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WWE Starrcade recap: Traditional Thanksgiving weekend PPV airs on WWE Network

WWE Starrcade recap: Traditional Thanksgiving weekend PPV airs on WWE Network
Bobby Lashley and Lana at Starrcade. Pic credit: WWE

WWE held their annual Starrcade PPV tonight on the WWE Network. Much like the last two years, WWE is not showing the entire show and only aired select matches for fans.

There were a ton of matches on the big show tonight but only three made it to air on WWE Network.

WWE Starrcade opened with the Kevin Owens Show and his guest was The Nature Boy Ric Flair. This is important because Starrcade is a WCW event and Flair was in the main event of most of them.

Flair puts over his matches with The American Dream Dusty Rhodes, Harley Race, and Sting. He also puts over Kevin Owens before the OC interrupts.

Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson feel the entire WWE Starrcade should just be replays of their best matches. Owens tells them no one likes them and then the Street Profits show up and the first match takes place.

The OC vs. The Street Profits

The OC won the tag team gauntlet in Saudi Arabia to earn the title of Best Tag Team in the World, but WWE seems to have forgotten about that and barely followed up on it.

The two teams put on a decent tag team match, which went about eight minutes before The Street Profits pulled out the win with the Frog Splash.

After the match, Ric Flair celebrates with the Street Profits.

Winners: The Street Profits (***)

The next match is a four-way for the WWE women’s tag team titles and includes three of the four teams to have held the titles. Thankfully, The IIconics are not one of them.

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship

The Kabuki Warriors vs. Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch vs. Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks and Bayley

Considering the fact that this match included six of the top WWE women’s wrestlers of the last few years, the NXT wrestler of the year for 2018, and the up-and-coming Nikki Cross, there is a lot of talent in this ring.

They got some nice time too with the match lasting just over 13 minutes.

With two of the teams including current women’s champions, it makes sense that the team of Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss would take the loss and that is what happened when Asuka made Nikki tap out.

Winners: Kabuki Warriors (** 1/2)

The final match was supposed to be a Falls Count Anywhere match between Bobby Lashley and Rusev. However, because of the stupid Rusev/Lana/Lashley storyline, the “restraining order” was used here to change the match.

Lana wanted Lashley declared the winner by forfeit but Kevin Owens came out and insulted Lana so Lashley accepted the match.

Bobby Lashley vs. Kevin Owens

You would expect a match between these two to be great but this was a huge letdown. They fought for none minutes and ended in a DQ when Rusev showed up to attack Lashley with a chair.

Rusev beat Lashley into the back, hit him in the ribs with the chair and hit the Machka Kick to stand over Lashley to end the Starrcade WWE Network telecast.

Winner: Bobby Lashley by DQ (**)

Non-Televised Results

  • Seth Rollins def. Erick Rowan
  • Shinsuke Nakamura def. The Miz
  • Aleister Black def. Andrade Cien Almas
  • Ricochet def. Andrade Cien Almas
  • AJ Styles def. Randy Orton
  • Roman Reigns def. King Corbin
  • The Fiend def. Braun Strowman in a steel cage match

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