The Four Horsemen's fabled 'Enforcer' Arn Anderson made a one-off return at last night's WWE Starrcade special event from the Greensboro Coliseum, offering his impartial services in the tie between Dolph Ziggler and Bobby Roode. As you'd probably expect, 'Double A' bust out his patented spinebuster, preventing the nefarious Ziggler cheating to victory. That's our Arn.
Elsewhere on the show, Goldust went au naturel, returning to his original WCW gimmick to pay fitting tribute to his father and Starrcade mainstay Dusty Rhodes. After dispatching Dash Wilder with his old-school bulldog, Dustin made an emotional speech about his dad, and what the legacy of the NWA classic means to him and his family.
The Rock 'n' Roll express were introduced to the crowd courtesy of the North Carolinian heroes the Hardy Boyz, before they all proceeded to dance together with The New Day. Because why not?
After the break, a video package in homage to Ric Flair aired, prior to his daughter Charlotte successfully defending her SmackDown's women's title against Natalya in a steel cage match. After the bout, father and daughter celebrated together at the top of the entrance ramp.
The show concluded with AJ Styles - thankfully - retaining his newly-won WWE title in a rematch opposite Jinder Mahal within the steel structure. 'The Phenomenal One' escaped the cage after booting the door into Jinder's head, Freebird style. What a hero!
In full results from the show:
- Bobby Roode d. Dolph Ziggler w/Arn Anderson as Special Enforcer
- Rusev, The Bludgeon Brothers, The Colons, & Mike Kanellis d. Breezango, The Ascension, Tye Dillinger, & Sin Cara
- Naomi d. Tamina (w/Lana)
- 'The Natural' Dustin Rhodes d. Dash Wilder
- Shinsuke Nakamura d. Baron Corbin
- The Usos (c) d. The New Day, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn, and Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin in a four-way for the SmackDown Tag Team titles
- Charlotte (c) d. Natalya in a cage match for the SmackDown Women's title
- AJ Styles (c) d. Jinder Mahal (w/ The Singh Brothers) in a steel cage for the WWE Title
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