Jun Akiyama - The Unsung Pillar of All Japan Pro Wrestling

Jun Akiyama is unjustly forgotten when people talk about AJPW’s success in the 1990s. When one heard the words ‘All Japan Pro-Wrestling’, a few specific names come to mind.



The first that do tend to be those of the fabled Four Pillars of Heaven: Mitsuharu Misawa, Kenta Kobashi, Toshiaki Kawada, or Akira Taue. Others think of Giant Baba.’.

But there’s one wrestler that doesn’t seem to get that much credit for  his work during the 1990s. most people consider him at a level  underneath the Pillars, despite being involved with them from the very  beginning of his career..

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an often overlooked legend

He’s a wrestler that became legendary for his tag team work, his  innovative style, extensive catalog of amazing matches, and his role in  saving the very company he debuted with..

the fifth  pillar?

Like most pro wrestlers in Japan, Jun Akiyama was a star athlete in high  school, practicing swimming, judo, and amateur wrestling..

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After extensive success in the amateur field, Akiyama debuted for AJPW on September 17th, 1992. And his first opponent was a man he’d end up having an extensive and intricate relationship with, Kenta Kobashi.

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