Larry "The Axe" Hennig passed away at 82 years old

Larry “The Axe” Hennig was born on June 18, 1936 and passed away December 6, 2018. He was the father of “Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig and grandfather of Joe Henning known professional as Curtis Axel.

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                Larry Hennig made his professional wrestling debut in 1956 and retired in 1985. He was trained by the legendary Verne Gagne as he entered the AWA (American wrestling Association) in the early 1960s. In the world of professional wrestling Hennig was a multiple time champion. He held the AWA Midwest Tag Team Championship; AWA World Tag team Championship and he won the AWA World Tag Team Championship Tournament in 1962 with tag team partner Duke Hoffman. He currently is a member of the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (Class of 2006). Also, he is a member of the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (Class of 2017). Harley Race and himself where place in this Hall of Fame as part of a tag team.

            Henning had 5 children and his lovely wife of 63 years Irene Hennig. In this time of mourning I would like to personally offer my condolence to the Hennig family. Dealing with the loss of a family member is never easy. Let’s celebrate the life and career of the wrestler and man know as Larry “The Axe” Hennig”

 

Thomas Billington aka The Dynamite Kid passes away on his 60th birthday

Thomas Billington known professional by his ring name The Dynamite Kid was born on December 5th 1958 and passed away on his 60th birthday December 5, 2018. Dynamite Kid had a career that spanned over several different promotions.  He applied his craft in WWF, Stampede Wrestling, All Japan Pro Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling.

            There are a lot of people who would consider The Dynamite kid a legend and the inspiration for several future high-flying wrestlers to come. Combining that tough British style with his ability to take to the air The Dynamite Kid always had an ability to amaze the crowd.

            Dynamite kid made his Professional wrestling debut on December 24th 1975 and he retired on October 10 1996.  Many wrestlers had a hand in training Kid. People like Ted Betley, Jack Fallon, Billy Riley, John Foley and of course Stu Hart. He has won championships in All Japan Pro Wrestling, Atlantic Gran Prix Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Pacific Northwest Wrestling, Stampede Wrestling, and WWF. Dynamite is also a member of the Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame (Class of 2001).

            Dynamite Kid had 3 children and married twice. He was married to Michelle Smadu (1982-1991) and then Dot Billington (1997-until his death).  There is no denying the impact that the Dynamite kid had on the wrestling world. He is the inspiration for so many of the high-flying wrestler we see today.  My thought and prayers go to the Billington family. It is never easy to lose a loved one. I hope that you find strength in these tough times.

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