Some may wonder why WWE decided to release a DVD featuring Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig, but I welcome it. I wish WWE would release more DVDs like this. Not every feature star needs to be a main event legend to get his own DVD in my opinion.
This release features one of the best documentaries WWE has produced on any wrestler. It's very informative, entertaining and moves at a fast pace. The story of Curt Hennig is told by his family, friends and his fellow wrestlers. All of Curt's career highlights are featured and those who only know him as Mr. Perfect from his debut in the WWF in the late eighties, will get to see all of Curt's prior accomplishments in wrestling before becoming Mr. Perfect, and there are a lot of them! For example, Curt was the AWA World Heavyweight Champion before his stint in the WWF, and this is talked about in great detail.
Most are complaining about the match selection, and with good reason. There are some good ones in this set, but not many. I was shocked when WWE decided to include the classic one-hour draw AWA World Heavyweight Championship match between Hennig and champion Nick Bockwinkel from Nov. of 1986. This is pro-wrestling at it's best, with the last 10 minutes being just as good, or better, than any championship match you'll see today. Both men bleed and push each other to the limit. One thing to look for, is when Bockwinkel blades, there is a fan near the front row, who excitedly pantomimes Bockwinkel blading to his friends, letting them know how smart he is to the business. When Bockwinkel places the blade back into his wrist tape, this same fan also pantomimes this to his friends too. It's pretty funny to see.
The matches with Bret Hart are the best, but the inclusion of the match from WCW Uncensored between these two is perplexing, since it's so terrible, at this point Curt just wasn't the worker he once was and Bret was uninspired in WCW. The match from SummerSlam '91 is a classic, but has been released three times on DVD now, so chances are you've already seen it. The MSG match is interesting, because both men perform both their signature spots from their future SummerSlam '91 encounter as well as their classic King of the Ring match from '93. However, due to it's slow pace (most of those MSG shows were slowly paced) the match really isn't something you'll want to see over and over again. So, the highlight here is Curt's work in the AWA.
One match was included, simply to make a point and that's the match from WrestleFest between Hennig and Terry Taylor. Michael Cole and Mick Foley, who recorded new audio for this match, explained that these two were in the running for the Mr. Perfect gimmick, and Curt ended up receiving it. Couldn't they have just said this in the documentary and shown a few clips from this match instead of wasting a match selection on it? Poor decisions like this hurt the release.
One match I wish they had included, you only see highlights of it, is the AWA World Title match against Jerry "the King" Lawler. In the documentary, Lawler said this was his favorite match ever, so it would have been nice to see all of it.
So, I recommend this for the excellent documentary, vignettes and Curt's matches from the AWA, but don't expect much else that you'll either enjoy or have already seen on DVD before.