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--> '''''You have just witnessed perfection. '''''
-->-- '''Mr. Perfect, after winning a match'''

'''Curt Hennig''' was a wrestler in Wrestling/{{WWE}} in the early '90's. During this time he performed under the Mr. Perfect gimmick and was, and still is, considered to be one of the best technical wrestlers in [=WWE=] history. Among his in-ring achivements, he was a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/awa/awa-h.html AWA World Heavyweight Champion]], a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/awa/awa-t.html AWA World Tag Team Champion]] w[=/=]Wrestling/ScottHall, a 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/ic.html WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion]], a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-us-h.html WCW United States Heavyweight Champion]] and a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-t.html WCW World Tag Team Champion]] w[=/=]Wrestling/BarryWindham. Briefly competed in Wrestling/{{TNA}} when it was still a division of the NWA. He passed away in 2003 from acute cocaine intoxication. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007.

You can learn more about his career at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curt_Hennig The Other Wiki]].

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!!!'''"These tropes are absolutely Perfect."''':

* TheAce: While a face.
* ArchEnemy:
** Nick Bockwinkel and Wrestling/JerryLawler in the [[Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation AWA]].
** He and Wrestling/BretHart had some classic matches that set the pace for future technical wrestlers in WWE.
** Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage and Wrestling/RicFlair in WCW.
* BadassBoast: The ring name says it all.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: While a heel.
* CanonName: His real name was this at best for the vast majority of his Mr. Perfect gimmick.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: In WCW, Hennig betrayed Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage, The Four Horsemen ''and'' the [=nWo=] Wolfpac. Likewise, in WWE, he did the same to RicFlair, Razor Ramon, LexLuger and Marc Mero.
* CombatPragmatist: Mostly subverted for his first few years of the Mr. Perfect gimmick. While he had managers who would cheat on his behalf, Hennig rarely cheated himself.
* DarkSkinnedBlond
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: Went undefeated for his whole first year in WWF, to play up his "Perfect" gimmick. The streak ended rather anticlimactically with mid-carder Wrestling/BrutusBeefcake beating him at Wrestlemania VI.
** He had lost to Wrestling/HulkHogan at some house shows a few months earlier, but none of those were televised.
* DemotedToExtra: As part of the nWo B-Team in WCW.
** While recovering from a vicious back injury in '91 and '92, Hennig served as a commentator and as Wrestling/RicFlair's "executive consultant."
* DownerEnding: His death of a cocaine overdose at the age of 44.
* FinishingMove: The Perfect-Plex was almost impossible to kick out of, but these days it seems more like a NameOfPower move.
** SuplexFinisher
* HiredGuns: One of many brought into WWC by La Familia to defeat Wrestling/CarlitoColon for them.
* JackOfAllStats: Hennig used a combo of power moves, more agile attacks, and submission holds in his arsenal. In a meta-sense, Curt also had great psychology, variety of moves, promo skills, and a great general charisma about him.
* JerkJock: May have been the first notable one in professional wrestling. His success probably led to Wrestling/KurtAngle and Wrestling/JackSwagger's gimmicks.
* LightningBruiser: Agility? He could hit missile dropkicks and jump over opponents. Strength? Once Perfect-Plexed Wrestling/TheBigShow. Endurance? Could wrestle for long periods of time and put on great matches even with real injuries. (He wrestled through his Summerslam classic against Wrestling/BretHart with a back problem)
* LoveableRogue: In a time when nobody rooted for the bad guy, he was the asshole heel who was secretly admired by many fans. It's why his FaceHeelTurn was more seamless than others.
* TheNicknamer: Coined Wrestling/ShawnMichaels' famous moniker, "The Heartbreak Kid."
** Interestingly enough, he was also the first to refer to Hunter Hearst Helmsley as Wrestling/TripleH.
* PowerStable: He was a member of [[Wrestling/BobbyHeenan the Heenan Family]] in WWE from 1990-1991.
** In WCW he was a member of The Four Horsemen, the Wrestling/NewWorldOrder, the West Texas Rednecks and the Powers That Be (led by Wrestling/VinceRusso.)
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Hennig really was an accomplished athlete and Mr. Perfect was a caricature of his real personality.
** The skills he shows in his vignettes are all real, but Curt needed to not know the camera was running in order to pull them off.
* RedBaron: Mr. Perfect was this briefly before becoming his official ring name.
* TagTeam:
** (in the AWA): Ax Attack, with his father, Larry "The Ax" Hennig
*** Gagne's Raiders, with Greg Gagne.
** The Perfect Team, with [[Wrestling/RandySavage Randy "Macho Man" Savage]], at ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 1992''.
* TheatricsOfPain: He had the ability to make his opponents look much better than they were. This was probably why he was used more to put lesser talents over rather than being a Main Eventer.
** To be more specific, he was well-known for twirling in mid-air while taking powerful strikes (such as a clothesline). He also had his own variation of the "[[Wrestling/RicFlair Flair Flip]]" that he would work into most matches, especially before his back injury.
* TricksterArchetype: In RealLife, Curt loved to prank people not unlike Wrestling/OwenHart. Once he went to a party and crapped in the hosts' baby's potty and managed to convince them their kid took an adult-sized shit.
* VitriolicBestBuds: After turning face he had this relationship with old adversary Bret Hart. They teamed together quite often, and bickered about who was better just as often.
* WrestlingFamily: Curt was the son of Larry "The Axe" Hennig and now his own son Joe wrestles in WWE as Wrestling/CurtisAxel (formerly Michael [=McGillicutty=] of Wrestling/TheNexus). His daughter, Amy, is also a wrestler.
* WrestlingPsychology
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