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Cageside Community Star Ratings: TLC

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TLC brought to a close 2018 WWE pay-per-view (PPV) calendar. It's been widely heralded as a success. As with all PPVs, the Cageside community have given their votes on in order to produce a cSs rating. All the votes have been tallied and compared with the scores awarded by Dave Meltzer and ESPN.

Highest Rated match of the night

SDL Women’s title match - Becky Lynch v Charlotte Flair v Asuka - Cageside Rating: 4.62

Votes: 1385

Meltzer Rating: 4.5

ESPN Rating: 4.75

2018/19 rank: 1st out of 20



  • Big match Charlotte strikes again, as Flair takes CSS match of the night prize for the third match in a row.
  • This match received 567 maximum scores, which is a huge increase on the 214 Flair/Rousey received.
  • This is the fourth highest ranked match by Cagesiders since we started recording scores. Only Lynch/Flair at this year’s Evolution, Styles/Cena at 2017s Royal Rumble, and Usos v New Day at last year’s Hell in a Cell have beaten this.

2nd Place

WWE title match - The New Daniel Bryan v AJ Styles - Cageside Rating: 4.31

Votes: 696

Meltzer Rating: 4.75

ESPN Rating: 4.75

2018/19 rank: 3rd

  • Whilst the WWE Champion probably thinks Cagesiders' are fickle, they do love his new persona's in-ring performances.
  • Another fan of the WWE Champion is Dave Meltzer, who awarded him his match of the night prize for the second consecutive PPV.
  • This score is slightly lower than the 4.46 Styles’ match with Finn Balor got a last year’s TLC. However it’s the sixth time in his last seven outings that AJ has achieved a four star rating.

3rd Place

WWE Cruiserweight title match - Buddy Murphy v Cedric Alexander - Cageside Rating: 4.06

Votes: 186

Meltzer Rating: 3.5

ESPN Rating: N/A

2018/19 rank: 5th

  • Buddy Murphy’s run of highly rated Cruiserweight title matches continues with his successful defence against former champion Cedric Alexander.
  • Whilst this match scored lower than their Super Show-Down bout, it’s only the fifth Cruiserweight clash to get a four plus score from Cagesiders.

SDL Tag title match - The Bar v New Day v The Usos - Cageside Rating: 3.79

Votes: 115

Meltzer Rating: 3.25

ESPN Rating: 3

2018/19 rank: 8th

  • A welcome return to form for the Bar following their pee-soaked encounter with AOP at Survivor Series.
  • This was the eighth time The Usos squared off against the New Day at the PPV since Survivor Series 2016. This is the third lowest score any of their matches has received.

Finn Balor v Drew McIntyre - Cageside Rating: 3.78

Votes: 181

Meltzer Rating: 3.25

ESPN Rating: 3.25

2018/19 rank: 9th

  • First PPV victory for Finn against an opponent not named Baron Corbin in 2018 was well received by Cagesiders’
  • This was the only match of the evening to not receive any 0 star votes.

Rey Mysterio v Randy Orton - Cageside Rating: 3.39

Votes: 240

Meltzer Rating: 1.5

ESPN Rating: 3.75

2018/19 rank: 10th

  • The chairs match really divided opinions. Meltzer hated it, whilst ESPN gave it a better rating than Cagesiders’.
  • This match was slightly better received by Cagesiders than their match at Crown Jewel, which scored 3.27. Meltzer was lukewarm on that match as well, giving it two stars.

Raw women’s title match - Ronda Rousey v Nia Jax - Cageside Rating: 3.31

Votes: 419

Meltzer Rating: 3.75

ESPN Rating: 3.75

2018/19 rank: 11th

  • This was one of two matches where the professional critics both rated it higher than the Cageside mean score.
  • It was also rated lower than their previous battle at Money in the Bank, which received 3.99.

Natalya v Ruby Riott - Cageside Rating: 3.18

Votes: 184

Meltzer Rating: 2

ESPN Rating: 2

2018/19 rank: 13th

  • This was Natalya fifth singles match since Survivor Series 2016, and it has yielded her highest Cageside score.
  • Riott competed in her third singles PPV match. All of them have scored above three stars.

Baron Corbin v Braun Strowman - Cageside Rating: 2.91

Votes: 210

Meltzer Rating: 1

ESPN Rating: N/R

2018/19 rank: 14th

  • Braun’s third squash match victory brought about another below three star Cageside rating. This was his third consecutive below par score.
  • The 1.91 differential is the biggest Meltz gap of the event.



Fabulous Truth v Mahalicia - Cageside Rating: 2.77

Votes: 130

Meltzer Rating: 1.25

ESPN Rating: 1.25

2018/19 rank: 16th



  • The professional critics were equally po-faced when it came to evaluating the Mixed Match challenge final, given it the same score.
  • This match sees Carmella return to the minus two zone for the first time since Money in the Bank. This is the 13th time she has done this. Her only non battle royal match to score higher than a three is the Summerslam SDL women's title match against Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch.

Intercontinental title match - Seth Rollins v Dean Ambrose - Cageside Rating: 2.67

Votes: 662

Meltzer Rating: 3

ESPN Rating: 3.25

2018/19 rank: 18th

  • The low score is somewhat a surprise as this match finished third in the match of the night poll.
  • Like Rousey/Jax, by ESPN and Meltzer gave more favourable reviews from professional critics
  • This is Ambrose’s lowest rated match, and Rollins’ worst singles score.
  • The match had the most zero star votes of the card (28).

Elias v Bobby Lashley - Cageside Rating: 2.24

Votes: 92

Meltzer Rating: 2

ESPN Rating: N/A

2018/19 rank: 19th

  • Bobby Lashley will be glad to see the back of 2018, as he received yet another mediocre score.
  • Excluding battle royals, Lashley has scored low than two on six occasions this year. The exception was his Extreme Rules victory over Roman Reigns.
  • Unsurprisingly this is the worst score Elias has obtained.

This year’s TLC has an average match rating of 3.42, matching Survivor Series. Unlike last month’s event, Meltzer average rating was lower than ours, with is score coming in at 2.83.

Last year's corresponding event average score was 3.37




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