re: Official Puro Match/DVD Discussion Thread (NO SPOILERS)
I'm not THAT knowledgeable about 97-99 All Japan, so what was Jun Akiyama doing then? I guess what I'm really asking is how he compares with the rest of his career. I watched 2000s Akiyama over the past couple of years, and I really couldn't dig him that much beside this and that. Flipside, I'm watching the 1996 Yearbook, and goddamn, Akiyama's been absolutely excellent in everything. Shocked. Honestly, he's looked every bit as good as, if not better than fucking MISAWA (in 1996) in practically every match so far. As far as "guy pushing his weight with the big leagues" go, he's about the best I've ever seen in that role. It's been all tag matches so far, and Kawada and Taue were definitely two of the best in the world that year (personally would say Kawada was THE best), plus there's Steve Williams, and I guess it can be a little hard to judge without any singles, but he's just been so noticeably off the charts. So, was 97-99 Akiyama anything like this?
Also note-worhty that anybody defending John Laurinitis as a worker should watch this stuff. Wasn't really good at all.