5 Star Matches

All of the matches listed below are certified by me as being of the highest quality. I consider all of these contests to be works of art created by artists who used violence, dramatic storytelling, workrate, and/or overwhelming crowd reactions as their canvases. They are listed in order of their occurrences with the oldest at the bottom and the most recent at the top. This is a fluid list that is subject to change as I watch new matches and revisit old ones.

Wrestle Kingdom 11: NJPW World Heavyweight Championship Match: Kenny Omega vs. Kazuchika Okada

NXT Takeover Brooklyn II: NXT Tag Team Championship Match: Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson vs. Johnny Gargano
and Tomasso Ciampa
CWC 2016: Kota Ibushi vs. Cedric Alexander
Extreme Rules 2016: Intercontinental Championship Match: The Miz vs. Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and Cesaro
NXT Takeover Dallas: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Sami Zayn

NXT Takeover Brooklyn: NXT Women’s Championship Match: Bayley vs. Sasha Banks
NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 9: Intercontinental Championship Match: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kota Ibushi

NXT December 2014: NXT Championship Match: Sami Zayn vs. Adrian Neville
Money in the Bank 2014: WWE Tag Team Championship Match: Jimmy and Jey Uso vs. Erick Rowan and Luke Harper
Elimination Chamber 2014: Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan vs. Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean

WrestleMania XXVIII: Hell in a Cell: Undertaker vs. HHH

Money in the Bank 2011: WWE Championship Match: CM Punk vs. John Cena

WrestleMania XXVI: Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels

WrestleMania XXV: Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels

ECW Once Night Stand 2006: Mick Foley, Edge and Lita vs. Tommy Dreamer, Terry Funk and Beulah McGillicutty

Monday Night RAW August 29, 2005: Edge vs. Matt Hardy

WrestleMania XX: World Heavyweight Championship Match: Chris Benoit vs. Shawn Michaels and HHH

No Mercy 2002: WWE Tag Team Championship Matches: Rey Mysterio and Edge vs. Kurt Angle and Chris Benoit

WrestleMania X-Seven: Tag Team Championship TLC Match: Edge and Christian w Rhyno vs. Bubba and D-Von Dudley
w Spike Dudley vs. Jeff and Matt Hardy w Lita

King of the Ring 1998: Hell in a Cell: Undertaker vs. Mankind

Halloween Havoc 1997: Cruiserweight Championship Match: Eddie Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio
In Your House: Badd Blood 1997: Hell in a Cell Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker
In Your House: Ground Zero: Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker
WrestleMania 13: Submission Match: Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin

Bash at the Beach 1996: Rey Mysterio vs. Psicosis

Summerslam 1994: Steel Cage Match: Owen Hart vs. Bret Hart

Madison Square Garden 1986: Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart vs. Jim Brunzell and Brian Blaire

WCCW 1982: World Heavyweight Championship Match: Ric Flair vs. Kerry Von Erich

Bonus Round
Listed below are the wrestlers that come up the most often on the Five Star list.

Undertaker: 6
Shawn Michaels: 5
Edge: 4
Bret Hart: 3
Rey Mysterio: 3
Sami Zayn: 3
Chris Benoit: 2
Erick Rowan: 2
HHH: 2
Kota Ibushi: 2
Lita: 2
Luke Harper: 2
Mick Foley: 2
Shinsuke Nakamura: 2