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Dave Meltzer's Five Star Matches


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Below is a list of Dave Meltzer's 5 star matches

 

it was made interesting reading especially the number that WWF/TNA/ROH got added together is less than the number of female matches.

 

I was not suprised the amount Japan has got or that the NWA/WCW got the most in the US.

 

But what are your thoughts. Also what do you think makes up a 5 star match?

 

 

 

Matches given five stars by Dave Meltzer:

 

All Japan Pro Wrestling

 

Stan Hansen & Bruiser Brody vs. Dory Funk, Jr. & Terry Funk - December 8, 1984

Tiger Mask II vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi - March 9, 1985

Jumbo Tsuruta vs. Genichiro Tenryu - June 5, 1989

Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Jumbo Tsuruta - June 8, 1990

Jumbo Tsuruta, Akira Taue, & Masanobu Fuchi vs. Mitsuharu Misawa, Toshiaki Kawada, & Kenta Kobashi - October 19, 1990

Mitsuharu Misawa, Toshiaki Kawada, & Kenta Kobashi vs. Jumbo Tsuruta, Akira Taue, & Masanobu Fuchi - April 20, 1991

Jumbo Tsuruta, Masanobu Fuchi, & Akira Taue vs. Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi, & Toshiaki Kawada - May 22, 1992

Dan Kroffat & Doug Furnas vs. Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi - May 25, 1992

Masanobu Fuchi & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi - July 5, 1992

Toshiaki Kawada vs. Kenta Kobashi - April 14, 1993

Toshiaki Kawada, Akira Taue, & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi, & Jun Akiyama- July 2, 1993

Stan Hansen vs. Kenta Kobashi - July 29, 1993

Steve Williams vs. Kenta Kobashi - August 31, 1993

Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi - December 3, 1993

Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi, & Giant Baba vs. Masanobu Fuchi, Toshiaki Kawada, & Akira Taue - February 13, 1994

Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue - May 21, 1994

Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada - June 3, 1994

Kenta Kobashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada - January 19, 1995

Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue - January 24, 1995

Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. Steve Williams & Johnny Ace - March 4, 1995

Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Akira Taue - April 15, 1995

Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue - June 9, 1995

Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi & Satoru Asako vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue & Tamon Honda - June 30, 1995

Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue - May 23, 1996

Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama vs. Steve Williams & Johnny Ace - June 7, 1996

Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama - December 6, 1996

Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada - June 6, 1997

Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama - December 5, 1997

Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Kenta Kobashi - October 31, 1998

Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Kenta Kobashi - June 11, 1999

Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa - October 23, 1999

 

All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling

 

Manami Toyota vs. Toshiyo Yamada - August 15, 1992

Akira Hokuto vs. Shinobu Kandori - April 2, 1993

Kyoko Inoue & Takako Inoue vs. Cutie Suzuki & Mayumi Ozaki - April 2, 1993

Dynamite Kansai & Mayumi Ozaki vs. Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada - April 11, 1993

Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs. Dynamite Kansai & Mayumi Ozaki - December 6, 1993

Manami Toyota vs. Kyoko Inoue - August 24, 1994

Aja Kong vs. Manami Toyota - November 20, 1994

Manami Toyota vs. Kyoko Inoue - May 7, 1995

 

Asistencia Asesoría y Administración

 

Los Gringos Locos (Eddie Guerrero and Art Barr) vs. El Hijo del Santo & Octagón (hair vs. masks; 2-Out-of-3 Falls under elimination rules for each fall) – November 6, 1994

 

Japan Women's Pro Wrestling

 

Dynamite Kansai, Cutie Suzuki, Mayumi Ozaki, & Hikari Fukuoka vs. Aja Kong, Sakie Hasegawa, Kyoko Inoue, & Takako Inoue - July 31, 1993

 

New Japan Pro Wrestling

 

