Thursday, February 6, 2014

Mr. Perfect Tribute




The Perfect Wrestler




I remember when I was a kid watching WWF Wrestling, he was with Lanny Poffo and than later Bobby The Brain and although I was the typical wrestling fan/kid... I always booed the bad guys and cheered for the good guys and with Perfect it was hard to boo someone who is everything his name says he is. He really mastered being perfect at every wrestling match he wrestled in and made a name for himself being who he is. Mr. Perfect was that guy you love to hate... My memories will always be of him managed by Lanny Poffo and Bobby The Brain and than becoming a manager for Ric Flair and the match at Wrestlemania 8 when Macho Man beat Ric Flair for the title. Mr. Perfect involved himself in the match so many times that made the match even more off the hook. After he took a leave from the WWE, we saw him return a few times and of course his role as the manager of Triple H in 1996 and that would be the only thing I never really cared to see as I always thought of him in a bigger role within the WWE. Once he left WWE for WCW, that was when it got interesting and he made that return to the ring. And was even bigger and stronger than before. He gain more popularity once he became a member of the NWO and that was the best memory I have of him when he was in the NWO..... WCW in my opinion always aimed for the wrestlers that were already well known thanks to the WWE and WCW just basically took credit and push them even further to be famous than they all ready are from the 80s and 90s.... WWE finds the wrestlers and turns them into big stars. and once WWE took over WCW... all those wrestlers that we all admire growing up such as Hulk Hogan, Macho Man, Miss Elizabeth, Mr. Perfect, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall and many more were no more once WWE became the one and only major promotion on TV. Of course WWE Attempted to give them there last runs in the WWE such as Mr. Perfect which was awesome to see another chance at Mr. Perfect in WWE.. However that last run in 2002 did not last very long and he went off to the brand new up start promotion of TNA which was not a major company just yet at that time and he unfortunately passed away which TNA is the last known job he had. One of the things that I always look forward to is his legacy that keeps growing such as the Hall of Fame in 2006 and the special rap song written by Lanny Poffo and rapped by Macho Man which is one of my favorite song I listen to. and now I read two of his kids are training to become wrestlers to continue the perfect wrestling dynasty. Mr. Perfect will ALWAYS go down in history as the perfect Wrestler.



Mr. Perfect Timeline



1979


--Curt Hennig turned pro in 1979 trained by his father Larry the AXE Hennig, Verne Gagne, and Stu Hart



1980


--January 30, Known as "Cool" Curt Hennig started working for the American Wrestling Association (AWA), a fed that made his father a star!



1981


--Curt Hennig had a short stint with the World Wrestling Federation as a jobber to the stars..



1982


--Curt Hennig worked for an organization called NWA-Pacific Northwest run by Don Owens..

--Curt Hennig formed a tag team with his father, Larry "the Axe" Hennig, and they were known as "The Axe Attack"..

--April 27, Curt Hennig captured the Pacific Northwest Tag Team titles with Larry Hennig from Rip Oliver & Matt Borne..



1983


--May 10, Curt Hennig defeated Sheik Abdullah Ali Hassen for the Pacific Coast title in Portland, Oregon..

--November 5, Curt Hennig captured the Pacific Northwest Tag Team titles with Buddy Rose from Rip Oliver & The Assassin..

--September 7, Curt Hennig lost the title to the Dynamite Kid

--November 5, Curt Hennig & Buddy Rose beat Rip Oliver & The Assassin for the Pacific Coast Tag team titles

--November 12, Buddy Rose and Curt lost the tag team belts to the team of the Dynamite Kid & the Assassin

--December 23, Curt Hennig captured the Pacific Northwest Tag Team titles with Pat McGhee from Dynamite Kid & The Assassin..



1984


--February 11, Curt Hennig and Pat McGhee lost the Pacific Northwest titles to Rip Oliver and The Assassin

--Curt Hennig signed with Verne Gagne's American Wrestling Association in Minnesota..



