Dave Meltzer has awarded two matches as over five-stars this week, marking a historic week in pro-wrestling.
These two matches came in two different promotions, spanning two continents.
The first came in All Elite Wrestling, but it was not the highly-anticipated Blood & Guts match (which didn’t quite get five-stars).
Instead, it was the incredible, hour-long two out of three falls match between Bullet Club Gold and FTR.
This AEW Tag Team Championship match blew expectations out of the water, and provided fans with one of the best tag team matches in wrestling history.
The second came from Japan, when katsuhiko nakajima vs kento miyahara provided fans with an all-time classic at Pro Wrestling NOAH’s “One Night Dream”.
With top-tier selling and fantastic crowd working, the match fully derseved its star rating and will go down as an all-time great match.
Dave Meltzer also gave ratings to various WWE matches, as well as a host of bouts from the first week fo the G1 Climax 33.
Keep reading to find out which matches Dave Meltzer gave five stars to this week.
Dave Meltzer’s Star Ratings (21 July 2023)
The following are all the matches rated by Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer, for the 21st July 2023 edition of the newsletter.
WWE SmackDown, 14/7
Butch vs. Escobar vs. Styles vs. Waller: 3.75
WWE Raw, 17/7
Gable & Otis vs. Viking Raiders: 3.75
Dominik & Priest vs. Owens & Zayn: 4
WWE NXT, 18/7
Angel & Humberto vs. Dragon Lee & Frazer: 4
NOAH One Night Dream
Miyahara vs. Nakajima: 5.25
Not all G1 matches were rated…
NJPW G1 Climax, Night 1
Narita vs. Umino: 4
Great-O-Khan vs. Okada: 3.5
Kiyomiya vs. Tsuji: 3.5
Ospreay vs. Taichi: 4.25
NJPW G1 Climax, Night 2
Finlay vs. Ishii: 4.5
Kingston vs. Takagi: 4.25
Sabre vs. Tanahashi: 4.25
Cobb vs. Naito: 3.75
NJPW G1 Climax, Night 3
Narita vs. Tsuji: 3.5
Ospreay vs. YOSHI-HASHI: 4.5
SANADA vs. Umino: 3.5
Okada vs. Phantasmo: 3.75
NJPW G1 Climax, Night 4
Sabre vs. Yano: 2.75
Cobb vs. Coughlin: 2.5
EVIL vs. Kingston: 1.5
Haste vs. Tanahashi: 2.5
HENARE vs. Kingston: 4.25
Goto vs. Naito: 3.5
Ishii vs. Tama Tonga: 3.75
AEW Collision, 15/7
Bullet Club Gold vs. FTR: 5.25
Punk vs. Starks: 4
AEW Dynamite: Blood & Guts
Blood & Guts: 4.75
AAA TripleManía XXXI: Tijuana
Adonis & Psycho Clown vs. LA Park & Rush: 3.75
Omega vs. Vikingo: 4.5
For subscribers to The Wrestling Observer, click the link below to read more about Dave Meltzer’s star ratings this week.
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