The Wrestling Scale of Determination

The Wrestling Scale of Determination (WSD) will be the all new system in which I rate matches on this blog. As seen previously, I was using a system just like the one used by The Wrestling Observer. However, it’s time to be original. Mainly I found myself too often comparing my ratings to theirs, but I have separate this blog from the rest. As a system created by myself, and fellow Wrestling Fanatic Sam Poole, I feel it accurately grades a match based on 6 categories that I believe are components of having a great match. It is important to mention that everything is subjective, and not everyone will agree, but on The Wrestling Fanatic, this is the law.

As mentioned previously, the scale will measure six different categories with those categories weighted differently, out of ten, based on importance. The six categories are: In-ring quality, In-ring chemistry, Storytelling, Crowd atmosphere, Spectacular factor, and length. Each of their ratings, in order, are 10, 8, 7, 6, 5, and 5. A perfect match will receive a score of 41, along with a percentage grade of 100%.

In-ring Quality

Obviously this is the most important part of a wrestling match, and it will have the highest weight of 10. In-ring quality has different components, it isn’t just whether or not the two guys can work, but its also the in-ring psychology that the two wrestlers have with each other. For example, a heel will usually attack a certain limb, then the babyface will sell that injury. A recent example is Seth Rollins’ knee, it seems to be the focus of every Seth Rollins match recently. However, the most important part of this category is the in-ring work itself. This category would’ve been pioneered by the likes of Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho, The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Daniel Bryan, and regardless of personal like, Chris Benoit. Those guys pretty much never had a bad match. Most time on the indie scene, we don’t see much of the match psychology, look at PWG. PWG produces extremely exciting matches with great in-ring work, maybe the most exciting to watch. One particular match to look at is The Young Bucks & Adam Cole Vs. Ricochet & Will Ospreay & Matt Sydal. Those guys tore the house the down. Another match is Ricochet Vs. Will Ospreay, its the match no one can agree on, but no one can deny that the in-ring work of that match was almost perfect. A bad score on this category will certainly break a match because it is the most crucial part of a wrestling match, but if the two guys work a great match, a good score is attainable. 10

In-ring Chemistry

This is the next most important part of a wrestling match, if the wrestlers can’t gel to have a good match, it shows. Its a crucial component in ensuring that the movement of the match is smooth, the pacing of the match is right, and the execution of spots are pristine. For example, a match with perfect chemistry would be Shawn Michaels Vs. Undertaker at ‘Mania 25 or 26. Those two matches are the epitome of perfect chemistry, and are often referred to as the best matches in Wrestlemania history. They just worked so well together, it was magic. However not all feuds and matches can be so lucky, for example, two guys who are great wrestlers, but just couldn’t find that chemistry in the ring, were Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton. Those two guys have had a ton of incredible matches with several different talents, but they just couldn’t get it going with each other. Chemistry is only behind quality for good reason. 8

Story Telling

Story telling is the next most important aspect for the sole fact that a great match must tell a great story in order to fulfil its purpose. For instance, Undertaker Vs. Triple H at ‘Mania 28 inside of Hell in a Cell wasn’t a technical masterpiece, but it was sold by the tag-line “End of an Era.” With Shawn as the special guest referee, this match was like a soap-opera in terms of the dramatics, the number of false finishes between the two, and the amount of dialogue between the three, it was perfect story telling which led to the perfect outcome. Another example of perfect story telling is Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels at ‘Mania 24. Again, it wasn’t a technical masterpiece considering Flairs age, and wear and tear on his body, it was the story that was being told. Ric did everything he could to try and keep his career alive, but by the end there was only so much Flair could do, Shawn uttered those 5 words “Im sorry, I love you,” and the career of the Nature Boy ended. 7

Crowd Atmosphere

A dead crowd can make a great match feel unimportant, just ask Triple H and Seth Rollins at Wrestlemania. In a match that was supposed to settle a score brewing for over 2 years, felt almost anticlimactic by the end. However, this match was something great to watch, they delivered when telling the story, and the in-ring action was awesome, but the crowd had been worn out after an already long night. It was unfortunate because this truly could have been match of the night with a crowd that was engaged, but for viewers at home, they thought the match was long and boring. A pumped up crowd pumps up the athletes in the ring, gives viewers at a home another reason to keep their eyes glued to the TV, and leads to a better overall match. 6

