Curtis Axel is the latest superstar to be granted their release from WWE.

Axel (Joseph Hennig) is the son of wrestling legend Curt “Mr. Perfect” Hennig (father) and grandson to Larry “The Axe” Hennig (grandfather).

Axel began his WWE career on the second season of NXT as Michael McGillicutty. Kofi Kingston was his mentor or coach. He would become a core member of The Nexus.

In 2013, things were looking up for Hennig. He began using the Curtis Axel moniker, a mash-up of his father’s name and his grandfather’s nickname, and was now managed by Paul Heyman. He won the Intercontinental Championship in June but lost it in November to Big E.

Hennig would later hover around the tag team ranks teaming with David Otunga and Bo Dallas in the ‘B Team’ winning the Raw Tag Team Championships once with each of those partners.

He and Bo Dallas (Taylor Rotunda, the son of Mike ‘I.R.S’ Rotunda) were not only a team in the ring. They also co-starred in The Marine 5: Battleground together as gang members Deacon and Alonzo.