WWE Starrcade is all set to pop off today (Sun., Dec. 1, 2019) from the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia at 7:00 pm ET, live on the WWE Network.
The streaming portion of the house show will feature Ric Flair on the Kevin Owens Show, Bobby Lashley (with Lana) against Rusev, and a 4Way Women’s Tag Title match.
Come right back here at 7 p.m. ET when the Starrcade live blog kicks off once the show starts on the WWE Network. It will be below this line here.
We open with Kevin Owens, who says this will be the biggest Kevin Owens Show because of the guest. It’s none other than the legend himself, “The Nature Boy,” Ric Flair.
This man headlined nine Starrcade shows, including the first seven, as Tom Phillips tells us on commentary. He and Byron Saxton, his broadcast partner this evening, give Naitch a standing ovation as he makes the walk down the aisle.
None like him.
Owens thanks Flair for being there and Ric calls himself a big fan of Kevin’s. It sounds like he’s rambling a bit but it turns out the microphone isn’t working properly. The fans let him know by chanting “we can’t hear you” and Owens switches out mics with him. Flair goes on to simply say thank you to everyone.
He makes sure to individually thank the late Harley Race, Dusty Rhodes, who made this event, and Sting. He promises everyone will make tonight a great show while putting over how talented the roster is today.
Owens gets Flair to say “wooooo” but they’re interrupted by The O.C.
Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson hit the scene to say they hate to interrupt but what are we doing talking about Flair’s past? We should be talking about how great Gallows & Anderson are. Owens makes fun of the two for not having hair. Anderson says he thinks they should just run O.C. highlights for the rest of the show. “Maybe a little ‘Botch Club,’” adds Gallows.
“You want to talk about the Botch Club? So basically your last match?”
A nice one-liner from KO.
Owens mentions AJ Styles losing the U.S. title to Rey Mysterio and right when it looks like they’re going to come to blows The Street Profits show up.
You can guess what they want.
The Street Profits vs. The O.C.
Recap: This was your standard tag team match. Montez Ford got some early offense in before Anderson and Gallows alternated putting the boots to him. He finally made a comeback to set up the hot tag to Angelo Dawkins, who ran wild until he was cut off and the heels set him up for their finish. Ford made the save, however, and that led to some teamwork ending in a frog splash that got an awkward three count when the referee took the extra time to make sure Anderson’s shoulders were down.
The Street Profits def. The O.C.
Dawkins & Ford celebrated with Flair in the ring to end the segment.
Sasha Banks & Bayley got together backstage. They complained about having to be in this town, with Bayley saying they obviously need them to make the match worth the time. Banks demanded more money be added to her check.
Either way, they need to take care of business quick so they can get out of town as quick as possible.
Fatal 4-Way Women’s tag team championship (Kabuki Warriors vs. Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch vs. Bayley & Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross)
Recap: The match set up here was the incredibly dumb logic behind two wrestlers being in the ring and any team being able to tag themselves in at any time by simply slapping one of the two in the ring on the back. They made sure to emphasize this is a thing that happens at the start by spamming it. The match wasn’t all that interesting until it broke down into a chaotic mess, as these matches always do. They did the bit where everyone cleared everyone else out, giving everyone time to shine, and ultimately closed it out with Asuka submitting Cross.
The Kabuki Warriors def. Bliss & Cross, Flair & Lynch, Bayley & Banks
The Last Man Standing match is next.
Bobby Lashley and Lana made their way out while they showed a replay of what happened on Raw.
Lana got on the microphone and said she had good news and bad news. The good news is she has a hot boyfriend for the holidays, and he is the gift that keeps on giving. She literally started hashtagging herself mid-promo, by the way. She knows Lashley appreciates her, unlike her soon-to-be ex-husband and that means the world.
He says Rusev will never appreciate her like he does and the crowd erupts in a “Rusev Day” chant.
Lana goes on to say there will not be a Last Man Standing match tonight after all. She had to go to court and file a restraining order against him in Atlanta. She did so. The other bad news is Rusev Day is cancelled. However, they’ll take the victory via forfeit.
The referee proceeds to raise his hand, they ring the bell, and Lashley is declared the winner.
Kevin Owens’ music hits and he walks out to say “this is not how this night ends. No way.” KO gets a lot of love for saying no one cares about these two and their stupid relationship. He even calls out Lana not using the Russian accent she had for five years, and no one caring about Bobby’s career since all this started.
Lashley offers a match.
That’s what we’ll get.
Bobby Lashley vs. Kevin Owens
Recap: The bell rang, and Owens hit a superkick, a cannonball, and was going to hit the Stunner but Lashley rolled out. They had time to fill, so they were going to fill it. They spent time getting heat on Lashley before the comeback, where Owens hit the Stunner but Lana got up on the apron to ensure the referee wouldn’t count the fall. This gave Lashley the chance to get the edge, and Lana gave him a steel chair. But that’s when Rusev showed up.
Bobby Lashley def. Kevin Owens via disqualification
Rusev rushed the ring and went to town on Lashley with punches. He sent him outside and threw him into the ring post, the announce table, the barricade, everything. He beat Lashley up all the way into the audience, at one point hitting Bob with a trash can and then high-fiving fans.
Lana could be heard screaming “you’re breaking the law” in the background. “Technically he is,” Phillips remarked. “But it’s fun.”
Once they got back to ringside, Lashley finally countered by sending Rusev into the ring. He took the time that afforded him to grab a kendo stick from under the ring. He only got a couple shots in before Rusev powered up and took it from him. It was his turn to get his licks in.
The crowd really seemed to love all of this, by the way.
Rusev’s next weapon of choice was the chair Lana brought in for Lashley to use against Owens. A gut shot was followed by a shot to the back. Rusev then told Lashley to “catch this” and kicked him in the face with the chair when he did.
That ended up being that.
Lashley and Lana made their way to the back while Rusev ran out through the crowd. He was breaking the law, after all.