8 WWE superstars who have never had a 5-star rated match
Brock Lesnar narrowly missed out on a 5-star rating, his match against John Cena and Seth Rollins was rated 4.75 out of 5.
A 5-star rated match is one of the greatest honours a wrestler could ever achieve in their careers. It’s extremely rare for a match to be given a perfect 5-star rating, even in this day and age when there’s such a variety of wrestlers and wrestling styles.
The star rating system was popularised by Dave Meltzer and his Wrestling Observer Newsletter. He has since become one of the foremost and most reputable wrestling critics. Even though he’s not perfect, and his match ratings are expressions of his own opinion, many people take those ratings quite seriously.
If you’re a new wrestling fan and you learn that a particular wrestler has had multiple 5-star matches, you’re likely to conclude that that wrestler must be incredibly good. However, even Meltzer’s star-rating system has its biases.
The overwhelming majority of matches rated 5 stars come from Japan, and of these, there was a very high concentration of 5-star matches in All Japan Pro Wrestling during the 1990s, with such wrestlers as Toshiaki Kawada, Kenta Kobashi, and Mitsuharu Misawa.
As for WWE, 5-stars are even rarer. The last time a 5-Star match took place in WWE was the John Cena vs. CM Punk match at Money in the Bank 2011. Since then, we’ve seen an explosion in great matches, yet not a single one of them has earned this rare distinction. The mind boggles.
Here are eight wrestlers that, somehow, have NEVER had a match rated 5-stars.
#1 Randy Orton
Randy Orton has been one of WWE’s biggest stars of the past decade. He has been in the main event scene for more or less a decade, and WWE have tried to build him up as a true main-event calibre superstar. He has had around 1250 matches (Live events included) all throughout his career.
On one hand, Orton has been entertaining in small doses, and some of his feuds have been very interesting. On the other hand, he has never really set the world on fire with his matches. Most of them have followed the same ‘methodical’ formula that involves some slow movement, frequent stomping, and an unhealthy obsession with headlocks.
Because of this, Orton has never had a 5-star match. He has surpassed the 4-star mark on a few occasions, but that was on rare occasion, as many of his matches have been in the 3-star range. Simply put, Orton is a superstar, but not the elite-level wrestler that most people have come to love over the past few years.