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    List of Dave Meltzer's 5 star matches

    I thought this was an interesting list. Taken from Wikipedia.

    World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment

    • 3/20/94 Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon (Ladder Match, WrestleMania X)
    • 8/29/94 Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart (Cage Match, SummerSlam 1994)
    • 3/23/97 Bret Hart vs. Steve Austin (I Quit Match, WrestleMania 13)
    • 10/5/97 Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker (Hell in a Cell Match, In Your House: Badd Blood)
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    Jim Crockett Promotions / World Championship Wrestling

    • 4/19/86 The Sheepherders vs. Fantastics (Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers)
    • 4/11/87 Ric Flair vs. Barry Windham (NWA World Wide Wrestling)
    • 2/20/89 Ricky Steamboat vs. Ric Flair (NWA Chi-Town Rumble)
    • 4/2/89 Ricky Steamboat vs. Ric Flair (2/3 falls, NWA Clash of the Champions VI: Ragin' Cajun)
    • 5/7/89 Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat (NWA WrestleWar '89: Music City Showdown)
    • 11/15/89 Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk ("I Quit" Match, NWA Clash of the Champions IX: New York Knockout)
    • 2/24/91 Ric Flair, Larry Zbyszko, Barry Windham, & Sid Vicious vs. Sting, Brian Pillman, Rick Steiner, & Scott Steiner (WarGames Match, WCW WrestleWar 1991)
    • 5/17/92 Sting, Nikita Koloff, Ricky Steamboat, Barry Windham, & Dustin Rhodes vs. Rick Rude, Steve Austin, Arn Anderson, Bobby Eaton, & Larry Zbyszko (WarGames Match, WCW WrestleWar 1992)
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    Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA)

    • 9/11/05 AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe vs. Christopher Daniels (TNA Unbreakable 2005)
    [edit]

    Ring of Honor

    • 10/16/04 Samoa Joe vs. CM Punk
    • 10/1/05 Samoa Joe vs. Kenta Kobashi
    [edit]

    Pro Wrestling NOAH

    • 3/1/03 Kenta Kobashi vs. Mitsuharu Misawa
    • 7/10/04 Kenta Kobashi vs. Jun Akiyama
    [edit]

    All Japan Pro Wrestling

    • 12/08/84 Stan Hansen & Bruiser Brody vs. Dory Funk & Terry Funk
    • 03/09/85 Tiger Mask II vs. Kuniaki Kobayashi
    • 06/06/89 Jumbo Tsuruta vs Genichiro Tenryu
    • 06/08/90 Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Jumbo Tsuruta
    • 10/19/90 Jumbo Tsuruta & Akira Taue & Masanobu Fuchi vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada & Kenta Kobashi
    • 05/22/92 Jumbo Tsuruta & Masanobu Fuchi & Akira Taue vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi & Toshiaki Kawada
    • 05/25/92 Dan Kroffat & Doug Furnas vs. Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi
    • 04/14/93 Toshiaki Kawada vs. Kenta Kobashi
    • 07/02/93 Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama
    • 07/29/93 Stan Hansen vs. Kenta Kobashi
    • 08/31/93 Steve Williams vs. Kenta Kobashi
    • 12/03/93 Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi
    • 02/13/94 Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi, & Giant Baba vs. Masanobu Fuchi, Toshiaki Kawada, & Akira Taue
    • 05/21/94 Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue
    • 06/03/94 Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada
    • 01/19/95 Kenta Kobashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada
    • 01/24/95 Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue
    • 03/04/95 Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. Steve Williams & Johnny Ace
    • 04/15/95 Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Akira Taue
    • 06/09/95 Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue
    • 05/23/96 Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue
    • 06/07/96 Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama vs. Steve Williams & Johnny Ace
    • 12/06/96 Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama
    • 06/06/97 Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Toshiaki Kawada
    • 10/31/98 Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Kenta Kobashi
    • 6/11/99 Mitsuharu Misawa vs. Kenta Kobashi
    • 10/23/99 Kenta Kobashi & Jun Akiyama vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Yoshinari Ogawa
    (disputed — see talk page)
    • 04/20/91 Mitsuharu Misawa & Toshiaki Kawada & Kenta Kobashi vs. Jumbo Tsuruta & Akira Taue & Masanobu Fuchi
    • 07/05/92 Masanobu Fuchi & Yoshinari Ogawa vs. Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi
    • 06/30/95 Mitsuharu Misawa & Kenta Kobashi & Satoru Asako vs. Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue & Tamon Honda
    • 12/05/97 Toshiaki Kawada & Akira Taue vs. Mitsuharu Misawa & Jun Akiyama
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    New Japan Pro Wrestling

    • 04/16/94 Wild Pegasus vs. Great Sasuke (Super J Cup '94)
    (disputed — see talk page)
    • 07/08/94 Jushin Liger vs. Great Sasuke
    • 06/05/97 El Samurai vs. Koji Kanemoto (Best of the Super Jr. IV)
    [edit]

