The WWE have announced their plans to air a new Mixed Tag Team Tournament via Facebook Watch beginning Tuesday January 16th, 2018, following SmackDown Live.

According to WWE, the Mixed Match Challenge will be a Raw vs. SmackDown tournament that will consist of twelve 20-minute live episodes that will feature WWE Superstars from both the Raw and SmackDown LIVE rosters competing in a single-elimination mixed tag-team tournament to win $100,000 to support the charity of their choice.

Below are the names of the participants set for the Mixed Match Challenge, with the announcement of teams being revealed on January 4th:

RAW: Alexa Bliss, Alicia Fox, Asuka, Bayley, Braun Strowman, Enzo Amore, Finn Balor, Goldust, Nia Jax, Sasha Banks, The Miz, and a final fan vote for a competitor.

SmackDown: Becky Lynch, Bobby Roode, Carmella, Charlotte Flair, Jimmy Uso, Lana, Naomi, Natalya, Rusev, Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura, and a Final Fan Vote that includes a member of The New Day.

Pro Wrestling Sheet, who first reported on rumors of the series last month, adds that Vince McMahon is pulling out all the stops with to impress Facebook’s top brass, as well as other websites/streaming services, in an effort to open new doors for 2019 when the company’s TV contract with NBC Universal expires.

The show won’t necessarily be storyline related with Raw and SmackDown, but minor things that happen to the performers might factor into their individual stories (like an “injury” or grueling match causing someone to miss a match).

Some pairing such as Nia Jax and Enzo Amore are almost a lock to team together and pairing up real-life married couples Jimmy Uso/Naomi and Lana/Rusev.

WWE launched a Mixed Match Challenge Facebook page and is asking viewers to submit suggestions on team pairings. Go here to like and follow the page.

What are your thoughts on this new in-ring series competition? Will you be tuning in to it? Which Superstars would you like to see paired up? Let us know in the comments below!

  • Neutral

    Wow I´m living for this concept tbh!! Can´t wait!

  • Darryl lee

    Umm, I’m sure it’ll be pretty good. But can’t they just focus on making their own product better?

  • Like Mike

    I honestly miss having more mixed tag mnatches in WWE. They’re always fun to watch and have a good dynamic. Def. see Nia and Enzo teaming up in this one. Also Balor and Asuka would be an amazing team.

  • Synn666

    So basically it is the gameshow seasons of NXT making return.

    But also I see this as them testing to see how well they do to see if it is plausable for them to move everything to streaming through facebook…because TV negotiations are coming and with constantly falling ratings they might be getting a lower offer…..which would make the network completely meaningless so whatever their plan is it is about as wacky as the old man who runs the ship.

  • Like Mike

    RAW
    Nia/Enzo
    Bliss/Miz
    Bayley/Goldust
    Asuka/Balor
    Sasha/Braun
    Alicia with the fan vote, would be fun to see Cedric again and see how the ex’s do haha

    Smackdown
    Bobby Roode/Carmella
    Nakamura/Charlotte
    Lana/Rusev
    Sami Zayn/Nattie
    Naomi/Jimmy Uso
    Becky/With the New Day

    These are my picks.

  • Trench158

    Mixed Tag matches have always sucked and will always suck

    • Jose Antonio Atienza Lat

      then dont watch it

  • I like the idea. I’m sure it’ll be a ton of fun.

    I hope Becky and Sami are paired together. I’m pretty sure Rusev and Lana will be a team. Same with Naomi and Jimmy. I want Charlotte with the fan vote, which will hopefully be Kofi, but I have a feeling they will pair her with Bobby.

    On the Raw side… Braun and Asuka HAVE to be a team, right?

    • Izzy4lw

      I feel like if Asuka and Braun end up teaming together ….. what’s the point of them even holding a tournament? they aren’t going to waste Asuka’s streak on this tournament, and I highly doubt they’d feel comfortable with Braun eating a pin since he’s super protected…. it’ll be interesting to see how they play the both of them, since if they’re paired together they will be uber dominant, but they’re also both babyfaces at the moment… I wonder how this will work out.

      In other news, Becky/Sami, Charlotte/Bobby, Asuka/Braun should be fun matchups to watch. Plus it may give us a tease of Charlotte/Asuka.

      • The opportunity is too good to ignore. Can you imagine Braun walking towards the ring, intense and all, and Asuka struting behind him, unbothered. I feel the dynamic would be really interesting and really fun.

        And a Charlotte and Asuka tease is all i’m asking for.

        • Gato_wiska

          I prefer Asuka riding Brawn’s shoulders.

