04th Oct2018

‘WWE Mixed Match Challenge 2×03’ Review

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this week’s Mixed Match Challenge review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and I like-a dah pizza rolls and glazed-a dough-nuts for-a dah Thanksgiving. I’m-a so helthayyyyyyyyy!

Match #1: Finn Bálor & Bayley def. Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

Finn Bálor & Bayley (Team B’N’B) wasted no time getting the party started when they wore each other’s ring jacket while preparing to take on Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox (Team Mahalicia) in this big-time matchup. Mahalicia were looking to rebound in the round robin format after their tough loss last week, but “team captain” Alicia Fox got off to a questionable start for the squadron when she insisted on challenging Finn instead of Bayley. The match regained some normalcy when Bálor and Mahal began to slug it out, but the bout again took a turn toward the bizarre when Sunil Singh caught a falling Bayley and asked her if she wanted to Bollywood dance with him … Bayley got rocketed into the post by Alicia before she could answer. Finn and Bayley battled back, and their longstanding friendship proved to be a major asset as the two worked together fluidly. In the match’s pivotal moments, Sunil opted to run away from a Bayley attack and let Fox take the brunt of it. This caused Foxy to chase down Sunil, and Bayley wrecked Singh with a Bayley-to-Belly. Bálor followed up with a dive that took out Sunil and Mahal, and Bayley finished Fox off with another Bayley-to-Belly to pick up the clutch victory in her team’s MMC debut. Mahalicia fell to 0-2. Too sweet, indeed.

My Take: 2 out of 5 – This was a simple match that never really got going past hitting the bullet points of a standard match. Finn and Bayley deserve better than this. I feel bad for Jinder and Alicia, who are stuck with a feuding partners gimmick that won’t bring any-body to an arena any-time soon.

Match #2: Jimmy Uso & Naomi def. Rusev & Lana

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

Jimmy Uso & Naomi (Team Day One Glow) looked to take advantage of the whole “One Night in Milwaukee” distraction that Rusev & Lana (Ravishing Rusev Day) were dealing with after Aiden English dropped the bombshell video earlier on SmackDown LIVE. Rusev & Lana couldn’t quite escape Milwaukee, as the WWE Universe in Portland let them hear it as the contest got underway. Lana and Naomi started off in a heated exchange that saw the two go back and forth … often with dance moves! A full-fledged dance-off broke out between the two and saw such highlights as Lana breakdancing with ease and Naomi hitting a picture-perfect Worm. Rusev and Jimmy began to argue over who was the rightful victor of the impromptu dance off, which led to the two squaring off in the ring … AND THEN BUSTING OUT WITH A DANCE CONTEST OF THEIR OWN!

Rusev and Jimmy were seemingly about to pay homage to Jimmy’s father Rikishi and his classic dance moves with Too Cool, but The Bulgarian Brute ruined the good vibes when he instead took Uso down with a swift strike. The Super Athlete caused more anarchy when he broke up Naomi’s pin attempt on Lana, but he finally got his when Jimmy caught him with a brutal superkick on the outside of the ring. Lana looked to have the match in hand, but Jimmy got on the microphone and asked Lana and the WWE Universe what was the deal with Milwaukee?! Lana responded by slapping the bejesus out of Jimmy, which allowed Naomi to roll up Lana from behind for a glowing victory. “One Night in Milwaukee” certainly ruined Ravishing Rusev Day’s night in Portland in their WWE MMC Season 2 debut. Jimmy and Naomi claimed their first victory in the round robin and improved to 1-1.

My Take: .5 out of 5 – Kiss my ass. Why in the hell are Rusev and Jimmy Uso dancing? Why would you book matches like this? I feel like cuffing Vince McMahon and mailing his ass to the headquarters of Farmers Only.com with a sign that says “Milk me, baby!”, just to see how he likes being f#@%ed with.

Final Verdict: 1.5 out of 5 – I’d like to tell you I’m over-reacting here, but this sucked. No wonder no one is watching this season.


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