Liam Hoofe with a round-up of the latest wrestling news…
New WWE Show Announced
WWE announced yesterday afternoon that a new TV show would be airing live on Facebook after Smackdown on Tuesday nights. The show ‘WWE Mixed Match Challenge’ will feature mixed-gender tag teams from Raw and Smackdown competing with each other in a series of matches, with the winning team receiving $100,000 for their chosen charity. The show will start on January 16th and will run for a total of 12 weeks.
WWE looks to be taking this show fairly seriously, with several big-name stars being announced for the event. Finn Balor, Samoa Joe, Shinsuke Nakamura, Asuka, both women’s champions and many more were announced as the participants via Youtube yesterday evening.
Daniel Bryan released this video yesterday, confirming the entrants for Smackdown Live, and revealing that the WWE fans will get to vote on the partnerships on social media. It is also interesting to note that Sami Zayn is included on the Smackdown team, which could be considered a spoiler for this Sunday’s Clash of Champions event.
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Changes made to 205 Live
One of the most interesting questions coming out of the ‘Mixed Match Challenge’ announcement is ‘where does that leave 205 Live?’. Well, fear not, all 14 viewers of the show, the event will just be starting at the later start time of 10:30 PM, and will do so for the 12 weeks when the Mixed Match Challenge takes place. Once the Mixed Match Challenge has concluded, the show will revert back to its usual start time, straight after Smackdown Live.
John Cena Return Update
John Cena has been absent from WWE television since Survivor Series, where he made a one-off appearance for Team Smackdown in the night’s main event. He has been off regular programming since October, where he appeared on the Raw brand for a feud with Roman Reigns.
Cena’s next scheduled television appearance is on the Christmas Day edition of Monday Night Raw, and the company is now advertising him for a Smackdown Live event taking place on December 30th. Cena is being advertised to take on Jinder Mahal and AJ Styles in a triple threat match at the show. House shows are often indicators of what we can expect to see on TV during that time period, so don’t rule out Big Match John getting himself involved in the WWE title scene at the start of the year, and heading into Wrestlemania.
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