On a recent episode of his celebrated "The Snake Pit" podcast, legendary wrestler Jake "The Snake" Roberts disclosed his viewpoint on a question that has long intrigued wrestling fans: who, among the talented many, deserved a shot at the world title, but never quite got there? Roberts named the late "Mr.
Perfect" Curt Hennig as his pick, a choice that reverberated through wrestling circles. Jake Roberts, despite his formidable reputation and enduring legacy in WWE, himself never clinched the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
This shared fate with Hennig seemed to have deepened his perspective on this matter. He spoke passionately about Hennig, asserting, "Curt Hennig, he had all the tools, man. There's a multitude of guys out there who could've done it, but Hennig...
he rose to the top. He was top-level. He was top shelf."
Hennig's Notable Championship Victories
Despite never securing the WWE World Heavyweight Champion title, Hennig was no stranger to victory in other arenas. He had a respectable track record as a two-time WWE Intercontinental Champion.
In WCW, he proved his mettle by winning both the WCW World Tag Team Champion and WCW United States Heavyweight Champion titles. Moreover, Hennig showcased his skills in various promotions, such as All Japan Pro Wrestling, AWA, and the NWA.
Hennig's final wrestling match was on January 8, 2003, for Impact Wrestling (then known as Total Nonstop Action), a face-off where he triumphed over Ric Flair's son, David Flair, in an Axe-Handle on a Pole match. Tragically, just a month later, on February 10, 2003, Hennig passed away at the age of 44.
He was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007, a testament to his significant contributions to the sport. His legacy lives on through his son, former WWE Superstar Curtis Axel. Like his father, Axel held the WWE Intercontinental title, wrestling from 2007 to 2020.
He returned to WWE in 2022 in a producer's role, but it was short-lived, lasting only three months. Despite this, the legacy of "Mr. Perfect" and his prodigious talent continues to echo within the wrestling world, as underscored by Roberts' poignant tribute.