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The Three Stars of WWE Monday Night Raw (6/4/18)



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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.

The hockey playoffs roll on, and I honestly can’t say who received their Three Stars tonight. But I know who got ’em for the June 4th edition of WWE Monday Night Raw, because it was my choice!

The Third Star:

Yes, being the only interesting aspect of the feud between Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey means something.

But lets talk about that–DAMN, Nia Jax is so meaningless right now. Her story ended at WrestleMania 34, and if they don’t put her out of her misery at Money In The Bank, they will be hurting her career.

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The Second Star:
Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler

Yes, Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler (The Show & The Stud?) didn’t win the battle royal–that went to the obvious flavor of the month choice in The B Team.

But you obviously noticed that they “got their heat back” in a big way. That’s called protection, and WWE doesn’t protect you unless you’re important. This duo is going places, and their booking proves it.

Honorable Mention:
Curt Hawkins (and that’s it!)

And now…a distinction usually reserved for the top performer of the night…the first star!

The First Star:
Finn Balor

Finn Balor truly is the forgotten son of Monday Night Raw at times. He seems miscast, despite doing very well as the face of inclusivity–but that’s really just me seeing the potential in him as the heel leader of a Balor Club stable. But far be it form me to argue with a business need of a billion dollar global media entity.

Regardless, Balor was on top of Raw tonight, standing tall and holding the Money In The Bank briefcase to close what felt like it should have been the go home edition of Raw. Balor, for one night, seemed like the biggest star on Raw.

Who are your three stars of the night? Comment on social media @ChairshotGreg, @theCHAIRSHOTcom, and use the hashtag #UseYourHead!

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