WWE Mixed Match Challenge Mixdown 11/13/18: Carolina Heat

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Welcome back to the WWE Mixed Match Challenge Season 2, a half-hour show featuring a 10-team round robin mixed tag tournament between Raw and Smackdown. The episodes air live on Facebook Watch at 10 p.m. every Tuesday night, but you can watch the new episode any time you want. Each week, I’ll be taking you through the ins and outs of this compact two-match card.

Last week, Country Dominance defeated Team B’N’B and Day One Glow triumphed over Fabulous truth, in an episode with lots of singing and dancing and laughing.

I Warned You I Was Bad At Tournament Math

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This is on me, everybody. Last week, in complaining about the weirdly symmetrical booking of this show, I said that this episode, in which the undefeated teams of each brand face each other for the first time, would be the last episode of the first round. I also pointed out that each brand still has two teams that have never won a match. It somehow didn’t occur to me then that those teams can’t have faced each other yet, because somebody would have had to win when they did. So yes, there’s still one first-round episode after this one, in which the teams that have thus far lost every match face off to see who goes home and who goes to the playoffs. My bad.

I still don’t really understand how the playoffs work, but hopefully we’ll get a sense of that next week, when they presumably at least announce who’s in the first round of the playoffs the week after. Until then, I’ll try to think through things a little more clearly. For the record though, having all the teams with losing streaks on next week’s show only further strengthens my point about how this tournament could have been booked a lot more subtly.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s dive into this week’s matches:

Match One (Raw): Country Dominance Versus Monster Eclipse

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Here’s the interesting thing about putting all the most dominant teams in one episode: Suddenly the show becomes about wrestling again. For better or worse, there are no dance contests, no rap battles, no hugs or push-ups. These are the wrestlers who are here to win, and there’s no silly teams around to tempt them into humorous shenanigans. I have a feeling this is going to make for a strong contrast with next week’s episode, in which there are only silly teams.