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Steel Cage Match
AJ Styles def. Samoa Joe
WWE United States Title Match
Rey Mysterio def. Shinsuke Nakamura (c) by DQ
Rey Mysterio & Rusev w/Lana def. The Miz & Shinsuke Nakamura
Bayley, Sasha Banks, Dana Brooke & Ember Moon def. Nia Jax, Tamina, Mickie James & Alicia Fox
- Elias is in the ring to start the show and he plays the guitar for everybody, Elias then wants to know “who wants to walk with Elias?” Elias then brings Ric Flair to the ring, Flair grabs the microphone and says he has been dying to walk with Elias. Elias is preparing to sing a song with Flair when they are interrupted by Nia Jax, Tamina, Alicia Fox and Mickie James. Jax grabs the microphone and says they all want to walk with Elias, Elias wants to sing with Jax and Flair. Elias starts the song and Flair joins in, the women also join in and they sing horribly to bring an end to the proceedings. Elias tells the women to shut up before bring some more women out for the first match of the night.
Bayley, Sasha Banks, Dana Brooke & Ember Moon vs. Nia Jax, Tamina, Mickie James & Alicia Fox
The match begins with James and Moon taking turns working over each others arms, James drops Moon and Moon gets back up to drop her. James recovers and nails Moon with a series of kicks, Moon fights back and she takes James out with a springboard cross body. Brooke tags in and she works with Moon to hit James with a double suplex, Brooke follows that up by hitting James with a handspring elbow followed by a handspring splash. Bayley and Tamina get tagged in by their respective partners, Bayley quickly nails Tamina with strikes before getting dropped. Tamina corners Bayley before nailing her with a back elbow strike, Bayley fights back and she hits Tamina with a knee strike. Bayley then traps Tamina in the ropes before landing a stunner, Jax tags in and she double teams Bayley with Tamina.
James tags back in and she works over a cornered Bayley, Fox tags in and she applies a chin lock to a downed Bayley. Jax tags in and she also applies a chin lock to a downed Bayley, Bayley fights back and she sends Jax into James. Banks and Fox get tagged in by their respective partners, Banks quickly cleans house against the opposing team. Banks nails Fox with a double knee strike for a near fall, Tamina interferes and Moon takes her out with an Eclipse. Everybody from both teams hit the ring and they all take each other out, Banks gets Fox in the Bank Statement and Fox taps out.
Winners: Bayley, Sasha Banks, Dana Brooke & Ember Moon
- Samoa Joe cuts a Youtube promo about how his actions against AJ styles may be insane, Joe admits that the results haven’t been in his favor. Joe then claims that Styles is insane and Joe has walked out whole every time they have competed, Joe says Styles has never walked out whole in any of their matches. Joe says Styles must be insane to have accepted a cage match with him tonight, Joe promises to put Styles to sleep.
- The Miz is in the ring for an edition of Miz TV, Miz talks about the long history of Starrcade and some of those who have competed at the event. The Miz then brings out Rey Mysterio and WWE United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura as his guests, Miz brings up Randy Orton’s attack on Mysterio from this past weeks Smackdown. Mysterio says he is here tonight because Starrcade holds a special place in his heart, Mysterio brings up his favorite Starrcade memories. Mysterio says he will win the WWE United States Title tonight, Nakamura says he knows about Starrcade and doesn’t care about it or Mysterio. Mysterio and Miz start arguing about Team Smackdown’s failure at WWE Survivor Series 2018, Nakamura attacks Mysterio from behind as Miz demands a referee come out to officiate the match.
WWE United States Title Match
Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Rey Mysterio
The match begins with Nakamura nailing Mysterio with knee strikes and a front suplex, Mysterio goes for a roll up and Nakamura escapes before dropping him. Nakamura places Mysterio on the top rope before landing a running knee strike, Mysterio knocks Nakamura out of the ring before landing a baseball slide drop kick. The Miz tries distracting Mysterio and Mysterio takes him out, Nakamura gets back in the ring as Mysterio lands a springboard seated senton. Mysterio sends Nakamura into the ropes and Miz interferes again to cause a DQ.
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by DQ
After the match, Shinsuke Nakamura and The Miz attack Rey Mysterio until Rusev makes the save. Lana grabs the microphone to demand a tag team match, Miz and Nakamura eventually agrree to the match.
Rey Mysterio & Rusev w/Lana vs. The Miz & Shinsuke Nakamura
The match begins with Rusev and Mysterio attacking Miz and Nakamura on the outside of the ring, the brawl between both teams spills into the ring. Rusev and Mysterio throw Miz and Nakamura into each other, Mysterio and Rusev send Miz into the ropes. Nakamura interferes and he drops Mysterio with a clothesline, Nakamura then traps Mysterio in the corner while landing Bad Vibrations. Nakamura also decides to drop Mysterio before landing a knee drop for a near fall, Miz tags in and he nails Mysterio with a few strikes. Mysterio fights back and Miz kicks him in the face, Nakamura tags in and he stomps away on a downed Mysterio. Mysterio is knocked out of the ring and Miz attacks him with strikes before sending him back into the ring, Nakamura then holds Mysterio in a front face lock. Mysterio gets free and he kicks Nakamura right in the face, Mysterio then hits Nakamura with an enzaguri.
Rusev and Miz get tagged in by their respective partners, Rusev quickly cleans house against the opposing team. Rusev misses a Machka Kick and then lands it on the second attempt for a near fall, Rusev goes for the Accolade before Nakamura distracts him. Miz hits Rusev with a Skull Crushing Finale for a near fall, Mysterio hits the ring to hit the opposition with a double 619. Rusev hits Miz with another Machka Kick for the three count.
Winners: Rey Mysterio & Rusev w/Lana
Steel Cage Match
AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe
The match begins with Joe immediately attacking Styles with some strikes, Joe then drops Styles after landing a headbutt. Joe tries throwing Styles into the cage wall and Styles stops it from happening, Styles then attacks Joe with strikes of his own. Styles then tries throwing Joe into the cage wall and Joe prevents it, Joe goes back to attacking Styles with some strikes. Styles recovers and nails a charging Joe with a drop kick, Styles traps Joe in the corner while landing some shoulder thrusts. Styles would then drop Joe before kicking him right in the back, Styles starts attacking Joe with some leg kicks. Styles looks for a suplex and Joe counters to hit Styles with a front suplex, Joe follows that up by throwing Styles into the cage wall a few times.
Joe follows that up by crushing Styles with an avalanche into the cage wall, Styles fights back and Joe drops him with a back elbow strike. Joe then drops Styles with a slam before landing a knee drop for a near fall, Joe then grinds the face of Styles against the cage wall. Styles fights back again and Joe drops him with an overhead kick in the corner for a near fall, Joe decides to throw Styles into the cage wall again. Joe goes for a charge into the cage wall and Styles gets out of the way, Styles attacks Joe with a plethora of strikes before landing a running forearm smash. Styles then hits Joe with an avalanche in the corner, Styles follows that up by nailing Joe with a reverse DDT for a near fall. Styles tries climbing out of the cage and he leaps off, Joe catches the leaping Styles to land an overhead release suplex.
Joe tries exiting the cage door and Styles prevents that from happening, Joe misses a charge in the corner and Styles hits him with a tornado DDT. Styles sets up for a Styles Clash and Joe propels him into the cage wall, Joe drops Styles with a kick before landing a senton for a near fall. Joe sets up for the muscle buster and Styles fights back, Styles gets off the ropes and he nails Joe with a chop block. Joe recovers and he nails a charging Styles with a uranage, Styles recovers and he catches Joe in the calf crusher and the tap out follows.
Winner: AJ Styles