I do not use star ratings. My “ratings” consist of descriptive words on a scale, where I’m able to point to a given description that can be used to showcase how the match was.
- classic: Highest possible rating. Rarely given, and equivalent to *****. Although in the way I critique wrestling, a classic may not live up to your star ratings. I try to really save this for what I think are some of the best matches of all time, and possibly my MOTY(s) in a given year.
- another planet: Akin to a MOTYC. I could give it out more than you’d get on say, a top matches of the year list though. I don’t think in the moment anymore as it pertains to MOTYs. I’d rather step back at the end of the year and dissect. This is just for a match that is on another planet with its work, and has hardly any flaws or detraction.
- excellent: A match that’s in an elite league of its own.
- great: Very memorable and highly recommended match.
- very good: A very good match is the point of recommendation I begin with when discussing wrestling. It may not be the most memorable, but it falls in line with what’s considered a match you should check out.
- good: Solid match but unremarkable in the long run.
- abstract: This may not label a match as good or great, but it’s respected for its out of the box attempts, insanity, its ease of enjoyment, and more. Essentially a niche, crazy as all hell wrestling match for any given reasons.
- ok: Some redeeming qualities and/or a handful of good moments but flawed for one or more reasons.
- eh: The middle of the pack. An “ok” match is slightly better, but an “eh” match isn’t to an actively bad degree.
- below average: A match with significant detracting problems that noticeably outweigh any redeeming qualities.
- bad: Difficult to watch and very poorly executed.
- no: No watchable moments. The worst of the worst. This is the “classic” of bad matches. This is not a “no” as in “no rating”, but rather “no, do not watch”.
- NR: No rating. This is given to any angle driven matches that end abruptly, enhancement matches, squash matches, and the like.
United States & Canada
Davey Richards vs. Lashley (TNA, January 6) (great)
Mike Bennett vs. Moose (TNA, January 6) (great)
American Alpha vs. The Wyatt Family (WWE, January 10) (very good)
Cedric Alexander vs. Noam Dar (WWE, January 10) (very good)
#DIY vs. The Revival (NXT, January 11) (great)
Dave Crist vs. Sami Callihan (CZW, January 14) (great)
Joe Gacy vs. Rickey Shane Page (CZW, January 14) (great)
El Phantasmo vs. Kyle O’Reilly (ECCW, January 14) (excellent)
Shane Strickland vs. Sammy Guevara (WrestleCircus, January 14) (very good)
Pete Dunne vs. Mark Andrews (WWE, January 15) (excellent)
Tyler Bate vs. Pete Dunne (WWE, January 15) (excellent)
Drew Gulak vs. Cedric Alexander (WWE, January 17) (great)
Seth Rollins vs. Sami Zayn (WWE, January 23) (great)
Neville vs. Cedric Alexander (WWE, January 24) (very good)
Ethan Page vs. Zack Sabre Jr. (EVOLVE, January 27) (great)
ACH vs. Fred Yehi (EVOLVE, January 28) (very good)
Matt Riddle vs. DUSTIN (EVOLVE, January 28) (excellent)
Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Chris Hero (EVOLVE, January 28) (great)
Roderick Strong vs. Andrade Almas (NXT, January 28) (very good)
#DIY vs. Authors of Pain (NXT, January 28) (great)
Asuka vs. Nikki Storm vs. Billie Kay vs. Peyton Royce (NXT, January 28) (very good)
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Bobby Roode (NXT, January 28) (excellent)
Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax (WWE, January 29) (very good)
Charlotte vs. Bayley (WWE, January 29) (very good)
Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns (WWE, January 29) (another planet)
AJ Styles vs. John Cena (WWE, January 29) (another planet)
Royal Rumble Match (WWE, January 29) (very good)
Strong BJ vs. Twin Towers (BJW, January 2) (great)
KUSHIDA vs. Hiromu Takahashi (NJPW, January 4) (great)
Katsuyori Shibata vs. Hirooki Goto (NJPW, January 4) (great)
Tetsuya Naito vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (NJPW, January 4) (excellent)
Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega (NJPW, January 4, pending rewatch because tired as hell live) (great)
Adam Cole & The Young Bucks vs. YOSHI-HASHI & RPG Vice (NJPW, January 5) (very good)
BUSHI, EVIL & SANADA vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, Manabu Nakanishi & Ryusuke Taguchi (NJPW, January 5) (very good)
Katsuhiko Nakajima vs. Kenoh (NOAH, January 9) (great)
Chihiro Hashimoto vs. Aja Kong (Sendai Girls, January 9) (very good)
Io Shirai vs. Viper (Stardom, January 14) (very good)
Atlantis vs. Rush (NJPW/CMLL, January 21) (very good)
Mistico vs. Euforia (NJPW/CMLL, January 22) (great)
Volador Jr. vs. Ultimo Guerrero (NJPW/CMLL, January 22) (great)
Aja Kong, Meiko Satomura & Minoru Suzuki vs. Hana Kimura, ISAO & Kyoko Kimura (Kyoko Kimura Retirement Last Afro, January 22) (great)
Fenix El Rey vs. Volador Jr. vs. Flamita (CaraLucha, January 1) (very good)
Imposible vs. Relámpago vs. Pirata Morgan Jr. vs. Golden Magic (IWRG, January 1) (abstract)
Negro Casas, Puma & Tiger vs. Blue Panther, Blue Panther Jr. & The Panther (CMLL, January 6) (great)
Volador Jr. vs. Mephisto (CMLL, January 6) (very good)
AR Fox vs. Flamita (The Crash, January 21) (great)
Absolute Andy vs. Marius Al-Ani (wXw, January 14) (very good)
Katsuyori Shibata vs. Matt Riddle (RevPro, January 22) (excellent)
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