The late, and very great, Curt Hennig is a favourite of this blog and a particular favourite of myself, even though he spent much of his time as a heel in the WWE. In this latest ‘A Moment in Time‘ we head back to 1992 and the episode of Prime Time Wrestling on X and see the demise of the relationship between Mr Perfect and Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan and his face turn.
As we approached the 1992 Survivor Series, it was all set to be Macho Man Randy Savage and the Ultimate Warrior taking on Ric Flair and Razor Ramon in the show’s main event.
For much of 1992 Curt Hennig had been aligned with Flair as his “executive consultant.” This had involved several high profile angles including Flair supposedly having pictures of Miss Elizabeth around WrestleMania time and the debate over whose corner the two would be in at SummerSlam during the match between Savage and the Ultimate Warrior.
In the end, they interfered in Savage’s match at SummerSlam and caused him to lose by count out. The rivalry continued, and Flair received assistance from Perfect and Razor Ramon to win the title back from Savage on a September edition of Prime Time Wrestling.
The plan was then for Flair to team with Ramon – due to Perfect being on the shelf due to injury – against Macho Man and the Ultimate Warrior. However, as with every plan involving Warrior during his run as a wrestler, the WWE encountered problems: Warrior left the company. The reason for which is widely disputed, some suggest he was unhappy with the direction of his character while others cite a failed drugs test.
Regardless, we were weeks away from Survivor Series and Macho Man was on his lonesome.
Seeds began to be sewn in relation to a falling out between Flair and Perfect and then on the edition of Prime Time Wrestling that aired on 16 November, Perfect accepted Savage’s offer to team with him. Heenan began to remonstrate with the wrestler he formerly managed culminating in slapping him. An enraged Perfect grabbed ‘The Brain’ by the throat and proceeded to pour a pitcher of water over his head – firmly completing his babyface turn.
Until this point, Perfect had been a heel his entire run with the company. He had performed briefly with the company from 1982 – 84 but is best remembered for his brash and arrogant Mr Perfect incarnation from 1988 onwards. This included a lengthy on-screen undefeated streak – although there were defeats on the house show circuit – and working under the tutelage of ‘The Brain’ from 1990 until 1991. It was during this time that Perfect won the Intercontinental title after it had become vacant following the Ultimate Warrior winning the WWF title.
At Survivor Series the match went on fifth on the night and saw Savage and Perfect defeat Flair and Ramon via DQ after the heel tandem double teamed Perfect and the referee called a halt to proceedings.
The programme between Perfect and Flair would continue into early 1993 when, after Flair had asked for his release from the company, Perfected defeated him in a ‘loser leaves town’ match on Monday Night Raw. Perfect would make fleeting appearances with the WWE up until late 1996 – more often than not in the capacity of a guest referee or commentator – but would resume in-ring work from 1997 onwards, along with Flair, in the WCW.
Perfect’s babyface turn may not have amounted to all that much in terms of him getting a sustained run as a top babyface but he always did seem like a ‘Bobby Heenan guy’ and with the company down a hole, with the Warrior having left, it was a big move to turn him face.
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