Anarchy In The Arena Match Earns 5 Star Rating From Dave Meltzer

Hamish Woodward

AEW continue to impress in the ring, as the main event of Double or Nothing 2023 has earned them another five-star match.

The bout pitted the Blackpool Combat Club (Bryan Danieslon, Claudio Castagnoli, Jon Moxley and Wheeler Yuta) up against the newly reformed The Elite (Kenny Omega, Adam Page, Nick and Matt Jackson).

The match was the first time Page and Omega have teamed together since dropping the AEW Tag Team Championships in 2020, and finally saw the team forgive each other and become friends again.

They reunited to take on a bigger threat, the looming dominance of the Bryan Danielson-led Blackpool Combat Club. Originally formed by William Regal, the group promoted an ultra-violent, technical style of wrestling, and aim to raise the next generation right.

The BCC have tormented The Elite over the past few months, even blinding Adam Page in one eye with an attack with a screwdriver. The feud also saw Don Callis turn on Kenny Omega, making this a blood feud for the ages.

The match between the two, that earned five stars from Dave Meltzer, was contested under Anarchy in the Arena rules. The match is a no holds barred thrill ride, with no rules to follow and incredible violence highly encouraged.

The eight men fought in the main event of AEW Double or Nothing 2023, bumping all over the arena and with varying levels of danger. The highlights had to be Nick Jackson’s exploding super kick, and Matt Jackson being dropped, barefoot, into a pile of thumb tacks.

Wheeler Yuta pinned Kenny Omega to win the match, after Don Callis and his new client, Konosuke Takeshita, interfered to turn heel and help the Blackpool Combat Club win the match.

In the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer, Dave Meltzer awarded the match the coveted Five Star rating, the only match on the card to get that highly rated.

The Four Pillars fatal 4 way match earned 4.75, just a hair of 5 stairs. Another match that weekend did get rated 5 stars though, as Master Wato’s BOSJ win rated highly by Dave Meltzer.

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