By Jason Powell, Prowrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)
WWE Mixed Match Challenge
Aired on Facebook Watch
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at Wells Fargo Center
Michael Cole welcomed viewers to the show and they went right to the ring entrances. Cole was joined on commentary by Beth Phoenix and Corey Graves. Cole noted that a viewer vote would decide whether the men or women start the match.
1. Braun Strowman and Alexa Bliss vs. Sam Zayn and Becky Lynch. Cole noted that Strowman and Bliss call themselves “Team Little Big.” Zayn and Lynch were the “Ginger Snaps” and they snapped their fingers while in the ring together. Footage aired of Strowman trying to teach Bliss how to tip a car over. Before the match, Cole congratulated Phoenix for competing in the women’s Royal Rumble. She thanked him and congratulated Asuka for winning. Cole noted that 69 percent of the voters chose Lynch to start for their team, meaning the women would open the match.
The bell rang and Zayn told Lynch that he believes in her. Graves noted that Strowman held the ropes open for Bliss and added that they would be unstoppable with that type of cohesion. Birthday girl Lynch got the better of her exchange with Bliss. Strowman put his hand out for a tag, but Bliss told him that she knew what she was doing. A “we want Strowman” chant broke out. Zayn stood on the ropes and yelled, “Never gonna get him.” Bliss went to the corner and asked Strowman if she had to do all the work. She slapped his chest to tag him into the match.
Strowman went for a powerslam, but Zayn slipped away and tagged in Lynch. Zayn shooed Strowman away. As Strowman was walking to his corner, Zayn tagged himself back into the match and took a cheap shot at Strowman, who then roughed him up and tossed him across the ring. Zayn tagged Lynch to bring the women back into the match. Charlotte and Bobby Roode were shown chatting in the social media room as Bliss worked a chinlock on Lynch.
Zayn sang happy birthday and then Lynch caught Bliss with a kick. She tried to tag Zayn into the match, but he appeared to alligator arm her. She ended up tagging him in anyway. Strowman ran over and tossed Zayn over the ropes and into the ring. Strowman worked over Zayn and ringside and dropped him face first onto the apron. Bliss ran over and ran Lynch into the ring post. Zayn tried to leave through the crowd, but Strowman grabbed him. Zayn clohteslined him on the barricade. Strowman picked up Zayn over his head and dropped him over the barricade. Strowman ran back to the ring and tagged Bliss, who performed Twisted Bliss off his shoulders and onto Lynch for the win.
Braun Strowman and Alexa Bliss beat Sami Zayn and Becky Lynch in 11:20.
A preview for next week focussed on Jimmy Uso and Naomi vs. Goldust and his new partner Mandy Rose, is replacing the injured Alicia Fox.
After the match, Renee Young interviewed Bliss and Strowman. Bliss took credit for coming up with the strategy that gave them the win. Strowman said Bliss is smaller than him, but her personality is every bit as big as he is. Strowman said they get along professionally and personally. He said she’s kinda cute. Bliss blushed and then said she thinks he’s cute too. “I can just say this, Braun, we’re going all the way,” Bliss said. The fans chanted Yes! Then she added all the way to a victory in the MC. Fans booed and then an “all the way” chant broke out. Bliss held up the mic and Strowman yelled his name..
Powell’s POV: The peak of the viewership was above 62,000 viewers during the live broadcast. The match was just another mixed tag match, but the Strowman and Bliss team is fun. Strowman showed off a playful side to personality after the match and the fans seemed to dig it.
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