"Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig: The Epitome of Perfection
The son of Larry "The Ax" Hennig. One of the most gifted in-ring technicians of all time. The best wrestler to never hold a major World Championship and thus wore the WWF's Intercontinental Championship like it should be a World Title.
A guy who was years ahead of his time and a man who went too soon. A lovable, charismatic, talented man who entertained millions of people though out his career and gave wrestling purists a smile every time he was in the ring because of his limitless talent. The man we all know as Mr. Perfect.
Curtis Michael Hennig better known as Curt Hennig started of his career in the early months of 1980 in the AWA were he would become an AWA Tag Team Champions with Scott Hall and eventually went on the win the AWA World Championship.
Hennig held the title for about a year before he finally lost it to Jerry Lawler in 1988.
After he lost his title, Hennig left the AWA to join the WWF: a place where he could much more exposure to the mainstream audience.
This is when his unveiled his new gimmick that would make him a legend and one of the most loved in ring talents since Bret Hart. He became Mr. Perfect.
In 1988 Curt would go undefeated for almost a year defeating every opponent in his path until a feud with Hulk Hogan in 1989 where The WWF Champion beat Mr. Perfect.
After Wrestlemania VI, Hennig recruited legendary manager Bobby Heenan to aid him in his new quest to become the Intercontinental Champion.
He won the vacant title in a tournament in 1990, and would go on to hold the title for about five months before losing the belt at SummerSlam.
After losing his prized possession, it was Hennig's goal to regain his title and did so November of 1990 thanks to some help from a friend, Ted DiBiase.
This is the Intercontinental Championship reign that made Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig a legend. This is the reign that makes people today call him "the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time."
This time period is considered to be the greatest time for the Intercontinental Championship, because the prestige of the belt was almost as high as the WWF Championship.
I, as am sure many others do, believe this is because of the charisma and talent of Curt Hennig and his ability to make the belt seem more important than even the World Title.
He held the title for 10 months in a reign that would be his defining legacy in the world of professional wrestling.
After a back injury in 1991 Hennig would become a manager for Ric Flair during his world title reigns and later joined the announce team, doing color commentary with Vince McMahon and Jim Ross.
However he did return to the ring sporadically throughout 1993 and 1994 until 1995, when he became a part of the color commentating team at Survivor Series.
He would soon tease a return match facing off against Triple H, but was injured before the match a injury that was faked to get Marc Mero to defend his Intercontinental Championship against Triple H, a title which HHH won with the help of Mr. Perfect.
Hennig left for WCW in 1997, where he would become Diamond Dallas Page's secret tag team partner at Bash at the Beach. Mr. Perfect would also become part of The Four Horsemen after Arn Anderson left the stable.
However, he would soon turn on the group and join the NWO. Hennig would become a main attraction in WCW in the late 90s.
He even wrestled in main events of their Pay Per Views for the WCW World Title. However, his injuries were piling up, but Hennig kept wrestling for WCW until his contract expired in 2000.
He would return to the WWF in 2002 where he made a notable appearance in the Royal Rumble where he was one of the last men eliminated.
He had a few notable matches with Rob Van Dam on Sunday Night Heat and a short feud with Steve Austin before he was released for getting into an argument on a plane with Brock Lesnar.
He would have a short run in TNA before he lost his life on Feb. 10, 2003. It was said to be an overdose and aided with complication of Hennig's abuse of pain killers and steroids due to his years of wrestling-related injuries. He was only 44 years old.
Hennig's legacy is that he is one of the few stars during the "Hogan Era" that managed to make a name for himself.
He made a huge impact even though he was never really given the main event push he deserved.
He wrestled with all of the big names at that time, but was never given a shot at being a star like Ric Flair, Bret Hart, and Hulk Hogan.
Even so Curt Hennig and his Mr. Perfect persona has one of the greatest gimmicks ever, along with some of the best promos, and his in ring talent he is still hailed today as one of the greatest athletes in the WWE's history.
He made a belt that is now considered to be worthless look like a World Championship and won over the love of fans despite being a heel for most of his career.
Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig deserves every accolade he got and more. He was under appreciated in his time and now even ours.
He had the look, the charisma, and the wrestling talent to become immortal and he did this because he was everything he said he was, he was and still is absolutely "perfect."
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