The Mr. Perfect tribute video
Feb 10, 2013 - by Steve Gerweck
from Jamie Cruickshank’s day in history column…
Also, in 2003, fellow WWE Hall of Famer ‘Mr Perfect’ Curt Hennig died at the age of 44. Hennig began his career in the AWA, wrestling as Cool Curt Hennig. After a brief spell with the WWF, he returned to the AWA and began to prove himself as a top contender. He won his only AWA World Title in 1987, holding the belt for over a year, but would leave for the WWF shortly after dropping the title, complaining the AWA was holding down it’s young talent (a claim also made by Hulk Hogan, Rick Martel and Bobby Heenan, who had left the promotion in previous years). It was the WWF return that saw the creation of Mr Perfect, the character which Hennig would become best remembered for. He would go undefeated on television right up to WrestleMania VI, when he was beaten by Brutus Beefcake. This run would see him feud with Hulk Hogan over the WWF Title, though he would fall short of capturing the belt (though he did once steal and destroy the title). In April 1990, he won his first Intercontinental Title, but was forced to drop the belt months later after suffering serious back injuries in a match. He took much of 1992 off to recover, though stayed on television as a color commentator. His in-ring return came in November 1992, but his back injuries flared up again and he was forced to take more time off in 1993, and wouldn’t return to the WWF in a wrestling capacity. After more stints as a manager and commentator, he jumped to WCW in 1997, where he took to active competition once more. After yet more injury problems, he left WCW in 2000, having won the United States and Tag Team Titles during his tenure. After a brief stint in the XWF, Hennig returned to the WWF, though was quickly released for his part in the infamous ‘Plane Ride From Hell’. His last major run saw him challenge Jeff Jarrett for the NWA World Title in the young TNA promotion. He was found dead in a Florida hotel room of a cocaine overdose. Both WWE and TNA aired tributes, and several notable figures in the wrestling world praised Hennig’s ring abilities.