I’ve been watching Curt Hennig wrestle since his last days in the AWA. I remember him teaming with Scott Hall before he became Razor Ramon. Then he came to the WWF as a heel calling himself Mr. Perfect. That’s when I started rooting for bad guys.
One of the greatest matches I ever saw was at King of The Ring. I believe it was the final round match. It was Curt Hennig vs. Bret “The Hitman” Hart. This match blew away almost every match I had seen until then. As a matter of fact, I was watching that PPV with my then-girlfriend. She kept rooting for Bret Hart so much that I eventually had to put her in the sharpshooter. She was a little too plump for the Perfectplex.
I even got to see him live at a couple of house shows in Philly. Not only was he phenomenal on TV but he was even better live. I don’t remember who he wrestled. That’s how good he was.
But the unfortunate thing in all this was there were rumors that Curt Hennig partied hard. It was alleged that his partying was what lead to his being released by the WWE this past year. I seriously hope that’s not what caused his death but I’ll be surprised if it’s not. He also left behind a wife and children. My condolences go out to the Hennig family.