I remember getting tape and seeing him work a bunch of times with Nelson Royal in the 80's, what made the Jr. Heavyweight division disappear? They worked imo a better and more exciting style.
A focus on heavier weights in America in the mid 1980s along with the expansion era with the "WWF style" bodybuilder type of wrestler, really pushed away the Junior Heavyweight/Cruiserweight and Light Heavyweight divisions to a point of non existence. It always remained in Japan and Mexico (and to an extent Europe) and when the mid 90 to later 90's came around, bringing in lighter weight wrestlers became an attraction again. ECW helped show that to audiences.