A five-star match is usually the mark of an all-time classic match, but that’s not always the case.
Terry Funk had a few himself, over his legendary career. His I Quit match with Ric Flair at Clash of the Champions 1989 is heralded as an all-time great match, and still holds up to modern wrestling standards.
He wrestled in eight decades and thousands of matches, while reinventing himself on the regular and making big stars out of so many different talents.
However, when it comes to Dave Meltzer’s five-star rating scale, Terry Funk definitely had one more than he deserved.
While everybody agrees he is one of the all-time greatest wrestlers, his match with Eddie Gilbert in 1992 was anything but.
How it was given a five-star rating by Dave Meltzer, I will never know.
ddie Gilbert vs Terry Funk (WWA 1992)
By far the worst 5-star match rated by Dave Meltzer is the bout between Eddie Gilbert and Terry Funk in 1992.This is not to denigrate the two men. Both are legends in the ring, and two of the best brawlers of all time. However, this match did not showcase that.As a match, it was fine. It was a Texas Death Match, but didn’t really do anything of note to get the fans excited. It was slow, awfully paced and mainly consisted of slow and lazy punches.It is utterly bizarre that Dave Meltzer gave this match 5-stars. While the poor footage available doesn’t help the match, the actually quality of the in-ring action is as good as the footage.
- Dave Meltzer’s Star Rating – 5 StarsCagematch Rating – 5.59
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