1985


--May 21, Pacific Northwest 60th Anniversary: Curt & Larry Hennig defeated the Road Warriors w/Paul Ellering (AWA Tag Champs) via DQ..

--September 28, - Super Clash: Curt Hennig & Scott Hall & Greg Gagne defeated Ray Stevens & Nick Bockwinkel & Larry Zbysko..

--December 12, Curt Hennig & Nick Bockwinkel defeated Isamu Teranishi & Masanobu Kurisu in Tokyo, Japan..



1986


--January 18, Curt Hennig & Scott Hall defeated Steve Regal & Jim Garvin w/Precious for the AWA World Tag Team titles.. 

--April 20, - Wrestle Rock: Curt Hennig & Scott Hall defeated the Long Riders to retain the AWA World Tag Team titles..

--April 28, - AWA/NWA Rage in a Cage: Scott Hall & Curt Hennig defeated Konga the Barbarian & Boris Zuhkov to retain..

--May 17, Curt Hennig & Scott Hall lost the AWA Tag titles to Doug Somers & Buddy Rose (with Sherri Martel)

--June 28, - AWA Battle by the Bay: The Midnight Rockers & Curt Hennig defeated Buddy Rose & Doug Somers & Alexis Smirnoff w/Sherri Martel..

--December 25, - AWA Brawl in St. Paul: Nick Bockwinkel defeated Curt Hennig by Disqualification to retain the title..



