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Goldust Teams With Mandy Rose for Mixed Match Challenge

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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.

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.

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NXT’s Adam Cole Discusses Creative Freedom

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NXT Champion Adam Cole is at the height of his success with the promotion, recently defeating Johnny Gargano in another instant classic to capture his first NXT Championship, and he is talking about how things go down in NXT.

Unlike much of the main roster, where promos are often scripted and comedy-acts are more common, Cole says that superstars in NXT get a bit more creative freedom, as he had with Gargano for their match.

“One of the coolest things about NXT is we have a ton of creative liberties to come up with the story and the vision we have for the match” Cole said, during an interview with TalkSport. “Of course, there’s input and advice given and there’s suggestions or, you know ‘we need something this way’ (but) we do have a lot of freedom, which is great.”

Cole added that he and Gargano came up with the format for their two out of three falls classic at NXT Takeover: New York.

 

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Rey Mysterio Praises Andrade

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WWE superstar Rey Mysterio believes that the company has a big star on their hands in Andrade .

“This kid is awesome” Mysterio said, during an appearance on the WINCLY podcast. “I mentioned it before, in previous interviews, but, every time I’m in the ring with him, there’s an affiliation to how I would move with Eddie [Guerrero],” Mysterio said.

“This is how good he is! He’s thinking a step ahead before you even move. He already knows the positioning, and knows exactly what to do and how to do it. My hat goes off to Andrade, as he’s definitely the future of WWE.”

Mysterio sees all the tools necessary to succeed in WWE.

“Just like anybody else, once you can dominate the mic skills and English, then he is bound to become a star,” Mysterio continued. “I’ve seen him work on his English, and it’s a slow process, but he’s moving forward. Once he dominates his English language, he’s on his way to stardom.”

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Fandango, Apollo Crews, Killain Dain Make Returns to NXT

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WWE is starting to allow superstars on their main rosters to transition back to NXT, much like they did with Tyler Breeze, who recently returned to NXT, where he had his most success, following around 2 years of meandering on the main roster following his callup.

Fandango, Apollo Crews, and Killian Dain made their returns to NXT tv at Winter Park, FL at Full Sail University for Thursday’s NXT TV tapings.

Fandango, also making his return from injury, made the save for his Breezango partner, Tyler Breeze, who was on the receiving end of an attack at the hands of the Forgotten Sons. Crews made his return to take on Kushida in singles competition, and Dain made a brutal attack on Matt Riddle following Riddle’s win over Arture Rass.

Fandango had been out of action after suffering a shoulder injury back in July 2018.

 

 

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