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Recent AEW Match Achieves Legendary Status

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The recent AEW Rampage contest between The Young Bucks and The Lucha Bros has entered a unique Dave Meltzer-related record book.

Earning the coveted five-star rating from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Dave Meltzer is considered a feat like no other. In 2022 alone, eight matches have been rated five stars, with one other – Kazuchika Okada vs. Will Ospreay – earning an additional three-quarters of a star.

The Young Bucks and The Lucha Bros contested one of the latest five-star matches on the 3 June broadcast of AEW Rampage. Won by the Jackson brothers after they executed a BTE Trigger on Rey Fenix, it now enters a very prestigious hall of wrestling matches.

Alongside such acclaimed rivalries as Kenny Omega vs. Kazuchika Okada, Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat, and Shingo Takagi vs. Will Ospreay, The Young Bucks and The Lucha Bros can now say they have at least three matches together, all rated five stars or more.

The other two have both occurred at All Out pay-per-views. At All Out 2019, The Lucha Bros retained the AAA World Tag Team Championships in a 5.25-star rated Escalera de la Muerte encounter. Two years later, at the 2021 instalment, their Steel Cage for The Young Bucks’ AEW World Tag Team Championships garnered 5.75 stars.

Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat were first to achieve this, with four back-to-back matches in 1989 receiving the rating, including a March house show encounter that was Meltzer’s first six-star rated match. This is sadly overlooked, however, in favour of their epics at Chi-Town Rumble, Clash of the Champions, and WrestleWar.

Although 2022 hasn’t thus far been a standard-bearer for outstanding pro wrestling, a handful of clashes have been must-see. AEW already has a further two five-star rated matches so far; Cody Rhodes vs. Sammy Guevara from Beach Break, and the inaugural Anarchy In The Arena match from Double or Nothing.

WWE also received their first five-star rated main roster match since July 2011. Cody Rhodes and Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins’ mesmerising Hell In A Cell match from the titular pay-per-view was surprisingly given the rating, marking Rollins’ first time receiving the respected Dave Meltzer accolade.