WWE Survivor Series 2017: Star Ratings For All 7 Matches

The past is a grotesque animal.


A quick breakdown of the criteria prior to the critique...

Using the quarter increment system of its Wrestling Observer inspiration, the full ***** rating is reserved only for those elusive matches as perfect as they are significant. Bret Hart Vs. Steve Austin from WrestleMania 13 and the first Hell In A Cell match are the benchmarks here. Survivor Series 2017 confirmed that WWE remains obsessed with its past. If only that past was 1997.

From ****3/4 to ****, we range from absolute best of the rest territory (The Undertaker Vs. Shawn Michaels, WrestleMania 25) to Match of the Year outliers (New Day Vs. Usos, Hell In A Cell '17). ***3/4 to *** covers the very good to the good, which may also incorporate the slight disappointments and over-achievers, dependant upon the level of talent involved. **3/4 to ** covers increasingly more tedious and or amateurish ground. *3/4 to * finds us firmly in the realm of the woefully uninspiring, and plain bad - whereas 3/4* to 0 is reserved only for the embarrassments, the full-scale atrocities, and the morbid fascinations.

Factors include, but are not limited to in-ring work, crowd heat, psychology, storytelling, significance and innovation...

*As suggested by the title, only the main portion of the show will be included. If WWE can barely bother themselves to promote the Kickoff, the feeling is reciprocated.


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