WWE recently announced that they would be bringing WCW marquee event Starrcade back as a live event in Greensboro, North Carolina on Saturday, November 25th, 2017. Despite a stacked card and the historical significance of the event, WWE is currently not planning on airing it on the WWE Network. Here’s what the live crowd in attendance can expect for this revival of Starrcade, and why WWE has dropped the ball by failing to let their wider audience witness it.
WWE has aired non-PPV events before
The first reason that might come up for why it isn’t going to be on the WWE Network is simply because it’s not one of WWE’s traditional pay-per-view events. However, this wouldn’t be the first time WWE held a Network-exclusive event. WWE has actually aired three non-PPV and non-tournament events exclusive to the WWE Network. The first was WWE’s “Beast in the East” special featuring Brock Lesnar competing at a live event in Tokyo. On top of that marquee match, the event was also highlighted by an NXT Championship Match between Kevin Owens and Finn Balor which culminated in Balor capturing his first and only NXT Championship.
In October of 2015, WWE aired “Live from MSG: Lesnar vs Big Show.” The gist of it is covered in the title, but it was also headlined by a Steel Cage Match between Seth Rollins and John Cena for the US Championship. They even aired Roadblock in March of 2016 as an exclusive before it became one of their PPV events. The short of it is that WWE has shown themselves fully capable in the past of airing non-PPV events on the WWE Network, and depriving their worldwide audience of the resurrection of Starrcade is a mistake.
Starrcade 2017's stacked card
On top of four big championship matches, Starrcade will feature Dustin Rhodes vs Dash Wilder, Bobby Roode vs Dolph Ziggler, and appearances from Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, and The Rock 'n' Roll Express. The appearances will be fun, but the most interesting part of this is that Dustin Rhodes, known to most fans as Goldust, will be competing under this moniker because of his father's role in the original Starrcade events. Dusty Rhodes was key to the creation and greatness of Starrcade, and Dustin will be paying homage to him with that match.
US Championship Match: Baron Corbin (c) vs Shinsuke Nakamura
This match looks set to reignite the rivalry these two had prior to the Money in the Bank pay-per-view back in June. Booking this match for Starrcade looks like they could be bringing this rivalry to TV soon, but some fans would be guaranteed viewers just because Nakamura could leave with championship gold.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Fatal Four Way Match: The Usos (c) vs The New Day vs Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable vs Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
This massive tag team match could arguably be the best of the night. Not only do these teams all have great chemistry, but it could advance several storylines while showcasing the talent within SmackDown's tag team division. There is no doubt that this would be a must-see match.
SmackDown Women's Championship Steel Cage Match: Charlotte Flair (c) vs Natalya
After their rematch on SmackDown Live was interrupted by NXT call-ups Ruby Riot, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan, the cage is set to prevent any interference from happening again. This bitter rivalry has turned into a personal war over the past couple of weeks and looks to get even more personal as they battle inside the confines of a steel cage. With the storied Flair/Hart rivalry adding to things and an appearance by Ric Flair announced, this could be something truly special.
WWE Championship Steel Cage Match: AJ Styles (c) vs Jinder Mahal (w/ The Singh Brothers)
With AJ Styles defeating Mahal overseas to win the title, and their official rematch recently booked for SmackDown Live's Clash of Champions pay-per-view next month, Starrcade is definitely a chance to see how Mahal competes in a match where there is no chance of The Singh Brothers interfering. At least that's the point of the cage, but they'll surely still try. Even with his rematch made for Clash of Champions, there wouldn't be any reason for Jinder to refuse another opportunity here.
Starrcade was a WCW staple since its inception and was their version of WrestleMania. Having it just as the name of a live event without broadcasting it on the WWE Network is a big mistake due to the stacked card and historical significance. Not only should WWE broadcast it on the Network, but it could become a staple of the WWE calender for years to come if done properly.
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