Dave Meltzer is one of the best known pundits in the world of Pro Wrestling. Many fans love him while a lot despise him for his seeming bias in ratings. Till date, out of his 57 rated 5-star (out of 5) matches, the 58-year old has deemed 5 WWE matches to be worthy of the same.
The list included the following matches:
1) Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon, Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship at Wrestlemania X in 1994.
2) Steel Cage match between real life brothers Owen Hart vs Bret Hart at Summerslam 1994.
3) Submission match between Bret Hart and Stone Cold at Wrestlemania 13 in 1997.
4) The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels, Hell in a Cell match at Badd Blood: In Your House in 1997.
5) John Cena vs CM Punk for the WWE Championship at Money in the Bank ’11 in 2011.
Many other WWE matches in recent times have come close to matching the feat but have missed out narrowly. Tyler Bate vs Pete Dunne at NXT Takeover Chicago in 2017, John Cena vs AJ Styles at Royal Rumble 2017, The Undertaker vs Triple H at Wrestlemania 28, Sami Zayn vs Adrian Neville at NXT Takeover R Evolution, Brock Lesnar vs John Cena vs Seth Rollins at Royal Rumble 2015, The Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 26 and the Fatal Four Way match between Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe and Braun Strowman at Summerslam 2017 have all come close to equalling the feat, but were all rated 4.75.
Finally after 7 years WWE have once again produced a 5 star match and this time it was courtesy of WWE’s developmental territory better known as NXT. In the Royal Rumble weekend, in NXT’s first pay per view of the year – NXT Takeover Philadelphia, it was the main event of the night that has bagged all the limelight. NXT Champion Andrade Almas and Johnny Gargano tore the house down in an epic showdown when they squared off for NXT’s top prize.
The match was so intense that it got all the possible emotions out of the fans. The match filled with tandem offences from the two world travelled athletes left all wondering how the match was going to terminate. The contrasting styles of two of the best athletes on the roaster – Andrade’s Lucha Libre and Gargano’s technical prowess, made the affair even more extraordinary to watch.
Both the superstars gave it their all and that led the match to run as long as 32 and a half minutes. It was not just the in ring performances of the two superstars but also the in ring story telling was that much good. Andrade proved why he deserves to be the top champion in WWE’s Yellow Brand and Gargano proved why he’s a babyface of the calibre of Daniel Bryan – the ultimate underdog who never gives up.
Do let us know in the comments whether you think this was truly deserving of being called a 5-Star match or whether any one or more of the matches included in the list of ending up with 4.75 stars were as good or even better than this one.
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