This page will be your source for Dave Meltzer’s star ratings for every single WWE Premium Live Event in 2023. The ratings are taken from editions of the Wrestling Observer, and show what Dave Meltzer thought of every major WWE match in 2023.
For a more in-depth read about the matches, you can click the headings to go to that event’s star ratings page, which includes ratings from Cagematch.net and Atletifo.
The 2023 Royal Rumble was one of the biggest events of the year, as Cody Rhodes booked his ticket to WrestleMania 39. Roman Reigns also defended his World Championship against Kevin Owens in a fantastic show at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
51,000 fans saw a brilliant show, which had some very good star ratings awarded by Dave Meltzer.
- Bray Wyatt vs LA Knight – 0.75 Stars
- Bianca Belair vs Alexa Bliss – 1.75 Stars
- Women’s Royal Rumble – 3.5 Stars
- Roman Reigns vs Kevin Owens – 3.5 Stars
- Men’s Royal Rumble Match 2023 – 4.25 Stars
Here are Dave Meltzer’s star ratings for WWE Elimination Chamber 2023.
- Women’s Elimination Chamber – 4 Stars
- Bobby Lashley vs Brock Lesnar – 2.25
- Edge & Beth Phoenix vs Judgement Day – 4 Stars
- Men’s Elimination Chamber – 4.5 Stars
- Roman Reigns vs Sami Zayn – 4.75 Stars
WrestleMania 39 was broadcast from the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, on April 1st & April 2nd, 2023. The event was stylized as being from “Hollywood, California”, playing up the movie-star aspect of the show.
Here are Dave Metlzer’s star ratings for WrestleMania 39, both night 1 and night 2.
WrestleMania 39 Night 1 Star Ratings
- Austin Theory vs John Cena (United States Championship) – 2.25 Stars
- Men’s WrestleMania Tag Team Showcase Match – 3.75 Stars
- Seth “Freakin” Rollins vs. Logan Paul – 4.5 Stars
- Becky, Lita & Trish VS Damage Ctrl – 2.75 Stars
- Rey Mysterio VS Dominik Mysterio – 4 Stars
- Rhea Ripley VS Charlotte Flair – 4.75 Stars
- Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn vs The Usos – 5 Stars
WrestleMania 39 Night 2
- Brock Lesnar VS Omos – 3 Stars
- Women’s Tag Team Showcase Match – 2.5 Stars
- Drew Mcintyre VS Sheamus VS Gunther – 5 Stars
- Bianca Belair VS Asuka – 3.75 Stars
- Edge VS Finn Balor – 3.75 Stars
- Roman Reigns vs Cody Rhodes – 4.5 Stars
WWE returned to Puerto Rico for the first time in over a decade, as the home of the critically-acclaimed Backlash pay-per-view. Backlash 2023 was a great pay per view, which really paid tribute to the island that has been so starved of WWE wrestling over the years.
The crowd was as hyped as you’ve ever seen, which will surely translate into higher star ratings for Backlash’s matches. Here are the star ratings for Backlash 2023;
- Bianca Belair vs. Iyo Sky – 4.25 Stars
- Omos vs. Seth Rollins – 3 Stars
- Austin Theory vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Bronson Reed – 2.5 Stars
- Rhea Ripley vs. Zelina Vega – 2 Stars
- Damian Priest vs. Bad Bunny – 4.5 Stars
- The Bloodline vs. Matt Riddle, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn – 3.75 Stars
- Cody Rhodes vs. Brock Lesnar – 3.75 Stars
WWE returned to Saudi Arabia for their latest in a series of events from the Kingdom with Night of Champions 2023. The event was originally called “King and Queen of the Ring”, but was changed to Night of Champions later on. This was due to the cancellation of the King and Queen of the Ring tournaments.
WWE Night of Champions 2023 is the tenth edition of the event, and featured seven matches, including AJ Styles vs Seth Rollins, Becky Lynch vs Trish Stratus and Gunther vs Mustafa Ali.
Here are the star ratings for WWE Night of Champions 2023, taken from the Wrestling Observer.
