2018 has seen a large number of deaths within the wrestling community. The likes of Vader, Bruno Sammartino, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, and others are only just a few of the names who have sadly passed away this year. In fact, it was even confirmed that The Dynamite Kid died just yesterday at the age of 60. Unfortunately, it has now been revealed that another famous worker in the industry died this week. According to a report from PWInsider, legendary former wrestler Larry “The Axe” Hennig died today at the age of 82. There is currently no word as to what may have led to Larry Hennig’s death at the moment, but hopefully more details on the matter will be posted sooner rather than later.
Larry Hennig made his professional wrestling debut all the way back in the 1950s, and he remained active in the industry until he retired in 1985. Hennig was perhaps most successful during his runs in the American Wrestling Association. He became a 4-time AWA Tag Team Champion, as well as a AWA Midwest Tag Team Champion. “The Axe” has influenced numerous aspiring wrestlers over the years, and his friends and colleagues have held in him in very high regard over the years. Hennig’s legacy continued on with his son, WWE Hall of Famer “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig, and with his grandson, current Raw Superstar Curtis Axel. Numerous wrestlers and individuals in the industry have begun posting tributes to Hennig on social media.
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
My sincerest condolences to the Hennig family on the passing of Larry ‘The Axe’ Hennig. Too many memories and thoughts to express here, but this one hits home. We spent a little time together this summer. I wish I would have spent more.
— Eric Bischoff (@EBischoff) December 6, 2018
R.I.P. to a Minnesota legend, Larry “The Axe” Hennig. Im sorry for your loss @RealCurtisAxel. pic.twitter.com/MyfL7TqbA5
— Ariya Daivari (@AriyaDaivariWWE) December 6, 2018
Larry The Axe Hennig just looked like a tough man.
Saw him later in his career
Heaven is united & PERFECT
Celebrate his career watch him AWA @WWENetwork pic.twitter.com/u3kg8hWvpG
— Tommy Dreamer (@THETOMMYDREAMER) December 6, 2018
Great thread with some heartwarming memories of pro wrestling legend Larry ‘The Axe’ Hennig. RIP. https://t.co/NZg0R4pbil
— KASSIUS (KASH-US) (@KassiusOhno) December 6, 2018
WWE has occasionally hosted a King of the Ring tournament over the past couple of decades. 20 tournaments to determine wrestling’s king have been held over the years, but a possible Queen of the Ring tournament could be on the way very soon. The latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter specifies that WWE is currently looking into the option, and it could serve as the next all-women’s pay-per-view. It’s also been noted that this is merely just a creative pitch at the moment, but it does certainly seem like it may be a possibility for WWE’s pay-per-view lineup in 2019. The latest edition of the long-running King of the Ring tournament took place in 2015, and it was won by former WWE Superstar Wade Barrett.