Whether if its throwing a 50 yard touchdown pass, making a half court basketball shot or even a hole in one while playing a round in golf, whatever sport it was you can bet that if you were playing Mr. Perfect Curt Henning these were bound to occur. It was 10 years ago today that the wrestling world lost one of the most gifted athletes who have ever stepped foot in the ring and arguably one of the darkest days in pro wrestling history.
Curt Henning may never have won the Word Wrestling Federation championship while in the WWF, however, his reputation and his popularity with the fans showed that you didn’t necessarily have to have the highest title on the land in order to be the top guy in the promotion. Henning brought a completely different style to the ring that was very unorthodox in the WWF during his time there. Henning entered the WWF during the era where giants would rule the land, thus resulting in not so much opportunity for the rather smaller wrestlers. However Henning showed and proved that there was a place for guys his size and that they were just as significant as the larger athletes. Due to this trailblazing effort, Henning opened the wrestling audience to a much quicker and cleaner style of wrestling which introduced them to a variety of different moves, such as the Fisherman Suplex, otherwise known as “The Perfect Plex“.
Perfect had an impressive career being a two time WWF Intercontinental Champion, and a WCW United States and Tag Team Champion. Henning made his WWF return in 2002 at the Royal Rumble bringing a significant treat to roster and putting the younger guys over. Henning’s last run within pro wrestling as some indie shows and his short stint with TNA. Henning was taken from us on February 10th 2003 when he was found dead in a hotel room in Florida, due to a cocaine overdose.
Henning has made the road much easier and much more realistic for men like Shawn Michaels, Jerry Lynn, Rob Van Dam, Eddie Guerrero and most recently, the one that is the most comparable to Henning, Dolph Ziggler. Henning may not be with us today physically, however his legacy will always be everlasting since in ring athleticism is eternal in this great sport.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer For Rant Sports