Tiger Mask I vs. Dynamite Kid - April 23, 1983

Chris Benoit vs. Great Sasuke - Super J Cup, April 16, 1994

Jushin Liger vs. Great Sasuke - July 8, 1994

El Samurai vs. Koji Kanemoto - Best of the Super Juniors finals, June 5, 1997

 

Ring of Honor

 

Samoa Joe vs. CM Punk - October 16, 2004

Samoa Joe vs. Kenta Kobashi - October 1, 2005

Dragon Kid, Genki Horiguchi, & Ryo Saito vs. CIMA, Naruki Doi, & Masato Yoshino - March 31, 2006 (Presented as a Dragon Gate production)

 

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling

 

A.J. Styles vs. Samoa Joe vs. Christopher Daniels – September 11, 2005

 

Pro Wrestling NOAH

 

Kenta Kobashi vs. Mitsuharu Misawa - March 1, 2003

Kenta Kobashi vs. Jun Akiyama - July 10, 2004

 

Universal Wrestling Federation

 

Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Nobuhiko Takada - December 5, 1984

 

National Wrestling Alliance/World Championship Wrestling

 

The Sheepherders vs. The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton and Tommy Rogers) - Crockett Cup Tournament, April 19, 1986

Ric Flair vs. Barry Windham - Crockett Cup Tournament, April 11, 1987

Ricky Steamboat vs. Ric Flair - Chi-Town Rumble, February 20, 1989

Ricky Steamboat vs. Ric Flair (2/3 falls) - Clash of the Champions VI, April 2, 1989

Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat - WrestleWar, May 7, 1989

Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk ("I Quit" match) - Clash of the Champions IX, November 15, 1989

Ric Flair, Larry Zbyszko, Barry Windham, & Sid Vicious vs. Sting, Brian Pillman, Rick Steiner, & Scott Steiner (WarGames match) - WrestleWar, February 24, 1991

Sting, Nikita Koloff, Ricky Steamboat, Barry Windham, & Dustin Rhodes vs. Rick Rude, Steve Austin, Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton, & Larry Zbyszko (WarGames match)- WrestleWar, May 17, 1992

 

World Wrestling Federation

 

Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon (Ladder match) – WrestleMania X, March 20, 1994

Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart (Cage match) – SummerSlam, August 29, 1994

Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin (Submission match) – WrestleMania 13, March 23, 1997

Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker (Hell in a Cell match) – Badd Blood, October 5, 1997

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This is one of the best matches I've ever seen.

 

I agree. I couldn't believe that RVD vs Jerry Lynn from ecw wasn't a 5 star match

 

who is dave meltzer?

 

A famous dirt sheet writer. He has been around for years and knows his stuff

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oh ok

 

i think cena vs lashley at great american bash last year was 5 stars. it had a great buildup, 2 of the biggest stars at the time, and they went back and forth and back and forth, no cheating or anything. it was a great match, with a great ending (fu off the top!!!!!!!!!!!!) and was for the wwe title too

 

most of the batista vs undertaker matches were probably around 5 stars too.

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oh ok

 

i think cena vs lashley at great american bash last year was 5 stars. it had a great buildup, 2 of the biggest stars at the time, and they went back and forth and back and forth, no cheating or anything. it was a great match, with a great ending (fu off the top!!!!!!!!!!!!) and was for the wwe title too

 

most of the batista vs undertaker matches were probably around 5 stars too.

 

Oh I see...

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Let's be distinct about your claim here Jay, the women's matches are Japanese women's matches and those are much, much different to the western dancing boobie crap we get over here.

 

They can actually wrestle for one...

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Five star matches are very subjective.

 

Afterall, one mans trash is another mans treasure.

 

 

Back to the list of matches, I've seen the 4 WWF matches, and the TNA match, and all I have to say is, they are all worthy of their five star rating.

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Oh I see...

 

:lol

Other peoples' ignorance can be funny at times but there's no need to mock them in the process...