1987


--Pro Wrestling Illustrated Most Improved Wrestler Award

--May 2, - AWA Super Clash II: Curt Hennig defeated Nick Bockwinkel for the AWA World Title with help from Larry Zbyszko..

~~~The title was held up and upon review but was awarded to Curt Hennig eleven days later..

--December 27, Curt Hennig introduced the AWA Women's champion Madusa Miceli as his manager



1988


--April 16, - AWA Rage in a Cage II: Wahoo McDaniel defeated Curt Hennig in a "Steel Cage" match..

--May 9, Jerry "The King" Lawler defeated Curt Hennig for the AWA World Heavyweight title..

--Curt Hennig arrived in the World Wrestling Federation and was called "Mr. Perfect"

--July 31, - Wrestlefest: Curt Hennig (not yet billed as Mr Perfect) defeated Terry Taylor in his WWF Debut match..


--November 24- Survivor Series, Andre the Giant, Dino Bravo, Rick Rude, Harley Race and Mr. Perfect w/ Bobby The Brain and Frenchy Martin vs. Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Scott Casey, Jake "the Snake" Roberts, Ken Patera and Tito Santana in a 10 man elimination match... Mr. Perfect and Dino Bravo were the sole Survivors.....



1989


--January 24, Royal Rumble, Mr. Perfect enter the Royal Rumble Match at number 4 and was eliminated by Hulk Hogan after lasting 27 minutes breaking Bret Hart’s Longevity from the previous year..

--April 2, Mr. Perfect competes at his first Wrestlemania, Wrestlemania 5 defeating the Blue Blazer (Owen Hart)

--August 28, Summer Slam Mr. Perfect w/ Bobby the Brain Heenan beats the Red Rooster
--November 6, the very first match that would later span both WWF and WCW Careers… on Primetime wrestling  Mr. Perfect defeated Bret Hart

--November 23rd, Survivor Series, Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect and the Rougeau Brothers w/ Jimmy Hart & Bobby The Brain vs. Rowdy Roddy Piper, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka and the Bushwackers in a 8 man elimination match with the sole Survivor being Mr. Perfect



1990


--January 21, Royal Rumble… Mr. Perfect enter the rumble at #30 and was eliminated by Hulk Hogan

--April 1st, Wrestlemania 6, Brutus the barber Beefcake beat Mr. Perfect w/The Genius

--May 19, Mr. Perfect w/Bobby the Brain defeated Tito Santana for the WWF intercontinental championship

--August 27th, SUMMER SLAM, The Texas Tornado defeated Mr. Perfect w/ Bobby The Brain Heenan for the IC Title



--November 19, Mr Perfect w/Bobby The brain won the IC Title back from Texas Tornato thanks to the interference of Ted Dibiase

--November 22nd, SURVIVOR SERIES: Ultimate Warrior, Texas Tornado and Legion of Doom vs. Mr. Perfect and Demolition w/ Bobby The Brain Heenan & Mr. Fuji Survivor: Ultimate Warrior



1991



--January 19th, ROYAL RUMBLE: Mr. Perfect entered at No.23 in the Royal Rumble Match and was eliminated by The British Bull Dog



--March 24th, Wrestlemania VII: For WWE Intercontinental Title…. Big Boss Man defeated Mr. Perfect (w/ Bobby The Brain) via disqualification - Mr. Perfect retained title after a surprise return of Andre the Giant.. Making this Andre’s last Wrestlemania appearance.




--August 26th, SUMMER SLAM '91: For WWE Intercontinental Title Bret "The Hitman" Hart defeated Mr. Perfect w/ Coach (c) via submission to win the IC Title

 --November 27th, SURVIVOR SERIES: Ric Flair (with "Executive Consultant" Mr. Perfect), the Mountie w/ Jimmy Hart, Ted DiBiase w/ Sensational Sherri, and the Warlord w/ Harvy Wipplemen beat Rowdy Roddy Piper, Bret "Hitman" Hart, Virgil and the British Bulldog
Survivor: Ric Flair



1992



--January 19th, Royal Rumble: Executive Consultant Mr. Perfect escorted Ric Flair who went on to win the vacant WWE title via victory in the Royal Rumble entering at NO. 3

--April 5th, WRESTLE MANIA VIII: "Macho Man" Randy Savage W/ Miss Elizabeth defeated "Nature Boy" Ric Flair w/ Mr. Perfect via pin fall to win his title

--August 29, Summer Slam: Macho Man Randy Savage lost to the Ultimate Warrior, Ric Flair w/ Mr. Perfect came down to ringside during the match



--November 25, Survivor Series: Macho Man & Mr. Perfect beat Razor Ramon & Ric Flair



1993


--January 24, Royal Rumble: Mr. Perfect enter at number 10 and was eliminated by Ted Dibiase & Jerry Lawler

