Dave Meltzer's 8 Most Controversial Star Ratings

8. Tyler Bate Vs. Pete Dunne (4.75 Stars)


Before Johnny Gargano vs. Andrade "Cien" Almas at TakeOver: Philadelphia opened the floodgates for NXT's recent slew of 5-star matches, the uncrowned A-Brand had trouble cracking that illustrious ceiling. From Neville vs. Zayn, to Sasha vs. Bayley, to The Revival vs. DIY, there are many matches that your average WWE fan considers 5-star masterpieces that Dave apparently saw enough flaw in to not rate them as such.

This has led people to believe (spuriously, I'll add) that Meltzer has some sort of bias against WWE. However, this sentiment was ramped up big time last year after NXT TakeOver: Chicago. Tyler Bate and Pete Dunne had an incredible match for the UK Championship in front of an ultra-hot crowd. It was athletic, exciting, and extra impressive when you consider how young the competitors were. Personally speaking, I think this match is a masterpiece, and one of the finest examples of NXT doing wrestling right.

Dave loved the match as well, giving it 4.75 stars. So of course, fans lost their minds, demanding to know why he snubbed Bate and Dunne by a whole quarter star. Naturally, the old accusation that Dave would have given it "5 stars if it were in the Tokyo Dome" surfaced. and Dave actually responded to that:

Of course, the matches that do earn 5 stars in the Tokyo Dome are no strangers to controversy either...


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