5 Reasons Why The WWE Mixed Match Challenge Is A Very Big Deal
January 14, 2018 - WWE
WWE will start airing a ancestral Mixed Match Challenge on Tuesday, Jan 16th around Facebook Watch, and it could be a game-changer for a company.
The innovative 12-week array will include of a single-elimination contest featuring churned tab teams (one masculine luminary and one womanlike superstar) from both Raw and SmackDown, and a winners of a contest will present $100,000 to charity. WWE sent out a press release announcing that “each [losing] team’s free classification will automatically accept $10,000,” observant that a list of charities WWE stars will be competing for includes Make-A-Wish, a Special Olympics and Connor’s Cure.
WWE has suggested a full joint for a tournament, and among a pairings announced for a uncover are Braun Strowman and Alexa Bliss as good as Charlotte Flair and Bobby Roode and a twin of Sasha Banks and Finn Balor. At slightest on a surface, a Mixed Match Challenge might seem like usually another WWE uncover in a universe that’s full of them, though in reality, a uncover is a really large understanding for both WWE and a superstars.
The MMC will symbol a first-time WWE has ever aired a full-blown wrestling uncover by a nontraditional means like Facebook, with many of a prior calm airing on TV, by AVOD (YouTube, etc.) or a WWE Network. That is one of a many reasons since a MMC could change a landscape of WWE forever, though it positively isn’t a usually one as some-more changes could be on a way, depending on a success of a series.
Here are five reasons why WWE’s Mixed Match Challenge is a bigger understanding than some might think.
The MMC Gives WWE’s Female Performers Another Big Stage
WWE’s womanlike superstars have found themselves earning opportunities to be requisitioned as equals to a masculine superstars, and they’re knocking it out of a park.
It’s no tip that WWE’s assembly is now 40% female, a top it’s ever been, and it’s protected to assume we can minister that to a women’s series that has portrayed WWE’s womanlike stars as legitimate athletes, generally over a final few years. We’ve recently witnessed a first-ever women’s Money in a Bank and Hell in a Cell matches as good as a good Mae Young Classic tournament, and we will shortly see a initial women’s Royal Rumble, with an all-female WrestleMania categorical eventuality expected not too distant away.
WWE has even upped a volume of matches a womanlike superstars have been participating in, as a Jan 8th book of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter showed some surprisingly high compare totals for many of a womanlike superstars in 2017: Charlotte Flair (173), Natalya (161), Nia Jax and Sasha Banks (154), Alexa Bliss (148), Carmella (139), Bayley (138) and Naomi (127). The purpose of WWE’s women has altered from delegate act to featured performer, and it’s been a success as evidenced by a fact that a Mae Young Classic did really clever viewership on a WWE Network.
Now, a Mixed Match Challenge is set to make WWE’s women some-more than usually purpose players, as a engagement unfortunately mostly portrays them. It’s an eventuality for WWE’s womanlike performers to take core theatre in front of a potentially humongous Facebook audience, and it could pave a approach for a women’s multiplication to be featured even some-more prominently on both Raw and SmackDown.
One of a things that done Survivor Series 2017 such an expected eventuality is that a uncover offering uninformed never-before-seen matchups, including AJ Styles vs. Brock Lesnar and Charlotte Flair vs. Alexa Bliss.
That was a acquire change from what can typically seem like a merry-go-round of repeated matches (we’re looking during you, The Bar and The Shield) since a code separate has singular a series of uninformed matches we can get on Raw and SmackDown. Of course, a Mixed Match Challenge will not underline rarely expected one-on-one matches like Flair vs. Asuka or AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, though it will be a exhale of uninformed atmosphere for fans to see stars who are routinely on opposite shows get to correlate with one another for a change.
WWE’s TV viewership increases substantially when stars from both brands appear, and it’s expected that, generally if a engagement sets adult must-see matches for any turn of a MMC tournament, viewership will trend aloft than many expect. The MMC, after all, is set to underline a series of a biggest stars in both a men’s and women’s divisions, including Banks, Balor, Strowman and Flair, that should go a prolonged approach toward providing sparkling possibilities for fans.
We know that one of a biggest complains among doctrinaire fans is that both Raw and SmackDown can feel too repetitive, though given how singular churned tab group matches are and how intermittently Raw and SmackDown superstars go head-to-head, it’s tough to protest about a mutation a MMC positively brings.