Starrcade will return once again this November, as announced by WWE, and five matches have already been booked for the show.
There was a time not so long ago in WWE's history when Vince McMahon wouldn't let his employees utter the name of another company on his TV shows, let alone use some of his rivals' intellectual property. Since most of the property is now his, the WWE chairman seems to have come around to the idea of making good use of it.
That's why last year the theme of November's NXT TakeOver was WarGames, a concept that had never been seen in WWE before as it was a match made famous in the NWA and WCW. Starrcade was also used as the name of a special live event despite being the NWA and WCW's equivalent of WrestleMania. In fact, it looks like it will be an annual event in WWE.
Just Announced: @WWE Starrcade comes to U.S. Bank Arena on Saturday, November 24. Steel Cage Matches, Cincy Street Fight, Four Championship Matches plus Ric Flair! You don't want to miss this! Tickets on sale this Friday at 10:00am. pic.twitter.com/BSrm6Fey12— US Bank Arena (@USBankArena) September 17, 2018
The US Bank Arena announced on Monday that it will be hosting a special Starrcade event this year on November 24. This time around the show will take place in Cincinnati, Ohio as opposed to its spiritual home, and where it was last year, Greensboro, North Carolina. It has also already been confirmed that one of the men who made Starrcade famous, Ric Flair will be appearing.
Starrcade without Flair really isn't Starrcade at all. The Nature Boy featured in the main event of the first eight Starrcades, from 1983 to 1990, and the only reason he didn't make that nine is because he had signed with WWE by 1991. There have also already been five matches announced for the show including AJ Styles versus Samoa Joe and Charlotte Flair going up against Becky Lynch, both for championships and both inside a steel cage.
As always, especially since the event is still more than two months away, the card is subject to change. Especially since four of the five matches announced involve rivalries that are currently ongoing, so will likely be over by Starrcade. An exciting announcement from WWE and who knows, considering the success of last year's Starrcade, perhaps this one will be a WWE Network special.