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The MMC With Smark Henry: Coasting Along On Week 2

The first week of WWE's Mixed Match Challenge was promising, but ultimately underwhelming, and things didn't really look good with a less-than-money matchup for their second episode featuring the RAW team of Awesuka (that's, uh, Miz and Asuka) and the SmackDown team of Big E and Carmella.

If last week felt like two separate singles matches taking turns happening, this week's match was pretty much the guys with the ladies only having smaller spots. For some reason, probably to play up her cowardly villainess act, Carmella couldn't get in as much time in the ring with Asuka. The male-to-male and female-to-female restrictions are even more terrible when you realize you really want to see Asuka try to beat up other dudes twice her size.

Anyway, this matchup was more of a foregone conclusion than the first week just because a combo of Miz and Asuka is already pretty unstoppable on paper, and is the odds-on favorite to win the whole thing. On to the next one, I guess, but it's also kind of telling that their second-round bracket is a RAW on RAW matchup. No way the SmackDown team loses next week.

Also, it turns out that WWE uploads the Mixed Match Challenge episodes to the WWE Network by the weekend, so if you're still unable to catch the matches despite the videos I'm embedding and you have the Network, just watch out for it there.

Mixes and Matches

  • Glad to see the commentary team has finally figured out how to utilize Beth Phoenix more, and have already done away with the confusing setup of having Renee Young and Byron Saxton host the broadcast.
  • These not-so-thought-out teams make for some very interesting variations in match structures. This week, both teams were essentially face/heel mixes, and it's strange to see the Miz working on Big E in the middle of the match and then having Asuka come in for the hot tag, only for Carmella to cut off. To be fair, they actually made it work seamlessly; I just felt like Asuka was really wasted here.
  • That said, Awesuka has a lot of chemistry, mostly because Miz is willing to make himself look a little silly to be on Asuka's level.
Photo from WWE


Romeo Moran (@roiswaris the Editor in Chief of Smark Henry, one of the three hosts of the Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast, and is associated with Philippine Wrestling Revolution. He gets by in this hard knock life through working in publishing. Smark Henry was his and Stan Sy's original vision of a watering hole for local wrestling fans. He roots for the undersized guys who hit hard, but really hates Davey Richards with his entire soul. He likes taking your wrestling questions over on his Curiouscat account.


  1. Your page is biased. how come smark henry is the voice of filipino wrestlling fans , if you always feature PWR ? who am I kidding? Majority of your writers come from PWR . you're WORST than MOCHA USON this page is fake news

    1. I'm sorry you feel that way.

      We feature everything that comes out, seriously. No other site out there has as much content on ALL the promotions as we do.

      For example:

      1. Even before AOWW got off the ground, we had already written about them four times very enthusiastically, including previews on the talent to expect, and interviews with the main guys behind them. We were the first site to give a detailed breakdown of key talking points from their launch press conference as well. Seriously, we want them to succeed.

      2. We've written about EVERYTHING MWF does. We've had coffee with Mikers. As of last count, we've published over 30 pieces about them despite their very quiet social media page that doesn't announce stuff very often. We've done features on guys we very publicly love like Gigz Stryker, raved so much about other guys we enjoy like Robin Sane and Aldrin Richards, cover ALL their shows, included two of their guys in our list of the best moves in the Philippines today, and did an in-depth analytics piece on their power rankings that took 18 hours of work. Seriously, nobody else has written as much about them as we have.

      If you feel that we feature too much PWR, perhaps you should consider how much news and content they publish on a weekly basis and their near-monthly show schedule vs. what MWF and AOWW have been announcing.

      And regarding your comment that a majority of our writers come from PWR—I would like to correct that. We have nearly 20 contributors and editors, of which only four come from the company, which we've started disclosing after listening to our readers. And all of them have consciously agreed not to create, edit, review, or give editorial direction on any content related to local wrestling after we made a grave error in judgment a couple of years back.

      If you prefer to maintain anonymity, happy to discuss this privately. In the meantime, trust that we as a whole love the whole wrestling scene and want it to succeed as the best in Asia.


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