 

That's just mean.:lol

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Bret v Austin at Wrestlemania...I really didnt think it was that great. It wasnt bad or anything, obviously, but after I'd heard half the known world rave about it, I watched it and thought "Was that it?" You could blame my high expectations, but I've had them for every other match I've ever watched in the same interest and a lot of them justified it. This one didnt.

 

Having said that, Bret v Owen was fantastic, HIAC was fantastic, Joe v AJ v Daniels was fantastic. I'm 95% sure that those two WarGames' are the two that I watched recently, and they were both pretty damn cool as well.

 

I have a great desire to watch a whole bunch of those matches, seeing it makes me feel so uneducated.

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I personally felt that Undertaker/Batista and Undertaker/Edge (both Wrestlemania matches) were 5* quality.

 

I'm surprised Angle/Benoit from Royal Rumble 2003 wasn't listed.

 

If you're interested:

 

Angle/Benoit 03 - ****3/4

Taker/Batista WM - ****

Taker/Edge WM - ****1/4

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Let's be distinct about your claim here Jay, the women's matches are Japanese women's matches and those are much, much different to the western dancing boobie crap we get over here.

 

They can actually wrestle for one...

 

oh i agree with you they are Japanese promotions i didn't say they weren't i just said female.

 

much different to the western dancing boobie crap we get over here.

 

They can actually wrestle for one..

 

not all female wrestling in the US are like that for one (and yes the broken record) Shimmer is a company based on wrestling and their midcard to main event level matches are normal very good quality (IMO the best in the US). They are trying to prove that American Joshi is possible (its one of there claims)

 

I have a great desire to watch a whole bunch of those matches, seeing it makes me feel so uneducated.

 

I haven't seen much either but i know what you mean.

 

I would have said Sting Vs Flair at GAB would have been a 5 star match

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not all female wrestling in the US are like that for one (and yes the broken record) Shimmer is a company based on wrestling and their midcard to main event level matches are normal very good quality (IMO the best in the US). They are trying to prove that American Joshi is possible (its one of there claims)
Why doesn't Shimmer have any matches listed then?
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Why doesn't Shimmer have any matches listed then?

 

Why doesn't WWE (as the wwe not WWF) either? because they are rare. Shimmer has only done 22 shows.

 

but that wasn't your point at all DC and you know it.

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Why doesn't WWE? because they are rare. They have only done 22 shows in its life time
WWE has four matches on there. If you mean simply female matches, the reason WWE has none is because none of the matches were good enough.

 

You seem to have this mental block that Shimmer is the pinnacle of US wrestling when it is nothing more than a niché product with a fanbase lower than RoH or CZW.

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WWE has four matches on there. If you mean simply female matches, the reason WWE has none is because none of the matches were good enough.

 

You seem to have this mental block that Shimmer is the pinnacle of US wrestling when it is nothing more than a niché product with a fanbase lower than RoH or CZW.

 

it is the pinnacle of female wrestling in the US but you have a mental block regarding quality of matches equals crowd size it doesn't.

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Something I've always wondered about the wrestling world, and this is a question (or at least, a "supposing") that can only highlight my ignorace to wrestling in the larger scheme of things...

 

But...

 

Is there a Japanese Meltzer who is overly harsh on Japanese product but generous in his ratings to US stuff, based on the assumption that not that many Japanese people actually get to watch TNA, WWE or ROH?

 

I mean, wrestling fans go nuts over here when we get a Japanese name on the card, but they go just as nuts when a US star goes there.

 

I mean, A-Train is pretty big in Japan, right?

 

Perhaps, y'know, there is a Japanese Meltzer who raves about US product because hardcore wrestle-fans aside, not that many people are in a position to argue with him from a position of great knowledge.

 

EDIT: and on the subject of 5* matches, I reckon that the Money In The Bank matches at Wrestlemanias are worthy of the accolade. So are the Hardy Ladder matches from the tail-end of the 'Tude era.

 

And before some smug c*nt pipes in with "ugh! ladder matches", it's worth noting that Meltzer also rates a WWE Ladder match. :)

 

Cheers!

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