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WWE Mixed Match Challenge Semifinals results: Mahal & Fox and R-Truth & Carmella advance to final round at WWE TLC
Not one, but two upsets occurred in the Mixed Match Challenge Semifinals, as Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox and Carmella & R-Truth won big in Las Vegas to send themselves to the finals, streaming live this Sunday at WWE TLC.
Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox def. Apollo Crews & Bayley
The Mixed Match Challenge hasn’t been around for very long, but that doesn’t make the turnaround of Jinder Mahal & Alicia Fox any less impressive, as they rebounded from a dismal three-match losing streak to make the tournament finals … though they have a little bit of serendipity to thank for helping put them over the top.
That would be Apollo Crews’ last-second sub for an injured Finn Bálor, a switch that left Bayley at the disadvantage of trying to build chemistry on the fly with a new partner in a must-win situation. Mahal and Alicia, on the other hand, had finally gelled to the point of being a legitimate threat. After The Huggable One had Bayley-to-Bellied both Singh Brothers and lawn-darted Mahal with a suicide dive, the former Raw Women’s Champion wandered face-first into a big boot from Foxy, who scored the 1-2-3. Was the victory due to the good karma Jinder had obtained from following the teachings of The Great Khali and Ranjin Singh? Was it Alicia Fox’s captaincy? Either way, they’re one step closer to the Royal Rumble No. 30s — or, more pertinently for Foxy, that all-expenses paid vacation.
R-Truth & Carmella def. The Miz & Asuka
All good things come to an end, and the once-unbeatable squad of The Miz & Asuka fell to R-Truth & Carmella in the Mixed Match Challenge Semifinals, snapping any chance they had of repeating as tournament winners. Blame their own internal turmoil for the defeat, as Asuka’s prior loss had left The Awesome One less than confident in his partner’s abilities — despite having watched her brutalize Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch moments before on SmackDown LIVE.
His mood didn’t improve when Asuka joined in on the dance interlude, but if The A-Lister’s flat refusal to tag in his partner did more harm than good, his use of her as a human shield ended up sealing his defeat. The A-Lister fed Asuka straight into a superkick from Carmella, an act of cowardice that led The Empress of Tomorrow to completely destroy her partner, leaving Miz easy pickings for an Unprettier by Truth. So, it’s official: This Sunday will see Tables, Ladders, Chairs … and maybe a dance break, too.