The Mixed Match Challenge rolls on as the Season 1 Champions, Team AWESKA returns! Can they open with a win? Or will the FABULOUS Truth give them the L?
- Bobby Lashley & Mickie James VS Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox; Lashley & Mickie win.
- The Miz & Asuka VS R-Truth & Carmella; Miz & Asuka win.
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For those who missed it: The Mixed Match Challenge is round robin this year!
The Monster and the Flame defeated Team Pawz last week, but that doesn’t mean Kevin Owens and Natalya are out. There is still plenty of time for the Prizefighter and the Queen of Harts to get wins. But naturally, that means Braun Strowman & Ember Moon are already off to a great start. The same goes for The #FenomenalFlair scoring a win and giving The #DayOneGlow a loss. This tournament goes all the way into December, with the best of both blocks meeting at TLC! Who takes the next step and who falls back as we continue season two?
Bobby Lashley & Mickie James VS Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox!
The Boss, Sasha Banks, was meant to return to the Mixed Match Challenge, but injury took her out before she could join the Dominator. Now a six-time Women’s Champion moves up, and we have two MMC debuts! Will #CountryDominance or #Mahalicia take their first step towards TLC?
Of course, the Manager of the Hour, Lio Rush, joins the Rocky Mountain Machine and Raw’s Wonder Woman as they make their entrance. On the other side, “Captain” Foxy and the Modern Day Maharaja have Sunil Singh, but it is clear Alicia and Sunil don’t get along as well as Lio and Mickie already do. That aside, the teams sort out and the bell rings, we start with Lashley and Mahal.
Denver is of course on Lashley’s side, but Mahal says “Shanti” in an attempt to calm everyone down. Lashley wants to high-five Alicia, but Mahal says that she is not allowed to, she’s Mahal’s partner. Alicia says she can high five people, but Lashley goes after Mahal. Mahal gets the wristlock then wrenches. Lashley reverses to his own wristlock and wrench. Mahal grabs the ropes while Alicia chants “Shanti.” Mahal gets a headlock, but Lashley powers out. Things speed up and Lashley shows off agility. The two big men are at a stalemate, but the fans are loving their hometown hero. Mahal is frustrated, and Sunil tells the fans to chant “Shanti” instead. Mahal flexes, and wants to have a quick push-up contest? Lashley accepts, though he keeps his eyes on Mahal. Both men go push-up for push-up but Lashley impresses with speed.
Mahal can’t keep up, so he shows off strength by having Alicia be his weight. But then Mickie does the same for Lashley, and he still goes that fast! Sunil adds on and it’s too much! Mahal is upset with Sunil, as is Alicia. Alicia returns to her corner while fans still chant for Lashley. Lashley gives Mahal the neckbreaker! He lifts but Mahal slips out, only to run into the powerslam! Cover, but Alicia breaks it up! Then she “claws” at Lashley, to no real effect. Lashley stands up and asks what she’s even doing. Sunil fans Mahal and fans chant for Mickie! Lashley knows Mickie and Alicia are friends on Raw. Mickie flies in and tackles her friend to the ground! Cover, TWO!
Mickie gets Alicia in a waistlock and rolls her back with bridge, TWO! Alicia forearms Mickie, then calms herself before hitting Mickie with more forearms. Alicia whips and gives Mickie a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Alicia drags Mickie away from Lashley to drop elbows. She puts Mickie in the body scissors while we see Bayley & Finn Balor, aka Team B’n’B, in the back commenting live. They’re confident they’ll win, but meanwhile in the ring, Mickie powers her way up against Alicia. Mickie whips but Alicia counters and kicks to then Northern Lights! Bridge, TWO! Alicia throws a tantrum before putting Mickie in a chinlock. Mahal likes what he sees, but fans rally for Mickie. Meanwhile, Team AWESKA warm up with A-List martial arts.
Back to the ring, Mickie fights Alicia off then dumps her out! Mahal coaches Alicia up, but he intercepts Lashley instead! Lio protests, and Mickie SLAPS Mahal! Alicia boots Mickie then covers, TWO! Lashley and Lio rally with the fans for Mickie while Alicia is too angry to Shanti. Alicia drags Mickie up but MIckie pushes her into Mahal! Mahal is upset, but Mickie crawls to tag Lashley! Lashley rallies on Mahal, clubbing and clothesline-ing him down, then scoop slamming him, too! Corner clothesline leads to a corner to corner whip. Lashley rams hsi shoulder in, then brings Mahal out. Alicia runs in but into Mickie’s running facebuster! Both women bail out, and Mahal jumps for the knee strike on Lashley!
Everyone is down, but Sunil gets in Lio’s face. So Lio enziguris Sunil down! Mahal glares at Lio, but Lio is too fast to hit! Lio slips into the ring, Mahal pursues, but runs into Lashley’s crossbody! Lashley then brings Mahal up, the vertigo suplex! And slam! Cover, Lashley & Mickie win!
