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The MMC With Smark Henry: The Story Of Us


The Mixed Match Challenge generally tends to play around its own silly men-to-men and women-to-women rules and they've made the most of it, but never has a match actually made sense because of those rules until this week.

This week's quarterfinal round match pits Team Little Big (that's Braun Strowman and Alexa Bliss) against The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Naomi) in a match that's a step beneath last week's awesome Awe-Suka vs. Boss Club match. From the get-go, the tag rule enables an important strategy the Usos were clearly relying on: Naomi can't let Alexa tag out to Strowman, because if they do, their chances go down.


Jimmy starts the match out, assuring Naomi that he can handle it—and for like a few seconds, he can, going toe-to-toe with the Monster Among Men, striking him in ways that would make his cousin Roman Reigns proud. But Braun is Braun, and it doesn't take long for him to dominate Jimmy, forcing the Uso to tag out to his wife. Hijinks then ensue, with Naomi keeping Alexa grounded in what's pretty much the most sensible and logical resthold by a babyface ever—and a couple of awkward romcom spots between Braun and Alexa.
This is actually something I could get behind, and it was at that moment when I wanted Team Little Big to win so that they could explore their, uh, chemistry even more over the course of the tourney. Hell, as awkward and corny as it may seem, it could be some welcome character development for Braun, who's got enough personality to be more than just a monster... among men.

Anyway, it was a perfunctory win for the more magnetic Little Big, and I guess that means Rusev and Lana don't really get to meet the other husband-and-wife team in the tournament—unless they win and Jimmy and Naomi somehow get voted back into the second chance bracket. An entertaining episode overall of the tournament, if only for how smartly they wrote this match around and because of the rules.

Mixes and Matches

  • I couldn't tell what kind of emotion Alexa had after Braun caught her. Is it gratitude? Desire? Is it love??? I'm totally down for this love team.
  • I'm pretty amazed at how much Jimmy took it to Braun. He looked real good as a singles guy there, if only for this one match.
Photo from WWE

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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.

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