Mixed Match Challenge Review, 10/2

TEAM B’N’B (FINN BALOR & BAYLEY) VS. TEAM MAHALICIA (JINDER MAHAL & ALICIA FOX) w/SUNIL SINGH

Alicia Fox takes care of the comedy early before Balor and Mahal put on a good show. Sunil Singh catches Bayley and asks if she want to “Bollywood Dance”. I used to work on an inpatient psych unit, so I feel like I’m qualified to say that Alicia Fox deserves to be in there more than most of the patients I observed.

Really good action from everybody in the match. Alicia and Bayley have really good chemistry, and so do Finn and Jinder, surprisingly. Fox had the craziest shaking of the top rope I’ve seen since The Ultimate Warrior. Bayley it an awesome neckbreaker through the ropes on Alicia. She looks better in the ring than I’ve seen her in a long time. She ends up giving the Bayley to Belly to Sunil Singh before hitting it on Alicia for the win. The entertainment level for these matches is almost off the charts.

Match Rating: Nine Gold Medals

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TEAM DAY ONE GLOW (JIMMY USO & NAOMI) VS. RAVISHING RUSEV DAY (RUSEV & LANA)

Lana deserves a ton of credit for how much she’s worked to improve in the ring. The results are obvious and lately she’s had no problem hanging with the top stars on SmackDown like Becky Lynch and Naomi. This may be a shock to people who know me, but I am not a dancer nor am I into dancing at all. However, I was totally enthralled by the Naomi-Lana dance-off. I’m not sure I feel the same about Jimmy Uso-Rusev, but I can’t say I ever thought I’d see Rusev dancing to club music in the middle of a WWE ring. And I LOVE the nod to Rikishi. I really thought we would get the Too Cool dance, but Rusev had to be the heel and ruin it. I’ll tell you I have a huge smile on my face after that one.

Lana’s become especially good at selling. She did a great job selling Naomi’s kicks. She nearly gets a big win with the facebuster. She smacks the shit out of Jimmy after he brings up Milwaukee, but Naomi gets the roll-up win after the distraction. God damn that was so much fun. Either it doesn’t take much to entertain me, or the performers getting to open up on the Mixed Match Challenge has really hit on something big.

Match Rating: Eight Gold Medals

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