On December 1st at the Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth, Georgia, the WWE will present Starrcade for the third year in a row. No, it might not be Wrestlemania or SummerSlam, but it’s all we’ve got right now. Last Sunday in Chicago, we saw WWE Survivor Series take place, setting the stage for the rest of the year’s action. And one of the biggest things we got out of that pay-per-view event was this: The WWE is set on NXT being just as big as Raw or SmackDown. Honestly, fans didn’t hate the idea because the matches delivered. This upcoming Starrcade match card is pretty stacked too, especially for a quick one-hour special. And we’re slowly seeing NXT stars being woven into the event. Here are the matches we can expect at Starrcade this weekend, along with a few predictions on our end.
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2019 Starrcade Match Card
Bray Wyatt vs. Braun Strowman – Steel Cage Match for the WWE Universal Championship
These guys look like they’re built for a good steel cage match. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt (who we still find incredibly scary, btw) remains the Universal Champion after a lengthy beating of Daniel Bryan at Survivor Series. Starrcade’s headline event was originally supposed to feature The Miz versus the Fiend, but it looks like we’ll have to wait to see that another day. This should be an interesting matchup though, as wrestling fans know these guys were both part of the Wyatt Family back in the day. September ended with Wyatt pummeling Strowman on Raw and “losing control.” And while we think The Fiend potentially loses it again on Sunday, he’ll retain the title.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship
Nakamura lost a triple threat match to Roderick Strong (and AJ Styles) at Survivor Series, so now he’ll be looking to redeem himself against the Miz. (Meanwhile, another rematch between him and Strong might be building via social media.) Nakamura has had this championship belt for a while now, and we don’t seem that changing any time soon. At least not until he gets to face Strong. He beat The Miz back at WWE Clash of Champions and he’ll do it again here at Starrcade.
Roman Reigns vs. King Corbin
After winning the men’s Survivor Series, it’s clear that the WWE wants Roman Reigns back in the mix on center stage. But he’s going to have to beat some big names to get there – the hated “King” Corbin included. Give this one to Reigns, and look for him at the top of the card at TLC in December.
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Seth Rollins vs. Erick Rowan
This one seems kind of random, but about a month ago, these two battled it out in a falls-count-anywhere match on Raw – one that included a forklift, if you’ll recall. Rollins won that match, but we’re not too sure he’ll come out of this one unscathed. The BeastSlayer was originally supposed to face Randy Orton at Starrcade, but instead he’ll take on the big, bearded Rowan again. We know that Rowan looked really tough on Raw this week demolishing a local competitor, but we’ll still give this one to Rollins.
The Kabuki Warriors vs. Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair in a Texas Tornado Match for the Women’s Tag Team Championship
We’ll wait and see how the crowd feels about this one, but it was clear that they weren’t big fans of the way Becky Lynch lost her belt to Shayna Baszler at Survivor Series. Asuka and Kairi Sane will take on the on-again-off-again friend duo of Lynch and Charlotte Flair in a Texas Tornado Match at Starrcade. (That means they’ll be fighting in teams but everyone is allowed in the ring at the same time, no tagging necessary.) The Kabuki Warriors beat these two stars to defend their tag-team title two weeks ago on Raw, and they’ve solidified their heel status – particularly since Asuka keeps using that green mist of hers. Both Asuka and Sane are excellent competitors and we think the WWE wants to keep them on top and maintain the hype, so we’re calling it: The Kabuki Warriors retain the title at Starrcade.
AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens
for the US Championship ???
Survivor Series caused us to question where KO’s brand loyalty lies… and we’ll have to take his word for it that he’s all in with Raw. After recently returning from a long time away from the ring, Owens will take on AJ Styles for the US Championship. As for our predictions, we have to go with the wrestling experts on this one and say that KO needs to win this title (or any title?!) just to stay relevant!
Update: Rey Mysterio just defeated Styles on Raw to win the US Championship. Whether that means Mysterio will replace Styles at Starrcade or this will be a non-title match, we’ll have to wait and see!
The New Day vs. The Revival for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship
We’re still depressed about how Kofi lost the WWE Championship to Brock Lesnar last month (and so quickly too!), but the good news is that means The New Day is back in action as tag team champs… and who doesn’t love them? With Xavier Woods out for a while following Achilles surgery, Kofi and Big E will have to keep things under control. As heavy crowd favorites, however, we think they’re going to keep the title – at least for now.
Rusev vs. Bobby Lashley
In one of the worst WWE storylines happening right at the moment, Lana has been stirring things up between Bobby Lashley and Rusev. After announcing that she’s pregnant and filing for divorce (and a restraining order), we saw an unhinged Rusev attack Bobby Lashley on Raw – despite being handcuffed by police officers, no less. Hopefully, their battle at Starrcade will settle this feud once and for all. We’re not really sure where Lana will go after this is all said and done, but for the sake of Rusev returning to a respectable character, we hope he wins it! And of course, look for Lana to be super distracting during this match.
Word on the street (and in the WWE advertisements) is that Sasha Banks, Bayley, Randy Orton, and others will also in attendance at Starrcade, so stay tuned to find out how they come into play!
You can stream WWE Starrcade exclusively on the WWE Network at 7PM EST or get tickets to see it live from the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia, where in-arena activities will begin at 6:30PM.