Bit confused by what is being argued by Jumbo being inconsistent in the 80's. I havent seen every Jumbo match like the All Japan committee members but I have seen a ton of his matches that did/didn't make the cut.
Jumbo had an all time series vs. Tenryu that may be my pick of feud of the 80's for any promotion
He had another great all time tag feud w/ Tenryu vs. Choshu/Yatsu
He had the best match of the 80's for Kerry von Erich
He had an absolute classic match vs. Flair and it isn't like the 81/82 matches are chopped liver
He had great matches with Race (82), Misawa (88), Mil Mascaras (82) and Murdoch (80)
Very good series of stuff vs. Martel
The only two negatives I could see is his single matches vs. Choshu ( I do like the 1 hour draw but its about ***1/2 instead of the ****+ I was hoping for) and Hansen
With Hansen, I do think the 86 match is great and the rest of the series is at least good but again it seems like this is a knock solely on Jumbo. Jumbo and Hansen will probably be compared at points during this process so why does Hansen get a free pass for the series being disappointing.
I see Jumbo as a top ten lock for me and adore the guy. I don't think many are rubbing his face through the mud here but I don't want a sense of picking a safe pick, being a wrong one in completing this project.