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Wrestlers mourn death of Perfect
By TIM BAINES -- Ottawa Sun


Curt Hennig

It should have been a Perfect ending.

But it wasn't. Far from it.

One of wrestling's most loved characters, Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig, was found in a Brandon, Fla., hotel room by a housekeeper shortly after 1 p.m. on Monday. He died soon after, the cause of his death still unknown.

Hennig, 44, had been scheduled to wrestle against Ian "The Iron Brit" Harrison at the Florida State Fair that evening. The shockwaves of his death quickly spread at the show through the crowd. Curt Hennig was a star, in and out of the ring.

"I have been best friends with him for more than 17 years," Nasty Boy Brian Knobbs told the St. Petersburg Times. "It's almost like Dale Earnhardt when he passed away. You want to cry. He was Mr. Perfect.


"You never know when your last day is. You just give thanks (each day)."

"It was upsetting for me," Bret Hart told TSN's Off the Record. "I would say Curt was one of my five best friends in wrestling.

"Someone asked me six months ago if I could have one guy in the ring, who would it be? I feel good now that I said Curt Hennig.

"He was one of the best human beings on this planet," said wrestler Horace Bollea. "Curt kept the locker room alive. He was one of the boys."

Hennig was a second-generation star, the son of Larry "The Axe" Hennig.

He wrestled stars like Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and even tangled with basketball bad-boy Dennis Rodman. He fought Brock Lesnar in the aisle of an airplane and was kicked out of WWE last year. But WWE stars lined up to pay tribute on wwe.com.

Ray "The Big Boss Man" Traylor was one of Hennig's closest friends.

"He was all about fun and laughs, and having a good time," Traylor told wwe.com. "That was it. Good fellow. He wasn't out to hurt anybody. We were road-riding buddies. We rode everywhere together (and) shared rooms. It used to be me, him and Rick Rude together, and then Rick died."

Traylor said he was going to pick Hennig up at the Atlanta airport on Tuesday and hang out with him until Hennig left for his home in Champlin, Minn., on Wednesday. Traylor thought Hennig would call on Monday with his flight information.

"I kept waiting for his phone call," Traylor said. "He never called."

RELATED LINKS

  • Hennig family story archive
  • Curt Hennig Career Record

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