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WWE announces surprising tandem for Mixed Match Challenge

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The first team for the upcoming WWE Mixed Match Challenge series has been announced.

Back in November, 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.

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.

Mixed Match Challenge will stream live on Facebook on Tuesday nights beginning Jan.16. The 12-episode series will air on Facebook.

Fans will be able to watch 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 feature elements optimized for mobile consumption, experimentation and social interaction, including the ability for the fans 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.

The original idea was going to be a show focused on the Women of WWE. This would have included female stars from Raw, Smackdown Live, and NXT.

It was announced on Wednesday that Braun Strowman and Raw Women’s Champion would be a tandem, which is the first team to be announced thus far.

It’s been well documented that Enzo Amore was scheduled to face Cedric Alexander on WWE Raw tonight in a Cruiserweight Championship match.

Amore was sent to the hospital on Monday due to illness. The champion posted a video on Instagram from Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami hooked up to an IV.

It’s been reported that Amore checked himself out of the emergency room in Miami, Florida and went to Raw, arriving about an hour before the show went on the air.

Despite the fact that Amore pushed that he be allowed to wrestling, WWE officials informed him they were not going to let him perform sick and ordered him to leave the venue and return to his hotel.
Raw General Manager and WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle has since announced that Amore has been pulled from Mixed Match Challenge due to the flu.

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