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Cageside Community Star Ratings results for SummerSlam 2017

The community at Cageside Seats was recently asked to assign star ratings for all 13 matches that took place at SummerSlam 2017.

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.
  • 2.25 to 3.75 stars: The percentage of votes for more than 2 stars but less than 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 SummerSlam 2017.

Star Ratings: SummerSlam 2017

Match Votes AVG Q1 Q2 Q3 Meltzer Meltz Gap Cain 5-stars 4-stars or more 2.25 to 3.75 stars 2-stars or less 0-stars
Match Votes AVG Q1 Q2 Q3 Meltzer Meltz Gap Cain 5-stars 4-stars or more 2.25 to 3.75 stars 2-stars or less 0-stars
Lesnar vs Reigns vs Joe vs Strowman 698 4.56 4.5 4.5 5 4.75 0.19 4.5 32.95% 95.13% 3.58% 1.29% 0.72%
NewDay vs Usos 242 4.36 4.25 4.5 4.75 4 0.36 4.25 19.42% 90.50% 7.44% 2.07% 1.65%
Cesaro Sheamus vs Ambrose Rollins 332 4.21 4 4.25 4.5 4 0.21 3.5 13.86% 81.63% 17.47% 0.90% 0.00%
Styles vs Owens 266 3.74 3.25 3.75 4 3.75 0.01 3.75 6.77% 45.11% 52.63% 2.26% 0.00%
Tozawa vs Neville 59 3.39 3 3.5 4 3.5 0.11 3.25 5.08% 37.29% 55.93% 6.78% 5.08%
Balor vs Wyatt 247 3.38 2.75 3.5 4 2.75 0.63 2.75 9.72% 33.20% 56.68% 10.12% 2.83%
Bliss vs Banks 290 3.37 2.75 3.5 4 3 0.37 2.5 8.28% 30.34% 61.03% 8.62% 1.03%
Naomi vs Natalya 270 3.08 2 3 3.75 3 0.08 3.25 5.56% 24.07% 60.00% 15.93% 6.30%
Jordan Hardyz vs Miztourage 55 2.61 1.5 2.5 3.75 2.25 0.36 2.25 14.55% 21.82% 36.36% 41.82% 1.82%
Mahal vs Nakamura 480 2.29 1.5 2.5 3 2.5 0.21 1.5 3.75% 9.17% 46.04% 44.79% 8.54%
Cena vs Corbin 193 2.09 1 2 2.75 2 0.09 1.5 4.66% 7.25% 40.93% 51.81% 7.25%
Orton vs Rusev 322 1.49 0 0.25 3 N/A N/A 0.5 17.08% 21.74% 7.14% 71.12% 43.17%
Big Show vs Big Cass 140 1.1 0.5 1 1.5 1 0.1 0.25 0.71% 0.71% 10.00% 89.29% 16.43%

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:


With an AVG of 4.56 stars, Lesnar's main event match ranks as the 2nd highest AVG (trailing only Styles vs. Cena at Royal Rumble 2017) since we've been gathering data from the community starting with Survivor Series 2016. 95.13% of the votes for Lesnar's match came in at 4 stars or more.

The New Day and Usos came in next with a very impressive AVG of 4.36 stars, putting on some of the most exciting action of the night during the pre-show. Ambrose's tag match also safely cleared 4 stars, coming in with an AVG of 4.21 stars.

Styles and Owens fell short of 4 stars, finishing with an AVG of 3.74 stars. This match and the Ambrose tag match were the only ones that did not receive any votes for 0 stars.

Tozawa, Balor, and Banks are all bunched up next with AVG values of 3.39, 3.38, and 3.37 stars respectively. Tozawa's match only had 55 total votes and so the results are more volatile than the others. Balor and Banks each had well over 200 votes with very similar scores in every category.

Natalya's match came in next with an AVG of 3.08 stars. The results for this match were very likely affected by heavy voter abuse in the 0 star category. I used an algorithm to detect and adjust for this likely voter abuse and as a result removed more than 30 of the votes from that category. I'll repeat what I've said in the past about this topic; I don't hate on you for abusing the vote. I'd certainly rather spend my time abusing polls on the internet than watching Braun Strowman try to wrestle a one-on-one match. But if you make the abuse this obvious then it will probably be a waste of your time because I will likely detect it and adjust the data accordingly.

This brings us to the 5 lowest rated matches of the night by the community.

The Mizoturage's near empty-arena match scored an AVG of 2.61 stars. 14.55% of the votes for this one came in at 5 stars, so it may have received some extra credit for the unfortunate circumstances surrounding it's early placement on the pre-show.

