AEW Grand Slam 2023 Meltzer’s Star Ratings Revealed

Hamish Woodward

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AEW Grand Slam 2023 took place on September 20th, 2023 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in the Queens borough of New York City.

It is the third consecutive year AEW have ran Grand Slam, with the first holding Bryan Danielson’s debut match in AEW (against Kenny Omega), as well as CM Punk’s first TV match in over seven years.

The event is shot similar to other AEW Pay Per View events, but is shown as part of their television show. The event is broadcast on AEW Dynamite and AEW Rampage.

This year’s AEW Grand Slam had some huge matches on it, including a double championship match between two hated enemies, finally facing off after a decade-long grudge.

AEW Grand Slam 2023 Match Results

AEW Grand Slam Dynamite Match Card

Eddie Kingston vs Claudio Castagnoli

Sammy Guevara vs Chris Jericho

Jon Moxley vs Rey Fenix

Toni Storm vs Saraya

MJF vs Samoa Joe

AEW Grand Slam Rampage Match Card:

AEW Dynamite Grand Slam Star Ratings:

Here are the star ratings for the matches on the AEW Dynamite Grand Slam card.

These will be taken from Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer, the users at Cagematch.net and our own rating at Atletifo.

If you disagree with any of the star ratings on this page, let us know in the comments what match rating you would give to the matches.

Eddie Kingston vs Claudio Castagnoli

In a rematch from ROH Supercard of Honor 2023, Eddie Kingston and Claudio Castagnoli put both their championships on the line in a huge grudge match at AEW Grand Slam.

This match was a title vs title match, with Kingston’s NJPW Strong Openweight Championship and Castagnoli’s ROH World Championship on the line in this electric bout.

The crowd were electric for the whole match, as big suplexes and hard-hitting chops helped make this match one of the best ROH title defenses of all time.

After a fantastic match, Eddie Kingston managed to pin Claudio Castagnoli to win the ROH World Championship, hitting a powerbomb to win the belt for the first time in his career.

  • Dave Meltzer’s Star Rating – 4.25 Stars
  • Cagematch Rating – 8.16
  • Atletifo Rating – 4 Stars

Sammy Guevara vs Chris Jericho

Le Sex Gods finally collided in AEW, nearly four years after first teaming up as The Inner Circle on the first ever episode of AEW Dynamite.

It was quite a slow match, similar to the structure of Jericho’s bout with Will Ospreay at All In – although Guevara is not the talent Ospreay is.

The bout was as good of a match as you’d expect out of Jericho at his age, although the finish (a shooting star press into a Code Breaker) was worth the price of admission alone.

  • Dave Meltzer’s Star Rating – 4.25 Stars
  • Cagematch Rating – 6.22
  • Atletifo Rating – 3 Stars

Jon Moxley vs Rey Fenix

A major injury to Jon Moxley put a dampener on what should have been a classic match for the AEW International Championship.

Just a few weeks after he won the title from Orange Cassidy and All Out, Moxley dropped the title to Rey Fenix at AEW Grand Slam 2023.

Fenix came out of the gates with a point to prove, attacking Moxley on the ramp and continuing his assault at ringside. Once they got into the ring, both men looked a little rough, botching a number of moves and failing to hit their usual signature offense.

The ending of the match was awful. Referee Rick Knox completely botched a three-count after a Black Fire Driver by Fenix, which caused a fairly-serious concussion to Jon Moxley.

  • Dave Meltzer’s Star Rating – 3.75 Stars
  • Cagematch Rating – 6.20
  • Atletifo Rating – 2 Stars

Saraya vs Toni Storm

After winning a four-way match, also including Britt Baker, Hikaru Shida and Nyla Rose, Toni Storm booked her ticket to a title match at Grand Slam 2023.

Here, she faced off against her Outcasts (not the rap group) partner Saraya, in a huge battle for the AEW Women’s Championship.

It was a good match, with the crowd firmly behind Toni Storm and her new “Golden Age of Hollywood” gimmick.

Sadly, she could not get the job done. Despite having a number of shoes at her disposal, interference from Ruby Soho gave Saraya the win in her first AEW World Champion defense.

  • Dave Meltzer’s Star Rating – N/A
  • Cagematch Rating – 5.29
  • Atletifo Rating – 3 Stars

MJF vs Samoa Joe

MJF continued his reign as the greatest babyface in world (well…) by beating Samoa Joe in the main event of AEW Grand Slam 2023.

With the help of Adam Cole, he led the crowd into a chorus of cheers as he forced Samoe Joe to tap out to a sleeper hold (albeit with the help of tape to choke him out).

MJF did his best to keep the crowd hot throughout the match, including getting a standing ovation after hitting his patented Kangaroo Kick, in one of the best matches of the night.

  • Dave Meltzer Star Rating – 4.5 Stars
  • Cagematch Rating – 8.06
  • Atletifo Rating – 4 Stars

AEW Rampage Grand Slam Star Ratings:

Here are the star ratings for the matches on the AEW Rampage Grand Slam card.

These will be taken from Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer, the users at Cagematch.net and our own rating at Atletifo.

If you disagree with any of the star ratings on this page, let us know in the comments what match rating you would give to the matches.

Sting & Darby Allin vs Christian Cage & Luchasaurus

Not quite recovering from his loss at Wembley Stadium, Christian Cage attempted to make amends by challenged Sting & Darby Allin to a match at AEW Grand Slam 2023.

However, this time he had his muscle by his side, as he tagged the the real TNT Champion Luchasaurus in the tag team bout.

Sting and Darby Allin picked up the victory, setting up a triple threat match on Collision between Allin, Cage and ‘Saurus.

  • Dave Meltzer’s Star Rating – Did Not Rate
  • Cagematch Rating – 6.24
  • Atletifo Rating – 2.5 Stars

Hook, Kris Statlander & Orange Cassidy defeat Angelo Parker, Anna Jay & Matt Menard (w/Jake Hager)

Orange Cassidy hit the Orange Punch on Angelo Parker to win the match for his side.

  • Dave Meltzer’s Star Rating – Did Not Rate
  • Cagematch Rating – 5.60
  • Atletifo Rating – 2 Stars

The Righteous vs The Hardys vs Best Friends vs The Kingdom

The Rightous won this four-way tag team match to ear a ROH Tag Team Title shot against MJF and Adam Cole.

  • Dave Meltzer’s Star Rating – Did Not Rate
  • Cagematch Rating – 5.22
  • Atletifo Rating – 1.5 Stars

The Acclaimed vs The Dark Order

  • Dave Meltzer’s Star Rating – Did Not Rate
  • Cagematch Rating – 5.53
  • Atletifo Rating – 1.5 Star

Julia Hart vs Skye BlueRampage.

Julia Hart defeated Skye Blue via submission, before Willow Nightingale came to her aid.

  • Dave Meltzer’s Star Rating – Did Not Rate
  • Cagematch Rating – 6.14
  • Atletifo Rating – 1 Star

Mike Santana vs Bronson

In his first match as a singles competitor, Mike Santana defeated Bronson (formerly Bear Bronson) in a two-minute squash match.

  • Dave Meltzer’s Star Ratings – Did Not Rate
  • Cagematch Rating – N/A (too short)
  • Atletifo Rating – 1 Star

The Elite vs The Mogul Embassy

The Elite defeated The Mogul Embassy to win the ROH Tag Team Titles. Also known as “The Hung Bucks”, they consisted of Adam Page and The Young Bucks.

  • Dave Meltzer’s Star Rating -Did Not Rate
  • Cagematch Rating – 7.06
  • Atletifo Rating – 2.5 Stars

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