The first round rolled on this week on Mixed Match Challenge as the Facebook Watch show hit Washington, D.C. This week offered up The Miz & Asuka vs. Big E & Carmella...but how was it? Let's take a look.
Mixed Match Challenge Round One Match // The Miz & Asuka def. Big E & Carmella // Submission
The weird stuff with the soft-play L aside, this was a fun bout that did a good job of combining the various characters in the match and their offence to create an enjoyable ten minutes of online television. The main theme I'm getting from Mixed Match Challenge so far is fun, with both matches focusing on creating a handful of moments that raise a smile, without ever feeling like their going to get all that deep, technical or indeed must-watch. It's the wrestling equivalent of Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, but about three hours shorter. Highlights in this one included Asuka and Miz doing the Yes Kicks to their opponents, followed up by the finish in which the Empress of Tomorrow decimated the Princess of Staten Island with strikes, after Mella foolishly slapped her opponent, before the submission win came with a cross armbreaker. Also shoutouts to Corey Graves for getting so many pancakes thrown at him by the New Day, Beth Phoenix for a much improved performance on commentary, Asuka & Miz for some lovely character work after the match and referee Mike Chioda for the loudest and most obvious call in professional wrestling history. #AsukasGoingOver.
Next week's match is Sami Zayn & Becky Lynch vs. Braun Strowman & RAW Women's Champion Alexa Bliss, so we got promos from both of those teams discussing their strategies etc.