[[caption-width-right:258:One of the greatest Intercontinental Champions of all time.\\
Absolutely perfect.]]

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

Curt Hennig was a wrestler who debuted in the Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation in 1981 after being trained by Brad Rheingans, Larry Hennig and Verne Gagne at the promotion's training camp. He'd later debut for [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} The WWF]] four months into his career and work their on and off until the early '90's, eventually developing his "Mr. Perfect" [[TheGimmick gimmick]]. He then left WWF behind, working for enterprises such as WWC, Wrestling/{{All Japan|ProWrestling}}, Wrestling/{{New Japan|ProWrestling}} and eventually winding up in Wrestling/{{WCW}} but was, and still is, counted among the best technical wrestlers in [=WWE=] history. Among his in-ring achievements, 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 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 member of the Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA. 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]].

!!"These tropes are absolutely..... perfect."
* TheAce: While a face.
** Even as a heel, he usually won cleanly and both the face and heel commentators would laud Hennig for his immense technical wrestling talent.
* 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. He was able to slip "perfect" into his promos in all manner of ways, always with utter conviction.
* CallingYourAttacks: "Now, you're going to see a Perfect-Plex."
* CanonName: His real name was this at best for the vast majority of his Mr. Perfect gimmick.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: In WCW, Hennig betrayed Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage, Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen ''and'' the [=nWo=] Wolfpac. Likewise, in WWE, he did the same to Wrestling/RicFlair, Razor Ramon, Wrestling/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.
* EnemyMine: Got so fed up with Wrestling/BobbyHeenan's treatment in late 1992 that for the ''Survivor Series'' that year, he teamed up with former rival Wrestling/RandySavage out of spite. They then won the match, and cemented the Mr. Perfect HeelFaceTurn.
* 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 and one of th temporarily successful.
* 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 since Wrestling/BuddyRogers. His success probably led to Wrestling/KurtAngle and Wrestling/JackSwagger's gimmicks.
* LargeHam: Maybe not to Wrestling/HulkHogan's extent, but his promos were definitely ten pounds of cocky in a five pound bag.
* 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.)
* RedBaron: Mr. Perfect was this briefly before becoming his official ring name.
* RickyMorton: He served this role in the AWA, taking a beating in the ring only for Wrestling/ScottHall to save him at the last minute. Years later, Hall mentioned that Curt was so good at this role that fans would advise him to split from Curt as he was "holding you down".
* SignatureMove: The PerfectPlex, naturally. Also, when his opponent was sitting up in the ring, usually in a daze, Perfect would run up from behind, somersault over the other guy while grabbing and yanking his head, causing a whiplash.
* TagTeam:
** (in the AWA): Ax Attack, with his father, Larry "The Ax" Hennig
*** Gagne's Raiders, with Greg Gagne.
*** He was partnered with Wrestling/ScottHall at the tail end of the AWA
** The Perfect Team, with [[Wrestling/RandySavage Randy "Macho Man" Savage]], at ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 1992''.
** With his "executive consultant", otherwise known as "The Genius" Lanny Poffo.
* 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.
** Whenever he was part of a show that took place in a high school he would test all of the padlocks on the lockers. If one came off he would use it to lock the gym bags of two wrestlers who hated each other together.
** Another one worthy of mention is put rubber bands over a couple of tube socks and shoved them down the front of his pants. GorillaMonsoon, who was notoriously visually impaired, didn't realize it, so Curt came out and wrestled a job match, with what appeared to be a huge boner. Needless to say, Wrestling/VinceMcMahon was not happy about this and went to yell at Monsoon for allowing Curt to go out there like that. Curt promptly received a chewing out when he got backstage from an irritated Monsoon.
* 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