At the age of 82, pro wrestling legend Larry ‘The Axe’ Hennig has died.
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Jun. 18, 1936, Hennig was best known for his run with the American Wrestling Association. The Verne Gagne led territory was part of the National Wrestling Alliance, with Hennig capturing the AWA world tag team championship on four separate occasions.
Alongside his partner Duke Hoffman, The Axe went on to win the famed AWA world tag championship tournament in 1962, defeating three teams in one night to win the bracket.
To many fans Hennig is remembered as the father of WWF/WWE legend Curt “Mr. Perfect” Hennig. In the spring of 1982, Larry and Curt won the NWA Pacific Northwest Tag Team titles as a father and son team.
The Axe is also the grandfather of current WWE wrestler Curtis Axel.
The bad week for pro wrestling continues as we bid farewell to one of the nicest guys in the business with the passing of Larry "The Axe" Hennig. pic.twitter.com/uRFNgWpOeZ— Mike Mooneyham (@ByMikeMooneyham) December 6, 2018
On behalf of the whole Hennig Family, thank you for your thoughts and prayers! pic.twitter.com/fi5uqWvB5i— Curtis Axel (@RealCurtisAxel) December 6, 2018
The late Hennig was last seen on WWE television when he accompanied his grandson out to the ring during a tag team match at the 2014 Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.
In 2012, WWE.com named The Hennig family of The Axe, Mr. Perfect and Curtis as the 10th greatest family in WWE history.
We at cSs send our thoughts and condolences to the Hennig family at this time.