Goldust’s new partner for WWE’s Mixed Match Challenge has been revealed and it is none other than Absolution member and fellow Raw superstar Mandy Rose.
During the latest episode of the MMC, Goldust announced Rose was his new partner with their team name being “Rose Gold.”
On social media, WWE announced Goldust and Rose would face the husband and wife team of Smackdown Live superstars Naomi and Jimmy Uso on the Feb. 6 episode.
— WWE (@WWE) January 31, 2018
Goldust was originally supposed to team with former Divas Champion Alicia Fox for the tournament. However Fox suffered a broken tailbone and is expected to be out of action for a few months. The injury also prevented her from competing in the Women’s Royal Rumble match on Sunday.
This pairing of Goldust and Rose provides a new dynamic for the Challenge and it will be interesting to see how they work together as a team. Rose is a relatively new face to the Raw roster, spending time in NXT before introduced to the main roster, while Goldust has a wealth of experience and knowledge he can pass on to his teammate.
The winning team of the Mixed Match Challenge will earn $100,000 for the charity of their choice. Goldust and Rose’s charity is Hire Heroes USA, which nonprofit organization that empowers U.S. military members, veterans and military spouses to succeed in the workforce.
Goldust and Rose are one of six teams representing the RAW brand, which is currently 3-0 in the tournament. The team of Sasha Banks and Finn Balor defeated Smackdown Live’s Shinsuke Nakamura and Natalya in the first episode of MMC. In the second week, Intercontinental Champion The Miz and Asuka won their first-round match against Money in the Bank winner Carmella and New Day’s Big E.
On this week’s episode, Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss and Braun Strowman defeated Becky Lynch and Sami Zayn to advance to the next round.
When the MMC was first announced, fans were a bit skeptical because of it airing on Facebook Live.
However the tournament has brought some excitement to WWE programming. The different pairings are fun to watch, whether it is Charlotte Flair “switching” robes with her MMC partner Bobby Roode or Banks and Balor coming up with the name “Demon Boss.” Lynch and Zayn have also had some fun interactions leading up to their match, including Zayn trying to turn the Lasskicker to the heel side.
Another pairing that has grabbed fans’ attention is Strowman and Bliss. The duo worked well together during their match, with Bliss hitting her Twisted Bliss off Strowman’s shoulders. The two complimented each other, before announcing they were “going all the way” and winning the MMC. What’s fun about all of this, is fans get to see Strowman, who is really funny, have a soft spot for his partner.
WWE is only a few weeks into the MMC, but all signs point to it being a hit and hopefully the company will create more tournaments with unique concepts that take their superstars outside of the realms of Raw and Smackdown Live.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? April 16, 2019
For Raw, they got the best addition from the shakeup to their show, which was AJ Styles. After Styles really made his mark on Smackdown, it seemed like WWE creative was running out of ideas of what to do with Styles on Smackdown. So, having him on Raw is really intriguing now and it should be interesting to see what the future holds for him on Raw.
For Smackdown, their biggest addition from the shakeup was Roman Reigns and the way they introduced him to the show was entertaining. After Vince McMahon announced that the “biggest addition in Smackdown history” was Elias, Roman Reigns interrupted and ended up clearing out the ring and declaring that Smackdown is his yard now. Reigns needed a change of scenery after being on Raw for few years, so this is something the WWE universe should be excited for.
For Raw, while it was great to see an NXT tag team called up, the name they gave him is horrible. Formerly known as the War Raiders, who are the current NXT tag team champions were called up to Monday nights. But, they decided to change their name to the Viking Experience, which is one of the worst name changes in WWE history.
For Smackdown, they had a match between Carmella and Charlotte Flair and this felt like filler. After all the new names that they brought onto Smackdown during the shakeup for the women’s division, they could have had one of them in this match instead of putting them all together in the 8-women tag match that was featured on the show later.
