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The Movie Trivia Schmoedown, formerly the Ultimate Schmoedown, is a movie trivia-based competition series currently airing on Collider's YouTube channel. The show is primarily hosted by the Schmoes Know, Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis.

Production History

The Movie Trivia Schmoedown was created by Schmoes Know's Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis. It began as a singles match between JTE and Cobbster, and blossomed into a 16 week tournament, called the Ultimate Schmoedown. The idea was to have a WWE style entertainment paired with a movie trivia contest. This made the Ultimate Schmoedown that much more fun and entertaining as contestants had costumed entrances with theme scores playing in the background that would match their costume, personality, style of fighting, or all of the above.

In 2015 the Movie Trivia Schmoedown was still a Schmoes Know production, airing on the Schmoes Know Movies Show. This year's Ultimate Schmoedown tournament was a team-tournament, where teams from other podcasts and shows competed against teams from the Schmoes Know crew.

It wasn't until 2016 when Schmoes Know officially merged with Collider Videos that the Movie Trivia Schmoedown turned into what it is today. Unlike prior years where singles match took place during one year and team matches during the second, both types of matches now take place once a week, every week with the same kind of entertainment that started it all now much more hyped due to the popularity of not just The Movie Trivia Schmoedown but the growth combined with Schmoes Know and Collider Videos merger. The Movie Trivia Schmoedown now gathers fans from all around social media where fans can see contestants trash talk on Twitter, and participate in the official Movie Trivia Schmoedown Facebook Fan Group dedicated to the show where contestants themselves are also known to interact with the fans of the show and even with each other.

The future looks bright for the Movie Trivia Schmoedown with a new type of contest called the Schmoedown Spectacular taking place on December 23, 2016. This 2-hour long special will feature matches for the championships of singles and team matches as well as contests for number one contenders who will be challenging the champions in 2017. The 2016 Schmoedown Spectacular will also feature the Inner-Geekdom Championship between five contestants.

The first themed match took place December 20 in a Star Wars themed match that featured Team Jedi Council comprised of Ken "The Pitboss" Napzok and John "The Crazy Canadian" Campea going up against Team Force Bros comprised of Freddie Prinze Jr. and Sam Witwer. While The Council are hardcore Star Wars fans, Force Bros are not only well-versed in all things Star Wars, but they also voice characters on Disney XD's animated show Star Wars Rebels. The match went on neck and neck with points constantly going up and each time taking a lead until the final round when Force Bros won by sudden death. Though their win was nothing short spectacular, it turned out to be a controversial one due to the fact that one of their wrong answers in first round got accepted even though it was a wrong answer. Hosts of the show noticed this error a way too late and Kristian Harloff made an announcement at the end of the match video that The Council will be addressing this judges' error in The Spectacular.

Format

Current Singles Format

ROUND ONE 8 questions, all worth 1 point are asked to both competitors. The competitors will answer the question by writing their answers on the whiteboards in as little time as possible before getting a 5 second countdown. If the competitor doesn’t get the answer right, no points will be awarded.

ROUND TWO Each competitor will spin a wheel with 14 categories listed. If the competitor does not want to answer from the first category spun, he or she may spin again (unless the first spin is Opponent's Choice). If he or she spins a second time, the category on which the spinner lands must be used (if a competitor who is the second to spin lands on the category from which the first competitor answered, he or she must spin again (the original spin does not count as a spin)). Each competitor gets four questions with each question weighted two points. Multiple choice is available but the answer will reduce the value to one point. If a competitor makes an incorrect guess their opponent may steal the question if they know the answer. If no multiple choice is offered, the opponent will not be able to utilize multiple choice. The opponent will be awarded two points if they steal and answer without multiple choice and one point if they steal and answer the multiple choice.

ROUND THREE Each competitor will get three questions from a random selection of categories. Question number one is weighted one point. Question number two is worth three points. Question number three is worth five points. No stealing allowed.

SUDDEN DEATH In the event of a sudden death, a random question will be asked and the first competitor to answer correctly wins the Schmoedown. If the competitor answers incorrectly, they lose the Schmoedown.

Current Teams Format

ROUND ONE 8 questions are asked to all competitors, 1 point is awarded for a correct answer by each individual (teams can score up to two points per question). The competitors will answer the questions individually by writing their answers on the whiteboards in as little time as possible before getting a 5 second countdown. If the competitor doesn’t get the answer right, no points will be awarded. No conferring is allowed between team members.

