Once you look past the fact that WWE mixed tag matches - with tags forced to ensure only men wrestle men and women wrestle women disrupting the normal storytelling flow of pairs bouts - usually stink, there’s a lot to get excited about with Mixed Match Challenge, the new interactive Facebook Watch show debuting on Jan. 16, 2018.
Well, you also have to look past the fact that Survivor Series is no longer “the only time all year we’ll see SmackDown and Raw in head-to-head competition”. And that apparently Sami Zayn won’t be fired on Sunday at Clash of Champions (or he’ll be rehired shortly after he’s fired).
Call it lazy storytelling or suspension of disbelief, WWE is hoping you’ll put all that aside and get caught up in the interactive fun of it all. They wasted no time rolling out a bunch of social media content designed to get you to do just that, too.
SmackDown and Raw General Managers Daniel Bryan and Kurt Angle unveiled their teams in videos that seem to confirm the eventual pairings will all be intra-brand. Then competitive besties Sasha Banks and Bayley ran down their possible partners and got an early start on trash talking:
No male competitor on the #RAW roster is safe from the critical eyes of @SashaBanksWWE and @itsBayleyWWE ahead of #WWEMMC! pic.twitter.com/I7mFnqRt2n— WWE (@WWE) December 13, 2017
Nobody wants Enzo Amore. Even Nia Jax is putting her storyline crush (and upcoming spot on the 205 Live tour) aside and hoping to become one half of a Monster Among MMC Teams:
There are so many possibilities, but @NiaJaxWWE knows who her ultimate partner would be in the upcoming @WWE Mixed Match Challenge! More info: https://t.co/sDTNLw6UuB #WWEMMC pic.twitter.com/oNs5siQQ07— WWE (@WWE) December 13, 2017
The other half of Team Rude doesn’t like that at all, though:
I don’t know Nia. I think #BlissAndBraun sounds like a good team name... #WWEMMC @NiaJaxWWE @BraunStrowman pic.twitter.com/fiGEvjZl9G— Alexa Bliss (@AlexaBliss_WWE) December 13, 2017
At least (after a little waffling from The Hugster in the above video) the OTP of former NXT aces Bá-yley is on the same page:
Please please please please please please please please please please— Finn Bálor Forever (@FinnBalor) December 13, 2017
Let @itsBayleyWWE be my partner in the #WWEMMC @WWE pic.twitter.com/xZ6SCdniMe
.@FinnBalor As tag team partners, we would dominate that show! #WWEMMC @WWE pic.twitter.com/0dy91WUrcB— Bayley (@itsBayleyWWE) December 13, 2017
Fans may be hoping for a Zayn/Lynch team, but Becky has a different red head (master of disguise) in mind...
2 Becky’s??!!! That could be a winning team. Hmm @MmmGorgeous ? #MixedMatchChallenge pic.twitter.com/4ePgnvK3hb— Becky Lynch (@BeckyLynchWWE) December 13, 2017
Ya boys The New Day are intrigued by all the possibilities, and being themselves...
The New Day discuss WWE Mixed Match Challenge
It's up to YOU to decide which member of The New Day will compete in the WWE Mixed Match Challenge... AND who their partner will be!Posted by WWE Mixed Match Challenge on Wednesday, December 13, 2017
... while Natalya is pulling for that cake-flipping hunk of meat Big E to win (don’t tell TJ, or her sister) and be her plus-one to the dance...
What would make my Christmas purrfect is teaming with @WWEBigE in the #mixedmatchchallenge ... because like me, he is just the BEST... https://t.co/GIv42x5FSQ— Nattie (@NatbyNature) December 13, 2017
Could we get Kalisto and Banks?
#LuchaBoss @SashaBanksWWE https://t.co/FSmdZWExSY— KALISTO (@KalistoWWE) December 13, 2017
Team Glorious Flair?
.@WWE is absolutely everywhere. So excited for the #WWEMMC and to find out who my partner is. We could even get matching robes! (Or steal the ones @RealBobbyRoode stole from me!!) ♀️ https://t.co/7ld9T3wQyh— Charlotte Flair (@MsCharlotteWWE) December 13, 2017
And don’t sweat the details - or make like E and use a pancake to pat yourself dry and get back to speculating about MMC teams.