WWE presents the third installment of the famous WCW PPV Starrcade this Sunday, and similar to last year’s offering, Starrcade 2019 will be partially broadcast to the viewers on WWE Network.
WWE revived the historic PPV in 2017 and has transformed it into a Thanksgiving weekend house-show. Although it isn’t officially a PPV, most of the matches featured in the show have proper stories behind them and it could easily be presented as a full-fledged PPV.
We look at the WWE Starrcade 2019 match card and give our thoughts and predictions for the event.
Event: WWE Starrcade
Date: December 1, 2019
Location: Infinite Energy Arena, Duluth, GA
Last Man Standing Match: Bobby Lashley vs. Rusev
The two behemoths have featured in a widely criticized storyline involving Lana, and their rivalry will come to a head at the event on Sunday. Lashley and Rusev returned from their injuries and were immediately put into a storyline with Lana, which has been met with a fair share of criticism from fans and critics alike.
The match will be Last Man Standing encounter, and if their most recent outing is anything to go by, this will have lots and lots of intense action throughout the bout.
Rusev got the upper hand at RAW this week and could ride the momentum for a victory in one of the two televised matches.
Prediction: Rusev wins
Fatal Four Way for WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship: The Kabuki Warriors(c) vs. Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair vs. Bayley & Sasha Banks vs. Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss
The who’s who of WWE’s women division will star in the fatal four-way for the tag-team championships. It was rumored that Kabuki Warriors will defend their titles in a TLC matchup at TLC PPV against Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch, who’ve had their issues with the Japanese superstars in recent weeks.
The other two teams involved in the match have held the titles in the past and could be a fun addition to the matchup. WWE will also look to push either of Nikki Cross or Alexa Bliss as the next challengers for Bayley’s title, and it could play out at this event.
It is a rarity to see titles change hands on house-shows, which means the two Japanese bad-asses will continue their reign.
Prediction: The Kabuki Warriors retain
Seth Rollins vs. Erick Rowan
In a match that screams house-show, the recently turned heel Seth Rollins will take on the former Wyatt Family member Erick Rowan. It was reported recently that WWE is looking to continue pushing Rollins as a babyface for the time being, and this match will give more indication of their plans going forward.
Rowan has been on a stellar run in recent months, but a win over Rollins, a man who has pinned Brock Lesnar twice, is next to impossible.
Prediction: Seth Rollins wins
Roman Reigns vs. King Corbin
Smackdown’s version of Rollins vs. Rowan will see the Big Dog collide with his nemesis King Corbin, who has been a thorn in the flesh of the former WWE Champion. Their rivalry got to a whole new level when Reigns turned on Corbin during their Survivor Series matchup, and it will only get intense from this point onward.
This match won’t be the last time we see the two superstars collide, as both are rumored to face each other in a unique ‘Dog Collar’ matchup at TLC.
Roman Reigns should edge out the Lone Wolf in this encounter at Starrcade.
Prediction: Roman Reigns wins
Handicap Match for the Intercontinental Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura(c) and Sami Zayn vs. The Miz
It was rumored earlier this month that Zayn is currently nursing a shoulder injury, which makes it rather surprising to see him involved in this bout. The Miz and IC title can’t be kept separated for a long time, and that’s exactly the case with this matchup.
Nakamura and Zayn haven’t had a proper feud in quite some time, and the Miz could be the perfect opponent for the two narcissists. This feud could continue even after this matchup, and it would be interesting to see a face Miz hunt down his favorite title.
Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura and Sami Zayn win
SmackDown Tag-Team Championship: The New Day(c) vs. The Revival
The New Day surprisingly won the titles at a Smackdown event earlier this month, which took out the Revival from the Survivor Series match against the Viking Raiders and The Undisputed Era.
The two vastly talented teams will once again battle for the recognition of being the best team on the blue brand but expect the New Day to continue their reign for some more time.
Prediction: Big E and Kofi Kingston retain
Steel Cage Match for the WWE Universal Championship: Bray Wyatt (c) vs. Braun Strowman
In one of the more intriguing additions to the card, the master will take on the apprentice with the Universal title on the line. Strowman is currently on a major losing streak when it comes to championship battles, and this battle could be a plus one for that unwanted streak.
Wyatt doesn’t seem to be done with Daniel Bryan yet, and this match seems like a one-off battle with no further storyline implications. However, the apprentice taking down his master is a perfect storyline, and WWE will definitely be tempted to break it out in the coming months (WrestleMania?)
Prediction: Bray Wyatt retains
The event also features The Kevin Owens Show featuring Ric Flair, along with announced appearances by several superstars like Aleister Black and The Street Profits.