Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has awarded another match a rating higher than 5 stars, with a recent New Japan Pro Wrestling bout being awarded 5.5 stars.
The match given the award was the IWGP Heavyweight Championship match between Kazuchika Okada and Hiroshi Tanahashi that lasted almost 35 minutes with Okada picking up the win to break the all-time record for consecutive IWGP Heavyweight Championship defences.
The following matches have all received 5 stars or more so far this year:
- Kenny Omega vs. Chris Jericho – NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 12
- Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas vs. Johnny Gargano – NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia
- Golden Lovers vs. The Young Bucks – NJPW Strong Style Evolved
- Will Ospreay vs. Marty Scurll – NJPW Sakura Genesis
- NXT North American Title Ladder Match – NXT TakeOver: New Orleans
- Johnny Gargano vs. Tomasso Ciampa – NXT TakeOver: New Orleans
- Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi – NJPW Wrestling Dontaku (Night 2)
Brandi Rhodes Injury Update
Brandi Rhodes provided an update on her recent shoulder injury on Twitter, posting a photo of her arm in a sling, noting she is grateful to anyone who has reached out to her since revealing the injury.
Character isn’t a given in this business. Friends are very few. Fans can be fickle. You learn not to expect too much. Thank you to every single person who has reached out to me! I’m grateful to everyone who’s heart has made room for me! 💛 (also check out that nasty lump 🤢) pic.twitter.com/fqGTtmoNHa
— Brandi Rhodes (@TheBrandiRhodes) May 9, 2018