A look at the Three Stars Of The Night for the July 3 edition of WWE Smackdown Live!
The Third Star:
WWE obviously has something in mind for Becky Lynch. Maybe it’s a feud with Carmella, maybe it’s a program with Charlotte Flair when she returns. Possibly even a competitive rivalry with Asuka for the Smackdown Women’s Championship.
But they’re doing something smart with her until that time comes–they’re keeping her fresh and relevant. All too often someone will suddenly in contention and you’ll hear complaints of “no build” or “no credibility.”
When Becky’s next program comes, she’ll have build and credibility behind her.
The Second Star:
Andrade has something brewing with Sin Cara, but that isn’t exactly a star-making opponent.
The same can’t be said for Eric Young, Killian Dain, and Alexander Wolfe, as the crazed trio has picked a fight with The New Day. The same New Day that is part of the very fabric of the modern day WWE, the same New Day that has hosted WrestleMania, the same New Day that is populated with stars that can become main eventers by this time next year.
The same New Day…that was dominated by SAnitY. That’s called a prime position, and that’s called making an impact.
Others given consideration:
Byron Saxton, Peyton Royce, Kane, Daniel Bryan, Rusev, The Miz, AJ Styles, Aiden English, Shinsuek Nakamura.
And now…a distinction usually reserved for the top performer of the night…the first star!
The First Star:
Seriously, he hasn’t done a ton since winning the United States Championship, so a successful defense over The Miz–one of the top performers in the entire company today–is huge. In fact, it can be considered an upset.
Jeff Hardy is headed towards a feud with Shinsuke Nakamura, a man who won the 2018 Royal Rumble and fought for a world championship at WrestleMania.
In hockey, a game’s “Three Stars Of The Night” 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.