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#1 Superstar Sleeze

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Posted 15 September 2016 - 02:25 PM

I have been watching a lot of AJ Styles and he is such an underrated brawler. Some of the best punches of all time! That overhand right that hits the side of face, nose is nasty, always makes a great sound and looks violent as hell. That is some pure 80s, Southern punching greatness there. Everyone talks about the flips and tricks, but he is so sound. Those awesome punches are a staple going all the way back to 2003! He would have been incredible in Memphis. Him vs Lawler could have been the greatest match of all time period. I just think they would have sized up so well against each other.

 

That got me thinking is AJ the best puncher of the 2000s wrestlers??? Punching is not a highly valued commodity in today's wrestling. This is the land of modified suplexes, flips and tricks. Necro Butcher comes to mind and I imagine he will be the one most people cite as the greatest. Is there anyone else in contention?

 

Is there any way AJ Styles does not make your top 5? To me he is a mortal lock and I would currently have him at two behind Necro. Low-Ki and Danielson don't really punch. I would say AJ is a better puncher than Joe or Punk pretty safely. For some reason, I cant picture Chris Hero's punch in my head. I can picture his elbow, which is great. But I do not recall what his punch looks like. Could be an oversight on my part.

 

So who else you got?



#2 Phil Schneider

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Posted 15 September 2016 - 02:35 PM

Preston Quinn is the best, VA indy guy, who has the whole variety of punches, great upper cut, good over hands, great hooks. 

 

Jimmy Rave is really great too



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Posted 15 September 2016 - 03:56 PM

Does Jerry Lawler count?



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Posted 15 September 2016 - 04:13 PM

Jay Briscoe. Matt Hardy. Corporal Robinson. Damien Wayne.



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Posted 15 September 2016 - 04:25 PM

I've liked Mil Muertes.

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Posted 15 September 2016 - 04:27 PM

I've liked Mil Muertes.

 

Oh fuck yeah ! His punches look terrific most of the times.



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Posted 15 September 2016 - 05:10 PM

I'd have to watch matches to judge his regular punches. But for a singular, loud, oh shit punch, Arik Cannon has a really good one he pulls out once a match.

#8 jcmmnx

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Posted 15 September 2016 - 08:13 PM

Roman Reigns



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Posted 15 September 2016 - 08:56 PM

Loss beat me to Matt Hardy, first guy that came to mind! So I'll say...

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Posted 15 September 2016 - 09:23 PM

Kevin Owens.



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Posted 16 September 2016 - 09:46 AM

Kevin Owens.

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#12 Superstar Sleeze

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Posted 16 September 2016 - 11:53 AM

Kevin Owens does not come to mind at all for me. Admittedly, not seen much of Steen's work on Indy circuit, is that when he had great punches. In WWE now, I don't think he is even Top 5.



#13 Mr. Lacelle

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Posted 16 September 2016 - 01:28 PM

Jay Briscoe is a good shout, he's been my fav for years

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Posted 16 September 2016 - 03:49 PM

Togo and Rey Escorpion were the first two to come to mind who hadn't been mentioned.



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Posted 21 September 2016 - 10:04 PM

Eh, I remember Kevin's punches looking good in a match I saw a month or so ago. I can't remember if it was Raw or a PPV. What struck me was the fact that he throws them at a downward angle, which I think is the key to a good worked punch.



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Posted 22 September 2016 - 12:36 AM

Michael Tarver from Nexus. Also I think Karl Anderson throws a pretty good punch. Hayato Jr Fujita throws a great punch and it means different things and different places in the match, the way Flairs chop would mean different things.

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Posted 22 September 2016 - 02:17 AM

I watched a really great Sheamus vs Titus match from a 2014 Main Event last night, and they were both laying in some great looking punches. Sheamus in particular had really great body shots.

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Posted 22 September 2016 - 02:53 AM

SUWA, Gedo. Not only have they not been mentioned yet, but they were among the first I thought of. 



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Posted 22 September 2016 - 04:43 AM

Kazunari Murakami is the objectively correct answer here. El Terrible and Luke Gallows pack a good one too.



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Posted 22 September 2016 - 09:51 AM

I dig Shingo's jab. Love what Matt Hardy, Jay Briscoe, and KUSHIDA bring to the table, also. 






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