Depending on who you ask, star ratings are crucial to modern-day professional wrestling – but are Uber ratings just as important?
Thanks to the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer, the concept of a star rating has never been so popular. Regularly handing out five stars these days, there’s a stark contrast between some of the names who possess such an acclaimed match.
They’re not the only ratings that matter to members of Blackpool Combat Club, though. As revealed by Claudio Castagnoli, Uber ratings are a popular topic of discussion amongst the team. ‘The Swiss Superman broke the news – and his own rating on the app – during his AEW Unrestricted podcast appearance:
“We established like last week, we had a shoot prior to Mox’s title unification match and we kind of established that…it kind of started as a joke but it was funny because the only thing that matters in the Blackpool Combat Club is Uber ratings. The only stars that matter are Uber ratings because [William Regal] has a five-star Uber rating.
I mentioned it because my Uber rating dropped from 4.91 to 4.89 and I’m very upset because that means somebody would have had to rate me lower and I want to find out who it was. [Regal] just pulled up his rating and goes ‘perfect five’. I’ve never met anyone that had a perfect five that uses it as much as he does so it’s very impressive.”
Claudio Castagnoli joined William Regal’s Blackpool Combat Club at AEWxNJPW Forbidden Door, replacing an injured Bryan Danielson as he defeated Zack Sabre Jr. The former Cesaro has since enjoyed great success since, delivering a stellar performance inside Blood and Guts, and capturing the ROH World Championship in July.
For the record, Castagnoli has never had a five-star match, according to Dave Meltzer. The closest he’s come is a 4.75 rating, the latest of which came vs. Konosuke Takeshita at Battle Of The Belts III in August.