- Born: 10/1/1979 in Champlin, Minnesota
- Birthname: Curtis Axel
- Height & Weight: 6'3", 228 Ib
- WWE Intercontinental Championship (1 time)
- WWE Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with David Otunga
- FCW Florida Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- FCW Florida Tag Team Championship (4 times) – with Gabe Tuft (1), Heath Miller (1), Brett DiBiase (1) and Kaval (1).
Joseph 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 WWE 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 Curtis Axel, paying tribute to his father “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig and his grandfather Larry “The Axe” Hennig. He was managed by Paul Heyman. Shortly after his debut, he won the WWE Intercontinental Championship. After losing the Intercontinental Championship, and the managerial duties of Paul Heyman, he formed the tag team Rybaxel with Ryback. They challenged for the WWE Tag Team Championships on multiple occasions only to fall short.
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 had not been eliminated from the match and that he thus deserved a match with Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31 for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
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). On the February 23 episode of Raw, Axel announced that he would participate in the second annual André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 31. On the March 23 episode of Raw, Axel would confront guest star Snoop Dogg, only for Snoop to bring out Hulk Hogan to confront Axel, with Hogan and Snoop removing Axel from the ring after Axel tried to attack Hogan. At WrestleMania 31, Axel would be the first man eliminated in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal when Axel was crowd-surfed out of the ring by the other 28 competitors.
w/ David Otunga vs Kane & Big Show on Raw, May 23rd 2011
vs Triple H on Raw, May 20th 2013
vs Chris Jericho on Smackdown, June 7th 2013
vs Wade Barrett & The Miz at Payback 2013
vs Brett DiBiase
vs Tyson Kidd
vs CM Punk
w/ The Nexus vs WWE