Fun fact! A family that wrestlers together stays together… in the case of the Hennig family, professional wrestling is in their blood. Many know him as “Mr. Perfect” (real name Curt Hennig) the son of wrestler Larry “The Axe” Hennig, and father of current WWE wrestler Curtis Axel. The WCW recognized Hennig as “one of the best all-round competitors this (wrestling) business has ever produced”, while WWE credited him for raising the accepted standard of technical wrestling. Claimed to be the best of the best, Mr. Perfect had a prosperous career that ranged from 1980 to 2003.
A true legend of the profession, Mr. Perfect could not be stopped. He was apart of the Minnesota high school that produced wrestling stars, alongside Rick Rude whom he was good friends with. Up until his death in 2003, he never stopped his wrestling career! In 2003 Hennig was found dead at the age of 44 from a cocaine overdose, steroids and painkillers also contributed to his death. Hennig’s son Joe now uses the ring name Curtis Axel, representing his father’s first name and his grandfather’s nickname, respectively.