Mahal's match with Nakamura scored an AVG of 2.29 stars. Only 9.17% of the votes for this fight came in at 4 stars or more, with 8.54% of the votes for 0 stars.

Cena's victory over Corbin finished with an AVG of 2.09 stars. 51.81% of the votes were at 2 stars or less.

There is a big drop as we approach the two big duds of the night. Orton's RKO squash over Rusev scored an AVG of 1.49 stars. Not surprisingly, a 10-second match like this one had support on both extremes, with 17.08% of the votes for 5 stars and 43.17% of the votes for 0 stars.

That support at the 5-star level was enough to give Orton's match the advantage over Big Show's match, which scored a putrid AVG of 1.10 stars. 89.29% of the votes for the Shark Cage match came in at 2 stars or less.

It's pretty remarkable that on a night with 13 total matches, the largest Meltz Gap value was just 0.63; this means that Dave Meltzer's star ratings aligned pretty well with the community on just about every match. Meltzer didn't bother to grade Rusev's match. But 8 of the 12 matches that he did grade had a Meltz Gap value under 0.25, which demonstrates strong agreement between Meltzer and the Cageside community.

Community Feedback

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

Lesnar vs. Reigns vs. Joe vs. Strowman

Comment from: Glacier666


Normally I hate stretcher jobs but watching Paul Heyman on his knees acting as if he just found his son shot on the street and Braun smiling and laughing in the background put it over the top. I loved every second if this match.

New Day vs. The Usos

Comment from: Tropical Lady

This was the second time the Usos kill it on a PPV kickoff show.

The other being the MITB Kickoff show Usos vs. The Shield (Rollins/Reigns).

They prove time and again they are an asset to WWE and as heels are on another level. The work New Day and Usos have been doing is amazing.

Cesaro & Sheamus vs. Ambrose & Rollins

Comment from: Huckebein

4 stars for me.

Loved this match, it did everything it needed to and played into the stories of all performers involved. A bit sloppy at points, and not a classic to revisit repeatedly in the future, but great storytelling with fun moments and solid action.

Cesaro vs Beach Ball side match is an easy 6 stars.

AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens

Comment from: Jameslinx9

3 stars

Just felt like Shane was trying to get involved at every turn which really disrupted the flow of the match. Some nice spots, though only KOs trash talk was 5 star worthy here.

Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt

Comment from: TheItalianBoxeur


I’m a huge Wyatt fan, but this match just wasn’t enough for the Summerslam main card.

Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks

Comment from: Strong Style or Die

This one felt off to me. Certainly not bad, but really not very dynamic. It was almost as if they were instructed not to do much. I haven’t watched it again, and I’m sure the deflated crowd played a factor, but I preferred their GBOF match by a substantial margin, and this is coming from a huge Sasha mark who has been itching for her to reign over the division. I hope they get a chance to really feud because I think Bliss and Banks have dynamite chemistry.

Naomi vs. Natalya

Comment from: rodsquad90

Really good match, and the after-match character aspects from both were on point. Nattie kissing the title and waving it in Naomi’s face was a really underrated moment imo and was one of the best heel moves I saw on the entire PPV. And Naomi’s tears just sold me completely.

Jason Jordan & The Hardy Boyz vs. The Miztourage

Comment from: TexanFromHell

5 stars for...

Crowd participation.

Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

Comment from: vishnu_nuttsky

To me, the match wasn’t bad, especially since it shows Mahal is still a little limited in the ring. Part may be Mahal is not used to working Nakamura’s style in the ring. But I’m already worn out on the Singh Brothers interfering and giving Mahal the win; it worked at first, but now it’s starting to feel as if they don’t have faith in Mahal winning cleanly in a top match on a PPV.

John Cena vs. Baron Corbin

Comment from: ScoobySnax19

I said this was sleeper MOTN contender before the show…It was not.

Chokeslam backbreaker was pretty cool though, and a decent if simplistic story of Corbin continuously attempting the slide out, run in and clothesline until he was AAd.

Randy Orton vs. Rusev

Comment from: phlash74

Easiest 0 ever

Rusev is one of the few guys they have that could believably be a monster heel (see: his pre-Cena run) as well as an enormous babyface. Like I could seriously see him getting Braun type reactions if he had the booking to match. That just makes his burial – I know that term is overused, but there’s no other way to see it in my book – all the more sad. And winning in this manner isn’t going to do Orton any favors either.

Big Show vs. Big Cass

Comment from: DrFunk1987

10 minute match that was 15 minutes too long

Those are the results for the Cageside Community Star Ratings for SummerSlam 2017. Thanks to everyone who participated!

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