", Dustin Rhodes vs. Cody | AEW Double or Nothing Jungle Boy & Luchasaurus ***1/2 Gargano has developed quite a reputation for delivering 5-star performances in the eyes of Meltzer, and history repeated itself as he managed another spectacular performance opposite arch-nemesis Cole. 12 matches earned Dave Meltzer's five star rating in 2019, dominated by (you guessed it) New Japan Pro Wrestling. Okada escaped from the kamigoye and used the same cradle he used to beat Jericho and Omega, but Ibushi kicked out. Football hurt, as it does all fall, but that's not the excuse since the Pittsburgh Steelers-Miami Dolphins game did 9.98 million viewers, the lowest Monday game so far this season. Dustin started taking off one of his boots while a loud “Thank you Dustin” chant started. Tons of dives and moves that nobody had ever seen before. The idea was to tease going the 30:00 but at no point was this telegraphed or did they slow down to pace or stall for a long match. "Ospreay beat Lee to follow his Super Juniors tournament win with an IWGP jr. title win, clearly making him the star of the division. ", Dave Meltzer's 2019 top-rated matches: Cole-Gargano, G1 tourney. The first-to-third hour drops were significant in every demo, with women 18-49 dropping 26 percent, men 18-49 dropping 13 percent, teenage girls dropping 12 percent, teenage boys dropping 15 percent, and over 50 dropping 11 percent. The heat was some of the most amazing you’ll ever see, which isn’t unusual in that building. Dave Meltzer's pro wrestling evaluation process, wherein he uses a five-point rating system to critically analyze matches and rank them in order of these ratings, is one of the most interesting talking points in the wrestling world. ", Bandido vs. Dragon Lee | PWG BOLA Night 2 The only other shows finishing lower were on this past Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. "Between the fantastic video building the match where Starr champions the independent scene against Devlin having signed with WWE, and Devlin taunting back saying that Starr has attended multiple WWE tryouts and only has this attitude because WWE won’t take him. This year, though, the company raised the bar and put together not one, not two, but three matches that broke his five-star rating system. A Raw episode built around the Rusev and Lana marriage split angle last night ended up doing the third-worst non-holiday number in the modern history of the show. The audience was crying multiple times during the match. As 2019 comes to an end, let us revisit the WWE matches Dave Meltzer awarded more than a full five stars this year: During the lead up to WrestleMania 35, NXT blessed the wrestling world with one of the finest WWE PPVs in a long time. I’d go ***** for this one and I think it’s the rare kind of a match that will appeal to every kind of fan except the ones who need great production values or they won’t accept it. Google+. The match got a 5.5 from Meltzer, meaning that it was the first from WWE to have broken his five-star rating system. This was the best show so far in G-1 and one of the best shows of the year. We'll focus on the nine matches that cleared the five star rating in another post. This was one of the best matches of the year. In the match, Cole notched up the first pinfall with a Last Shot while Gargano followed it up with a submission pinfall. Cody, who had left, returned, and told him that he doesn’t get to retire now, and that a long time back he had signed an open contract for a tag team match in Jacksonville against The Young Bucks. Ratings are based of Dave Meltzer and the Wrestling Observer Newsletter! ", Will Ospreay vs. Bandido | New Japan Super Juniors Tournament Facebook. "I think this was the first time I ever saw a match where at the 17 second mark I already felt it was going to be a **** match". ", Kota Ibushi vs. Will Ospreay | New Japan G1 Climax All WWE matches in 2019 Dave Meltzer ranked more than a full five stars. ", David Starr vs. Jordan Devlin | OTT He went for last of the dragon, but Naito countered with a Canadian Destroyer and the running destino for a near fall. July 18, 2019, "The story here is both were injured legit. Okada vs. SANADA | New Japan Cup Finals Cody won, but it wasn’t over. July 19, 2019. He has also written for the Oakland Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Yahoo! WWE Raw draws third-worst ratings of 2019 By Dave Meltzer | @davemeltzerWON | Oct 29, 2019 2:08 pm. Blading, largely removed from major promotions today as an anachronism of the past, did work big for this audience and is still effective when used judiciously. These are the top 10 rated Wrestling Matches of 2019 so far! His success as a wrestling writer has helped strengthen the media's role in covering professional wrestling. ", Dragon Lee vs. Will Ospreay | New Japan Dominion 9-1-1, which features Ronda Rousey and airs head-to-head on FOX, did 6.26 million viewers and was the fourth most watched show overall on television. It was an incredible match that, because of the timing of the pinfall and the drama of using the time, made a great match classic. It would be better knowing the story because it was a story match. October 26, 2019. Black Taurus/Laredo Kid/Puma King vs. Bandido/Flamita/Rey Horus | PWG 16th Anniversary Show Evil Uno vs. Blade, WWE announces North American title match for NXT, Number one contender's tag match set for WWE NXT, Daily Update: RETRIBUTION, Natalya, Britt Baker. Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart at Summerslam 1994 received the top honors, while the journalist also awarded a full five stars to C.M Punk vs. John Cena at Money in the Bank 2011. Not only has Ospreay been the best performer in the world for the past several weeks, but New Japan is presenting him as a landmark junior heavyweight, breaking Takagi’s streak, winning the title as well as being a contender for every heavyweight. The show did 2.13 million viewers on average, barely beating the September 9 episode this year and the June 10 episode against the NBA finals. This was nothing but big moves like futuristic Lucha Libre. So from a crazy athletic standpoint, it was not as good as their Tokyo Dome match, but for drama and story telling it was much better. 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NJPW G1 Climax 30 night seven results: Ishii vs. Takagi, New Japan Cup night nine results: Kazuchika Okada vs. Will Ospreay, PWG BOLA night three results: The 2019 champion is crowned, AEW Dynamite anniversary show live results: Four title matches, WWE NXT live results: North American title on the line, Daily Update: AEW anniversary, Dan the Dad-The Collective, Ryan Smile, Two matches added to WWE NXT, Toni Storm set for action, Ember Moon sit-down interview announced for WWE NXT, Updated NJPW G1 Climax 30 standings and scenarios, NJPW G1 Climax 30 night 16 results: Tanahashi vs. SANADA, October 27, 2003 Observer Newsletter: Deaths of Stu Hart and Road Warrior Hawk, Four matches set for BFG go-home edition of Impact Wrestling, Impact Wrestling results: Madman Fulton vs. Doc Gallows. When it was over, I thought the show should have ended, because nothing could top that. WOR: RAW, AEW, New Japan, Moxley, tons more! August 3, 2019, "This broke the record-setting G-1 unbeaten streak of 13 matches dating back to last year. The crowd was molten. "Having been in the same spot nearly 31 years earlier for the famous Flair-Steamboat match in Chicago, where, at the finish, everyone around us proclaimed it as the greatest match they had ever seen, when this was over, my reaction was, it was better than Flair-Steamboat in every way except the historical aspect of seeing a “real” world title change in an era when that meant something. Blood is very much a debatable issue today. Even though Cody was the spiritual leader, his working heel style worked for the match because for it to work, Dustin had to be the sympathetic character. August 10, 2019, "Then, in what was the spot of the tournament, Ibushi ran in with the Bom Ba Ye and out of nowhere, Okada dropkicked him. July 26, 2019, "The 7/26 show still drew a sellout crowd of more than 600 fans and featured an incredible match that some were talking was the best in the history of the company with Bandido & Flamita & Rey Horus beating Laredo Kid & Black Taurus & Puma King. June 9, 2019. The match got a 5.5 from Meltzer, meaning that it was the first from WWE to have broken his five-star rating system. David Allen Meltzer (born October 24, 1959) is an American journalist and sports historian who reports on professional wrestling and mixed martial arts.. Raw was 13th for the night on cable, also far lower than usual. ", Okada vs. SANADA | New Japan G1 Climax May 23, 2019, "To me, this was the match of the tournament so far. We'll focus on the nine matches that cleared the five star rating in another post. In the main event, Johnny Gargano took on Adam Cole in a two-out-of-three falls match for the vacant NXT Championship and what transpired was a beautiful display of art. A Raw episode built around the Rusev and Lana marriage split angle last night ended up doing the third-worst non … WWE Elimination Chamber 2019: Star Ratings For All 7 Matches. "Kazuchika Okada captured the 2019 New Japan Cup and as expected, will headline Madison Square Garden on 4/6 and challenge Jay White for the IWGP heavyweight title. September 22, 2019. Sports, and The National Sports Daily. There have been multiple Meltzer-rated 5-star matches in WWE in the past. It was even better than their New York match, and that was, to me, the match of Mania weekend. The big pop was when Bandido finally got his 21 plex on Ospreay, he landed on his feet and hit a Spanish fly. Naito used a brainbuster but Takagi came back with a sick lariat. — Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) March 9, 2019. But they had an absolutely insane spot where Ospreay was sitting on the barricade when Lee hit him with a tope and both went flying over the announcers table, talking former wrestler Milano Collection A.T out with them. SPOILER BELOW: 10: Will Ospreay vs SANADA - G1 Climax 2019 … I’d call it the best singles match I’ve seen since going to PWG and aside from the Young Bucks & Adam Cole vs. Will Ospreay & Ricochet & Matt Sydal match a few years back, and maybe the six-man tag this summer, one of the three best overall. In chronological order, here's what made the list including some notes from the corresponding Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Okada scored consecutive wins over Michael Elgin, Mikey Nicholls, Will Ospreay, Tomohiro Ishii and Seiya Sanada to win the 32-man tournament for the second time in his career. Magic shows and sh*t shows; the bizarre fascination of modern WWE, distilled. ", Shingo Tagaki vs. Tetsuya Naito | New Japan G1 Climax I wouldn’t go quite that far, but would say it was the best PWG match I’ve seen since The Young Bucks & Adam Cole vs. Will Ospreay & Matt Sydal & Ricochet many years back, and would be among the best U.S. bouts of the past decade. March 24, 2019. Cody then said, “I don’t need a partner, I don’t need a friend, I need my older brother.” That was it. We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. But it felt like a match that viewed live would be one of those matches that you would never forgot that you were at.
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