The WWE Mixed Match Challenge starts next week, and all the teams have been officially announced.
If you haven’t heard, the MMC is a mixed tag tournament that will air as its own show on Facebook Watch every Tuesday after Smackdown Live. 12 intergender tag teams — six from Raw and six from Smackdown — will compete for $100,000, which will be awarded to the charity of the winning team’s choice.
Over the past couple of weeks, WWE has released videos announcing which women will team with which men. Now that they’re all out, let’s take a look at the teams.
Alexa Bliss and Braun Strowman
The Team to Beat. Braun and Alexa standing next to each other, let alone touching, legitimately looks like a special effect. They’re like a mountain troll and a particularly glamorous hobbit, able to appear on screen together thanks to Peter Jackson’s clever use of forced perspective, but in fact these are two real humans who exist and actually differ this much in size. But more importantly, they’re both quite good at winning wrestling matches, and everyone else in the tournament is going to have to fight pretty hard to take them down.
Charlotte Flair and Bobby Roode
The Heirs of Flair. Obviously these two go well together, because one of them is Ric Flair’s daughter and the other one dresses like he’s Ric Flair’s son. The subtext, however, is that Charlotte is a top star on Smackdown, and Bobby is … not there yet. So maybe teaming with her can elevate him a bit. I also hope they really do get matching robes, because that would be some glorious flair. In multiple senses!