A Perfect But Impossible Legacy To Follow

Matthew HesterSenior Writer IJuly 21, 2010

In the world of pro wrestling following a living legend is always difficult. There have been many that have come and gone simply because their father or mothers last name. When I think of some of the kids who have failed to live up to the family name a few names pop up in my head. Guys like Brian Lawler, Scott Putski, Greg Gagne, David Sammartino, and David Flair are just some of the unfortunate victims to fall into the curse of living up to their dads.

 While it isn’t always their fault, the fact is its almost impossible to live up to or surpass legends in this business. Some were able to make it and even surpass the family legends, but that list is a very short one my friends. As it stands now we have come upon a new wave of second or even third generation grapplers. Just in the WWE alone we have Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase Jr, The Uso's, David Hart Smith, Orton and more.

As it stands now we are already seeing some of these guys either moving forward or slipping backwards. There is one guy that I am worried about the most though. His father was a legend that many consider one of the best to ever step in the ring. His skills in the ring were impeccable, and his work on the mic was also flawless. The man I am referring to is none other than Curt Hennig, Better known to the wrestling world as Mr. Perfect.

Over the last couple of years I have kept close tabs on his son Joe. Before he became Michael McGillicutty he was plain old Joe Henning Down in FCW. While in FCW he became a heavyweight champ and multi tag champ. Joe was also voted rookie of the year in 2008. This seems all and well, but how much of this success was due to his father’s last name?

Truth be told he isn’t nearly as good as his father. I know it isn’t fair to put that kind of pressure on this kid. The facts are though that his father is Mr. Perfect and that is a tough bill to fill. No matter where he wrestles people are going to hold him to a higher standard. A standard that I sadly think he will be unable to live up to.

Before I get harped on for being so negative I must say for the record that I know the kid is good. I have seen him in countless matches and I am impressed with his work. The problem is his father was so damned good that it’s impossible for Joe to pass him. Another problem for Joe is his lack of charisma and ability to work the mic. He is still young and he can get better; but I have my doubts if he can ever reach the level his dad did.

I do think he will have a nice career when all is said and done. I just hope that he finds his own persona and is able to stray from his father’s legacy. If he does try to chase and surpass his father he will be in for a long and hard traveled road, a road that will only end in disappointment, anger, and regret.

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