--January 25, Mr. Perfect beat Ric Flair in a loser leaves WWF on Monday Night Raw

--April 4 WRESTLEMANIA IX: Mr. Perfect Lost to Lex Luger

--After the match, Mr. Perfect attcked Lex Luger in the back stage area only to be stoped by Shawn Michaels super kick

--As stated in WWF Magazine, Perfect is responsible for the moniker "Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michales



--June 13, King of the ring: Mr. Perfect beat Mr. Hugues w/Harvy Wipplemen in the first round but lost to Bret Hart in the second round




--August 30, Summer Slam: Shawn Michales w/ Diesel beat Mr. Perfect..Mr. Perfect is the first wrestler to unsuccessfully win the IC Title at SummerSlam.. every Summer Slam from before, the title has changed hands



1994



--March 20, WRESTLEMANIA X: Mr. Perfect served as Guest Ref for the Lex Luger vs. Yokozuna match w/ Jim Cornette & Mr. Fuji which Luger lost to



1995


--November 19, Survivor series: Mr. Perfect returned as a guest Commentator



1996



--January 21, Royal Rumble: Mr. Perfect was guest Commentator for the event

--March 31, Wrestlemania 12.…Mr. Perfect was an Interviewer for the PPV

--April 28, In Your House 7: Good Friends, Better Enemies..Mr. Perfect was an Interviewer for the event

--May 26, In Your House 8: Beware of Dog…Mr. Perfect was the interviewer for the PPV…

--May 28, Due to the storm of hitting the PPV event…. Two Days later WWF put on a free encore of the Pay Per view and Mr. Perfect was the commentator for the event




--June 23, Mr. Perfect served as a guest ref in the WWF Championship match between Shawn Michaels w/Jose Othero against The British Bulldog Davy Boy Smith w/Jiim Cornette & Diana Smith at the King of the Ring PPV

--August 18, Mr. Perfect was a guest commentator for the Summer Slam PPV

--September 26, Mr. Perfect was a guest commentator for the In your House Mind Games PPV

October 20, In Your House Buried Alive, Mr. Perfect came down to distract Hunter Hearst Hemsly w/ his Escort in a loosing battle against Stone Cold Steve Austin...

--Later in the night, Mr. Perfect came down to distract Goldust w/Marlena in a loosing effort against Marc Mero w/ Sable

--October, Marc Mero w/Sable lost the IC Title to Hunter Hearst Hemsly thanks to the interference of Mr. Perfect who turned his back on Mero.. Perfect than was Hunter's Manager



1997


--June 30, WCW Monday Nitro.. Curt Hennig made his WCW Debut in the main event during the NWO’s attack on DDP

--July 13th, BASH AT THE BEACH '97, Scott Hall and Randy Savage w/ Miss Elizabeth defeated Diamond Dallas Page and Curt Hennig via pin fall w/Diamond Doll Kimberly after Curt turned his back on DDP



--August 9th, ROAD WILD '97: Curt Hennig defeated Diamond Dallas Page (w/Diamond Doll Kimberly via pin fall

--August 21, Clash of The Champions, Ric Flair & Curt Hennig beat Konnan & Syxx



--September 14th, FALL BRAWL '97: Buff Bagwell, Kevin Nash, Syxx, and Konnan defeated Chris Benoit, Steve McMichael, Ric Flair and Curt Hennig in "War Games" match (McMichael submitted)after Curt turned on the 4 Horsemen to join forces with the nWo

--September 27, Curt beat Steve McMichael for the WCW US Title




--October 26th, HALLOWEEN HAVOC '97: For WCW US Title Curt Hennig (c) defeated Ric Flair via disqualification

--November 23rd, WORLD WAR III '97: For WCW US Title Curt Hennig (c) defeated Ric Flair via pin fall Also competed in "3-Ring Battle Royal" won by Scott Hall



--December 28th, STARRCADE '97: For WCW US Title Diamond Dallas Page defeated Curt Hennig (c) via pin fall for the US Title



1998


--March 15th, UNCENSORED '98: Bret Hart defeated Curt Hennig via submission

--April 19th, SPRING STAMPEDE '98: Curt Hennig (w/ Rick rude) pinned Davy Boy Smith

--June 14, Great American Bash,  Goldberg defeated Konnan (with Rick Rude and Curt Hennig) to retain the WCW United States Championship..After the match, Curt & Rude turned on Konnan and attacked him

--July 12th, BASH AT THE BEACH: For WCW World Championship
Bill Goldberg (c) defeated Curt Hennig via pin fall



--August 8th, ROAD WILD '98: Eliminated by Bill Goldberg (eventual winner) in a 9-Man Battle Royal

