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Tim Cooke

Member Since 08 Mar 2005
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In Topic: Dave Meltzer stuff

14 June 2018 - 08:13 AM

I found his discussion of how he views matches today fascinating.  It's pretty clear that he operates in the wrestling bubble when it comes to match criticism and doesn't read a ton of critical analysis for books, TV shows, films, video games, etc.  If he had been using a __/10 scale since the beginning and gave a match an 11, I don't think people would bat an eye.  But because he used the five star scale for 36 years, which is about half of the time that pro wrestling has been accessible to a wide audience (I'm using 1950 as the year - I know we can go back to 1905 or some other date), he's essentially relied on the same system for the half life of pro wrestling in the US/Japan.


Ultimately, I rate matches so I can compare, list, and sequence what I think is great, very good, average, etc.  Dave's professional life is worked pro wrestling and UFC.  You rarely see ratings thrown around for sporting events.  I usually just list when I'm doing something with baseball like the top 10 Orioles live games of 2012.  


But I also have star ratings for MMA fights because I see it as a compliment to pro wrestling in that I know what I like, I know what I don't like, and am willing to go back and review periodically to see where my current opinion lives with my past opinions.  The ***** classics like Rumina Sato vs. Caol Uno or Fedor vs. Nog I still stand firm, just like Misawa/Kawada 6/3/94.


I'd be interested in hearing what Dave would say about Amazon reviews.  It's a five star scale and if someone really, really likes a product, they give it five stars and back it up with a thorough review.  If Amazon just started saying you can rate this out of an infinite scale, it would become useless.  Dave's scale isn't useless for everyone but it's less and less of a resource as time goes by.

In Topic: The big announcement

07 June 2018 - 10:55 AM

This is going to be fantastic!

In Topic: Big announcement coming this week

05 June 2018 - 01:48 PM

Can't wait!

In Topic: Toshiaki Kawada vs. Mitsuya Nagai (AJPW, 3/3/01)

23 May 2018 - 12:42 PM

Storm said Kawada is not a good worker if he needs to work that stiff. He then said Jeff Jarrett is better than Kawada because he can go do a five minute Nitro match on the fly - calling it all in the ring.

In Topic: Recommend Me Joshi

09 May 2018 - 07:04 AM

If you like shoot style, Yoshida is ARSION in 1999 is excellent.


Most Bull Nakano 1991-1995 is worth seeing.  I like the Kong/Satamura matches from 99-01.  AJW 4/7/85 Asuka vs Nagayo has maybe the greatest heat I've ever heard for a match (and the match is excellent as well)