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Cageside Community Star Ratings results for Roadblock: End of the Line

Last week the community at Cageside Seats was asked to assign star ratings for all 7 matches that took place at Roadblock: End of the Line.

The votes have all been tabulated, and for every match I will include these summary statistics:

  • Votes: Total number of votes cast for a given match.
  • AVG: The weighted average of every vote.
  • Q1: First quartile, which is the value that roughly 25% of the votes fall at or below.
  • Q2: Second quartile (aka median), which is the value that roughly 50% of the votes fall at or below.
  • Q3: Third quartile, which is the value that roughly 75% of the votes fall at or below.
  • Meltzer: Dave Meltzer’s star rating for a given match.
  • Meltz Gap: The magnitude of the difference between Meltzer and AVG.
  • Cain: My own personal star rating for the match.
  • 5-stars: The percentage of votes for 5 stars.
  • 4-stars or more: The percentage of votes for at least 4 stars.
  • 2-stars or less: The percentage of votes that did not surpass 2 stars.
  • 0-stars: The percentage of votes for 0 stars.

The following sortable table includes all the results of the Cageside Community Star Ratings for Roadblock: End of the Line.

Star Ratings: Roadblock End of the Line

Match Votes AVG Q1 Q2 Q3 Meltzer Meltz Gap Cain 5-stars 4-stars or more 2-stars or less 0-stars
Match Votes AVG Q1 Q2 Q3 Meltzer Meltz Gap Cain 5-stars 4-stars or more 2-stars or less 0-stars
New Day vs. Cesaro & Sheamus 205 3.98 3.75 4 4.25 3.5 0.48 3.5 6.34% 69.76% 2.44% 0.98%
Sasha vs. Charlotte 460 3.67 3.5 4 4.25 3 0.67 3.75 6.74% 57.61% 10.00% 3.70%
Owens vs. Reigns 296 3.33 3 3.5 4 3 0.33 3.25 4.73% 31.42% 9.80% 3.38%
Rollins vs. Jericho 117 3.16 2.75 3 3.75 3 0.16 3.25 4.27% 15.38% 6.84% 1.71%
Swann vs. Perkins vs. Kendrick 54 2.86 2.25 2.875 3.5 1.75 1.11 1.75 1.85% 14.81% 24.07% 1.85%
Zayn vs. Strowman 160 2.32 1 2.25 3.375 1.25 1.07 0.75 8.13% 15.00% 45.00% 7.50%
Big Cass vs. Rusev 73 1.77 0.75 1.5 2.5 0 1.77 0.25 6.85% 9.59% 68.49% 12.33%

Here is a graphical summary of some of the numbers from the table. For any given match, the bottom of the blue rectangle is Q1 and the top of the blue rectangle is Q3. In most cases the blue rectangle includes the values where roughly the middle 50% of the votes were cast for that match. The thin line above the blue rectangle shows where roughly the highest 25% of the votes were cast, and the thin blue line below the rectangle shows where roughly the lowest 25% of the votes were cast. The matches are displayed left to right, sorted by AVG in descending order:

The gap between Q1 and Q3 for Cesaro’s match is extremely narrow, as evidenced by the very small blue rectangle in the above graph for his match. 122 out of 205 total votes for that match ended up between 3.75 stars and 4.25 stars, inclusive, which is 59.5% of the voter turnout.

The values for Q1, Q2, and Q3 are very similar for Cesaro’s match and Sasha’s match. However, the AVG for Cesaro’s match is 3.98 whereas the AVG for Sasha’s match is 3.67. One major difference in their voting results that influenced this margin was the fact that only 2.44% of the votes for Cesaro’s match ended up at 2 stars or less, compared to 10.00% for Sasha’s match.

On a related note, 3.70% of the votes for Sasha’s match came in at 0-stars. Sasha’s match also had the highest voter turnout, with 460 votes, so this result isn’t due to division over a small denominator. 17 people out of 460 decided that match was worth 0 stars.

Speaking of voter turnout, the Cruiserweight match (54 votes) had an even worse turnout than the pre-show match (73 votes). Hopefully interest in the Cruiserweight division will pick up now that Neville is a heel and destroying everyone in his path.

The large blue rectangle for Zayn’s match stands out, and this shows a wide disagreement in the community on how to grade this match. 15% of voters gave it 4 stars or more, and 45% of voters gave it 2 stars or less. The number of 0-star votes and 5-star votes were nearly identical to each other. A rating of 3-stars occurred more frequently than any other individual rating for the match. This one was all over the place. Ultimately it’s AVG of 2.32 is the third lowest out of the 22 matches the community has rated thus far.

With an AVG of 1.77 stars, Big Cass and Rusev have dethroned Nikki versus Carmella from TLC 2016 as the lowest rated match of the last 3 PPVs. The major difference in those two AVG calculations is that over 300 people voted for Nikki’s match, whereas only 73 votes came in for Rusev’s match.

Dave Meltzer and the community didn’t really disagree a ton on the ordinal ranking of these 7 matches, but there were some major differences in the magnitude of the star ratings. For example, Meltzer and the community agreed that the three worst matches of the night were Rusev’s match, Strowman’s match, and Swann’s match, but these matches also had the three highest Meltz Gap values. Dave Meltzer gave these matches much lower scores than the community AVG. It probably shouldn’t be surprising that one person’s star ratings would reach extreme values with more frequency than a community average of hundreds of votes.

Finally, here are some thoughts on these matches from various Cagesiders:

New Day vs. Cesaro & Sheamus

Comment from JakeTheMilkmanMilliman'sMilkman:

Cesaro is my favorite active wrestler and his odd couple pairing with Sheamus has really won me over. That was a really fun and unique match, and it’s GREAT to see the Swiss Superman with a belt again.

Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Flair

Comment from Lucean:

Something that continues to impress me with Sasha and Charlotte is how they are able to make their matches distinct even beyond the stipulations. All their previous three singles matches have all been great, but have also felt really different. The grueling war of the HIAC match, the spot fest that was the FCA match and now the psychological and technical confrontation here where they stuck to basic moves, but made everything feel like it counted.

Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns

Comment from Biglou115:

The extended rest spots, to me, shouted that WWE wanted to hold back on a real match between the two, as this was more about relationships with people not in the ring and not the time for these guys to really push the bounds of what has been shown to be pretty good chemistry. That might have been fine if that’s all they did in a quick midcard match and then brought in Jericho for the end. But it was a main event so they did it a lot longer than was entertaining.

Seth Rollins vs. Chris Jericho

Comment from nhthelegend:

There was one really great sequence involving like 6 reversals towards the end of the match, Y2J busted out a Hurracanrana within it.

Rich Swann vs. TJ Perkins vs. Brian Kendrick

Comment from Wesocracy:

I love the cruiserweight division more than most people I know. However this match while I liked it, was way too short. 6 minutes I think and the win came almost out of nowhere.

Sami Zayn vs. Braun Strowman

Comment from wonderzimms:

I would have voted negative, if I could. I don’t understand what they are doing with Zayn here: no one looked good coming out of this match. Zayn looked like he needed Foley’s help. Strowman looked like an idiot for just standing there while Foley hemmed and hawed over the towel. Beefy McSweatstains may be pushed up to ME status, but until he actually wrestles consistently (as opposed to crap matches like this, or jobber squashes), I’m just not interested in him.

Those are the results for the Cageside Community Star Ratings for Roadblock: End of the Line. Thanks to everyone who participated!

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