For many wrestlers getting a critically acclaimed five-star match is a badge of honour but Jeff Jarrett has explained why he sees it as a negative.
Norman ‘Weasel’ Dooley – good friend of Jim Cornette – is credited with introducing the wrestling world to the concept of star ratings for matches. Since the early eighties, Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer has become ubiquitous with the rating system that is both lauded and panned by wrestling fans.
Whether it is the number of stars given to match, the type of matches that gain the highest ratings, or even the location of matches that are rated the highest (five stars if it’d been in the Tokyo Dome) – Meltzer’s star ratings are always a hot topic of discussion after a big show.
“I often viewed through my entire career, if I get a high star rating … I almost look at that as a negative because then it’s viewed as much more of a performance as opposed to capturing emotion. Ric Flair’s Last Match was probably what, a negative seven stars? Out of respect for Ric, he didn’t rate it, which, applause, I’m happy.”
“It’s almost the same, when you’re getting heat and you hear the chant, ‘This is awesome.’ That immediately tells me that the fanbase, the audience live is viewing this as, ‘Oh wow, aren’t those boys having fun out there. This is an awesome little display of get-togetherness.”