Kenny Omega Critiques Flaws in 5-Star Match Rating System

Kenny Omega delves into the nuances of match ratings.

by Atia Mukhtar
Kenny Omega Critiques Flaws in 5-Star Match Rating System
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In the dynamic world of professional wrestling, the debate surrounding the merit and accuracy of star ratings for matches has intensified, drawing attention from fans and insiders alike. If it's not, this is a conversation that has definitely picked up given the caliber of veteran journalists such as Dave Meltzer from "Wrestling Observer." He has been using the star-rating system for over 3 decades now, and it has become a subject to be brought up.

That, coupled with the ever-changing landscapes in wrestling and shifts in the tastes of the fans, makes this even more complicated to put down what, to be sure, is the quintessence of a "five-star match. A key figure in this ongoing dialogue is Kenny Omega, the esteemed former AEW World Champion, renowned for achieving the remarkable feat of having 25 matches rated five stars or higher by Meltzer.

Omega recently engaged in an in-depth conversation on Twitch, shedding light on his perspective of what constitutes a five-star encounter and, crucially, what factors detract from achieving such a prestigious rating.

Omega Critiques Match 'Fluff'

Omega expressed his frustration with matches that incorporate unnecessary actions between key moments, referring to them as "fluff." Although he refrained from specifying individuals, Omega critiqued a recent NJPW match that Meltzer awarded five stars, highlighting it as an instance where numerous intermediate moves, albeit visually appealing, lacked meaningful impact.

According to Omega, a five-star rating should signify a match of monumental significance, a bout that resonates with and captivates the entire wrestling community. He argues that such matches should not only be technically exemplary but also culturally impactful, marking a pivotal moment or movement within the sport.

Omega's stance is clear: the distribution of five-star ratings in 2024 has been overly generous. He passionately argues that matches filled with insubstantial content should not be heralded as culturally significant to the profession.

Omega's critique underscores a broader conversation within the wrestling world about the criteria and standards used to evaluate performances. As the debate continues, Omega's insights contribute to a deeper understanding of the intricacies involved in defining excellence in professional wrestling.

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