ROUND TWO Competitors will spin the wheel, just like in Singles play. Each team gets six questions with each question weighted two points. Multiple choice is available but the answer will reduce the value to one point. If a team makes an incorrect guess their opponents may steal the question if they know the answer. If no multiple choice is offered, the opponents will not be able to utilize multiple choice. The opponents will be awarded two points if they steal and answer without multiple choice and one point if they steal and answer the multiple choice. Team members are allowed to confer on all questions.

ROUND THREE Each team will get three questions from a random selection of categories. Question number one is weighted one point and must be answered individually by one team member. Question number two is worth three points and must be answered individually by the team member who didn't answer question number one. Question number three is worth five points and the team is allowed to confer. No stealing allowed.

SUDDEN DEATH In the event of a sudden death, a random question will be asked and the first team to answer correctly wins the Schmoedown. If the team answers incorrectly, they lose the Schmoedown.

Title Match Format

ROUND ONE 8 questions, all worth 1 point are asked to both competitors. The competitors will answer the question by writing their answers on the whiteboards in as little time as possible before getting a 5 second countdown. If the competitor doesn’t get the answer right, no points will be awarded.

ROUND TWO Each player/team spins the wheel to land one one of a possible 16 categories, if they do not like the category the receive, they are allowed one do-over. Once they have their category, each player/team gets four questions each with questions worth two points. Multiple choice is available, but the answer will reduce the value to one point. If a team makes an incorrect guess their opponent may steal the question if they know the answer. If no multiple choice is offered, the stealing player/team will not be able to utilize multiple choice. The player/team will be awarded two points if they steal and answer without multiple choice and one point if they steal and answer with multiple choice.

ROUND THREE The team in the lead will spin the wheel and whatever category it lands on, one question will be asked from that category. The leading player/team may wager a maximum of 5 points while the player/team trailing may wager up to 3. Whoever answers correctly will win those points.

ROUND FOUR Round Four is the Speed Round. The hosts read a question and whoever buzzes in first answers correctly is awarded one point. An incorrect response results in a one point loss. Under the current rules there is no stealing allowed.

ROUND FIVE Each team will get three questions from a random selection of categories. Question number one is weighted 1 point. Question number two is worth 3 points. Question number three is worth 5 points. No stealing allowed. In teams, after the first category is revealed, one person on the team will choose to answer. The other person will answer the second question. Conferring is allowed only on the third question.

Factions

The first Movie Trivia Schmoedown faction formed when "The Outlaw" John Rocha announced that he was forming The Four Horsemen, a group that would be feared by all. The faction originally consisted of The Outlaw and his partner in Team Top Ten, "Mighty" Matt Knost. After his record-setting debut, William "The Beast" Bibbiani was invited to join the Four Horsemen and he accepted. During the Schmoedown Spectacular, the Four Horsemen appeared again, this time to invite Inter-Geekdom Champion Robert Meyer Burnett to be the 4th Horsemen. Burnett accepted, and the Four Horsemen were officially formed.

After the Four Horsemen were formed, many wondered who would challenge them. There are a lot of fierce competitors in the Movie Trivia Schmoedown, but who could find common ground against the horseman? Fans received their answer when Finstock, fresh off a team victory with his then team, The MegaPowers, betrayed his teammate Josh "The Wildman" Macuga, and announced he would be forming a faction of his own, The Lions Den. He recruited his ex-team mate in JTE, and got his partner in Team Patriots, Jeff Sneider to join as well. They recruited Marc "The Android" Andreyko, lost to The Beast, but looked impressive in the loss. At the Schmoedown Spectacular, The Lions Den was looking to recruit. After missing on Inner-Geekdom champion Robert Meyer Burnett, The Lions Den threw a Hail Mary. Desperate to compete with the Horsmen, The Lions Den approached "Dangerous" Dan Murrell after his title defense against Mark Ellis and asked him to join. Shockingly, Murrell accepted and The Lions Den could boast that they had both the Singles and Team Champions in one faction. However, after losing the Singles Championship title to John Rocha, Murrell left The Lions Den after not getting any support from his teammates and decided to compete in future matches solely.

After the events of Wangers vs. Reel Rejects, Christian "Cobbster" Ruvalcaba announced that he would start managing RB3 (Robert Butler III) in singles and that he was forming a new faction called "The Young Bucks", consisting of himself, RB3 and both members of Reel Rejects, Greg Alba and John Humphey. Following an Inner-Geekdom Title Match, newly crowned champion, Hector Navarro, became the next member of The Young Bucks.

