolph Ziggler b. Baron Corbin via DQ when Bobby Roode interfered (1:34)

Corbin takes a DDT as well.

We see a clip of this week’s Fashion Files where Breezango challenges the Bludgeon Brothers for Sunday. The challenge has been accepted.

Bludgeon Brothers vs. Colin Delaney/Joe Monroe

Graves eludes to Delaney’s former time in WWE as he’s dropkicked into the corner. Harper’s clothesline takes Colin’s head off and an assisted Batista Bomb plants Monroe (with a loud scream). The double spinebuster finishes Delaney at 1:21.

Result: Bludgeon Brothers b. Colin Delaney/Joe Monroe – Double spinebuster to Delaney (1:21)

Here are Owens and Zayn to occupy Smackdown. Owens does the ranting, talking about how Shane is abusing his power on Sunday. Sami says YEP to every statement Owens makes, including Owens telling everyone to come out here and occupy the show. No one comes out until Bryan walks to the stage….with his music starting once he’s out there.

Owens and Zayn praise him for inspiring this movement but Bryan wants to know what they’re doing. He’s nothing like them because the YES Movement was about the fans instead of him. Sami says this is about what they deserve and Owens begs him not to drink the Shane Kool-Aid. Bryan says there’s an understanding between he and Shane and this Sunday he’s going to be the second guest referee.

Usos vs. Aiden English/Rusev

Non-title and New Day is on commentary. Before the match, English sings the Eight Days of Rusev (including three unhindered Jinders). The Usos come out to make jokes about English’s hair but here are Shelton Benjamin/Chad Gable to interrupt, saying they’ll win the titles on Sunday. Joined in progress after a break with Rusev bearhugging Jey. A kick to the head allows the hot tag to Jimmy as New Day does their over the top commentary. English dives into a superkick for two but Rusev makes the save. Rusev’s superkick sets up a layout DDT to end Jimmy at 2:35 shown.

Result: Aiden English/Rusev b. Usos – Layout DDT to Jimmy (2:35)

We look back at the opening segment.

Mahal jumps Styles before an interview.

Sunday’s Kickoff Match is Mojo Rawley vs. Zack Ryder.

Pay per view rundown.

Here are Orton and Nakamura for a chat before their main event. Orton says he can’t wait to get rid of these two and make sure they lose their jobs. Renee Young asks Nakamura if he’s confident for Sunday. Nakamura: “Yep.”

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens

Bryan is on commentary to continue a trend tonight. Owens grabs a headlock for a bit before getting kicked in the chest for his efforts. A knee to the ribs cuts Nakamura down though and a backsplash gets two. We hit the chinlock as Bryan talks about how Shane’s stipulations aren’t exactly fair. Nakamura fights up but can’t hit the knee in the corner. Instead he gets sent hard into the barricade as we take a break.

Back with Owens stomping away until Nakamura gets in a running kick to the face. Some YES Kicks have Owens in more trouble and there’s Good Vibrations for a bonus. The running knee in the corner gets two but Owens breaks up a superplex. His Swanton hits knees but Owens blocks the reverse exploder. The referee gets bumped and Bryan takes over instead. Nakamura’s spinning kick to the head gets a delayed two as Orton and Zayn get in a fight. The distraction lets Owens hit a Pop Up Powerbomb for the pin at 14:29.

Result: Kevin Owens b. Shinsuke Nakamura – Pop Up Powerbomb (14:29)

Kevin and Sami say no one is taking their careers away because they’ll win at the Clash.

Results
Charlotte b. Ruby Riott via DQ when Natalya interfered
Dolph Ziggler b. Baron Corbin via DQ when Bobby Roode interfered
Bludgeon Brothers b. Colin Delaney/Joe Monroe – Double spinebuster to Delaney
Rusev/Aiden English b. Usos – Layout DDT to Jimmy
Kevin Owens b. Shinsuke Nakamura – Pop Up Powerbomb

 

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