WWE Mixed Match Challenge (February 20, 2018)

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It’s Tuesday night which means it’s time for another action packed installment of Mixed Match Challenge. The commentary team welcomes us to the show and teaches us how we could use Facebook Watch if we happened to live in the only country in the world where that feature is available and then tells us that the team of Naomi and Jimmy Uso are chatting online right now.

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WWE Mixed Match Challenge (February 13, 2018)

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It’s time for another twenty minutes or so of mixed tag team action! Our announce team is, as always, Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and WWE Hall of Famer, Beth Phoenix. There’s no fucking around this week as we go immediately to the ring to Walk With Elias…

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WWF Smack ’Em Whack ‘Em (March 31, 1993)

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Back before the WWE Network, 18 “Monthly Specials” and 900 hours of broadcast television a week there was scant little wrestling to watch. Sure there was stuff like Jim Crockett Promotions/NWA/WCW on the Superstation and the AWA on ESPN but that sort of stuff didn’t really appeal much to children. The WWF, however, had just the thing to meet the wrestling needs of small children across the United States: Coliseum Videos.
These tapes would have a few matches, often “Coliseum Video exclusives” filmed either at house shows or as dark matches during Wrestling Challenge tapings alongside goofy backstage stuff and profiles on various wrestlers. For those of us who became wrestling fans in the 80s or early 90s the Coliseum Videos became an integral part of our fandom, frequently being rented from the local video rental store and watched repeatedly. So when the WWE recently dumped a bunch of them up on the WWE Network, I for one was very excited.

While a lot of the matches on these tapes weren’t exactly five-star mat classics there are some hidden classics as well as matches that I, for whatever reason, thought were great when I was ten years old. Today we’re going to check on what is probably the pinnacle of the Coliseum Videos, 1993’s Smack ‘Em Whack ‘Em.

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WWE Mixed Match Challenge (February 6, 2018)

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Welcome everyone to another action-packed episode of Mixed Match Challenge. As always our hosts for the evening are Michael Cole, Corey Graves, and Beth Phoenix. They spend a couple minutes teaching us how to swipe right on our phones to make emoticons appear if we happen to actually be watching on Facebook Live rather than some random sketchy download because Facebook Live doesn’t exist in our countries of residence. They then inform us that we need to get our last minute votes in to pick who will serve as the special guest referee for this match: Kurt Angle or Daniel Bryan before we get down to the ring for action.

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WWE Mixed Match Challenge (January 30, 2018)

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It’s time for another installment of WWE’s Mixed Match Challenge. This week we’ve got the team of Sami Zayn and Becky Lynch taking on Braun Strowman and Alexa Bliss. Our announce team is, as always, Corey Graves, Michael Cole and Beth Phoenix. They congratulate Beth on her appearance in the Royal Rumble and show a videos of Sami and Becky dancing with UNICEF people and Strowman attempting to teach Bliss to flip over a midsized sedan. This is why I love this goofy ass show.

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WWE Raw 25 (January 22, 2018)

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Welcome everyone to Monday Night Raw coming to you live from the Manhattan Center with your hosts Good Ol’ JR and Jerry “The King” Lawler. We’ve got the old wailing siren of yore and the entire thing is set up like an episode of Raw from 1993, complete with an ICOPRO banner.

Lawler promises that this will be the most memorable Raw ever. It would turn out that he was either gravely mistaken or outright lying…

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WWE Mixed Match Challenge (January 16, 2018)

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Over the past couple years the WWE has kind of played around with how WWE wrestling has been presented. We’ve had tournaments for cruiserweights, British dudes, and women as well as stuff like Southpaw Regional Wrestling. Late last year they announced that they were partnering with Facebook for a Facebook exclusive program titled Mixed Match Challenge which would be a tournament pitting intergender duos against each other in an effort to win a $100,000 to be donated to a charity of their choosing. This is the first installment of that show.

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WWF Raw (March 25, 2002)

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This seemingly random episode of Raw is actually a historically important one as it was the first WWE Draft and the episode that would begin the Brand Split Era. We start things off with a cold open that features Linda McMahon boringly explain the concept of the draft to those of us watching at home as well as a gaggle of WWE wrestlers watching in the locker room.

There will be twenty picks tonight overall between the two brands: Raw (with General Manager Ric Flair) and Smackdown (with General Manager Vince McMahon). The remaining superstars will be put in a draft lottery on WWF.com after Raw ends or something.

She goes on to say that since Triple H, Jericho, and Stephanie McMahon will be competing in a match for the Undisputed Heavyweight Championship none of them are able to be drafted. Steve Austin is also ineligible since he apparently had something written into his contract that said, “In the event of a Brand Split leading to a Draft I, Stone Cold Steve Austin, become a free agent and that’s the bottom line cuz Stone Cold said so.” I guess he was legit having a contract dispute at the time and it was unclear if he’d resign or not and this is what they came up with.

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NXT (February 23, 2010)

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My prayers have been answered and WWE finally put the goofy ass contest version of NXT up on the Network. That’s right kids, before it was the best American wrestling promotion NXT was a ridiculous wrestling version of America’s Got Talent or American Idol or something of that ilk.

The gimmick was that 8 NXT rookies would get paired with 8 WWE pros and compete in various challenges and matches and stuff to prove that they had what it took to be a WWE superstar. Those who didn’t have it would be voted off or something.

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