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Curtis Michael Hennig

Curtis Michael "Curt" Hennig (March 28, 1958 – February 10, 2003) was an American professional wrestler, manager, and color commentator who performed under his real name for the American Wrestling Association (AWA), the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). In the WWF, he found his greatest success as Mr. Perfect. He is the son of wrestler Larry "The Axe" Hennig, and father to current WWE (formerly the WWF) wrestler Joe "Curtis Axel" Hennig.

Hennig is a four-time world champion, having held the AWA World Heavyweight Championship once for 373 days (the seventh longest region in history), the WCW Universal Heavyweight Championship once, and the i-Generation World Heavyweight Championship twice. A two-time WWF Intercontinental Champion, Hennig has been named by WWE as one of the top five Intercontinental Champions of all time and a man who brought a new level of credibility to the title.

Curt Hennig was the longest running Intercontinental Champion of the 1990s.

In addition to winning multiple championships in WCW during the late 90s, Hennig was a member of the New World Order and leader of stable and country music group, The West Texas Rednecks, who recorded the popular tongue-in-cheek, "Rap is Crap."

Hennig returned to the WWF for a brief period in 2002, being one of the lats three men remaining at the Royal Rumble.  He later challenged for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in TNA, prior to his death on February 10, 2003.

Both WWE and WCW have recognized Hennig as one of the all-time great pro wrestlers.

Curt Hennig raised the accepted standard of technical wrestling.

Hennig was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007 by former Major League Baseball third baseman and longtime friend, Wade Boggs.