Mr. Perfect was far ahead of his time from an in-ring standpoint. Even if you argue that his overall character work was better in the 1980s, his in-ring performances had just improved by the day and it was clearly seen in the quality of matches that he had put on. As the New Generation had come to pass, he would find himself facing more opponents similar to his level, and it reflected in the quality of matches that he had.
But without a doubt, Perfect was not only ahead of his time, but extremely underrated as well. He also may be one of the greatest superstars to never become World Champion. It’s a real shame that it had to be that way, because Perfect possessed all the tools to be a strong, heel world champion.