Analysis by Chris Harrington (@mookieghana)
Inspired by a conversation with Voices of Wrestling's Rich Kraetsch, here's a look at WWE PPV match times versus Dave Meltzer Star Ratings for WWF/WWE PPVs. This was updated through WM1 (1985) to WM30 (2014).
I ended up using an equation of:
Star Rating = slope*ln(time) + intercept
I decided to go with logarithmic time instead of linear time because the r-squared was much higher among people who had many (10+) matches.
For each person, I list:
General model: -0.621 + 0.231xMAIN_EVENT + 0.204xTITLE_CHANGE + 1.197xLN(TIME)
Based on 1,949 WWF PPV matches 1985-2014 (excludes matches with negative rating)
Other notes: some cities did have p-values under 0.10 related to star ratings
NYC/Long Island/East Rutherford : +0.126
Chicago: +0.241 (p=0.01)
Ohio (Cleveland, Richfield, Columbus): -0.288 (p=0.1)
Irrelevant: Dallas, L.A., Philadelphia