Hometown: Champlin, Minnesota
Trained by: Harley Race
Debut: March 26 2008
Finisher: Whatever it takes to get the win
Brian Kelley -I am with 3rd generation wrestler and current WLW Superstar Amy Hennig. Amy’s grandfather was Larry “The AX’ Hennig, her father AWA World Champion and WWE legend the late great “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig. I would like to thank you for taking the time to speak with us today.
While I was at the Dan Gable International Wrestling institute and Museum in 2006, your grandfather Larry was being inducted. It was heartwarming to see so many of the Hennig family so happy and supportive of each other. What advice has your grandfather given to you prior to your first match?
Amy Hennig -The Hennig family as a whole is all about respect and family pride. My Grandfather Larry Hennig was nothing but supportive of me leading up to my debut match. We had a conversation prior to the match which almost brought tears to both of our eyes. He told me to represent myself and my family name to the fullest and that it meant so much that I was carrying on the Hennig family legacy. He gave me a reassuring hug and told me simply to do as I was trained.
Brian Kelley -You have trained at Harley Race’s Wrestling Academy, describe a days training for a female in a male dominate sport.
Amy Hennig -Get knocked down, get right back up and always ask for more. I honestly feel very blessed to work with the guys. They hit me harder than any woman ever could; they’ve never taken it easy on me because they know I can handle it, that’s made me strong. In addition to that they’re all like my brothers and the respect we have for each other runs deep.
Brian Kelley -Was there ever a moment while taking bumps that you had second thoughts about being a wrestler?
Amy Hennig -Never. I’ve always been resilient. I’ve sustained my fair share of injuries and I’ve worked through them. For me it’s been a lot about not only being physically strong, but mentally tough. Regrets are nonexistent.
Brian Kelley -After stepping in the ring for the first time till now, what has surprised you most about being in an actual match?
Amy Hennig -My training has prepared me to handle myself when performing during a match. If there was a surprise at all, it was the energy I feel from the crowd. It is so powerful to see a group full of strangers get so emotionally invested in me pouring my heart and soul into what I do. The appreciation I have for this is beyond words.
Brian Kelley -On July 26 in Eldon Mo last year you wrestled your first match against WLW ladies Champion Stacey O’Brien. I am sure you will be asked this many times in your life, what were your memories of that match?
Amy Hennig -I definitely had my work cut out for me. I was only a few months into training. I just did as I was trained and performed at the highest level I could. It was a big accomplishment for me, a day I’ll never forget.
Brian Kelley -What is your favorite thing about being pro wrestler?
Amy Hennig -Wrestling for Harley Race, the majority of the shows we do are for some sort of charity. This is something that is very important to me. Anything I can do to give back to the fans or someone in need means the world to me. Also, the pride I feel for my family. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of my father Curt Hennig. Although he can’t be with me physically, he’s very much in my heart and with me in spirit. I know for a fact he’s proud of what I do.
Brian Kelley -What would you like me to say to the wrestling fans?
Amy Hennig -I want people to know that I have paid a lot of dues and made a lot of sacrifices. I don’t feel the need to go on and on in this interview, trying to prove myself or put myself over to everyone. I want my work to speak for it’s self. I believe in myself and I love what I do.
Amy I wish you the best in your future endeavors and want to thank you for taking the time to sit and talk with MWR.