The Schmoedown has come a long way from its early days and one of the more notable ways it has changed – aside from the look of the show – is the roster of talent available. Each season we see the roster growing and growing as new talent joins the league. Just look at this year’s rookie class, which includes Mara Knopic, Ethan Erwin, Jeannine the Machine and Chance Ellison to name just a few, while other stars like Mark Reilly and Dan Murrell have also returned from breaks.
One of the best bits about an increased talent pool is the ability to schedule more matches between competitors who have never played each other before. There will always be matches that people would love to see for a number of reasons, ranging from potential storylines, to tests of who is the better of two superstars… and then other matches that will just be downright fun! As we come towards the end of the season, I have put together a list of matchups that we don’t appear to be getting this year that would likely provide some great matches in 2019.
Rachel Cushing vs. Dan Murrell
Everyone always gets excited at the thought of Dan and Samm Levine facing off to see who truly is the GOAT, but as they have already faced each other before Samm’s incredible run, I have had to look elsewhere for a worthy opponent for Dan. Last year’s Rookie of the Year has been one of the stars of the Schmoedown over all 3 of the main divisions, with an accuracy percentage that very few can match. It’s just a matter of time until she comes into the GOAT conversation, so what better way to get things rolling than with a match against “Dangerous” Dan Murrell?
William Bibbiani vs. Lon Harris
Two titans of movie trivia whose Singles records don’t really represent their ability. Bibbiani (5-5) and Harris (3-2) will be facing each other early next season in the Teams Division, but a Singles match could also be fantastic! Harris has made it clear that he wants several less mainstream categories brought into the league, but I get the feeling that if anyone could know the names Harris throws out, it would be Bibbiani. Interestingly, both competitors are very impressive in Round 1 but a bit more hit and miss in the later rounds… so how about we make this an Iron Man match and see if “The Beast” can school “The Professor?”
Drew McWeeny vs. John Rocha
Two titans of the Schmoedown who have at times proved to be inconsistent in the Singles Division. Rocha and McWeeny both have vast ranges of knowledge and their strong suits seem similarly matched. I can almost guarantee categories like Biopics and Westerns will be on the Wheel for this match and, as a one-off, maybe McWeeny go back to his original nickname of “The Sheriff” in order to take down “The Outlaw”?
Brianne Chandler vs. Stacy Howard
Former teammates going against each other will always make for an interesting story. With Brianne’s only match outside the Teams Division this season being her Free 4 All victory, there has not really been a chance to see her take on any of the Viper Squad since she walked out on Stacy and Jay at last year’s Spectacular. Will time have been a healer, or will the Viper Squad be looking to get the one up on Miss Movies? One thing we know for certain: we’d be getting some great entrances in this match!
Ken Napzok vs. Tom Dagnino
Like Chandler vs. Howard, this match would see former faction mates going against each other. Napzok famously walked away from the Lions Den at this year’s Collider Collision and took Mark Donica with him, and he has also been heavily involved in managing Mike Kalinowski and Chance Ellison as part of KOrruption. Dagnino meanwhile kept hold of JTE and is currently working with Ben Bateman and Mark Reilly. We got a tease when the two faced off between rounds as Who’s The Boss? faced KOrruption. If you had these two face off in a match, the trivia would probably be okay, but the lines we’d have from these competitors could make it one of the most fun matches to watch next season!