After every WWE PPV, we ask you all to rank each match on the show using the star rating system made famous by Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer.
The results are in from WrestleMania Backlash, the first event after the biggest one on the
pro wrestling sports entertainment calendar. Here’s a look at how our little corner of the wrestle web graded what happened in ThunderDome on May 16 - and how our subjective grades compare to Meltzer’s.
Many have asked “why Dave?”, which to me is fairly obvious. Love, hate, or don’t care about him, the Observer’s Star Rating is the proverbial industry standard. No one else’s are tracked by Wikipedia and other web outlets. You can’t place online bets on what grades other pundits will give big matches.
But as a masked man has said on many a Wednesday night, you’ve got to give the people what they want. So I did the deal, and added the current rating from Cagematch. That site uses a ten point scale, so in calculating the difference between our score and theirs, I halved the Cagematch rating.
Here’s what that all looks like:
On the top end, everyone’s highest rated match is the one that easily topped our “Match of the Night” poll shortly after WrestleMania Backlash ended. Interesting that while last Sunday’s PPV actually had the highest average score of any PPV this year from cSs (its 3.43 edging out Royal Rumble’s 3.39), Roman Reigns vs. Cesaro was the only thing that got better than four stars from us.
The Universal title match was only one of Meltzer’s favorites from May 16. Dave gave the Raw Women’s championship Triple Threat the same 4.25 Stars, praise it didn’t receive from Cageside or Cagematch voters.
That wasn’t where our scores differed the most from The Observer’s, of course. Meltzer was in the camp of folks who thought the zombie lumberjacks were... The. Worst. Thing. Ever. There were plenty of us (and members of Cagematch’s pool) who agreed, but as has been the case with Bray Wyatt/Alexa Bliss matches, supporters of WWE’s side trips to the supernatural kept the score for The Miz’s loss to Damian Priest from being dragged to hell.
Do Cageside’s Community Ratings match up with your personal ones? Any final thoughts on WrestleMania Backlash?