The Mixed Match Challenge returns! Some teams are returning and some teams are new, but all teams want to prove themselves the best co-ed duo in WWE!
- Braun Strowman & Ember Moon VS Kevin Owens & Natalya; Strowman & Moon win.
- AJ Styles & Charlotte Flair VS Jimmy Uso & Naomi; win.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s Season 2 of WWE Mixed Match Challenge!
The original edition of this charity tournament was only just back in January to April, but it’s back already! Team AWESKA, The Miz & Asuka, were the inaugural winners and are back for this season, but they’ll be a later week. Tonight, we see three new teams made while one team returns. The Monster Among Men was going to team with The Goddess, Alexa Bliss, but the Baddest Woman on the Planet roughed her up worse than expected. Fear not, because now the Monster has the WAR Goddess at his side! They take on the Canadian combination, #TeamPawz! Kevin Owens isn’t really on-board with the name, but will he give in when they make it a win? Or will both he and Natty #GetTheseHands as they’re Eclipsed out of the competition?
Meanwhile, the husband-wife combo of #DayOneGlow returns, as Jimmy Uso again teams with Naomi. They will first meet this new combination of Charlotte Flair & AJ Styles. Charlotte’s loss at Hell in a Cell keeps this duo from being a completely golden team, but can they still win with #FenominalFlair?
Braun Strowman & Ember Moon VS Kevin Owens & Natalya!
The #MonsterEclipse plans to make this impromptu team-up work out, but can they conquer the Canadian combo? Or will #TeamPawz bring the claws and scratch Strowman & Moon off the list?
Fans chant “Get These Hands!” for Strowman but Natty covers Kevin’s ears so he won’t have to hear it. Strowman says Kevin doesn’t have to worry about him, because Kevin might get Ember’s hands! Natty says they’ll #GetThesePaws instead, but the bell rings and we begin with the men. Kevin tries to use his helping The Pack as a reason they shouldn’t fight. He tags out to Natty, so Ember comes in. Strowman hopes Ember rips Natty’s head off, and Ember grins at the opportunity. Ember and Natty tie up, Natty rolls up, ONE. Natty gets a headlock then the wristlock while fans chant “Rip Her Head Off!” Ember reverses to a headlock takedown, but then Natty rolls it to a cover. ONE, but Ember gets the headlock back on.
Natty gets out to a hammerlock, but Ember standing switches. Ember rolls Natty, TWO. Ember is on Natty with a facelock, but Natty reverses to a hammerlock. Alicia Fox and Jinder Mahal watch backstage while on Facebook posting. Natty gets Ember down with an armlock, but Ember headscissors back. Natty pops out and gets a headlock. Ember powers out but Natty runs her over. Natty says “Me-ow”, then runs. She handsprings over Ember but Ember handsprings up. The fans like even match. Ember mocks the cat paws, but Natty grabs her in a waistlock. Ember standing switches and rolls up, TWO. Natty’s hip toss is denied, and Ember gets the headscissors. Cover, TWO!
Ember brings Natty back up and rocks Natty with a kick. She whips Natty to a corner and hits a back elbow. She puts Natty down, and climbs up top! Fans know what this means, but so does Natty! Natty trips Ember up, then brings her in for a spinning sit-out powerbomb! Then Sharpshooter! Natty gets Ember over, and Ember endures. Ember drags her way to her corner, and Strowman is ready for the tag. Natty puts as much pressure as she can, but Strowman coaches Ember on. Ember fights through the pain to continue towards her corner. She grits her teeth for one last effort, but Natty drags her away! Strowman gets in and drags Ember over! Hot tag! Kevin comes in but he does #GetTheseHands! Strowman hits a splash, runs corner to corner for another splash, but then runs into a boot!
Kevin hops up, to get an uppercut! He bails out of the ring, but everyone knows what Strowman does here. Strowman runs around the corner, to blast Kevin into barriers! Kevin barely stands before Strowman comes back around, for a SUPERKICK! Kevin throws Strowman into the post, then over the announce desk! Strowman is vulnerable to the 10 count! Strowman stirs while Kevin hobbles in the ring. The count reaches 8, but Strowman gets in at 9! Kevin grimaces as he SUPERKICKS Strowman again! Then Kevin goes corner to corner, but into Strowman’s hand!
Strowman clobbers Kevin with a forearm, then scoops. Kevin slips out, tags Natty, so Ember has to come in. Strowman seethes while Natty goes for the legs. Ember pushes her away to then enziguri on the rebound! Ember wants Strowman in, but not to fight. Kevin runs in so he gets a clobbering right hand! Strowman then becomes Ember’s tower, much like he was for Alexa Bliss last time. Natty gets a SUPER ECLIPSE!! Cover, Ember & Strowman win!
Winners: Braun Strowman & Ember Moon, Moon pinning
It may be a different goddess, but Strowman is still one-half of a successful combination. They go up to 1-0 while Kevin & Natty go 0-1, will Strowman end up going all the way with Ember instead of Alexa?
