Curtis Axel

American professional wrestler

Joseph Curtis "Joe" Hennig (born October 1, 1979) is an American professional wrestler. He is better known by his ring name Curtis Axel and previous ring name Michael McGillicutty. He worked for the WWE from 2007 to 2020, where he is a former Intercontinental Champion and former two-time WWE (Raw) Tag Team Champion[a] with David Otunga and Bo Dallas. He was also a member of The New Nexus which was led by CM Punk.

Curtis Axel
Axel at WrestleMania 31 Axxess on March 28, 2015
Born (1979-10-01) October 1, 1979 (age 44)
Champlin, Minnesota
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Joe Hennig
Michael McGillicutty
Curtis Axel
Billed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Billed weight228 lb (103 kg)
Billed fromMinneapolis, Minnesota
Trained byCurt Hennig
Brad Rheingans
Harley Race
DebutJuly 13, 2007

Axel was born in Champlin, Minnesota. His father was "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig and his grandfather is Larry "The Axe" Hennig. He chose his ring name Curtis Axel as a tribute to them.




  1. 1.0 1.1 During his first reign the title was called "WWE Tag Team Championship". His second reign happened when the title was exclusive to Raw and was renamed "WWE Raw Tag Team Championship".


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  6. "WWE Tag Team Championships - David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty (May 23, 2011 - August 22, 2011)". WWE. Archived from the original on May 23, 2012. Retrieved 2014-01-02.
  7. "Saluting the Slammys". WWE. Retrieved 2014-01-02.

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