WWE to air new show Tuesday nights on Facebook Watch

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    WWE to air new show Tuesday nights on Facebook Watch

    The social giant has secured exclusive rights to a live weekly show from WWE, “Mixed Match Challenge.” The 12-episode series is designed as a single-elimination, tag-team tournament pitting male and female stars from its Raw and SmackDown Live rosters — and will let fans get in on the action by voting on certain elements of the matches.

    The show will stream live in the U.S. exclusively on Facebook's Watch platform on Tuesday nights, starting Jan. 16 at 10 p.m. ET, following “SmackDown Live” on USA Network.


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    Each of the twelve episodes will be 20 minutes in length.

    I think it's interesting enough, and I wonder how much of this is to apply pressure to USA with upcoming TV contract negotiations.

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    Also from the article:

    WWE is slated to announce the tag-team partners for the show Jan. 4. The “Monday Night Raw” roster includes Alexa Bliss; Alicia Fox; Asuka; Bayley; Braun Strowman; Enzo Amore; Finn Bálor; Nia Jax; Goldust; Sasha Banks; and The Miz.

    From “SmackDown Live,” the lineup includes Becky Lynch; Bobby Roode; Carmella; Charlotte Flair; Jimmy Uso; Lana; Naomi; Natalya; Rusev; Sami Zayn; Shinsuke Nakamura; and the fan-voted member of The New Day.

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    I like the idea of it on the surface.

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    To me the WWE is already way over saturated.

    This is too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theguru View Post
    To me the WWE is already way over saturated.

    This is too much.
    We agree on this, but at least this is a limited thing rather than an ongoing thing.

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    I think this is mostly about putting pressure on USA, but WWE is also dipping its toe in the non-television market.

    So this is less about WWE thinking it needs more programming than it is trying to increase its media money.

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    Teams announced so far:

    Braun Strowman & Alexa Bliss
    Bobby Roode & Charlotte Flair

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Parker View Post
    Teams announced so far:

    Braun Strowman & Alexa Bliss
    Bobby Roode & Charlotte Flair
    The smallest and the biggest together as a team, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plantmanky View Post
    The smallest and the biggest together as a team, lol.
    Yep.

    And then there's team Flamboyant Robe.

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    Two more teams announced, giving us:

    Braun Strowman & Alexa Bliss
    Bobby Roode & Charlotte Flair
    Finn Balor & Sasha Banks
    Rusev & Lana

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    Hopefully at some point the WWE will have Bliss manage Braun. She has experience managing in NXT and I think it would be a very fun story line for everyone involved.

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    Braun Strowman & Alexa Bliss
    Bobby Roode & Charlotte Flair
    Finn Balor & Sasha Banks
    Rusev & Lana
    Jimmy Uso & Naomi
    Apollo Crews & Nia Jax
    The Miz & Asuka
    Goldust & Alicia Fox

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    Quote Originally Posted by theguru View Post
    Hopefully at some point the WWE will have Bliss manage Braun. She has experience managing in NXT and I think it would be a very fun story line for everyone involved.
    She'd be great for that, but I'd hate to see her leave the women's division.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Parker View Post
    She'd be great for that, but I'd hate to see her leave the women's division.
    Could you imagine the Monster among Men being under the spell of Alexa Bliss!

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