This is the Fightful.com live coverage for tonight's episodes of the WWE Mixed Match Challenge and WWE 205 Live. Tonight on the Mixed Match Challenge we have Rusev and his wife Lana from Smackdown! Live facing Elias and Bayley from Monday Night RAW. On 205 Live the WWE Cruiserweight Championship Tournament continues as Akira Tozawa faces Mark Andrews and Drew Gulak squares off with his friend and former tag team partner Tony Nese so be sure to come back here at 10 PM EST after Smackdown! Live for all of the action!
Mixed Match Challenge
Rusev & Lana vs Elias & Bayley
Lana starts the match off with Bayley with Bayley in control early, taking her down repeatedly, then Lana goes to talk to Rusev before coming back and dropping Bayley repeatedly. Lana destroys Elias' guitar and he tags himself in and he and Rusev get in the ring and Rusev beats Elias down. Rusev focuses on the ribs of Elias before hitting a roundhouse kick, but before he can go for the pin Bayley tags herself in. Lana hits a facebuster for a quick two count before Bayley spears her in the corner and hits her with a back elbow. Lana then uses the distraction of Rusev and Elias fighting at ringside to roll Bayley up for the pin and the win.
Winner: Rusev & Lana defeat Bayley & Elias via pinfall when Lana pins Bayley.
Akira Tozawa vs Mark Andrews
They lock up to start the match before Mark takes Akira down repeatedly and starts focusing on his ankle as we see Drake Maverick looking on backstage. They exchange wrist locks and flips before Mark puts Akira in a variation of an octopus stretch and rolls him up when he tries to counter for a quick two count. Mark dropkicks Akira for a quick one count, then the two exchange chops before Akira drops Mark with a right hand. Akira stomps Mark in the corner before hitting a snapmare into a PK and a senton for a quick two count. Akira stomps on Mark before chopping him in the corner and putting him in a stretching submission that he gets out of and drops Akira with a series of forearms.
Mark hits a springboard cross body for a quick two count before Mark locks in another octopus stretch that Akira fights out of and hits a huricanrrana into a shining wizard. Akira hits a tope to the outside before rolling Mark back into the ring for a near fall, then Mark hits a running double knees in the corner into a Northern lights suplex and a standing corkscrew moonsault for a near fall. They then exchange kicks before Mark hits a stunner for a near fall, then hits a frankensteiner for another near fall before Mark rolls Akira up out of nowhere when Akira tries to pin him for the win.
Winner: Mark Andrews defeats Akira Tozawa via pinfall with a roll up to advance to the next round of the WWE Cruiserweight Championship Tournament
-We get a backstage interview with Jack Gallagher before he's interrupted by Drake Maverick as we go to commercial. We come back from commercial to a vignette for the forthcoming Blake Murphy.
Drew Gulak vs Tony Nese
Tony mocks Drew and overpowers him before they start grappling and Drew gets the upper hand for a quick two count. Drew keeps Tony grounded for several minutes until Tony gets back to his feet and drops Drew with a series of kicks. Tony puts Drew in a unique submission before rolling him over for a quick two count, then Tony sends Drew out of the ring before dropping him with a forearm. Drew drags Tony out of the ring before suplexing him onto the floor and rolling back into the ring, seemingly content with a count out victory. Drew attacks Tony as soon as he gets back in the ring and gets a series of quick two counts before Drew hits a float over suplex for a near fall.
Tony kicks Drew down to the mat before Drew grabs his beard and slaps him repeatedly before hitting an electric chair drop for a near fall. Tony sends Drew out of the ring and to the floor before hitting a flipping senton over the top rope and to the floor. They then get back in the ring and Tony misses a move off of the top before hitting a Michinoku driver for a very close near fall. Tony drops Drew onto the top turnbuckle before powerbombing him into the corner and goes for a running knee in the corner, but Drew rolls out of the ring. Tony goes out after Drew before Drew gets back in the ring and sends Tony off of the apron and to the floor. Drew gets out of the ring and tosses Tony into the announce table before rolling him back into the ring and powerbombing him repeatedly. Drew then puts Tony in a dragon sleeper that he's forced to tap to for the win.
Winner: Drew Gulak defeats Tony Nese via submission with a dragon sleeper to advance to the next round of the WWE Cruiserweight Championship Tournament