Mixed Match Challenge – January 30, 2018: All the Way

Mixed Match Challenge Episode #3
Date: January 30, 2018
Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Beth Phoenix

We’re back with another week and that means another mixed tag match, albeit after some entertaining promos. The interesting thing about this so far has been a pretty weak live audience but a rather strong audience of people watching later. That being said, the audience is tuning in to watch later, meaning there is an interest in the show. Let’s get to it.

You can vote on whether you want Becky Lynch or Sami Zayn to start the match. Gah with these people who don’t know wrestling making strategy decisions.

Earlier today, Lynch and Zayn met with some UNICEF representatives and did a little dance.

Earlier today, Braun Strowman gave Alexa Bliss, in a Braun sized shirt, car flipping lessons. Strowman broke down the physics of it and Bliss left, saying she had a better idea. What that idea is isn’t explained, but this was funny.

First Round: Sami Zayn/Becky Lynch vs. Alexa Bliss/Braun Strowman

Sami is in full on face mode here, minus the dancing strut to the ring. Strowman and Bliss continue to be the most awesomely cute team ever, with Strowman holding his hand up for a high five so the short Bliss has to jump. Sami and Becky snap their fingers at them and it’s Becky winning the poll to start the match. Becky takes Bliss down to start and rubs her head but the Disarm-Her sends Bliss bailing to the ropes.

Back up and Becky does Sami’s dance, sending Sami into hysterics on the apron. Becky grabs a Tumbleweed and neither of them can stand up straight, sending Bliss to the wrong corner for a tag. For some reason isn’t not off to Strowman, even though the fans want to see him.

Bliss decides to slap Braun for a tag so Sami calls him a meathead. In the smartest thing he could do, Sami bails to the floor and calls Strowman a chicken for not following him. The chase is on but Sami gets caught, only to slip out and IMMEDIATELY tag Becky back in. Bliss’ cheap shot works well enough and we’re off to the chinlock. We use the time to look at Bobby Roode and Charlotte live chatting the show as a RUSEV DAY chant starts up.

Sami starts the crowd on a chorus of HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Becky (thankfully appropriate or it’s a rather odd choice), drawing her to her feet for the hot tag. Strowman misses a charge and falls to the floor, only to catch Sami’s dive without much effort. Sami gets launched over the barricade and Becky is posted, setting up the skyscraper Twisted Bliss (off Braun’s shoulders) for the pin on Becky at 11:13.

Rating: B. This was a lot of fun as the teams were clearly having a blast setting it up. Strowman and Bliss are as adorable of a team as you can get and Lynch and Zayn are basically the mirror images of each other. You could tell they were having a great time out there and that’s a lot easier to sit through than a boring by the numbers match.

Jimmy Uso and Naomi don’t care who Goldust has to replace the injured Alicia Fox because they’ll feel the Glow in the Uso Penitentiary.

Goldust’s new partner: Mandy Rose. Works for me.

Strowman and Bliss say this was a team effort, and they even find each other cute. Bliss: “We’re going all the way.” Braun’s face is hilarious as he has the biggest creepy smile ever until Bliss explains what she means. Again: fun.

Overall Rating: B+. This was probably more about the wrestlers involved but I had a great time with this show. They were having fun and the promos before the match made things even better. Also, just like the previous weeks, they were in and out in the span of twenty two minutes. Let these guys show some more personality and this show will be a lot easier to watch (even though it’s one of the easiest in wrestling at the moment).

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  1. Nick says:

    Found the chemistry between bliss and strowman suprisingly entertaining, not that I would propose anything long term but Braun’s character Work is superb


    klunderbunker Reply:

    Oh yeah they should just stick with it here. Still a lot of fun though.


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