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Sheamus And Gunther Make WWE History

It is Sheamus' first five-star match, and it is the first time that the WWE main roster has had two five-star matches in the same year.

Sheamus and Gunther had the match of the event at Clash at the Castle. The two big boys slugged it out and left each other bruised and battered as they left the crowd in frenzy.
And now, at least by some measure, their match has been rewarded.

And the two made history in the process. It is Sheamus’ first five-star match, and it is the first time that the WWE main roster has had two five-star matches in the same calendar year. The first was the HIAC match of Seth Rollins vs. severely injured Cody Rhodes. NXT had four five-star matches in 2018, including two in one night. Followed by three in 2019. Either Johnny Gargano and/or Adam Cole was involved in each match.  Gunther’s victory over Sheamus is his third 5-star bout, the first two coming in NXT: UK vs. Ilja Dragunov. 

Other Five Star WWE/F Matches

There’s a joke that even the best WWE matches won’t be five stars because they aren’t “In Japan,” which references Dave Meltzer’s predisposition to the Japanese pro wrestling style. However, over the years, he has given the coveted five stars to over a dozen WWF/E matches. 

The first ever five-star match came in 1994 with Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon at WrestleMania X in a Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Title.

Bret & Owen Hart’s infamous SummerSlam match also earned the honor.

Both Bret & Shawn would earn 5 stars again. Bret vs. Austin in a submission match.

HBK the first time he met Undertaker inside Hell In A Cell.

Curiously neither of Shawn Michaels & Undertaker’s WrestleMania matches were granted five stars, even though both won the Wrestle Observer Newsletter’s Match Of The Year polls. 

Why Do We Care What Dave Meltzer Thinks?

I am very guilty of putting too much weight into what Dave Meltzer likes. The reality is that he is one person with certain tastes and a strong bias towards a certain wrestling style. But due to his influence and longevity in wrestling, he has become the de facto tastemaker and molded the wrestling fandom and how wrestlers work in the ring. Meltzer favors long matches, false finishes, and an emphasis on physicality over the story. This explains his preference for Japanese and “strong style” matches over more American and Mexican=style acrobatics and “sports entertainment.”

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