Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox def. Bobby Roode and Natalya
Neither of these tandems particularly interest me on paper because of the lack of chemistry they have together. Thus, I couldn't have cared less about this encounter, even if it was well-wrestled on the whole and the final few minutes with Roode and Mahal were fun. It's incredibly sad that Roode went from competing in the finals of last season's Mixed Match Challenge to being a part of the only Raw team to not qualify for the "playoffs" for this season. Oh how the mighty have fallen.
R-Truth and Carmella def. Rusev and Lana
I've seen others ask this question, and now I'm curious as well: why did WWE bother breaking up Rusev Day if Creative wasn't going to do anything of note with Rusev, Lana or Aiden English on their own? They've barely been on WWE TV in recent weeks and are beyond directionless. At any rate, this match was complete comedy and offered nothing of note. Rusev and Lana were back in heel mode for a bit, which was fun, but other than that, this was a waste of time. Rusev and Lana not being a part of the "playoffs" is certainly a strange move.
Season 2 of Mixed Match Challenge continues to be a totally pointless show, and although they've already announced that the winners will receive an "all-paid vacation" (whatever the hell that means) and the No. 30 spots in the men's and women's Royal Rumbles in January, the matches themselves aren't all that exciting or competitive. Thus, it feels like they're simply dragging their feet to the finals, which will take place at TLC next month. Both bouts this week were mediocre at best.
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