After every WWE – and now AEW – PPV, we ask that you all rate every match on the show using the star rating system made famous by Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer.
The results are in from revolution, a show that pays for a story that has been telling All Elite Wrestling since its inception. Here’s how our little corner of the wrestle web rated what happened in the ring in Orlando on March 6th – and how our subjective grades compare to Meltzer.
Many have asked “why Dave?” which is pretty obvious to me. Love, hate or care for him, the Observer Star Rating is the proverbial industry standard. Nobody else is being followed from Wikipedia and other web outlets. You can not Place online bets on which grades other experts will give big matches.
But to make sure it’s not just about Meltz, we added another fan-voted rating to the mix – this one by Cagematch. This site uses a ten point scale, so we’ve halved their ratings for easier comparison.
This is how it all looks:
Aside from one certain cold-hearted, handsome Devil’s pre-show match (which I have to admit our score was probably skewed by my fellow HOOKs and Cagematch isn’t rated because it lasted less than five minutes), our community rating is just one star away from all the others. The other outliers are the women’s matches, where we like Jade Cargill’s TBS title defense a lot more than the voters do for Meltzer or Cagematch, and Dave was a lot more appreciative of the match in which Dr. Britt Baker defended her women’s world title than anyone else.
CM Punk and MJF’s dog collar match soon won our Match of the Night poll revolution completed. It was also Cagematch’s highest-rated match of the show and in a three-way tie for that honor from The Observer. But it wasn’t ours. When it came time to give out stars, we gave more to Bryan Danielson & Jon Moxley.
We only started evaluating and tracking AEW PPVs last November full gear. Because both Meltzer ratings were higher than ours, but the difference was smaller this time (3.83 average from The Observer vs. 3.72 from Cagesiders). Most importantly, everyone agrees that they really enjoyed the show. Of the ones we’ve followed over the past year – all WWE and the last two AEW PPVs – revolution bound full gear for our highest average rating.
So seasons haven’t been the only way AEW has made it back revolution.
Do Cageside’s community ratings match your personal ones? Any final thoughts too revolution?