2014 Season

See: 2014 Ultimate Schmoedown

2015 Season

See: 2015 Ultimate Schmoedown

2016 Season

See: Season 3

2017 Season

See: Season 4

2018 Season

See: Season 5

Title Match History

Singles

Match No. Date of Match Belt Holder Challenger(s) Final Score Outcome
1. October 23, 2014 None Mark Reilly vs. Josh Macuga 14 - 12 Mark Reilly claims Belt
2. April 29, 2016 Mark Reilly JTE 17 - 7 Mark Reilly defends belt
3. July 8, 2016 Mark Reilly Dan Murrell 15 -18 Dan Murrell claims belt
4. August 26, 2016 Dan Murrell Clarke Wolfe 11 - 4 Dan Murrell defends belt
5. December 23, 2016 Dan Murrell Mark Ellis 23 - 20 Dan Murrell defends belt
6. February 17, 2017 Dan Murrell John Rocha 20 - 21 John Rocha claims belt
7. April 21, 2017 John Rocha Mark Reilly 16 - 18 Mark Reilly reclaims belt
8. July 7, 2017 Mark Reilly Dan Murrell 26 - 22 - 13 Dan Murrell reclaims belt
John Rocha
9. July 7, 2017 Dan Murrell Samm Levine 26 - 23 Dan Murrell defends belt
10. September 15, 2017 Dan Murrell Kristian Harloff 13 - 14 Kristian Harloff claims belt
11. December 22, 2017 Kristian Harloff Samm Levine 7 - 15 Samm Levine claims belt
12. March 6, 2018 Samm Levine Rachel Cushing 22 - 21 Samm Levine defends belt
13. May 18, 2018 Samm Levine Clarke Wolfe 19 - 18 Samm Levine defends belt
14. August 21, 2018 None Marc Andreyko vs. William Bibbiani 18 - 19 William Bibbiani claims belt
15. October 26, 2018 William Bibbiani John Rocha 18 - 23 John Rocha reclaims belt
16. December 21, 2018 John Rocha TBA

Title Reigns

Champion Reign Date won Successful

Defenses

Successful

defenses

Mark Reilly 1 10/23/14 1 624*
Dan Murrell 1 7/8/16 2 224
John Rocha 1 2/17/17 0 73
Mark Reilly 2 4/21/17 0 77
Dan Murrell 2 7/7/17 1 70
Kristian Harloff 1 9/15/17 0 98
Samm Levine 1 12/22/17 2 207
William Bibbiani 1 8/21/18 0 66
John Rocha 2 10/26/18 0 1+

*Reilly's first defense was 553 days after he won

+As of 10/26/18

Teams

Match No. Date of Match Belt Holder Challenger(s) Final Score Outcome
1. May 6, 2016 None Team Schmoes vs. Team B.O.B. 26 - 23 Team Schmoes claims Belt
2. October 25, 2016 Team Schmoes Team Top 10 8 - 19 Team Top 10 claims Belt
3. December 23, 2016 Team Top 10 Team Patriots 17 - 18 Team Patriots claims belt
4. February 14, 2017 Team Patriots Team Trek 28 - 27 Team Patriots defends belt
5. May 9, 2017 Team Patriots Wolves of Steel 26 - 25 Team Patriots defends belt
6. July 4, 2017 Team Patriots Team Top 10 27 - 20 Team Patriots defends belt
7. August 11, 2017 Team Patriots Modok 33 - 32 Team Patriots defends belt
8. December 22, 2017 Team Patriots Above the Line 33 - 32 Team Patriots defends belt
9. March 9, 2018 Team Patriots Team Top 10 28 - 15 Team Patriots defends belt
10. May 15, 2018 Team Patriots Above the Line 31 - 35 Above the Line claims belt
11. July 13, 2018 Above the Line Team Patriots 57 - 48 Above the Line defends belt
12. August 24, 2018 None Shirewolves vs. Sick in the Head 29 - 18 Shirewolves claims belt
13. December 21, 2018 Shirewolves Who's the Boss?