Winners: #CountryDominance, Lashley pinning
The newly formed duo is now 1-0 while #Mahalicia are 0-1! There are still a lot of match-ups to come, but will Lashley & Mickie be the team to give the Monster & the Flame a run for their money? And for Mahal & Alicia, they have to turn things around quick, because Bayley & Balor are coming for them!
Backstage interview with Mahal & Alicia.
Clearly they’re not happy with their loss tonight, but they need to refocus. Mahal’s breathing techniques must be practiced for them to have a chance. No, they’re doing this HER way! She’s the captain, she’s calling the shots! At the same time, Carmella and R-Truth are coming in for their match. The Princess of Staten Island says they’re gonna show #Mahalicia how it’s done.
The Miz & Asuka VS R-Truth & Carmella!
The season one champions return as the Hollywood A-Lister and the Empress of Tomorrow promise to do it all again in season two. However, Miz has had his run ins with the FABULOUS Truth already, including SmackDown from earlier tonight! Will Truth & Carmella get revenge for the untimely cancellation of Truth TV? Or is no one ready for AWESKA?!
Fans still chant “Truth TV!” but Miz says it’s Miz TV! Denver ignores him and continues to chant for Truth TV. The bell rings, and both Miz and Asuka offer the other the chance to start. They get corners confused, Miz and Asuka end up on the left of hard cam. And teams finally figure out who starts, it will be the ladies as the Empress and the Princess give us a Money in the Bank rematch. Fans like that because they like Asuka. They don’t like Miz, though. Anyway, Asuka and Carmella finally circle, but then Miz tags in. Truth comes in and fans again chant “Truth TV!” Miz gets upset as he ties up with Truth. Truth arm-drags Miz and asks “What’s up!?” He arm-drags Miz again, then again. Truth breaks it down, and fans chant “Dance Break!”
Miz grows further annoyed, then backs away to a corner to bait Truth in. Truth stops the eye poke, but Miz elbows him. Miz runs but into a hip toss! Truth gives us the floss as he and Carmella hit the dance break. Asuka gets in, and she joins the dancing! Miz is further annoyed, and he wants to shut the dancing down. Fans say “YES! YES!” to dancing. Fine, Miz will show you dancing. Moonwalk-off between Miz and ‘Mella! Fans build up the hype, as Miz… astronaut moon walks. Truth SUPERKICKS Miz out, but Asuka fires off on Carmella! Carmella dodges and sends Asuka out, and then the Fabulous Truth… fake AWESKA out. To then actually moonwalk, and hit the splits!
Asuka is upset for Miz because Miz was gonna use her as a shield. Miz mans up, for about a second. Asuka shouts at him to get in, but he still stays back. Since Miz won’t go in, Truth goes out to chase Miz! Miz catches Truth on the reentry and stomps away! Miz soaks up the heat as he puts Truth in a corner. Mr. & Mrs. Machka are commenting, and arguing about Milwaukee. Miz snapmares and boots Truth, but fans want Asuka. Miz ignores that to put Truth in a chinlock. Fans rally up and Truth gets up. Truth fights back and rocks Miz with a haymaker. Truth whips but Miz reverses to send Truth into buckles hard. Miz backs off to run in for the A-List lariat. Truth staggers while Miz climbs up. Miz leaps but gets an uppercut this time!
Both men are down and both women are ready. Hot tag to Asuka and Carmella, they rush at each other! Asuka dropkicks Carmella down then whips. Carmella reverses but gets another dropkick! Asuka is fired up as she lifts. Carmella resists but ends up in the pop-up knee! Asuka back hands and haymakers, to then hip attack! Cover, TWO! Asuka keeps going as she sits Carmella up. She whips but Carmella reverses, and Carmella dodges the missile dropkick. Asuka gets to a corner while fans chant “Ellsworth! Ellsworth!” Carmella runs in but Miz saves Asuka from the bronco buster! Shining wizard, cover, TWO! Asuka keeps going as she drags Carmella up. She wants her lock but Carmella breaks free and SLAPS her! Then FABULOUS Kick! Cover, but Miz drags Carmella off!
Carmella is angry now, but he blocks her kick. She apologizes to him now, but Truth rocks Miz with furious haymakers! Miz dumps Truth out, and Asuka gets Carmella. Carmella shoves Asuka into Miz, rolls up, TWO!! FABULOUS Kick for Miz, but armbar takedown into the Asuka Lock!! Carmella taps, AWESKA wins!
Winners: AWESKA, Asuka by submission
The MMC champions are still undefeated into season 2! Can they continue this streak all the way to the finals? Or will they end up with L’s before TLC?