- No, Curtis Axel didn't fake an injury so he didn't have to drop the Intercontinental Championship. Axel suffered a hip injury in the tag team watch with Ryback against CM Punk & Big E Langston on last week's episode of Monday Night Raw.
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Nov 05, 2013 · The story surrounding Curtis Axel's injury has taken a bizarre turn in the form of both Axel and WWE openly mocking the fact that there are rumors that exist of an injury after WWE.com reported he was injured just over one week ago. Just before the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view (PPV) back on Oct. 27, 2013, in Miami, Florida, Axel was pulled from his scheduled pre-show Intercontinental championship match against Big E. Langston due to an undisclosed injury, according to WWE.com.
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April 30, 2020. Joseph Curtis Hennig (born October 1, 1979) was an American professional wrestler. He is best known for his time in WWE, where he performed under the ring name Curtis Axel. He also performed under the ring name Michael McGillicutty from 2010-2012.
Oct 27, 2013 · — In an update on the Curtis Axel injury, the word is that he blew out both of his hips in the tag team match on RAW this past Monday night. It was described as a freak accident.
Feb 06, 2021 · Curtis Axel's 13-year stint in the WWE came to an end when he was released in April 2020. The legendary Curt Hennig's son could sadly not live up to his father's legacy, but who was at fault? Arn ...
Oct 28, 2013 · - It was announced last week that Curtis Axel would defend the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Big E Langston tonight in the WWE Hell in a Cell
Oct 30, 2013 · Axel suffered a hip injury in the tag team watch with Ryback against CM Punk & Big E Langston on last week's episode of Monday Night Raw. He was at TVs this week although I haven't heard his long...
Oct 27, 2013 · The nature of Axel's injury was not revealed, but speculation regarding the status of Axel and Langston began to ramp up on Sunday as all mention of their match was removed from WWE's website, per...
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Joseph Curtis \\"Joe\\" Hennig (October 1, 1979) is an American professional wrestler and actor currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the Smackdown brand under the ring name Curtis Axel. Hennig debuted in WWE in 2010, joining The Nexus under the ring name Michael McGillicutty. He had previously wrestled at their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) and was part of the second season of NXT. In 2011, Hennig won the WWE Tag Team Championship with David Otunga as a member of The New Nexus. In May 2013, Hennig reignited his career under his current ring name, paying tribute to his father \\"Mr. Perfect\\" Curt Hennig and his grandfather Larry \\"The Axe\\" Hennig and won the Intercontinental Championship.
Hennig signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment and was assigned to its developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). On September 11, 2008, Hennig and Sebastian Slater defeated Nic Nemeth and Gavin Spears to win the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship. On October 30, Hennig and Slater lost the Tag Team Championship to The New Hart Foundation (DH Smith and TJ Wilson).
On November 20, Hennig challenged Sheamus O'Shaunessy for the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship but it ended in a double disqualification. A rematch was made, but Hennig was again disqualified. Hennig had another chance to win the title on December 11 when he participated in a fatal four-way match for the championship, but Eric Escobar won the match, and the title. Hennig defeated Escobar on February 26 at a TV taping and won the FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship. On the April 5, 2009 episode of FCW it was announced that Hennig had suffered a serious injury and therefore he had surrendered the Florida Heavyweight Championship. After recovering, Hennig made his return to FCW in late June. Soon afterwards, he formed a tag team with Brett DiBiase known as The Fortunate Sons. On January 14, 2010, The Sons won the Florida Tag Team Championship by defeating The Dudebusters. MM and Otunga reigned as champions for a while, and continued on after Ryan left due to injury and Punk left due to an expired contract after winning the title. The pair would later lose their titles to the new team Air Boom, and also lost the rematch. On the May 20, 2013 episode of Raw, Hennig returned under the new gimmick Curtis Axel. He debuted under the management of Paul Heyman, where he was immediately challenged by Triple H. During the weeks after their initial confrontation, Axel embarked on a series of notable matches against Triple H and John Cena, gaining controversial victories over both men. On June 10, during the opening hour of Monday Night Raw Axel faced Triple H in a supposed singles match before Vince McMahon ordered the immediate cancellation of the matches. After a series of back-and-forth power-plays between McMahon and Triple H, Axel was awarded \\"two\\" victories according to McMahon's score card. Later that night Heyman, who was making the announcement of behalf of Vickie Guerrero, said that Axel was added to the Intercontinental Championship match at WWE Payback 2013 where he will face