Title Reigns

Champions Reign Date won Succesful

Defenses

Days Held
Schmoes 1 5/6/16 0 162
Top Ten 1 10/25/16 0 59
The Patriots 1 12/23/16 6 508
Above the Line 1 5/15/18 1 63
Shirewolves 1 8/24/18 0 63+

+As of 10/26/18

Inner Geekdom Championship

Match No. Date of Match Belt Holder Challenger(s) Final Score Outcome
1. December 23,

2016

None N/A 5th-Ashley V. Robinson

4th-Jeremy Jahns

3rd-John Campea

2nd-Hector Navarro

Robert Meyer Burnett claims belt

2. February 10, 2017 Robert Meyer Burnett Hector Navarro 18 - 20 Navarro claims the belt.
3. July 7, 2017 Hector Navarro Jeremy Jahns 29 - 26 Navarro defends the belt.
4. December 22, 2017 Hector Navarro Jason Inman 23 - 24 Inman claims the belt.
5. April 24, 2018 Jason Inman Mark Donica 19 - 16 Inman defends the belt.
6. September 14, 2018 Jason Inman Mara Knopic 20 - 21 Knopic claims the belt.
7. December 21, 2018 Mara Knopic Mike Kalinowski

Title Reigns

Champion Reign Date won Successful

Defenses

Days Held
Robert Meyer Burnett 1 12/23/16 0 49
Hector Navarro 1 2/10/17 1 315
Jason Inman 1 12/22/17 1 266
Mara Knopic 1 9/14/18 0 42+

+As of 10/26/18

Star Wars Championship

Match No. Date of Match Belt Holder Challenger(s) Final Score Outcome
1. April 15, 2017 None
  • John Campea
34-10-27-33-24 5th-Jenny Nicholson

4th-Sam Witwer

3rd-Jeremy Jahns

2nd-John Campea

Ken Napzok claims belt

2. December 22, 2017 Ken Napzok Sam Witwer 46-47 Witwer claims the belt
3. July 13, 2018 None Alex Damon

Bruce Greene

25-3 Damon claims the belt
4. December 21, 2018 Alex Damon Ken Napzok

Title Reigns

Champion Reign Date won Successful

Defenses

Days Held
Ken Napzok 1 4/15/17 0 251
Sam Witwer 1 12/22/17 0 185
Alex Damon 1 7/13/18 105+

+As of 10/26/18

Rankings

Key

Rank Rank amongst singles competitors or teams.
denotes current singles, team or innergeekdom champion(s).
denotes former singles, team or innergeekdom champion(s).

Singles

Ranking Player Name Record
Champion John Rocha 11-6
1 Mark Reilly 9-5
2 Dan Murrell 7-3
3 Jeff Sneider 7-5
4 Clarke Wolfe 6-5
5 Marc Andreyko 5-3
6 Stacy Howard 4-2
7 Rachel Cushing 4-2
8 Ben Bateman 4-3
9 Drew McWeeny 4-3
10 Ethan Erwin 3-1

Teams

Ranking Team Name Team Members Record
Champion Shirewolves Rachel Cushing & Clarke Wolfe 4-0
1 Who's the Boss? Mark Reilly & Ben Bateman 4-0
2 The Harris Bros. Lon Harris & Jonathan Harris 3-1
3 Top 10 John Rocha & Matt Knost 9-5
4 Team Action Ben Bateman & Andrew Ghai 6-4
5 Critically Acclaimed William Bibbiani & Witney Seibold 3-1
6 KOrruption Mike Kalinowski & Chance Ellison 2-1
7 The Odd Couple Jeff Sneider & Marc Andreyko 2-1
8 World's Finest Winston Marshall & Eric Zipper 2-1
9 Scream Queens Haleigh Foutch & Kalyn Corrigan 2-0
10 Take the Cannoli Drew McWeeny & Brianne Chandler 1-1

Inner Geekdom

*Only competitors who have played in at least (1) Inner Geekdom Match are ranked.

Ranking Player Name Record
Champion Mara Knopic 5-0
1 Jason Inman 4-2
2 Mike Kalinowski 3-3
3 Rachel Cushing 3-3
4 Adam Hlavac 2-2
5 Mark Donica 3-2
6 Eric Zipper 1-1
7 Keetin Marchi 1-2
8 Jared Haibon 1-2
9 Jay Washington 1-2
10 Hector Navarro 2-3

Star Wars

Ranking Player Name Record
Champion Alex Damon 2-1
1 Sam Witwer 2-1
2 Ken Napzok 1-2
3 Bruce Greene 0-1
4 Steele Saunders 0-1
5 Shana O'Neil 0-1
6 Jenny Nicholson 0-1
7 Joseph Scrimshaw 0-2