The Unsanctioned Lights Out match received a 4.75* rating from Dave Meltzer, placing it alongside the 2018 WWE Evolution clash between Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch.
The rating slots the match just above Sasha Banks vs Bayley at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, Asuka vs Ember Moon at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn III and the Triple Threat TLC match between Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, and Asuka at WWE TLC 2018 which were all awarded 4.5*.
The bout is also notable for being the first women’s match to headline an edition of AEW Dynamite. On top of this, it is also only the second women’s match to main event any AEW show since the company’s inception, with Maki Itoh vs Riho on Dark: Elevation’s inaugural episode taking home that prestigious honour earlier this week.
Speaking to Tony Schiavone after the match, Thunder Rosa who emerged from the blood-soaked chaos victorious, said that the match “Meant everything to her.”
The former NWA Women’s World Champion went on to reflect on the match on social media, thanking fans for their support.
“My goal in life has always been to champion things for those women who don’t belong, who are ostracized and criticized, for those who are push aside and not taken serious. This win was bigger than me. It was for you! Never allowed anyone to tell you don’t belong…”
The match was met by near universal acclaim from fans and former wrestlers alike, with the hardcore legend Mick Foley giving the match his seal of approval.