  • CheapPops

    Y’all ready for Asuka and Braun to run through the competition?

  • Crazy. #RIPMae

    This is a good idea. Sadly a team from RAW will win the tournament… But I’m sure it’ll be fun to watch. I lowkey want to see Bianca and Montez be apart of this but it’s obviously not going to happen, let me dream!

  • Almarpar

    I love this. – will be fun.
    Ive always thought a mixed tag championship would be good and bring something different in WWE. Good way to test it out maybe? Would prefer intergender but pg and shit.

    – nice to see the tournaments they listed in the audience survey a while back are actually becoming a reality. Queen of the ring next!? WWE vs NXT?

    • IconicTrio

      Like the action to be seen before? This would be a perect way to give girls and guys who are immensely talented but lost in the shuffle something to do. Like Sasha for example since they can’t decide whether she’s a main girl or not.

      WARNING: Below is a four corner mixed tag team championship match. The following video contains Sexy Star.

  • AngelBlissRae

    Beth Phoenix model for 2K18 is finally revealed
    https://twitter.com/iconiqueduo/status/940926555852697600

    • Wrestling.fan.from.France

      Looks great!

    • Gato_wiska

      Her skirt ring gear is my favorite.

    • TorrieTrishStacyLita

      They did her justice but gave Lita and Trish a copy paste ?. Beth looks great though

    • Zeek Jones

      i really wanted her retirement gear but she really does look amazing!

    • iOwnThatSonOfABitch

      Much better than her horrendous last model

  • Super Mateo

    Seriously, WWE? What is wrong with you? This is a stupid idea…and I’ll tell you why.

    1. It’s MIXED tag…which means that any kind of intergender action is unlikely. The matches would really just be alternating men’s and women’s matches disguised as tags. In other words, it’s more of the same. Raw, SD, and NXT are plenty. Intergender would make this show different.
    2. It’s on Facebook. I can’t stand Facebook and will never return to it, therefore I will not be watching this live. Many of us pay $10 a month for the WWE Network. We won’t be getting this because that want “interactivity” and they won’t add interactivity to the network. The subscribers should be getting this.
    3. It’s yet another show the talent has to do. The stars are getting seriously overworked, and that shows in the product quality and the number of injuries. It also dilutes fan interest. There’s just too much wrestling for the same people and it will, if it has not already, get stale.

    • Catalina

      it’s really not that serious just don’t watch then.

  • MK126

    Man Mickie would have been great for this tournament but ah well… I’m definitely looking forward to this. I hope to see Roode and Charlotte as a team just to see them in matching jackets and Naomi with Jimmy for obvious reasons

  • ?BurningUpInsideOfUs?

    Ready for Maryse to snatch the weave of whoever is taking her spot as Miz’s tag team partner.

    https://thumbs.gfycat.com/HiddenInfiniteDiamondbackrattlesnake-size_restricted.gif

    • MK126

      I can see Bliss being his partner

    • Summer_Slay

      Im calling Fox, he also teamed up with her in the past they’ve worked together so they would probably be together also Maryse and Alicia are very good friends so no hard feelings there.

  • willh

    I actually love mixed tag team matches. This will bring an interesting dynamic and something new to WWEs product.

    • NoWayHoeSay

      Same

  • Monkey Tennis

    They’re not mixed matches. They’re essentially two separate matches that take turns. It’s not like tagging even really counts cos as soon as the respective male or female superstar of either team tags his/her partner, the other wrestler has to tag out too.

    Skip.

    • NoWayHoeSay

      But they can interfear like Sasha hitting double knees on Noam

  • julian naranjo

    What if wwe made a Mixed tag team championships it would be cool

  • The Wicked Bitch

    NNN If they pair Alexa with Braun ??

    • MK126

      TWISTED BLISS FROM BRAUNS SHOULDERS!

      • The Wicked Bitch

        Omg yes..I always thought she was gonna do it off Nia’s shoulders but that’s even better

        • NoWayHoeSay

          ALL FOR IT

    • Cilla

      Would remind me of Ferra/Torr from Mortal Kombat X

      • MK126

        Or Big Daddy and Little Sister from Bioshock

    • Shan

      This would honestly make one of my dreams come through.

  • The Wicked Bitch

    Asuka and Goldust. I can see it.

  • Catalina

    Sounds like bragging rights to me. But I guess we’ll see.

  • carmellsworth

    Asuka: “??????????????????????????????????? ????????????????”

    Braun: “She says, she wants competition. Or else.”

