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Overview (5)

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Died in Tampa, Florida, USA  (acute cocaine intoxication)
Birth NameCurtis Michael Hennig
Nickname Mr. Perfect
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Curt Hennig was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as the son of one of wrestlings all time legends - Larry Hennig - Aka Larry The Ax Hennig. Curtbegan training to follow in his fathers footsteps when he was just 12 years old. Starting off in the AWA - Curt began his career as a tag team wrestler. He won the AWA Tag Team Championship with Scott Hall before concentrating on a singles career in the AWA. He became the AWA Heavyweight Champion in only his second year with the company before capturing the attention of the WWF. The WWF was looking to acquire the services of second generation stars and Curt Hennig fitted the bill perfectly. He made his debut in the WWF in 1988 as "MR.PERFECT". Curt's character was an instant hit with WWF fans and he quickly established himself as a quality technical wrestler. Fellow second generation WWF star and one of Curt's closest friends - Bret Hart aka Bret The Hitman Hart was also making waves in the WWF along the same time. Bret Hart and Curt Hennig began a legendary feud that would end in an Intercontinental Championship match at SummerSlam in 1992. Curt Hennig defended his WWF Intercontinental Title against Bret Hart at SummerSlam to end what had become a captivating feud between two of the best technical wrestlers in WWF history. However, Curt had suffered a serious back injury during a house show just prior to the big event. Against doctors orders, Curt Hennig made his way to the ring as Mr.Perfect and defended his Intercontinental Title at SummerSlam against the Hitman Bret Hart. Bret went on to win the match but was full of praise for his friend and opponent afterwards. Hart called Hennig "the best wrestler and one of the best workers he had ever worked with". Despite being praised for working a high profile match through a serious injury - Curt ended up paying a price. Curt's back injury had been aggravated and that caused him major problems in the future. After taking a few months of to rest his injury, Curt returned to the WWF, however his return was short lived as his back once again flared up in late 1993. As a result, Curt was out of the ring until 1996. During that period, Curt worked as a commentator for the WWF until his contract expired at the end of 1995. By this time, Curt's back had healed enough for him to consider a return to a WWF or WCW ring. Understanding the importance of having an Impact Player like Curt Hennig on their roster, WCW got involved in a bidding war for Mr.Perfect's services. In the end, WCW won and Curt Hennig signed a 4 year contract with WCW. Hennig returned to the ring for the first time in 3 years and in only his second official singles match since his return - Curt won the WCW United States Championship. He held the title on three seperate occasions along with the WCW Tag Team Championship. However, his talents were being wasted in WCW and at the end of his contract in 2000, Curt decided against signing an extention with the company and proceeded to take a break from the sport altogether. In 2001, he returned to the ring with XWF and made appearances in Australia with the WWA. While these appearances were good enough as a stop-gap measure, Curt was hoping to make a comeback in the World Wrestling Federation - and sure enough the WWF contacted Curt Hennig to make his return to the WWF as Mr.Perfect in the 2002 Royal Rumble. What was initially billed as a one time arrangement, resulted in Curt Hennig once again re-joining the WWF after signing a long term contract. While Curt may have claimed to be perfect inside the ring, his life outside the ring was anything but perfect. In May 2002,he was fired by Vince McMahon after getting into a fight with Brock Lesnar on a charter flight. On February 10, 2003, he was found dead in a Tampa hotel. He was slated to wrestle on an independent card headed by Jimmy Hart at the Florida State Fair. The cause of death was later found to be acute cocaine intoxication. He left behind his wife of 20 years, Leonice, and four children.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Curt "Mr. Perfect" Henning earned his nickname for "being perfect in the ring". As a matter of fact after almost two years of competing he was undefeated in 150 straight wrestling matches. His streak was halted on December 1, 1989 in Austin, Texas when Terry "Hulk" Hogan pinned "Mr. Perfect". A decade later, Henning would attempt to stop the 150 match winning streak of Bill Goldberg. However, as much as he tried, Mr. Perfect was not perfect enough to stop the Goldberg "streak".

