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 Hell in a Cell, the event WWE bumped to the summer to close out the ThunderDome era before heading back to the road next month. Here’s how our little corner of the wrestle web graded what happened in Tampa on June 20 - 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.
So we added another fan-voted rating to the mix, this one 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:
What jumps out at you there is how many more votes the Kickoff match got from Cagesiders. While I’m sure some of the whopping percentage of 5 star ratings it received (71%) included plenty of trolls, Mandy stans, and others just taking the piss, it was a good match that was generally well-received around the wrestle web. It didn’t top our “Match of the Night” poll shortly after Hell in a Cell ended. In finishing third there, however, it was one of three matches that earned 20% of that overall vote, behind the WWE title main event in first, and the SmackDown Women’s championship Hell in a Cell match in second.
The pre-show women’s bout was the only thing we gave 4 stars to, but that didn’t stop the Father’s Day PPV from getting the highest average score of any PPV this year from cSs (its 3.49 bested WrestleMania Backlash’s 3.43, and ended that show’s brief reign).
Differences between our average and The Observer’s (3.14) & Cagematch’s (3.05) can mostly be attributed to the aforementioned trolls, stans & piss-takers, and our Community having more fans of the Bliss/Baszler angle. It’s also interesting how much more Uncle Dave likes Charlotte Flair matches than either of the user-generated scoring systems do.
Do Cageside’s Community Ratings match up with your personal ones? Any final thoughts on Hell in a Cell?