Before becoming professional wrestlers, a lot them are athletes from another sport. ‘Big Cat’ Ernie Ladd, Alex Riley and Jack Swagger made names (or reasonable likenesses) for themselves in football. The Big Show and Kevin Nash utilized their height in basketball before competing as big men “where the big boys play.” Shelton Benjamin, Brock Lesnar, Kurt Angle and Dolph Ziggler were wrestlers before becoming… wrestlers. The Bella Twins tested out Twin Magic on the soccer fields before perfecting it in the wrestling ring.
Speaking of perfection, there was one wrestler who seemed to be an impeccable athlete across every sport tried: Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig displayed his in-ring prowess throughout the AWA, the WWF, the WCW and the WWE, earning many championships and being a standout wrestler in all promotions. In the
WWF WWE, he showed his knack for other sports through a series of vignettes. He showed off a perfect pass rating with Minnesota Viking Steve Jordan.
As if there were any way to top a perfect pass rating, Mr. Perfect then threw the ball to himself … and caught it! Who can do that?!?
Few have tried to pay tribute to Curt Hennig’s wrestling ability, usually by doing a variation on the Perfect Plex, a bridging fisherman’s suplex pinning combination. Even Curtis Axel, son of Mr. Perfect, dedicated his first Intercontinental Title match and win to his dad. But only one person has tried to pay tribute to Mr. Perfect’s non-wrestling athletic prowess: Charlie Haas, during his impersonation phase in the WWE, threw on a blonde wig and commandeered a Dave and Busters to recreate some of these moments.
It wasn’t perfect but it was still a fitting tribute. Who among us haven’t done the gum spit / slap thing and missed?
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