Wrestling legend Larry “The Axe” Hennig Dead At 82 years old following kidney failure and a long illness.

Hennig was trained by Verne Gagne.  He wrestled from the early ‘60s to the mid ‘80s finding most of his success wrestling in the American Wrestling Association (AWA) as a five time tag-team champion.  

Although not in the WWE Hall of Fame Hennig is in the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum for his tag-team work with Harley Race, National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a collegiate wrestling and a winner of the Lou Thesz Award from National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

In his career Hennig wrestled with and against some of the top names of the 1960s, ‘70s and ’80s.  Some names included Bruno Sammartino, Dick the Bruiser, Nick Bockwinkel, Dusty Rhodes and The Road Warriors.

Hennig is most well known for being the father “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig and being the grandfather of Curtis Axel.