Can't believe people watch a match and think "MY GOD, THIS IS A 4 AND 3/4 STAR MATCH!"
If it's good and it entertains you, that's all you need to know in my opinion.
So, to you, the point of any
review is inherently stupid and pointless?
We might as well not even say X match was good because we're not basing it on anything but a word without any comparison for others to work on. It's not that we believe ratings to be the be all and end all to matches (for most of us, anyway) but we don't always have time to sit down and write eloquent, 1000 word reviews for others to read a description of how we marked for each arm bar or lariat~! that's given in the match. Once you've watched a few matches you can begin to see how you fit in with other posters and their likes/dislikes and, most importantly, ratings so you can judge which matches to go out of your way to see.
This is but an example, seeing his name is above yours, but say seancarleton77 gave one of the CM Punk Vs Daniel Bryan matches a 4.5-star rating and I know us to share an average difference of 1-star then I know not to watch it in the hopes of it being a MotYC because 3.5-stars is too low a threshold. If he was to simply say "great" or "outstanding" I wouldn't know exactly how good it is and I'll have had wasted my time (possibly not the greatest example of a match, seeing I enjoyed it, but you get the point).
Your belief is exactly how a forum I used to post on operates. I decided to check on their MotY 2012 list and I see a few posters nominating matches by simply saying "good" or "this match met all of my expectations and then some!" and leaving it at that. Now I don't know what that poster's expectations were, so I cannot say how good the match is. I decided to watch their nominations, anyway, and none of their matches are above the 3.5-star mark so I did waste my time. If they had stated that rating beforehand, however (seeing I know their tastes, too), I would have avoided all three matches.
It's just easier for other posters...
And the poster above, stop trolling and go back to the WWE section. Plus a lot of people had this conversation around mania time last year and it lasted for fucking pages so no thanks to that again.
Why is it that my luck always ends up with me writing a comment only for interjecting opinions/facts to make their way into a thread just before I post? FFS.
Now, speaking of people just dropping ratings without giving in-depth reasons behind them:
Jun Akiyama Vs Takao Omori (AJPW 03/02/2012)
around **** 1/4