    All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling

    • 08/15/92 Manami Toyota vs. Toshiyo Yamada
    • 04/02/93 Akira Hokuto vs. Shinobu Kandori
    • 04/02/93 Kyoko Inoue & Takako Inoue vs. Cutie Suzuki & Mayumi Ozaki
    • 04/11/93 Dynamite Kansai & Mayumi Ozaki vs. Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada
    • 12/06/93 Manami Toyota & Toshiyo Yamada vs. Dynamite Kansai & Mayumi Ozaki
    • 08/24/94 Manami Toyota vs. Kyoko Inoue
    • 11/20/94 Aja Kong vs. Manami Toyota
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    Universal Wrestling Federation

    • 12/05/84 Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Nobuhiko Takada
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    Japan Women's Pro Wrestling

    • 07/31/93 Dynamite Kansai & Cutie Suzuki & Mayumi Ozaki & Hikari Fukuoka vs. Aja Kong & Sakie Hasegawa & Kyoko Inoue & Takako Inoue

    I think it is amazing that Kenta Kobashi has had the most 5 star matches. If you guys have never seen him, I posted a video of him vs KENTA in the Media part of the site. KENTA has made a ROH appearance and will be making a few more this month. Also, Samoa Joe has been apart of all 3 five star matches in the United States in the past 7-8 years.
    March 28th: Ring of Honor in Orlando, FL, March 29th: WWE Hall of Fame in Orlando, FL, March 30th: WWE Wrestlemania XXIV in Orlando, FL
    April 13th: TNA Lockdown from Lowell, MA

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    By now you all know my feeling on his ratings...

    Not to say that these matches weren't 5 star matches, he's just too biased towards WWE. That's what I don't like about it..

    Surely, WWE has had matches since 97 that were 5 stars.. a coupe Benoit/Angle battles come to mind right off the top of my head.. and if that war games match is 5 stars then so should a couple of the TLC matches..

    Also, lets not forget Jericho/HBK, HBK/Benoit/HHH, etc.. that would fit well with the triple threat that he included from TNA..

    Just too much bias towards WWE.. That is all. And it shows in his commentary because everytime I read soemthing written by him he spends way too much time pointing out the faults instead of the positives in regards to WWE..


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    I should of added this as how he ranks 5 star matches.

    Dave Meltzer pioneered the "star rating" system (originated by Jim Cornette & Norm Dooley), which rates matches on a scale of one to five stars in a similar manner to that used by many movie critics. As in the field of film, a rating is a largely subjective affair that may take into account the amount of action, as opposed to restholds ("Workrate"); the difficulty and variety of moves used; the past history of the workers and their feud; the development of an in-match storyline based on the wrestling moves and how they affect the wrestlers, and the overall reaction of the crowd. This is a near complete list of wrestling matches which have been rated 5 "stars" or more by Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
    March 28th: Ring of Honor in Orlando, FL, March 29th: WWE Hall of Fame in Orlando, FL, March 30th: WWE Wrestlemania XXIV in Orlando, FL
    April 13th: TNA Lockdown from Lowell, MA

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    Yeah, WWE is getting screwed.. but I think Vince will be just fine


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    You know what, I bet Vince doesn't care because he doesn't want to have the best wrestling matches, he wants to have the best entertainment overall. Its not like Vince really ever wanted to have the best wrestling matches anyways. I wonder if his father would be rolling around in his grave the way he turned the wrestling business into.
    March 28th: Ring of Honor in Orlando, FL, March 29th: WWE Hall of Fame in Orlando, FL, March 30th: WWE Wrestlemania XXIV in Orlando, FL
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    Some of those Japanese matches were mighty excellent and he's not far wrong in his summising of their "star" quality.

    However, it does seem like a North American match has to a six star effort to get five stars (if you know what I'm saying). The guy is obviously either (a) totally in love with the Japanese style of wrasslin' or (b) he's blinded against wrestling in North America.

    The guy also has access to, and has witnessed tapes of wrestling from all around the world, so what no ECW or AAA or CMLL ever even qualified and no WCW match in nearly their last ten years (include their most profitable run as a company) even made it?
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    Bulldog and I are agreeing a lot lately. Watch out world! But yeah, I didn't even think of WCW or ECW..

    A couple of those RVD/Lynn matches were rediculous.. They incorporated every kind of wrestling in one match you could ask for and there weren't even many blown spots at all.. Also, they had a really good thing going with Lynn being the New Fucking Show.


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    Re: List of Dave Meltzer's 5 star matches

    Hi,

    Great list for old 5-star WWE/WWF wrestling matches.

    What about?
    -Savage vs. Steamboat (WWF Superstars, Fall 1986)
    -Savage vs. Steamboat (WM III, March 1987)
    -Michaels vs. R. Ramon ladder rematch (SS 1995, arguably better than the 1994 ladder match)?

    Since I'm new, perhaps I missed parts of this discussion.

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    Re: List of Dave Meltzer's 5 star matches

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