A look at the three stars for this week’s edition of WWE Monday Night Raw.
In hockey, a game’s “three stars” represent the top three performers of the night. For more clarification, I defer to this Pittsburgh Gazette explanation:
“The tradition dates to the 1936-37 season, when Imperial Oil became the principal sponsor of Hockey Night in Canada radio broadcasts and was seeking a way to promote one of its products, Three Star gasoline. The idea of doing so by selecting the top three performers in a particular game purportedly came from a Canadian advertising agency.
Many clubs do recognize the player with the most three-star selections with an award or trophy, usually in conjunction with a corporate sponsorship, at the end of the season (or sometimes, each month). All six Canadian franchises, for example, have an affiliation with a well-known brewery.
The NHL keeps track of its own three-stars-of-the-night selections, but that is done on a league-wide basis. The league employs a system that awards 30 points to a first star, 20 to a second star and 10 to a third – a running total can be found on the league’s website – but it does not present an award based on them.”
In hockey tradition, the first star represents the best of the three, but all three are considered to be receiving a high honor.
Without further ado, here are the three stars of WWE Monday Night Raw, May 14, 2018!
The Glorious One rebounded from a slow start to his RAW campaign with a big win over Baron Corbin and No Way Jose. Okay, maybe that isn’t a really big win, but Bobby has qualified for Money In The Bank! Can Bobby use this win to gain some momentum? I have my doubts, but this was a win he needed to get some semblance of “back on track.”
The Third Star:
Sami Zayn is a brilliant heel. He’s playing a heel character that would make the likes of “The Genius” Lanny Poffo and Damien Sandow proud. Do I believe he is going to legitimately deliver on his promise to discredit Bobby Lashley by using his three sisters (Jessica… Francis… Kathy) against him? Of course I don’t! But that’s the best part.
Actually, it’s the second best part. The best part? Sami Zayn getting to stand on his own, with a feud of his own, being trusted to carry this story as the heel.
The Second Star:
The “B” Team (Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel)
Dallas & Axel were crazy entertaining as The Miztourage, and it was easy to be concerned with their status after The Miz left Raw as part of the Superstar Shakeup. After trying to align themselves with others, they decided to do it themselves (because no one was gonna do it for ’em!) and are now minted The B Team.
And now they are “undefeated.” The best part of the act is the act itself. Their adulation for their own win afterwards was spot-on
Others given consideration:
Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler, Roman Reigns, Jinder Mahal, Kurt Angle, and Corey Graves
And now…a distinction usually reserved for the top performer of the night…the first star!
The First Star:
It’s apropos that my first ever “first star” is a Canadian, in Kevin Owens. Owens delivered big time this week, delivering a great performance against Seth Rollins. It seemed short, but that was with good reason, as Owens would find himself inserted into the Money In The Bank qualifying match at the end of the night, where Sami Zayn assisted him in his win, earning a spot in the men’s ladder match at the fifth major.
Who are your three stars of the night? Comment on social media @ChairshotGreg, @theCHAIRSHOTcom, and use the hashtag #UseYourHead!