16th Dec2018

‘WWE Mixed Match Challenge 2×13′ Review

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this week’s Mixed Match Challenge review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the final show before TLC, which means this better be good or I’ll go Jack Nicholson on their asses.

Match #1: Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox def. Apollo Crews & Bayley

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

The Mixed Match Challenge hasn’t been around for very long, but that doesn’t make the turnaround of Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox any less impressive, as they rebounded from a dismal three-match losing streak to make the tournament finals … though they have a little bit of serendipity to thank for helping put them over the top. That would be Apollo Crews’ last-second sub for an injured Finn Bálor, a switch that left Bayley at the disadvantage of trying to build chemistry on the fly with a new partner in a must-win situation. Mahal and Alicia, on the other hand, had finally gelled to the point of being a legitimate threat. After The Huggable One had Bayley-to-Bellied both Singh Brothers and lawn-darted Mahal with a suicide dive, the former Raw Women’s Champion wandered face-first into a big boot from Foxy, who scored the 1-2-3. Was the victory due to the good karma Jinder had obtained from following the teachings of The Great Khali and Ranjin Singh? Was it Alicia Fox’s captaincy? Either way, they’re one step closer to the Royal Rumble No. 30s — or, more pertinently for Foxy, that all-expenses paid vacation.

My Take: 2 out of 5 – There was no nonsense here, but this was still a boring match. It’ll be interesting to see what happens to Jinder and Alicia at TLC, but at least this team finally got a chance to do some-thing other than look like amateurs.

Match #2: (Main Event) R-Truth & Carmella def. The Miz & Asuka

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All good things come to an end, and the once-unbeatable squad of The Miz & Asuka fell to R-Truth & Carmella in the Mixed Match Challenge Semifinals, snapping any chance they had of repeating as tournament winners. Blame their own internal turmoil for the defeat, as Asuka’s prior loss had left The Awesome One less than confident in his partner’s abilities — despite having watched her brutalize Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch moments before on SmackDown LIVE. His mood didn’t improve when Asuka joined in on the dance interlude, but if The A-Lister’s flat refusal to tag in his partner did more harm than good, his use of her as a human shield ended up sealing his defeat. The A-Lister fed Asuka straight into a superkick from Carmella, an act of cowardice that led The Empress of Tomorrow to completely destroy her partner, leaving Miz easy pickings for an Unprettier by Truth. So, it’s official: This Sunday will see Tables, Ladders, Chairs … and maybe a dance break, too.

My Take: 2 out of 5 – There was dancing. I hate the damn dancing. Son of a #!%&@. Fortunately, Asuka beat the $#!@ out of The Miz, so we got something out of the deal.

Final Verdict: 2/5

This whole show came in with a whimper and went out with a bang… from the gun that was used to shoot this brand in the head before it went to the credits. I’m a bit shocked that these are the two teams for the finals at TLC, but I would enjoy seeing R-Truth get his due at the Royal Rumble as the 30th entrant. I hope the finals gets some time, mean something, or else this whole tournament will mean very little in the years to come. I hope the next tournament will be taken more seriously the whole way through, because it’s a real pain in the ass to watch wrestlers dance. Well, until the next Mixed Match Challenge tournament, just remember to keep on truckin’… unless you run out of gas.

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