Dave Meltzer Awards Over Five Stars To Two More Matches

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Two more matches have earned huge praise from Dave Meltzer.

In what has been a whirlwind few weeks in the world of professional wrestling, the high-quality matches just keep on coming. At AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door, Kenny Omega and Will Ospreay put on what many consider to be a modern classic, and the pure drama and storytelling emotion of Roman Reigns and Solo Sikoa vs. The Usos that followed just days later at Money In The Bank was heavily praised.

In another week of must-see matches, Meltzer has awarded two more over five stars.

The first match came on the July 15th episode of AEW Collision between FTR (Cash Wheeler and Dax Harwood) and Bullet Club Gold (Jay White and Juice Robinson). The two teams went to war in a Two-Out-Of-Three Falls match for just under an hour with the AEW World Tag Team Titles on the line. Meltzer later declared it the best televised American tag team match in history.

By the same token, the veteran was full of praise for the clash between Katsuhiko Nakajima and Kento Miyahara at Pro Wrestling NOAH’s One Night Dream event, also on July 15th.

In the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Meltzer gave both matches a ***** 1/4 rating, bringing the total number of matches with five stars or more in 2023 to 15.

“In most years, both of these matches would be match of the year winners. In this year, it’s going to be much more difficult.”

Seth Rollins Dismissed Dave Meltzer’s “Silly” Star Ratings

While some see Dave Meltzer’s star ratings as something prestigious — at least to some degree — others are much less enthused. One of those people is Seth Rollins, who described the ratings as “subjective and silly” in a recent interview.

Rollins challenged the idea that they’re a sign of greatness pointing to the fact that Kurt Angle is widely regarded as one of the best wrestlers in history, but he never competed in a match that was awarded five stars.