Braun Strowman and Ember Moon def. Bobby Lashley and Mickie JAmes
I don't think Strowman and Lashley have ever gone head-to-head before, so that was a cool clash of styles. Beyond that, though, this was a pretty average match. Nothing stood out as special about it whatsoever, but the in-ring action was enjoyable on the whole. Although Strowman and Moon are a good team, Alexa Bliss was a way better partner for Strowman. Lashley would have been better off with Sasha Banks, too.
Jeff Hardy and Charlotte Flair def. The Miz and Asuka
As a result of what happened at the end of SmackDown Live, Styles was replaced by Hardy for this match. Charlotte and Hardy had a unique chemistry together and it made for an entertaining encounter. Meanwhile, Miz and Asuka have always been the perfect partners because they play off of each other well. They have been undefeated since Season 1, so I thought it was weird for them to suffer their first defeat at the hands of a makeshift tandem that is likely only temporary.
Both matches featured teams that are undefeated doing battle, making this the most interesting edition of Mixed Match Challenge of Season 2 to date. Neither match was overly exciting, mind you, but at least they were among the best bouts I have seen on this show in recent memory. For what it's worth, it was announced this week that the winners of Mixed Match Challenge will earn an "all-paid vacation" and the final spots in the men's and women's 2019 Royal Rumbles. Despite the show being a waste of time most weeks, thankfully there are stakes worth fighting for at this point (I'm talking about the Rumble spots, not the stupid vacation).
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