Spectacular Factor

This category will be much debated, but I truly believe that this matters when having a great match. Lets break down what spectacular factor truly means: Its the shock value, that OMG moment, those spectacular spots, the unexpected spots, the false finishes, the unpredictability, the chain countering, the stiff shots, spectacular factor is just everything that will make you say “woah.” It can be something so simple like Kazuchika Okada flipping out of Kenny Omega’s “One-Winged Angel” in their WK 11 match, or something so extravagant like Shane McMahon jumping off the Titantron to take out the Big Show. Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns were on their way to a classic at “Mania 31, but the Spectacular Factor was officially perfect after Seth Rollins ran out and cashed in his Money in the Bank. 5

Length

This category is rather easy to explain and doesn’t need the longest explanation, rather just examples. Length matters in terms of great matches, there is a reason they save the most time for the main events of every show. Its because those two, or more, main-eventers want to produce an epic that will keep people on the edge of their seats. In order to do that, they need a certain amount of time that will allow them to execute everything to perfection, and keep the pace of the match correct. In my opinion, the perfect length for a great match is anywhere between the 20 and 30 minute mark. Examining some of the greatest wrestling matches from bell to bell: Shawn and Taker went 30 and 24 in their ‘Mania classics, Angle and Benoit went 20 in their Rumble classic, Bret and Stone Cold went 22 in their ‘Mania classic, McGuinness and Aries went 23 in their ROH Rising Above classic, Omega and Naito went 28 in their G1 Climax match, I think the point is understood. Classics always go long. 5

Analysis

Lets analyze the Wrestling SOD to see if it truly does produce an accurate score.

WWE Wrestlemania 26: Shawn Michaels Vs. Undertaker: Streak Vs. Career

In-ring Quality: 9

In-ring Chemistry: 8

Story Telling: 7

Crowd Atmosphere: 5

Spectacular Factor: 3

Length: 5

Score: 90

WWE Wrestlemania 28: CM Punk Vs. Chris Jericho: WWE Championship Match

In-ring Quality: 7.5

In-ring Chemistry: 6

Story Telling: 6

Crowd Atmosphere: 4

Spectacular Factor: 3

Length: 5

Score: 76

WWE Wrestlemania 30: Brock Lesnar Vs. The Undertaker

In-ring Quality: 5

In-ring Chemistry: 4

Story Telling: 3

Crowd Atmosphere: 3

Spectacular Factor: 5

Length: 4

Score: 59

NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 9: Shinsuke Nakamura Vs. Kota Ibushi: IWGP Intercontinental Championship Match

In-ring Quality: 9

In-ring Chemistry: 7

Story Telling: 5

Crowd Atmosphere: 5

Spectacular Factor: 4.5

Length: 5

Score: 87

NJPW Best of the Super Juniors XXIII: Ricochet Vs. Will Ospreay

In-ring Quality: 8

In-ring Chemistry: 8

Story Telling: 4

Crowd Atmosphere: 5

Spectacular Factor: 5

Length: 4

Score: 83

WWE Wrestlemania 32: Undertaker Vs. Shane McMahon

In-ring Quality: 5

In-ring Chemistry: 4

Story Telling: 3

Crowd Atmosphere: 4

Spectacular Factor: 5

Length: 4

Score: 60

ROH Supercard of Honour XI: The Young Bucks Vs. The Hardy Boyz: ROH Tag Team Championship Match

In-ring Quality: 7

In-ring Chemistry: 7

Story Telling: 4.5

Crowd Atmosphere: 6

Spectacular Factor: 5

Length: 5

Score: 84

Conclusion

The Wrestling Scale of Determination is subjective, just like any other rating system, but I believe this produces the most accurate rating based on what I believe are the 6 most important components of a wrestling match. Some of you may not agree, but the Wrestling SOD will be the law on The Wrestling Fanatic.

What do you think of The Wrestling Scale of Determination? How would you rate your matches? What do you think are the most important components of a wrestling match? Leave a comment below, and watch out for The Wrestling Fanatic’s next post.

 

 

 

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