AEW World Tag Team Champion Kenny Omega has discussed whether he feels pressure to have amazing matches after having so many highly rated by Dave Meltzer.
Omega has had one seven-star match, a 6.25-star match, three six-star matches, two 5.75-star matches, two 5.5-star matches, and seven five-star matches. That seems pretty impressive considering they are rated out of five.
Speaking with the Natural Aristocrat, Omega said:
“Yeah, I mean it’s a double edged sword really because when you set that standard, that precedent that you can have a six star match. For some people there’s an expectation that, ‘Oh, if I see Kenny Omega, this is what I expect and hope to see!’ And there’s a lot of variables that go into making a 6-star match. Now, I’ve had I think four or five matches that have went over 6-stars. I’ve had more than that go over 5 stars, but I never feel the pressure to have to deliver what one critic deems over a 5-star match.
“What I’m trying to do is just diversify my resume, I never want to have to give what in one person’s mind is a 6-star match. That 6-star match to him isn’t necessarily what I think is a 6-star match. It isn’t necessarily what my neighbor that was beside me thinks is a 6-star match. It’s not what little Jimmy who lives across the world and generally likes watching Sailor Moon, maybe he doesn’t consider that a 6-star match. I’m trying to always have performances that can appeal to all sorts of different people, from all walks of life.
“I think as long as there is somebody in the world, that looks at one of my performances and considers it time not wasted. Or one of the best things that they’ve seen, I feel like my job is complete. So, yes there’s pressure to always give a performance that I think merits somebody’s interest and high praise. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be that one person’s praise.”
If you’re interested in Meltzer’s ratings, we do have a tracker on our stats page of every star rating of 2020, which can be found at this link.