- Seth Rollins vs AJ Styles – 4.25 Stars
- Cody Rhodes vs Brock Lesnar – 4 Stars
- Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn vs Roman Reigns & Solo Sikoa – 4.5 Stars
- Gunther vs Mustafa Ali – 3.75 Stars
- Bianca Belair vs Asuka – 3.25 Stars
- Rhea Ripley vs Natalya – Not Rated
- Becky Lynch vs Trish Stratus – 3.25 Stars
WWE Money in the Bank 2023 was broadcast from Wembley Arena, in London, England on May 28th, 2023, and featured some huge matches, including the civil war between the Bloodline.
The event is the first time that Money in the Bank was held in the UK. It is the second UK pay per view in the past two years, following Clash at the Castle in 2022.
- Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match – 4.5 Stars
- Ronda Rousey & Shayna Bazler vs Liv Morgan & Raquel Rodriguez – 2.75 Stars
- Gunther vs Matt Riddle – 2.75 Stars
- Cody Rhodes vs Dominik Mysterio – 3 Stars
- Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match – 4 Stars
- Seth Rollins vs Finn Balor – 3.5 Stars
- Roman Reigns & Solo Sikoa vs The Usos – 4.5 Stars
WWE Summerslam 2023 was broadcast from Ford Field, in Detroit, Michigan on August 5th, 2023, and featured some huge matches, including the civil war between the Bloodline’s Roman Reigns and Jey Uso.
The event was the 36th annual edition of Summerslam, and the first time an event has been broadcast from Ford Field since 2007’s WrestleMania 23. Here are Summerslam 2023’s star rating, by Dave Meltzer.
- Ricochet vs Logan Paul – 4.25 Stars
- Cody Rhodes vs Brock Lesnar – 4.5 Stars
- Summerslam Battle Royal Presented By Slim Jim – 2 Stars
- Ronda Rousey vs Shayna Bazler – 1.5 Stars
- Gunther vs Drew McIntyre – 4 Stars
- Seth Rollins vs Finn Balor – 4.5 Stars
- Asuka vs Charlotte Flair vs Bianca Belair – 3.5 Stars
- Roman Reigns vs Jey Uso – 2.75 Stars
WWE’s Payback 2023 took place on September 2nd, 2023 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The event is the first Payback event put on by WWE since 2020, with the last one taking place in front of no fans during the pandemic era.
Here all the star ratings for WWE Payback 2023;
- Becky Lynch vs Trish Stratus – 4 Stars
- LA Knight vs The Miz – 2.25 Stars
- Rey Mysterio vs. Austin Theory – 3.25 Stars
- Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn vs. The Judgment Day – 4.25 Stars
- Rhea Ripley vs Raquel Rodriguez – 1.75 Stars
- Seth Rollins vs Shinsuke Nakamura – 3.5 Stars
WWE Fastlane took place on October 7, 2023 at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse, in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was the first Fastlane event to take place since 2021, with last year’s show cancelled altogether. Here are the star ratings for the 2023 edition of the event.
- LA Knight & John Cena vs Jimmy Uso & Solo Sikoa – 3.5 Stars
- Rey Mysterio, Santos Escobar, and Joaquin Wilde vs Bobby Lashley, Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford – 2.75 Stars
- Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso vs. Damien Priest and Finn Balor – 4.25 Stars
- Iyo Sky vs. Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair – 3.5 Stars
- Seth Rollins vs Shinsuke Nakamura – 4.5 Stars
WWE presented Crown Jewel 2023 from Riyadh, in Saudi Arabia. The event saw another fantastic show by the WWE, including two great women’s matches, a new United States Champion crowned in Logan Paul and LA Knight challenging for the WWE Championship for the first time.
Here are Dave Meltzer’s star ratings for Crown Jewel 2023, taken from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
- Sami Zayn vs JD McDonagh (Kick Off Show) – TBD
- Seth Rollins vs Drew McIntyre – TBD
- Rhea Ripley vs. Nia Jax vs. Shayna Baszler vs. Zoey Stark vs. Raquel Rodriguez – TBD
- John Cena vs Solo Sikoa – TBD
- Rey Mysterio vs Logan Paul – TBD
- IYO SKY vs Bianca Belair – TBD
- Cody Rhodes vs Damian Priest – TBD
- Roman Reigns vs LA Knight – TBD
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