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?