One of the newest wrestling shows to start of 2018 will be the Mixed Match Challenge on Facebook Watch. The series will see male superstars team up with female superstars to take on other intergender tag teams. The show has gotten off to a rocky start since Enzo Amore had to be pulled from the show due to an illness, however, Raw General Manager Kurt Angle has announced the first team for the show. Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss will be teaming up with Braun Strowman on the new series. Get ready to see Strowman and Bliss team up together for the first time ever when the Mixed Match Challenge premieres on January 16th after Smackdown.
BREAKING: #RAW General Manager @RealKurtAngle announces @AlexaBliss_WWE and @BraunStrowman will be a team for @WWE Mixed Match Challenge! #WWEMMC https://t.co/8Ps79BDrHJ
— WWE (@WWE) January 3, 2018
Daniel Bryan’s in-ring future is going to be a huge topic going into 2018. Seeing as how his WWE contract expires later this year, Bryan has made it clear that he will leave the company to wrestle someplace else if WWE doctors do no clear him to return to the ring. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Bryan revealed that fans should know the answer as to whether or not he will wrestle again in WWE by April. Daniel said that if he is not cleared in time for WrestleMania 34, it is highly unlikely that he will ever wrestle in WWE again. “I assume that if I don’t wrestle by WrestleMania, I probably won’t be wrestling with WWE at all…That’s my assumption.” Bryan said before adding, “It’s not a black and white answer…There are a lot of issues with me getting cleared by WWE (and) they have a very strict protocol, which is a good thing, but the timeline of all that happening was not the best for me (and) it’s an interesting situation that will develop.”
Ethan Carter III is currently one of the top stars in Impact Wrestling, but some have speculated that he will be leaving the company very soon to join WWE. Impact is reportedly looking to terminate big money contracts, and he recently filed documents to trademark the EC3 name. In an update, Dave Meltzer stated in the latest Wrestling Observer Radio that he firmly believes that Carter will be heading over to WWE very soon. Meltzer says that WWE is willing to hire Carter, and the former Impact Grand Champion would also have no problem signing with WWE in the near future. Stay tuned for the latest updates on EC3 possibly jumping ship to WWE.