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 Posted: Sun Mar 31st, 2019 11:59 pm
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Fantastic wrestler , great promos, great selling as a heel. Had it all.

Why not?

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timing and injuries I think were the biggest factors



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Not big enough physically?

He was dwarfed by Hogan and Warrior.

Then didn't he get hurt and that's why he was managing Flair for a year?

I thought he lost steam during his face turn

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Perfect’s best years were the Hogan/Warrior/Flair years. By the time the WWF was open to using guys like Hart and Michaels as main eventers, Hennig’s back was a mess and he was being used as a manager and commentator.

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which is what I was alluding too in my earlier post

Timing = too small when he was healthy; he had Hogan, Warrior and Savage clogging the top of the card


Injuries = by the time Vince was pushing Bret and Shawn perfect was all jacked up.


However I do think that Perfect was hot enough coming off of pushing flair out of the WWF that he could have done something short term with the title and been over enough to draw but with would have changed the time line for the Yoko, Hogan and Luger nonsense.

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Damn, it would’ve been awesome to watch Perfect go around the horn against Savage. I mean, his back was totally shot when he came back to fight Flair in late ‘92/early ‘93 and those matches were classic. So think of what he could have done against Savage in ‘89............



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I will also add that NWA/WCW wouldn’t have hesitated to put the belt on him had he been down there. He would have fought Flair, Sting, Luger, etc. and it would’ve been a lot of fun for us fans.



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Perfect v Funk would have been fun



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A big factor was that McMahon preferred a babyface champion.



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The formula of the WWF at the time didn't fit Mr. Perfect being WWF Champion. Him being the Intercontinental Champion was good enough and that title was much more important then because it only changed hands once or twice per year and was held by guys who came off as a big deal. He dominated the IC Title scene in 1990 and 1991. He could have been a factor in 1992 if not for his back injury. In some ways Curt Hennig was lucky to have sat out from late 1993 to mid 1997. His WWF trajectory as a wrestler would eventually have taken a downward turn, but it never happened because he was announcing, managing or sitting at home which enabled him to retain a lot of his star power when WCW came calling.

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tamalie wrote: The formula of the WWF at the time didn't fit Mr. Perfect being WWF Champion. Him being the Intercontinental Champion was good enough and that title was much more important then because it only changed hands once or twice per year and was held by guys who came off as a big deal. He dominated the IC Title scene in 1990 and 1991. He could have been a factor in 1992 if not for his back injury. In some ways Curt Hennig was lucky to have sat out from late 1993 to mid 1997. His WWF trajectory as a wrestler would eventually have taken a downward turn, but it never happened because he was announcing, managing or sitting at home which enabled him to retain a lot of his star power when WCW came calling.
A lot of people forget about Hennig's last WWE run and how they ruined him.  He was the most successful "surprise" Royal Rumble entrant ever, making it to the Final 4.  When he was eliminated, the fans gave him a 2-minute standing ovation that stopped the match.  The cameras weren't on him and they had to adjust to show the end of his walk to the back and him soaking in the cheers as the crowd just went crazy for him, and the announcers had to put it over.  Whether that was intended to be his full-time return or not, I can't remember.  But after that they brought him back and he was red hot with the fans...and they did nothing with him.  I remember him having so many fresh "dream matches" with guys like Kurt Angle and RVD, matches that could have been instant classics, but most took place on Heat and Hennig would job in 5 minutes despite looking rejuvenated and much better than at the end of his WCW run.  It just wasn't in Vince's mind to use him in a feature position, so it didn't happen.  He was one of many guys who were over and allowed to die on the vine in the early 2000s when WWE had more talent than they knew what to do with.  Then he was allowed to go to TNA, where the only thing notable was he was under contract with them when he died I think.  Maybe Vince knew about his problems and felt like he couldn't rely on him.  But for about 4 months, Hennig turned the clock back. 

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When Jimmy Hart was trying to get the XWF off the ground in late 2001, he held a big multi-day TV taping at the Universal Studios Florida facility once used by WCW for World Wide Wrestling and which was later used by TNA as the Impact Zone. The talent pool was a collection of castoffs from the WWF, WCW, and ECW who hadn't been retained by or hired by the WWF in the post wrestling wars landscape plus a few indy guys and Puerto Rican wrestlers. Hulk Hogan worked this taping as did Curt Hennig. They were positioned as top babyface and top heel, having a match that the XWF taped. It was hoped that having Hogan would get a TV carrier interested. This is why the WWF scooped up Curt Hennig so quickly and also brought Hogan in to reform the NWO with Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. Jerry Lawler was the color commentator at this pilot set of XWF tapings and was also brought back a bit sooner than Hogan and Hennig. The WWF didn't have any big plans for Hennig and likely was stunned when he got such a big reaction at the 2002 Royal Rumble. The main plan was to undercut the XWF project before it could get off the ground.

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His runs with Hogan and Warrior in 89/90 were box office duds, so the WWF was in no rush to make him the champ.

Hennig was supposedly quite mad to be passed up when the Hitman got his first run.

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