Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox def. Curt Hawkins and Ember Moon in a Quarterfinal Match
What's funny is that Mixed Match Challenge Season 2 was originally supposed to see Braun Strowman and Alexa Bliss reunite following their successful alliance last season, but an injury prevented Bliss from competing, so Moon replaced her. Then, Strowman went down with an injury, so Moon was forced to team with the ultimate loser, Curt Hawkins. There was zero chance she and him were winning this thing, so there was absolutely no drama or suspense behind this whatsoever. They tried, but failed. The finish was clever with Hawkins attempting to pin Fox and pick up the victory himself only for it to backfire and lead to Mahal and Fox advancing.
Finn Balor and Bayley def. Bobby Lashley and Mickie James in a Quarterfinal Match
This match benefited from what happened on Monday's Raw, where Lashley took part in a beatdown of Balor alongside Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre. Thus, they already had established issues with each other (not to mention their series of matches from last month) and their interactions here were fine. Additionally, Bayley and James worked well with each other, so on the whole, this was an enjoyable outing. It was far from must-see, mind you, but it was also better than most matchups you'll see on this show nowadays.
If you thought Raw was bad, Mixed Match Challenge has been equally abysmal for weeks and weeks. As I've noted in the past, everything that made the show fun during Season 1 was completely stripped away coming into Season 2 and it's been a bore ever since. Even the matches are mediocre more often than not because they focus way too much on nonsense and not enough on the wrestling. This installment was no exception, and although the second match was bearable, I still found it difficult to care. On the bright side, Season 2 is almost over, so we can all rejoice.
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