--September 13th, FALL BRAWL '98: Dean Malenko defeated Curt Hennig (w/Rick Rude) via disqualification after Rude attacked Malanko

--December 27, Starcade: Curt returned to WCW to aid Eric Bischoff in his match against Ric Flair


1999



--January 17th, SOULED OUT '99: Ric Flair and David Flair defeated Barry Windham and Curt Hennig via pin fall (David Flair on Hennig)

--February 21st, SUPER BRAWL IX: For vacant WCW Tag Team Title
Barry Windham and Curt Hennig defeated Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko via pin fall (Windham on Malenko)

--March 14th 1999, UNCENSORED '99: For WCW Tag Team Title
Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko defeated Curt Hennig and Barry Windham (c) via pin fall (Benoit on Windham)

--June 13th, GREAT AMERICAN BASH 99: Konnan and Rey Mysterio Jr defeated Curt Hennig and Bobby Duncum Jr via pin fall (Mysterio on Duncam)

--July 11th, BASH AT THE BEACH '99: Konnan, Rey Mysterio Jr, Swoll, and Brad Armstrong defeated Curt Hennig, Bobby Duncum Jr, Barry Windham Kendall Windham in an "elimination" match

--August 14th, ROAD WILD '99: Perry Saturn, Shane Douglas and Dean Malenko defeated Barry Windham, Curt Hennig and Bobby Duncum Jr via pin fall (Saturn on Duncam) in 6-Man Tag Team match

--November 21st, MAYHEM '99: Buff Bagwell defeated Curt Hennig via pin fall in "Hang up your boots" Retirement match

--December 19th, STARRCADE '99: Creative Control and Curt Hennig defeated Harlem Heat and Midnight via pin fall



2000


--March 19, WCW Uncensored, Curt Heggin was a jumberjack with a cast at ringside when Sting beat The Total Package w/Miss Elizabeth

--May 7th, SLAMBOREE 2000: Shawn Stasiak defeated Curt Hennig via pin fall

--Shortly after, Curt Hennig left WCW after three years

--July 28, Hennig defeated Brute Force to become the first Generation Superstars of Wrestling champion

--July 30th, GENERATION SUPERSTARS OF WRESTLING 2000: For Heavyweight Title
Curt Hennig (c) fought Dennis Rodman to double-disqualification in "Australian Outback" match - Hennig retained title

--August 2, Curt Hennig lost the title to the Barbarian

 --August 3, after a day Curt won his title back from the Barbarian

--September 30, Curt Hennig won the World Wrestling Council Universal Heavyweight title from Carley Colon

--November 25, Curt Hennig lost the WWC Title to Carley Colon



2001


--Summer, Hennig was recognized as the first MEWF (Main Event Wrestling Federation) champion.

--Late 2001: Hennig briefly appeared in the short-lived Jimmy Hart Xtreme Wrestling Federation promotion..

--November 14, Hulk Hogan makes his first in ring return since WCW in July of 2000, when he headlines the new promotion Xtreme Pro Wrestling. He used his big boot and leg drop to beat Curt Hennig



2002




--January 20th, ROYAL RUMBLE 2002: Entry: No.25 Eliminated by: HHH

--March 17, Wrestlemania X-8 - HEAT MATCH: Scotty/Albert/Rikishi defeat Perfect/Storm/Test in a Six-Man-Tag Match w/ Jacquelyn as the special Guest Ref

--May 5, Mr Perfect is released from his WWE contract after an incident on the Plane Trip from Hell..

--~~~Apparently, Hennig had an altercation with Brock Lesnar, the biggest up-and-comer in the WWE at the time..

--October 9th, NWA-TNA #15: Curt Hennig, Syxx-Pac and BG James defeated Brian Lawler, Jeff Jarrett and Ron Killings w/ April Pennigton via pin fall

--October 16th, NWA-TNA #16: For NWA-TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Ron Killings (c) defeated Curt Hennig via pin fall

--October 23rd, NWA-TNA #17: For NWA-TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Ron Killings (c) defeated Curt Hennig via pin fall

--October 30th, NWA-TNA #18: Jeff Jarrett defeated Curt Hennig via pin fall

--November 6th, NWA-TNA #19: Jeff Jarrett defeated Curt Hennig via disqualification

--November 27th, NWA-TNA #22: For NWA World Tag Team Title Brian Lee and Slash defeated Curt Hennig and BG James via disqualification

--December 11th, NWA-TNA #24: For NWA-TNA World Heavyweight Championship
Jeff Jarrett (c) defeated Curt Hennig via pin fall

--December 14, Curt Hinnig won the Future of Wrestling Heavyweight title beating Bruno Sasse.. Curt was champion when he passed away and prior to FOW Closing



