WWE Mixed Match Challenge Round One – Shinsuke Nakamura & Natalya v Finn Balor & Sasha Banks – Predictions

Next Tuesday night sees the beginning of the Mixed Match Challenge, immidietly after Smackdown Live, although us UK viewers will have to wait until 3am on Friday morning to get to see it.

Both myself and Josh will be giving our opinions on all of the matches in the Mixed Match Challenge

The first match-up sees Sasha Banks and Finn Balor taking on Natalya and Shinsuke Nakamura.

Jack’s Predictions

Who Wins?

I think that the winners of this match will be Finn Balor and Sasha Banks.

Match Prediction?

I think this has the potential to be a pretty decent match, but if the 20 minute time limit is true, then who knows if they will be able to put on a great match.

I think the crowd will get excited when Balor and Nakamura are in the ring together, as they are two of the top guys at the company, at present.

I think Natalya may be the one who either is pinned or submitted here, as since she lost the title to Charlotte, hasn’t really done anything noticeable.

To be fair you could counter that argument and say neither has Banks, but I don’t think WWE will want Nakamura or Balor to be pinned or submitted, unless one of them is trying to put the other guy over in their respective brand.

I think on paper Banks and Balor are slightly better than Natalya and Nakamura, that is why I have chosen them to win this bout, and advance to the second round of the tournament.

Josh’s Prediction

Who Wins?

Is that even a question?… Finn and Sasha. No question.

Match Prediction?

The match I think will be a good one.

Finn, Sasha and Nakamura don’t put on bad matches, and Natty is good, but even better with great wrestlers, so I don’t think this will be a match where she is under-used.

I do think that the women will take centre stage for this one, because of how big of a deal Balor v Nakamura is.

I think Balor v Nakamura will be used in a different storyline, further on down the line, when there is a bigger general audience.

Balor and his current heel turn is something too important for WWE to screw up, and a loss here is something that Balor cannot have on his record.

Natalya and Nakamura don’t have much going for themselves currently on Smackdown Live as it is, and because of this the Balor Club coming out on top is the best bet.

 

Question – Who do you think will win this match-up?

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