Wade Barrett and The Miz. At Payback, Axel won the Intercontinental title after pinning a downed Barrett, captalizing on The Miz's finishing moves. Axel was originally scheduled to defend the title on the following night on Raw against Barrett until Vickie Guerrero chose Christian to face Barrett in an impromptu match. During that same week on the June 21st episode of Friday Night Smackdown Axel faced Barrett in a title rematch successfully retaining his championship. On the July 8 episode of Monday Night Raw, Axel wrestled and loss his first match to Chris Jericho due to interference by The Miz, who was at ringside for commentary. During that same week on Smackdown, Axel would face Jericho in a rematch, losing once again to Jericho via count-out. Six days later at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, Axel defeated The Miz to retain the Intercontinental Championship. Axel made another title defense on the following episode of SmackDown, defeating Chris Jericho. Axel then feuded with CM Punk alongside Paul Heyman. Axel was set to team with Heyman in an elimination handicap match against Punk at Night of Champions. During the pay-per-view, Heyman begged Triple H to cancel the match, but Triple H refused, not only confirming the match, but making Axel defend his Intercontinental Championship against Kofi Kingston, who had beaten him twice. Axel would defeat Kingston and retain the title, but he would be eliminated by Punk later in the night, leaving Heyman alone to fight Punk by himself. Ryback would then later interfere in the match by slamming Punk through a table. On the September 30 episode of Raw he was defeated by R-Truth in a non-title match, which gave him a title match at Battleground. On October 6 at Battleground he would defeat R-Truth and successfully retained the Intercontinental Championship. The next night on Raw Axel teamed up with Ryback to face R-Truth and CM Punk. R-Truth picked up the victory for his team, pinning Axel. On the October 11 SmackDown Axel once again retained the Intercontinental Championship against R-Truth. At Hell in a Cell, Axel was scheduled to defend his title against Big E. Langston, however the match was cancelled due to Curtis' legitimate hip injury. Axel lost the title to Langston on the November 18 Raw. Axel failed again to regain the Intercontinental Championship in a rematch at Survivor Series against Big E Langston. Axel and Ryback won a non-title match against Cody Rhodes & Goldust, putting them in line for a future WWE Tag Team Championship shot, but they lost their opportunity. On the Elimination Chamber kick off, Rybaxel were accompanied to the ring by Larry Hennig. On the March 28 episode of SmackDown, Rybaxel along with other tag teams attacked The Shield under orders from Kane and were rewarded with a WWE Tag Team Championship shot on the WrestleMania XXX pre-show which they lost. On the April 14 episode of Raw, along with nine other superstars, they attacked The Shield again under orders from Triple H. After Rybaxel began a winning streak, they earned a tag titles shot on 28 April on Raw, but lost to The Usos again. at Payback, RybAxel defeated Cody Rhodes and Goldust, at Money in the Bank, RybAxel faced Goldust and Stardust in a losing effort, at Battleground, Axel competed in a 19-man battle royal for the vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship which was won by The Miz. With Ryback injured and later to return as a fan favorite again, solo, RybAxel seemingly broke up. At the Royal Rumble, Axel was set to enter the Rumble match at #6, but was attacked by Erick Rowan on the entrance ramp, rendering him unable to compete. As a result of not being eliminated (having never officially entered the match), Axel trended on Twitter following the event, and also received supportive tweets from former WWE Superstars Lance Storm and Tommy Dreamer and then later from current WWE Superstars Xavier Woods, Zack Ryder and David Otunga, the latter offering his legal services. Axel was defeated by Rowan on the following week's episode of Main Event. Axel then began an angle where he began referring to himself as \\"the true winner of the Royal Rumble\\", claiming that he still hadn't been eliminated from the match and that he deserved a shot at Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31 for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship as a result. This involved Axel interrupting segments involving the likes of Dean Ambrose, John Cena and Rusev to protest his cause, and also led to Axel starting his own hashtag, #AxelMania.
In a tag team match against the reigning champions Big Show and Kane, Punk and Ryan interfered to allow teammates Michael McGillicutty and David Otunga to win the championships.
Hennig is a third generation professional wrestler; his grandfather Larry \\"The Axe\\" Hennig and his father \\"Mr. Perfect\\" Curt Hennig were both professional wrestlers. His sister Amy is also a professional wrestler. He has two other siblings who are not wrestlers. Hennig and his wife had a son, Brock, in June 2009. In a WWE Network original series episode of 'Table for 3', he states he has three sons. He enjoys ice fishing and fantasy football. He won WWE Magazine's Fantasy Football League for the 2011 NFL season.
Hennig graduated from North Hennepin Community College with an Associates of Science degree in business computer systems and management.