Mr. Perfect 2014: J.J. Watt's Ice Hockey Instagram
Is there ANYTHING this guy can't do?
Back in the late '80s, WWE (then known by its old acronym of the WWF, but for purposes of the here and now, we will call it "WWE") was introducing a repackaged (and significantly more steroid-fueled) Curt Hennig to its viewing audience.
When last the WWE faithful had seen Curt Hennig, he was a scrawny, plucky and very pale "jobber to the stars," wrestling parlance for a nine seed in the NBA's Western Conference.
Six years later, tanned and gassed up to the gills on dianabol, he would be spoon-fed to the audience as "Mr. Perfect," a brash, cocky heel, and to convey just how "perfect" he was, Hennig would show off his
totally edited and contrived prowess in numerous sports outside of wrestling. The vignettes were the stuff of legend, as cheesy as they were memorable.
Here they are (and I promise, I'm going somewhere J.J. Watt-related with this)....
There was football with former Vikings tight end Steve Jordan....
....baseball with Hall of Famer Wade Boggs...
....basketball with former Minnesota Timberwolf Felton Spencer....
...and even hockey with former Dallas Star Mike Modano....
There was nothing Mr. Perfectcouldn't
do! He was trulyPERFECT!
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(NOTE: Except beat Hulk Hogan. Nobody did that back in the late 1980s. Nobody.)
Well, in 2014, Curt Hennig is no longer with us, so the world needs a new Mr. Perfect, a new and undeniable hero who convinces us via short, inspirational video vignettes that he can accomplish anything in any field of athletics. Enter J.J. Watt, who is the closest thing to perfect in our highly imperfect sports city.
We know that J.J. Watt can play football, he's pretty good at that...
...we know he's a charity softball beast...
...and pretty good at basketball (or at least at dunking footballs over the crossbar like a basketball player)....
...hell, he's even created his own sport,box jumping
Now, come to find out, J.J. Watt is even good at ice hockey! Via his Instagram account on Tuesday afternoon came this little gem...
Yes, folks, that's a nearly 300-pound man skating around smooth as silk with a textbook slap shot. Granted, that's almost a prerequisite for any kid with a shred of athletic ability who grew up in the state of Wisconsin, but still very impressive.
Indeed, J.J. Watt is the new Mr. Perfect, and in 2014, he could probably take it a step further and whip Hulk Hogan's ass.
NOTE: Full credit where full credit is due, Twitter follower and friend Jack Lypka is the one who planted the Watt/Hennig analogy in my head, so you have him to thank for the YouTube WWE rabbit hole you now find yourself in....
— Jack Lypka (@JackLypka) February 11, 2014
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