"Mr Perfect" Curt Henning

Curt Henning is without a doubt, one of the greatest pro wrestlers who ever lived. Son of Larry "The Axe" Henning, Curt has solidified his place in wrestling history.

Who could forget his classic battles in the AWA with the likes of the Road Warriors, or his matches with Bret Hart in the WWF. We acknowledge that Curt's best days in the ring are over, however, when Curt "is on" there are no better at pro wrestling.

Curt's downward spiral occurred near the end of his WCW tenure, however, I had the pleasure of seeing Henning vs Rodman at the Sydney SuperDome, in Sydney, Australia, and Curt made Rodman look quite decent. This historic match took place on the 30th July 2000.

What's next for Henning, perhaps a final run in WWF, or a stint in ECW? Stay tuned to follow this extraordinary pro wrestler.

Curt Henning: Career Highlights

- After completing his training, Hang competed primarily in Wisconsin, Colorado, and Canada.
- In 1981, Henning had a short stint with the WWF as a jobber. His next stop was the NWA-Pacific Coast Federation.
- On May 10, 1983, Hennig defeated Sheik Abdullah Ali Hassen for the Pacific Coast title in Portland, OR.
- Hennig captured the Pacific Cost Tag Team titles with Buddy Rose on November 5, 1983, from Rip Oliver and The Assassin.
- On December 23, 1983, Henning and Pat (Scott) McGhee defeated the Dynamite Kid and The Assassin for the Pacific Coast Tag Team title in Eugene, OR.
- In 1984, Hennig joined the AWA. A year later, Hennig found himself the ideal tag team partner in "Big" Scott Hall.
- On September 28, 1985, Henning, Hall, and Greg Gagne defeated Ray Stevens, Nick Bockwinkel, and Larry Zbysko at Superclash in Chicago, IL.
- On January 18, 1986, Henning and Hall defeated Steve Regal and Jim Garvin for the AWA World Tag Team title in a 58 minute match in Albuquerque, NM.
- At WrestleRock '86, Henning and Hall beat Bill and Scott Irwin to retain the AWA World Tag Team title in Minneapolis, MN.
- On May 2, 1987, Henning defeated Bockwinkel for the AWA title in San Francisco, CA when Zbyszko handed him a roll of coins. The title was held up and upon review was awarded to Henning eleven days later.
- In 1988, Henning arrived in the WWF as Mr. Perfect.
- Mr. Perfect defeated the Blue Blazer (Owen Hart) at Wrestlemania V.
- Mr. Perfect won a tournament to capture the vacant Intercontinental title on April 23, 1990. Bobby "The Brain" Heenan interfered in the final match against Tito Santana on Henning’s behalf, and became his "perfect manager."
- On November 19, 1990, Mr. Perfect captured his second Intercontinental title from Kerry Von Erich.
- In 1991, Henning served both as Ric Flair’s executive consultant and as a WWF commentator.
- On September 1, 1992, Mr. Perfect interfered in a WWF title match that assisted Ric Flair in winning the WWF title.
- A short time later, a feud between Mr. Perfect and Flair ensued which led to a January 1993 loser-leaves-federation match. Mr. Perfect was victorious, landing Flair back in WCW.
- Mr. Perfect pinned Lex Luger at Wrestlemania IX in Las Vegas, NV.
- In the summer of 1993, Henning seriously injured his back. He received compensation from Lloyds of London. At the time, his future in the ring was in jeopardy.
- On October 21, 1996, Henning double crossed Marc Mero and helped Hunter Hearst Helmsley to capture the Intercontinental title.
- Following a contract dispute with the WWF, Henning signed with World Championship Wrestling.
- Henning was Diamond’s Dallas Page’s mystery partner at the 1997 Bash at the Beach, but turned against DDP during the match.
- On August 21, 1997, Henning and Flair defeated Syxx (X-Pac) and Konnan at Clash of the Champions XXXV.
- A few days later, Henning joined the Four Horsemen, accepting Arn Anderson’s spot.
- At the 1997 War Games, Henning turned his back on the Horsemen and joined the New World Order.
- The next night, Henning defeated Steve "Mongo" McMichael for the United States title.
- Henning formed the West Texas Red Necks with Bobby Duncum Jr., Barry Windham, and Kendall Windham. The group recorded their own entrance theme, “Rap Is Crap”
- On February 21, 1999, Hennig and Barry Windham defeated Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko for the WCW World Tag Team title.
- Prior to the 1999 Great American Bash Hennig requested Master P.’s autograph, but threw the CD down to enrage his entourage.
- In the Summer of 2000, Hennig's WCW contract expired.
- On July 28, 2000, Hennig defeated Brutus Beefcake to become the first Superstars of Wrestling champion in Wollongong, Australia.
- In the Summer of 2001, Hennig was recognized as the first MEWF (Main Event Wrestling Federation) champion.
- Hennig returned to the WWF at the 2002 Royal Rumble as Mr. Perfect.
- In May 2002, WWE released Hennig from his contract.

Updates: May 2002

CURT HENNIG FIRED FROM WWF

Dave Scherer of 1wrestling.com reports that CurtHennig was fired by the World Wrestling Federation Wednesday.

He and Brock Lesnar got into an argument on the flight home that could have been disastrous.

Scherer reports that Henning was the instigator oft he fight after he started after Lesnar about who was the best amatuer wrestler in the company.

Hennig and Lesnar soon came to blows and when both were fighting hit a emergency exit. Triple H reportedly was involved trying to break the two apart.

Wade Keller of the PWTorch.com reports that other problems have occured with Hennig with this being the final straw for management.

Jan 2002: Mr Perfect wrestled at the WWF Royal Rumble, and was the 3rd last to be eliminated. Henning and Goldust will be staying on with the company.

Links

"Mr Perfect"

Curt Henning

Curt Henning & The West Texas Rednecks

Curt Henning Interview (Prodigy - DS Wrestling 20th Nov 1997)

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