AJ Styles & Charlotte Flair VS Jimmy Uso & Naomi!
SmackDown is still the House that AJ Styles–and Charlotte Flair–Built, but only one of them is champion at the moment. Will they still be able to win with #FenomenalFlair? Or will they feel that #DayOneGlow instead?
The #FabulousTruth is commenting on this match while the two teams have a “WOO!” fight. Only Charlotte does it well because she’s a true Flair. But for now, the teams sort out, and Charlotte even Too Sweets with Styles. Styles and Jimmy start, circle and trash talk. They tie up, and Jimmy gets a headlock. Styles powers out, but Jimmy runs him over with a shoulder. Jimmy runs but Styles hip tosses him down. Jimmy pushes him away to then arm-drag Styles. Styles arm-drags back and we have a stand-off. Jimmy and Styles both grin while they circle. Fans echo the “WOO!” as Styles and Jimmy tie up again.
They both kick but both block. They argue over who puts who down first, so they settle on doing it together. The two then separate, and fans applaud the sportsmanship. Jimmy and Styles shake hands, but then hold on. Now they argue over who lets go first. Jimmy pries himself free, and then they both argue over who tags out first. Charlotte tags in so Naomi comes in, though she tags for good measure. Styles styles and profiles, but it still isn’t quite right. Charlotte circles with Naomi and they tie up. Naomi gets a wristlock and an arm wrench. Charlotte wrenches back but Naomi flips and rolls then sweeps to kick Charlotte right in the jaw! They speed up and Charlotte trips up Naomi. Charlotte boots Naomi down, then does her best twerk. Even she’s not 100% sure if it was all that good.
Naomi grins while Charlotte shows Styles how to style and profile. Charlotte and Naomi circle, then fist bump out of respect. They tie up again and Naomi gets a headlock. Charlotte powers out but Naomi sunset flips with a high stack, TWO! Naomi gets a takedown to jackknife, TWO! Charlotte bridges to backslide but Naomi hops off. Now these two catch each other’s kicks. They shake hands and carefully set each other down. Then Naomi swings, only to get rolled up with a bridge, TWO! Naomi trips Charlotte, runs and hits a split leg splash! Cover, TWO! Charlotte gets to ropes but Naomi runs in to baseball slide her out. Styles checks on Charlotte given her arm, but Naomi slingshots over! Styles catches her, but Jimmy takes his wife back.
They all argue over who grabbed who and who did what, so Charlotte takes advantage to slingshot on BOTH Jimmy & Naomi! High ten for #FenomenalFlair, and fans chant “Too Sweet! Woo woo!” Jimmy helps Naomi up and into the ring, and Naomi roundhouses Charlotte back. She adds a sliding lariat, then covers, TWO! Naomi stands Charlotte up but Charlotte unleashes Flair chops! Naomi ducks on to hit a double Sole Food! Jimmy realizes Natty left her cat ears behind while Naomi slides and slaps Charlotte. Jim-mew cheers while Naomi goes for the split-leg moonsault! Charlotte dodges, and now she goes up. Charlotte goes for her moonsault, and hits it! Cover, TWO!! Carmella & Truth are still working on social media posts while both women slowly stir. Fans rally up, and both women crawl for their corners.
Hot tag to Jimmy, so Styles comes in. He uses Charlotte as a step stool to hit Jimmy! Styles hits a big corner clothesline, then the ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Styles drags Jimmy back up, wants the Clash, but Jimmy counters to a Samoan Drop! Both men are down now, but fans build to another rally. Jimmy goes to kick, Styles deflects but gets the reverse dragon whip! Styles PELE, but Naomi tags in. Jimmy and Naomi work together, and Naomi headscissors Styles down! Charlotte returns to toss Naomi out, and puts JIMMY in the Figure Four!? But Naomi comes in with a frog splash! Cover, but Styles breaks it with a yank. Jimmy misses his kick and gets tossed out, Styles gets a Rear View! Charlotte boots Naomi, then puts HER in the Figure Four! She bridges through, to Figure Eight! Naomi taps out, Charlotte & Styles win!
Winners: Styles & Flair, Flair by submission
The champion and the Queen go up 1-0 in the SmackDown block while husband & wife go down to 0-1. There’s still plenty of time, will #FenomenalFlair maintain this momentum? Or will Jimmy & Naomi manage to #LockDown the rest of the competition and make it to the finals?
This will probably be the one and only time I do a segment like this for this WWE series. Mixed Match Challenge is pretty much all filler this time around with there being no charities mentioned. That’s a bit of a shame, you’d think WWE could still give $100,000 with all that money coming in from new television deals and the multiple Saudi Arabia events, but oh well. This was a lot of fun, and I’m sure every week of this will be fun, but I’m not sure what the point is other than that if there’s no money on the line. I do like that it’s round robin now, so that we get all the possible combinations within the Raw and SmackDown blocks. And given that it’s round robin, it’s anyone’s tournament for the first time through, but I bet we’ll get Strowman-Moon VS Miz-Asuka for finals.