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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 two points. 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 two points 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 12 categories including Spinners and Opponents Choice (unless the champion decides not to have it on the wheel), 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. Both player/team 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 2 points. 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.

Perfect Round

Beginning in Season 4, if someone manages to get all of the questions correct in Round 1 they will receive a bonus question worth 1 point for themselves or their team and must be said into the microphone. If two or more players get a perfect round they will write it down on their whiteboards.

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

2019 Season

See: Season 6

2020 Season

See: Season 7

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 Reilly claims the belt
2. April 29, 2016 Mark Reilly JTE 17 - 7 Reilly defends the belt
3. July 8, 2016 Mark Reilly Dan Murrell 15 -18 Murrell claims the belt
4. August 26, 2016 Dan Murrell Clarke Wolfe 11 - 4 Murrell defends the belt
5. December 23, 2016 Dan Murrell Mark Ellis 23 - 20 Murrell defends the belt
6. February 17, 2017 Dan Murrell John Rocha 20 - 21 Rocha claims the belt
7. April 21, 2017 John Rocha Mark Reilly 16 - 18 Reilly reclaims the belt
8. July 7, 2017 Mark Reilly Dan Murrell 26 - 22 - 13 Murrell reclaims the belt
John Rocha
9. July 7, 2017 Dan Murrell Samm Levine 26 - 23 Murrell defends the belt
10. September 15, 2017 Dan Murrell Kristian Harloff 13 - 14 Harloff claims the belt
11. December 22, 2017 Kristian Harloff Samm Levine 7 - 15 Levine claims the belt
12. March 6, 2018 Samm Levine Rachel Cushing 22 - 21 Levine defends the belt
13. May 18, 2018 Samm Levine Clarke Wolfe 19 - 18 Levine defends the belt
14. August 21, 2018 None Marc Andreyko vs. William Bibbiani 18 - 19 Bibbiani claims the belt
15. October 26, 2018 William Bibbiani John Rocha 18 - 23 Rocha reclaims the belt
16. December 21, 2018 John Rocha Ethan Erwin 17 - 20 Erwin claims the belt
17. February 1, 2019 Ethan Erwin Dan Murrell 23 - 25 Murrell reclaims the belt
18. May 3, 2019 Dan Murrell William Bibbiani 17 - 14 Murrell defends the belt
19. July 19, 2019 Dan Murrell Paul Oyama 19 - 20 Oyama claims the belt
20. September 6, 2019 Paul Oyama Jeff Sneider 16 - 15 Oyama defends the belt
21. December 17, 2019 Paul Oyama Ben Bateman 3 - 16 Bateman claims the belt
22. March 6, 2020 Ben Bateman Dan Murrell 26 - 27 Murrell reclaims the belt
23. August 21, 2020 Dan Murrell Ethan Erwin

Title Reigns

Champion Reign Date won Successful

Defenses

Days Held
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 56
Ethan Erwin 1 12/21/18 0 42
Dan Murrell 3 2/1/19 1 168
Paul Oyama 1 7/19/19 1 147
Ben Bateman 1 12/17/19 0 81
Dan Murrell 4 3/6/20 0 155+

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

+As of 8/14/20

Teams

Match No. Date of Match Belt Holder Challenger(s) Final Score Outcome
1. May 6, 2016 None Schmoes vs. Team B.O.B. 26 - 23 Schmoes claims the belts
2. October 25, 2016 Schmoes Top 10 8 - 19 Top 10 claims the belts
3. December 23, 2016 Top 10 Patriots 17 - 18 Patriots claims the belts
4. February 14, 2017 Patriots Team Trek 28 - 27 Patriots defends the belts
5. May 9, 2017 Patriots Wolves of Steel 26 - 25 Patriots defends the belts
6. July 4, 2017 Patriots Top 10 27 - 20 Patriots defends the belts
7. August 11, 2017 Patriots Modok 33 - 32 Patriots defends the belts
8. December 22, 2017 Patriots Above the Line 33 - 32 Patriots defends the belts
9. March 9, 2018 Patriots Top 10 28 - 15 Patriots defends the belts
10. May 15, 2018 Patriots Above the Line 31 - 35 Above the Line the claims belts
11. July 13, 2018 Above the Line Patriots 57 - 48 Above the Line defends the belts
12. August 24, 2018 None Shirewolves vs. Sick in the Head 29 - 18 Shirewolves claims the belts
13. December 21, 2018 Shirewolves Who's the Boss 34 - 31 Shirewolves defends the belts
14. March 21, 2019 Shirewolves Critically Acclaimed 35 - 33 Shirewolves defends the belts
15. May 31, 2019 Shirewolves The Odd Couple 22 - 25 The Odd Couple claims the belts
16. June 28, 2019 The Odd Couple Shirewolves 30 - 33 Shirewolves reclaims the belts
17. August 29, 2019 Shirewolves KOrruption 32 - 36 KOrruption claims the belts
18. October 25, 2019 KOrruption Founding Fathers 31 - 33 Founding Fathers claims the belts
19. December 17, 2019 Founding Fathers Shazam 31 - 30 Founding Fathers defends the belts
20. August 28, 2020 Founding Fathers KOrruption

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 2 280
The Odd Couple 1 5/31/19 0 29
Shirewolves 2 6/28/19 0 62
KOrruption 1 8/29/19 0 58
Founding Fathers 1 10/25/19 1 289+

+As of 8/14/20

Innergeekdom 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

Burnett claims the 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 25 - 26 Kalinowski claims the belt.
8. March 1, 2019 Mike Kalinowski Rachel Cushing 30 - 31 Cushing claims the belt.
9. July 26, 2019 Rachel Cushing Mike Kalinowski 25 - 26 Kalinowski reclaims the belt.
10. December 17, 2019 Mike Kalinowski Kevin Smets 18 - 29 Smets claims the belt.
11. August 14, 2020 Kevin Smets Chandru Dhandapani 33 - 35 Dhandapani claims the belt.
12. December 2020 Chandru Dhandapani Chance Ellison

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 98
Mike Kalinowski 1 12/21/18 0 70
Rachel Cushing 1 3/1/19 0 148
Mike Kalinowski 2 7/26/19 0 140
Kevin Smets 1 12/17/19 0 242
Chandru Dhandapani 1 8/14/20 0 1+

+As of 8/14/20

Star Wars Championship

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

4th-Sam Witwer

3rd-Jeremy Jahns

2nd-John Campea

Napzok claims belt

2. December 22, 2017 Ken Napzok Sam Witwer 46-47 Witwer claims the belt
3. July 13, 2018 None Alex Damon vs. Bruce Greene 25-3 Damon claims the belt
4. December 21, 2018 Alex Damon Ken Napzok 27-25 Damon defends the belt
5. April 19, 2019 Alex Damon Joseph Scrimshaw 33-29 Damon defends the belt
6. December 17, 2019 Alex Damon Laura Kelly 29-28 Damon defends the belt
7. December 2020 Alex Damon Andres Cabrera

Title Reigns

Champion Reign Date won Successful

Defenses

Days Held
Ken Napzok 1 4/15/17 0 251
Sam Witwer 1 12/22/17 0 201
Alex Damon 1 7/13/18 3 757+

+As of 8/14/20

Rankings

See: Rankings

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