- IMDb Mini Biography By: angelsunchained

Spouse (1)

Leonice Leonard (19 May 1979 - 10 February 2003) (his death) (4 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Wrestling move the Perfect/HennigPlex

Trivia (29)

Professional wrestler.
In 1992 was sidelined with severe back injuries, spent his time as a WWF commentator and manager during that period, made a comeback a few years later.
Former WWF Intercontinental champion.
Former member of the Heenen Family, the nWo, & the West Texas Rednecks.
Lost interest in wrestling following the death of his childhood friend Rick Rude.
Is good friends with Bret Hart, with whom he has had his best career matches in the WWF & WCW.
Former 4 time WCW United States Champion.
Former member of the New World Order.
Former 3 time WCW Tag Team Champion.
Used the main title theme from Exodus (1960) as his entrance music.
Son of Larry Hennig.
1981 PWI Wrestling Rookie of the Year, 2nd runner-up.
Hennig was found dead in a hotel room in Florida, where he was scheduled to wrestle, on February 10th.
Appeared on the pre-show card of Wrestlemania XVIII (2002) in March 2002, at the Toronto Skydome, Canada.
Came up with the nickname "The Heartbreak Kid" for Shawn Michaels. Hennig got the idea from a song by country singer Chris LeDoux,.
Defeated Jimmy Snuka and Merced Solis (aka "Tito Santana") in a tournament in 1990 to win the Intercontinental Championship.
Former AWA Heavyweight Champion, defeating Nick Bockwinkel.
Former AWA Tag Team Champion with partner Scott Hall.
Although he lost at WrestleMania VI (1990) to Ed Leslie (aka "Brutus Beefcake") in 1990, this was not his first loss as Mr. Perfect. That actually came at a house show in Austin, TX, on December 1, 1989 when Hulk Hogan pinned him.
Former member of the Four Horseman, but soon betrayed them and had a long feud with Ric Flair.
Notable wrestling feuds: Nick Bockwinkel, Jerry Lawler, Buddy Rose, Doug Somers, Bret Hart, Ed Leslie (aka "Brutus Beefcake"), Shawn Michaels, Larry Pfohl, 'Diamond Dallas Page', Ric Flair, Charles Ashenoff (aka "Konnan"), Shawn Stipich (aka "Shawn Stasiak") and Ron Killings.
Notable title wins include N.W.A. Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title w/Larry Hennig; N.W.A. Pacific Northwest Heavyweight Title; N.W.A. Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title w/Buddy Rose; N.W.A. Pacific Northwest Tag Team Title w/Pat McGhee; AWA World Tag Team Titles w/Scott Hall; AWA World Heavyweight Title; AWA World Heavyweight Title; WCW United States Title; WCW World Tag Team Titles w/Barry Windham; Superstars of Wrestling Title (1st); MEWF (Main Event Wrestling Federation) Heavyweight Title (1st) by default; FOW (Future of Wrestling) Title.
Is the sixth longest single reigning WWF Intercontinental Champion of all time. His second reign as champ lasted 9 months, 7 days.
Is also the longest-reigning WWF Intercontinental Champion of the 1990s.
Had three managers while in the WWF: The Genius (Lanny Poffo), Bobby Heenan and John Tolos.
His gimmick in the WWF was that of the perfect athlete who could always make the 3 point shot in basketball, get the hole in one in golf and execute perfect dives into a pool amongst other things.
Two of his children, Joe Hennig (born in October 1979) and Amy Hennig (born in December 1981) have followed their father's footsteps and entered the wrestling industry as wrestlers.
When he was brought in to the WWE in 1988, Vince McMahon initially had trouble coming up with an appropriate gimmick for him. Vince had asked him if there were any sports or activities that he was skilled in and Curt responded by saying that he was very good at every sport that he played. This gave Vince the idea for a wrestler named "Mr. Perfect" who believed that he was perfect in everything that he did.
WWE Hall of Famer.

Personal Quotes (2)

[after winning a match] You have just witnessed perfection.
Nobody beats Mr. Perfect... Nobody!

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