There’s another death in the wrestling business just one day after the Dynamite Kid passed away. Today, the great Larry “The Axe” Hennig passed away. He was 82 years old. His son was WWE Hall of Famer “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig and his grandson is current WWE superstar Curtis Axel, whose real name is Joe Hennig.
Here’s what WWE wrote about the legendary Axeman.
WWE is saddened to learn that legendary Superstar and Hennig family patriarch Larry “The Axe” Hennig passed away today at 82 years old following a long illness and kidney failure.
A five-time tag team champion in the AWA, Hennig entered the sports-entertainment world under the tutelage of Verne Gagne and crossed paths with some of the most illustrious performers of all time. Most famously, Hennig was among Bruno Sammartino’s challengers for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the hallowed halls of Madison Square Garden.
Though his own career was cut short due to injury, Hennig’s legacy spanned another two generations thanks to his son, the late WWE Hall of Famer Mr. Perfect, and grandson, former Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel.
WWE extends its condolences to Hennig’s family, friends and fans.
Here’s a photo of Larry with a young Curt Hennig.
Curtis Axel went on Twitter to post this message about his grandfather, who meant the world to him especially after Curt Hennig died in 2003.
On behalf of the whole Hennig Family, thank you for your thoughts and prayers! pic.twitter.com/fi5uqWvB5i
— Curtis Axel (@RealCurtisAxel) December 6, 2018
Well said, Joe.
So Sorry To Hear Of The Passing Of The Great Larry Hennig. I First Met Larry In 1972, And Before My Match With Him, He Looked At Me And Said “Pretend Like You Are Riding On A Greyhound Bus And Leave The Driving To Me.” He Was A Great Man And Legend In Our Business. Rest In Peace. pic.twitter.com/6mNOVxnubs
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) December 7, 2018
GOD BLESS YOUR FATHER AND THE GRANDFATHER ALL THE HENNIG FAMILY. LARRY HE TAKE CARE OF ME WHEN I BREAK INTO THE BUSINESS IN THE MINNESOTA. HE TEACH ME AND HE SHOWED ME THE RESPECT. I LOVED HIM AND HE WAS FIRST CLASS MAN. https://t.co/yFS6E2oVhf
— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) December 6, 2018
On behalf of everybody associated with TJRWrestling, we send our thoughts and prayers to the friends, family and fans of Larry “The Axe” Hennig.