  • Hoooshi

    WWE is so desperate to make money out of every platform available, it’s impressive. Watch they try a show on Instagram live next or something.

    Mixed tag matches are boring, I would rather have intergender wrestling. I might check it out if I get bored.

  • I don’t understand why they just can’t do Mix Tags on regular shows and spice up the storylines a little bit. SmackDown could use a good Mix Tag (Ruby and Sami vs.Shinsuke and Naomi, YES!)
    Plus when will they learn that it’s quality over quantity and not the other way around?

    • KellyAJNaomiRoyce#Slay

      Not at Naomi with Shinsuke

  • Jo9834

    Asuka’s charity is about to have a very Happy New Year. The WWE should keep her away from these things, we know she’s not losing so why put her in a tournament for charity? that just sucks for the other charities and is a complete disservice to the concept.

    • MK126

      I’m pretty sure WWE is still going to have money sent to the team’s respective charities if they lose. All competition shows do this when a person is eliminated

      • Jo9834

        Even if the WWE does, the grand prize is going to Asuka, and its a scripted show to begin with, they may as well have done this at WM and added the 100k charity prize to the Andre the Giant memorial or something.

        • MK126

          She can still keep her undefeated in tact by not taking the pin. Its not like she lost the match. Besides she was eliminated in a battle royal when her streak was just starting

          • Jo9834

            Good point..but wouldn’t a tag team loss still equate to a loss for her? Not sure the WWE will want that so close to WM where i’m sure someone is going to pin her.

          • MK126

            I don’t think so cause she didn’t take the pin. Yeah she was on the “losing” team but if she didn’t personally take the pin then her teammate lost for them

    • The challenges will be speed and power based, not wrestling.

    • Like Mike

      Honestly, she could potentially lose, her partner would just have to eat the pin. Her winning streak is more about having never been pinned or submitted.

  • Wrestling.fan.from.France

    Hearing about the news, I actually thought that it would be wrestlers from NXT or the indies and I instantly thought about Candice Larae… Well, too bad lol

    Nice concept. It’s smart to capitalize on these tournament that usually end up being successful.

    With that being said, Asuka’s inclusion here wasn’t needed KNOWING that she has a wining streak going on right now and that she will definitely NOT loose. Makes it less exciting. On top of that, the structure of mixed tag matches (IN WWE) make them uninteresting since it’s just two matches in one.

    Hope to be surprised and entertained.

    • NoWayHoeSay

      But her partner can be pinned

      • Wrestling.fan.from.France

        I don’t see that happening. Especially if her partner end up being Braun. This would still be seen as her loosing and I don’t think they want the words “Asuka” and “defeated” together for now which is understandable.

    • They will not wrestle.

  • chaz_brian

    I skimmed through too fast, I guess it is mixed raw tag vs smackdown. I’ve seen people joke about a Nia Jax and Braun tandem, but that would seem to be an unstoppable mixed tag team ha

  • Nathan

    Ughhh I’m not on Facebook ?

  • #FlairfortheGold

    Sooooo… we’re just gonna ignore the fact that Lana was over TaQUEENa?!? Mmmmmkayy…?

    • perceval

      I suspect that, in some cases, they’re going for obvious teams. Rusev is part of this, which means Lana.

    • Xaos

      TaQUEENa ignored as always smh, she deserves better

  • NoWayHoeSay

    Alexa Miz, Braun Nia, Sasha Goldust, Naomi JImmy, Lana Rusev

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    • KellyAJNaomiRoyce#Slay

      What couple is better than them? Lita and Edge who?

    • #FlairfortheGold

      The REAL power couple??

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      Jimmy ??? and Naomi queen ???

    • Jorge Hernandez Moran

      I honestly want the Usos and Naomi to become the new team extreme i would love to see Naomi more involve with the guys. And maybe the 3 of them could use the gliw gimmick when theyre teaming

  • I’m ready for it. Should be fun.

  • #RiotWithRuby

    So Asuka & whoever her partner is will be winning, right?

    • Jtiera

      So Asuka and Braun ?

    • txistedbliss

      if its for chairty then they shouldn’t book it like that

  • Kristina Buford

    Here to see Bayley/Finn, Sasha/Miz, Becky/zayn

    • NoWayHoeSay

      Nope

  • Jtiera

    So clearly Nia and Enzo will be a pair. Maybe?