The Final Verdict
For these being the superstar shakeup episodes, both shows felt a little underwhelming. While we are able to think of the possibility of matchups that we will see in the future because of this shakeup, the introduction of these new names felt like they should have been a bigger deal. Along with that, it seemed like WWE either was confused on how to handle some of these shakeups or they purposely wanted to confuse the fans. A prime example is how Finn Balor went to Smackdown with the Intercontinental championship. Since this was introduced to us on Smackdown, is there no secondary belt now on Raw? Or did Samoa Joe just automatically move to Raw because he currently was holding the original secondary belt on Smackdown? Overall, as to who had the better show, I will have to say that Raw had the better show. The additions of the Miz, the Usos, Rey Mysterio, Andrade, AJ Styles, and Naomi are all new faces that were due for this. In conclusion, while the shakeup could’ve been handled better, the future should be intriguing as WWE prepares to fully move on from Wrestlemania.
Matt Hardy Responds to John Oliver’s WWE Segment
John Oliver, host of HBO’s popular ‘Last Week Tonight’, took WWE to task in a recent episode over their lack of healthcare for their performers, bringing a dark element of the treatment of WWE superstars to light.
Since then, wrestlers have spoken out, both in support of Oliver’s segment and coming to the defense of WWE.
One of those coming to WWE’s defense is WWE superstar and future Hall of Famer Matt Hardy, who praised WWE and how far they have come over the years.
“When I first started here [1997/1998] the locker room, everything was like the wild wild west then” Hardy said in an interview with FOX Sports (h/t Wrestling Inc). ” The change that has happened in those 20-plus years has been unreal. I mean, now the drug testing is very stringent. … You have to be here, and you have to be good and you have to be on top of your game. You have to be a professional. The physicals they do as far as cardiovascular and just checking you over and over — [there have] been several guys they caught that have had serious [health] issues that could have been life threatening if they didn’t catch it here, and just the way they take care of you. “
“Every surgery I ever had, WWE has paid for. They’re very faithful and very good about that. It’s just some of the stuff that the John talked about was kind of passé, kind of outdated because now they really do [take care of wrestlers’ health]. They take care of everything especially stuff that happens in house. As far as the whole health insurance thing, that’s kind of a different argument, because we do a different gig in many many ways. But WWE has never done anything but be great to me.
“They’ve taking care of me in every capacity, every front. And they’ve given me a great life. I mean one of the characters I play is ‘Big Money’ Matt, who’s like this millionaire that’s been around for a long time, and you know there’s a lot of truth to it in some ways, and I wouldn’t have that persona and I wouldn’t have the great life that I have right now if it wasn’t for WWE.”
WWE Hall of Famer Stevie Ray Talks Not Joining WWE After WCW Buyout
WWE Hall of Famer Stevie Ray, who was inducted as part of Harlem Heat, alongside his brother Booker 2, in this year’s WWE Hall of Fame, recently discussed why he never joined WWE following his career in WCW.
Stevie Ray recently appeared on an episdoe of ‘Conversations with the Big Guy’ with host, and former WWE superstar, Ryback and talked about his thinking when WWE bought WCW.
Although his brother Booker T went on to WWE, Stevie Ray didn’t want to do the same.
“I didn’t want to go to WWF (WWE). As a matter of fact, the last WCW Nitro, I didn’t even attend and they sent me a ticket. Bu,t I was always in the mindset of this is competition to me. This is NFL vs AFL, or National League versus American League in baseball. WCW vs WWF, to be honest with you, bro, I didn’t want to go out like a bitch.”
The Monday Night Wars were hard to get past for Stevie Ray.
“We had been fighting for the team (WCW). But when I heard Vince McMahon had come in, and stuff like that, which I knew was coming, it’s like, you saw the writing on the wall and you put it in the back of your mind.
But at the end of the day I knew it was going to happen. But I didn’t attend the last show because my brother [Booker T] said that they (WWE) are going to be auditioning people. I told him that he should do it, but I’m done.”
Stevie Ray was concerned that WWE would change to Harlem Heat, stripping them of the elements that made that tag team so special.
“I wanted people to remember Harlem Heat as an ass-kicking tag team of color, you see what I’m saying? I didn’t want us to be something else. I didn’t want us to turn into a “Doink the Clown”. So, I’m not saying that they would have done this with Harlem Heat, but, I didn’t want to lose the edge that we once had as Harlem Heat.”
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