Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer today has released his official star ratings for the 2022 Royal Rumble. He rates most matches he watches and every match on WWE and AEW Pay Per View, as well as select TV matches.
The Royal Rumble 2022 was last Saturday and was one of the worst Royal Rumbles of all time. Slow, plodding action with minimal storylines bored the crowd. In addition, Brock Lesnar coming out at number 30 was as annoying and unwanted as predictable it was.
However, Meltzer didn’t seem to dislike it as much as most. He ranked the match as a 2.25 stars out of 5 stars. Not a great rating at all, one of the lower ones for the Royal Rumble. But other matches have earned the less-than-coveted minus five star rating in the past, and this match had the potential to do that.
The highest rated match on the card was the Universal Championship match between Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. In the bout, Seth Rollins defeated his former Shield brother by disqualification, taking the victory but leaving Reigns with the Championship.
It was a good finish with the rating being brought down by the finish which didn’t make anyone look good. Rollins should have walked away with the title, but alas he did not. Because of this, the match only rated at a 3.5 star rating. A decent rating but not a match to write home about.
Other matches on the card included: The Women’s Royal Rumble Match – 2.25 Stars
Becky Lynch vs Doudrop for the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship – 2.25 Stars
Bobby Lashley vs Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship – 3.25 Stars
and The Miz & Maryse vs Edge & Beth Phoenix – 2.75
Overall it was not a great Royal Rumble event and not one to go back and watch.
Dave Meltzer gives a five star match rating
One match this week that did gain the famous five star match rating was the match for the RevPro British Heavyweight Championship. The match saw challenger Michael Oku take on Champion Will Ospreay at RevPro :High Stakes, in London.
The match is said to have been a classic match which gained five stars from Dave Meltzer. He said it reminded him of the territory days of wrestler, and that Ospreay is one of the most versatile wrestlers he has ever seen.
The match is available to watch on RPW on Demand, the streaming service for RevPro Wrestling.