— WWE has announced the brackets and some rules for the upcoming Mixed Match Challenge earlier today on their site and social media. First round matches will begin on January 16 and will run for the first six weeks. There will be three “quarterfinal” matches and in the “semifinals”, one team that was previously eliminated will get the chance to re-enter the tournament based on a fan vote.
All six first-round matches will feature a Raw team taking on a SmackDown LIVE team. On the Jan. 16 premiere, Finn Bálor & Sasha Banks will go head-to-head against Shinsuke Nakamura & Natalya.
In the ensuing weeks, the remaining first-round matches will be carried out as follows:
Week 2: The Miz & Asuka vs. Big E & Carmella
Week 3: Braun Strowman & Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss vs. Sami Zayn & Becky Lynch
Week 4: Goldust & Alicia Fox vs. SmackDown Tag Team Champion Jimmy Uso and Naomi
Week 5: Elias & Bayley vs. Rusev & Lana
Week 6: Apollo Crews & Nia Jax vs. Bobby Roode & SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair
The semi-finals will include a special “second chance fan vote” in which the WWE Universe will have the ability to give an eliminated team a second chance in the tournament.