Reports turned out to be true about the WWE doing a weekly show on Facebook.
If you recall, last month, Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet reported that the WWE was in talks with Facebook to produce a weekly television show that would air in a test run on Facebook Live.
According to the report, the show would premiere in January and go live on Facebook after SmackDown goes off the air. Thus, this would mean that 205 Live would no longer be filmed live on the WWE Network.
There has been talk of filming the cruiserweight show before SmackDown, but it’s unknown if this will be the plan going forward yet.
The show will more than likely include stars from both Raw and SmackDown Live competing for brand supremacy. A mixed tag team concept has been tossed around that would feature interesting combinations of male and female wrestlers.
That report came true on Wednesday morning as the sports entertainment company officially announced the show.
Mixed Match Challenge will stream live in the U.S. exclusively on Facebook on Tuesday nights beginning Jan.16 at 10 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. PT. The 12-episode series will air on Facebook Watch and 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.
Each 20-minute episode will reflect a progressive approach to production, with elements optimized for mobile consumption, experimentation and social interaction, including the ability for the WWE Universe to engage with Superstars during the show. In addition, fans will have the opportunity to select matchups, match stipulations and more, on Facebook.
Mixed Match Challenge is a Raw vs. SmackDown tournament where male and female Superstars team up to determine which combination of strength, skill, athleticism and experience reigns supreme.
Fans will have the opportunity to vote on Facebook for the final competitor from the Raw roster, as well as which tag team member of The New Day will be added to the SmackDown roster. Teams will be announced beginning Thursday, Jan. 4.
“As we continue to expand our strategic partnership with Facebook, this new series, Mixed Match Challenge, jointly reflects our innovative approach to content distribution and fan engagement,” said Michelle Wilson, WWE Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer. “This show will deliver the action and excitement our passionate fan base is accustomed to while offering new production elements and social experiences that only Facebook can provide.”
“As a leader in entertainment innovation, WWE is an ideal partner to demonstrate how the live sports viewing experience can be reimagined on Facebook Watch,” said Dan Reed, Facebook Head of Global Sports Partnerships. “Mixed Match Challenge is a new competition produced specifically to take advantage of the reach, interaction and ongoing engagement enabled by our platform. Fans will be able to directly influence and interact with the in-ring action, follow the rivalries and storylines in between events, and connect with one another as the drama unfolds. We're excited for the WWE community to come together on our platform to watch some of the biggest Raw and SmackDown Live Superstars and engage with WWE like never before.”
“Mixed Match Challenge demonstrates WWE’s flexibility in creating and producing compelling content across platforms in a media landscape that is evolving each day,” said Jayar Donlan, WWE Executive Vice President, Digital & Social Content. “The social interaction leading up to and during each show will connect WWE Superstars with our massive fan base on Facebook in more ways than ever before.”
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