Did also know in 2006 that guys like CM Punk and Daniel Bryan would be nowhere near the main event and wuld be at best midcarders? Did you also know that 2006 is coming close to almost 7 years ago? Things change and in the current era, it matters more about how good you are and how over you can get. Heck, Okada wasn't worth a damn the same time last year and now even the WWE is hunting for him. What KENTA has is the ability to look credible against anyone. Even in his Jr days(Yes, past tence since that is behind him), he was more believable against a guy like Morishima than a guy like Yone was.....that was during a time Morishima was bigger that what he is now. In all honesty, his size(Though he has bulked up for the last two) hasn't been as much of a issue as people have been trying to make it seem. I can't remember a time when the idea of KENTA going over a heavyweight drew a negative reaction. When he wrestled the then GHC Champion, Jun Akiyama, the crowd still rallied for him. I see no problem and quite honestly, I don't think anyone else does ether.
Yeah in 2006 Rey Mysterio was WHC, get out of here with that "mindset changes"
You don't need to talk about Okada, he always was a promise for puroresu since his tags againts NOAH in 2009. But yes guess what, Okada change his gimmick and bulk the fuck up to really look credible in his new setting
So all your argument is an american mindset to puroresu? This is not america, Puroresu functs in a different way. Tell me one Jr who has work in a heavyweight setting beinmg able to draw attention for him and we can talk,.
And this "he is getting reaction in his matches" doesn't change anything, Nagata always gets a reaction and guess what he is a disaster business wise because he was fucked up by New Japan. Getting a reaction in one match doesn't necessary mean shit, because is probably the story of the match that drive the crowd on, specially if you are a junior wrestling against fucking beasts like Akiyama or Morishima
You want to talk a about a mindset change? yes is posible but that change needs to come from a company who can draw people enough to care for a Jr. not from one that is in the shit bussiness wise, and if you think this is really going to success and is not "desperate move 300" you are being clearly naive