My Recaps/Ratings: An Overview

At this point in 2019, there’s nothing new I could say about any wrestling match or show that hasn’t already been said.  Anything new to the reader would probably take the form of my personal opinion.  

But that’s allot of what wrestling fandom is: opinion.

I’ve been watching wrestling for over 20 years now, and have a pretty firm grasp on what’s good, what’s not, and why.  Behind every one of my match ratings is a pretty elaborate algorithm I designed myself that takes into consideration an awful lot of factors, including varying weights for things like build-up, work-rate, and card position.  I’m sitting on a few hundred unedited reviews, and once I approach that number in publishing, I will share a bit of what goes into my scores.

My recaps/reviews will all follow a similar format:

Overview:

A brief summary of the event including date, time, location, attendance (sometimes pulled from outside sources – which I will then link to), specific things of note, background information, etc.

Match Results/Notes & Rating:

We live in a world of smarks, where work-rate rules everything.  If a pompous, sad man from New York doesn’t charge you money to pass along third-party information and tell you a match was a five-star match, folks find little worth in that match.

I, too have a match rating system.  Each match, minus dark matches (unless I physically saw them or can find video online), will have a brief recap, notes, commentary, and a color-coded 1-10 rating.

  1. The Worst
  2. Awful
  3. Bad
  4. Below Average
  5. Average
  6. Above Average
  7. Decent
  8. Good
  9. Great
  10. The Best

Pay-Per-View Rating:

By extension of my match rating system, I also have a show rating system.  Each match is weighted and rated on a 1-10 scale (to the nearest 2 decimals points to cut down on ties), and the final event rating is an average of each match.. sometimes adjusted slightly.  When I get a good portion of my reviews posted, I will start to go back and adjust those ratings on a curve because many of my ratings come out lower than I think one would expect, but that’s part of my system.  The perfect event card doesn’t exist; by wrestling’s very nature, it is unattainable.  And yet, despite this – each event (minus many WCW and present-day WWF/E Pay-per-views) strives for perfection.

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