WWE In Talks With Facebook For Weekly Live Series
Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet is reporting that WWE is in discussions with Facebook about a new, weekly series that would air live on the social media behemoth. The program would air after SmackDown Live each week beginning sometime in January.
Plans for the concept have changed several times but an idea that has been tossed around is a program that would feature mixed tag team match-ups, with “interesting combinations of male and female wrestlers.” Both RAW and SmackDown Live superstars are rumored to be part of the show. It should be noted WWE recently trademarked the name “Mixed Match Challenge”.
Since it would air after SmackDown Live on Tuesdays, it’s unclear what exactly this means for 205 Live, but Pro Wrestling Sheet says that it would likely mean that 205 Live would no longer be live. It would also seemingly not air at the same time as the Facebook show, so we’ll see if WWE moves it to another time slot, night or decides to do something else with the show altogether.
Personally, I think this is a great idea for WWE. The company has a history of being aggressive and forward-thinking when it comes to digital and social media. Many may not remember, but at one time in the mid 2000’s moving SmackDown to WWE.com and streaming it live was discussed at a point when negotiations weren’t going smooth for a TV deal. While that may not sound like a big deal now, especially with the existence of the WWE Network, in the mid 2000’s it would have been nearly unheard of. What do you think of this potential new venture for WWE?