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 Fastlane, the last stop on the Road to WrestleMania 37. Here’s a look at how our little corner of the wrestle web graded what happened in the ThunderDome on Mar. 21 – and how our subjective grades compare to Meltzer’s.
Our two highest rated matches also finished atop the “Match of the Night” poll from right after the show ended. Taking Best in Show is a nice comeback for Roman Reigns & Daniel Bryan. A 4+ star affair was what fans were hoping for from their program, and disappointment about their brief outing at Elimination Chamber was why Cagesiders made it the lowest rated match on that PPV.
The Alexa Bliss/Randy Orton affair that ended with the debut of Bray Wyatt’s new Extra Crispy Fiend look came in third in the MotN voting, but that was also reflected in the Ratings where it had 91 five star votes and 129 zero star ones. The people who love that storyline really love it. The people who don’t, don’t.
Uncle Dave didn’t rate that one, as he skips things that have pre-taped effects like Bliss’ voodoo. For the bouts which received star ratings from both The Observer and cSs, we were largely on the same page with only three having a greater than half star variance. The biggest difference came in the Intercontinental match, where we were much more forgiving of the botched ending than Meltzer.
In terms of overall averages, this was lowest rated show of the year for both Cageside and the Observer (2020’s TLC is on this chart as it’s when I resumed crunching the numbers on our polls). It was also the biggest difference between the two Ratings, but the difference was still less than a quarter star.
Do Cageside’s Community Ratings match up with your personal ones? Any final thoughts on Fastlane 2021?