2003


--January 8th, NWA-TNA #26: Curt Hennig defeated David Flair in "Axe handle on a pole" match

--February 10, Hennig was found dead in a Florida hotel room. The Tampa Coroner's office and the Tampa Medical Examiner's office declared acute cocaine intoxication as the official cause of his death. His father said that steroids and painkillers also contributed to his death.

--WWE aired a video tribute as well as words from friends and former co-workers Jerry "The King" Lawler and Jim Ross on Raw following the news of Hennig's death.

--TNA paid tribute to Hennig by displaying his wrestling singlet and a framed photo as he was employed by TNA at the time of his death.

--Hennig's widow Leonice signed a WWE Legends contract on her husband's behalf.

--October 9, A tribute song about Hennig, "My Perfect Friend", was featured on the 2003 "Macho Man" Randy Savage album Be a Man.



2004


--September 22, The Big Bossman who worked with Curt Hennig for many years passes away



2005


--November 13, Eddie Guerrero who Curt Hennig worked with in WCW passes away



2006


--January 22, Insane Plan interviews Lanny Poffo who was the former manager of Mr. Perfect… he does not discuss his relationship with Curt in the interview



2007


--March 31, Wade Boggs, who appeared in a vignette with Hennig and was a friend of his, inducted him into the WWE Hall of Fame, His wife, his four children, and his parents accepted the award on his behalf.

--On July 4, Hennig was posthumously inducted into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in Waterloo, Iowa. His father, who was inducted the prior year, represented him at the event.

--July 13, Curt Hennig Son Joe Hennig made his professional debut teaming with Ted Dibiase Jr. in WLW owned by Harley Race

--July 23, The Globe covers Pro wrestling deadly secrets including the cause of death of Mr. Perfect

--Hennig's daughter Amy is also currently pursuing a career in pro-wrestling and is reported to have undergone a one week evaluation training session with WWE's former development territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling.



2008


--January, WWE Raw's 15th Anniversary Magazine ranked Mr. Perfect winning a loser lease RAW match against Ric Flair at #2 on the top 15 best Raw Farewells



--September 9, WWE released a two disc DVD set focused on Hennig titled The Life and Times of Mr. Perfect. Promotion for the video included Charlie Haas spoofing Hennig's memorable sports vignettes at a Dave & Buster's on Raw. Finding that he was incapable of performing those feats, Haas decided on one of his idols that "there was only one Mr. Perfect." The week after the dvd's release, its first week possible, it went to number one on the Billboard Recreational Sports dvd sales list.



2009


--May 28, Former Manager of Mr. Perfect John Toles aka The Coach passed away.. he can be seen in his corner on WWF Summer Slam 1991 when Mr. Perfect faces Bret The Hitman Hart

--June, Joe Hennig and his Wife had a son and named him Brock making this Curt Hennig First Grandchild



2010

--Joe Hennig made his WWE Debut on NXT now known as Michael McGillcutty

--Mr. Perfect made WWE.com top 25 best Intercontinental champions ranking at #4



2011


--May 20, Curt Heggin’s best friend Macho Man Randy Savage passes away from a heart attack



2012


--July 23, Bret The Hit man Hart was the guest ring announcer for the intercontinental match between Christian and the Miz and he stated his greatest IC win was over Mr. Perfect… the greatest wrestler to ever live



2013



--June 16, WWE Payback Curtis Axel (Curt’s son) w/Paul Heyman won the IC Title beating Wade Barrett & The Miz.. he dedicated the victory in his father’s honor… this makes The first Father son duo to hold the same championship


2014

--February 24,Mr. Perfect dad Ax Hennig accompanied his grandson Curtis Axel to the ring for a tag-team match during the pre-show to the 2014 WWE Elimination Chamber.


2015
--inducted into pro wrestling Hall of Fame



2016

--April 2nd. WWE inducted sting who mr. perfect worked with in WCW in the hall of fame.This was also the retirement of sting

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