Though many wrestlers may view a star rating as a crowning achievement, Jeff Jarrett says that isn’t the case!
Ever since he began rating matches in 1982, Dave Meltzer’s star ratings have become a benchmark when it comes to some fans’ views of quality in wrestling. However, speaking on a recent episode of My World (available early via AdFreeShows), WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett explained why chasing star ratings for technical quality doesn’t mean as much to him as capturing an audience’s emotion in a match.
“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.”
Ric Flair’s Last Match took place as part of Starrcast in Nashville on July 31st. In the bout, Jeff Jarrett teamed with Jay Lethal to take on Flair and his son-in-law Andrade El Idolo.
Continuing, Jarrett had the same criticism for a popular chant among wrestling fans. He believes that when fans chant “This is awesome,” they’re paying more attention to the performance and cooperation in a match than the animosity between two rivals.
“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.”
Prior to competing in Ric Flair’s Last Match, Jeff Jarrett served as the special guest referee for the match between the Usos and the Street Profits at SummerSlam.