    • MK126

      Enzo and Big Nia LMFAO

  • Randall

    Raw
    Miz/Alexa (since they have similar characters)
    Nia/Enzo (Progress the storyline)
    Sasha/Jason (To get Jason over)
    Bayley/Finn (They’ve tagged before in different companies)
    Braun/Asuka(Both Dominate) Alicia/Goldust (Both Jobbers hate to say it)

    Smackdown
    Charlotte/Bobby Roode (Robes lol)
    Becky/Sami Zane (Irish thing going on)
    Russev/Lana (real couple)
    Jimmy/Naomi (Real Couple)
    Shin/Carmella (Random lol)
    Nattie/Big E (Total diva history together)

    • NoWayHoeSay

      Sami is from Canada lol

      • Gato_wiska

        and Syrian too. LOL

        • NoWayHoeSay

          It will be Becky and Shin as fan faves

    • GOD STRATUS•

      “to get Jason over ” ??

  • Nathan

    For raw I’d predict the parings to be, Miz&Alexa, Braun&Asuka, Enzo&Nia, Finn&Bayley, Goldust&Alicia and then the mystery partner with Sasha.
    SD I’d say Rusev&Lana, Jimmy&Naomi, Bobby&Charlotte, Shinsuke&Becky, Sami&Carmella and Natalya gets the newday memeber. (Naomi and Natalya May get switched to keep faces with faces and heels with heels)

    • NoWayHoeSay

      I’d love Naomi to rear view her husband lol

      • Like Mike

        There was that one mixed tag where she gave him a hurricrana, it was pretty amazing.

        • Shan

          I remember that! Got me hyped up for her doing more stuff with him since they train together and know each other well. But nah. WWE sucks.

  • GlowTime

    I want Alexa with Miz and Naomi either with Jimmy or The New Day

  • Troy Rochester

    Do we get to vote for the pairings or are WWE picking ? Exicted to watch this though !

    • Neutral

      I think WWE will choose it tbh

  • txistedbliss

    I was watching a video & Sasha said she’d pick Finn & Nia said she’d pick Braun. Lana was thinking the ravishing and the glorious and that sounds super marketable tbh

  • I think that it’ll be a fun tournament and it’s a good idea for Foxy, Lana, and Carmella in particular, it gives them something to do.

  • RadicallyRadic

    Watch them mess this up and not pair up Rusev & Lana.

    *Sigh* The good old days….

  • Keeana Tayler
    • Shan

      Why are they so cute together!???

    • Summer_Slay

      Asuka and Braun most likely.

  • ?BurningUpInsideOfUs?
  • Dreignz

    Alexa Bliss – The Mix
    Alicia Fox – Goldust
    Nia Jax – Enzo Amore
    Asuka – Braun Strowman
    Bayley – Finn Balor
    Sasha Banks – ?

    Naomi – Jimmy Uso
    Lana – Rusev
    Carmella – Sami Zayn
    Charlotte – Bobby Roode
    Becky Lynch – Shinsuke Nakamura
    Natalya – ?

    • Crazy. #RIPMae

      Sasha and Seth or Roman

  • Xaos

    ZZZZZZZ We all know Asuka will win it

  • Joseph

    Give me a Charlotte and Big E team please. We know Charlotte can be funny and a goofball just look at the stuff she does with Becky on Social Media.

    • IconicTrio

      Her and Bobby Roode are basically a ready made team though :/

      • Joseph

        I would rather have Charlotte and Big E.

  • Diva_Fan

    I would have rather they kept Asuka out of this as it makes it very likely that her and her partner will end up winning the whole thing . They should of had Mickie instead !

  • Alejandro

    I wish I could care about this random event, but… I really don’t.

    WWE isn’t real competition, so to treat it like it is… is just plain stupid.

    • Jose Antonio Atienza Lat

      then dont watch it. easy. :)

  • Summer_Slay

    THEY BETTER NOT PAIR ALICIA WITH FREAKING GOLDUST OF ALL PEOPLE BEING THE JOKE OF THE TOURNAMENT, GOD NO

    Also rooting for Alicia, Sasha from RAW & Carmella and maybe Nattie.

  • A world of possibilities with this interesting tournament. Great roster!

  • OJ Von Erich

    For some reason this kinda reminds me of TNA’s Jokers Wild, where random stars are thrown together in a team.

  • OJ Von Erich

    I swear they better use this to showcase some underrated/misused talent

    *cough* Alicia Fox *cough*.

    Although I’m sure Bayley & Balor will win it.

    Still, I’ll no doubt give it a watch, Alicia Fox & Goldust could make for an interesting duo…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b8c86f26697c77fafbab85682a9bb8626e988865be632dec6092f7d87ea29177.gif

  • Royalty ?

    ahh my girl alicia.