Curtis Axel Released
WWE announced on their website that Curtis Axel has been released. There was no other statement but just two sentences to say good-bye to the former Intercontinental Champion and two-time tag team champion.
Axel is the son of the late Curt Hennig (Mr. Perfect). He debuted WWE in a Smackdown taping with the ring name Joe Hennig in a tag team match. Axel's and his partner, Steve Fender, lost to Festus & Jesse.
Three years later, Axel returned as Michael McGillicutty and partnered with Kofi Kingston during a tag team match. He would square off in many singles matches until he partnered with Husky Harris (known as Bray Wyatt). Axel and Harris would lose their first tag team title shot against Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov.
On May 23, 2011, Axel and David Otunga defeated Kane and The Big Show to become the new tag team champions. They would go on for three months and five title defenses on a winning streak before losing the titles to Evan Bourne and Kofi Kingston.
On June 16, 2013, WWE Payback, Axel challenged The Miz and Wade Barret in an Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat Match. Axel, managed by Paul Heyman, was thrown out the ring. He would then return and pinned Barret while The Miz had the figure-four locked for the victory. Axel would go on and defend the championship 31 times against The Miz, Wade Barrett, Antonio Cesaro, Kofi Kingston, and R-Truth. On November 18, 2013, he would lose the title against Big E Langston.
Axel would have one more success as he partnered with Bo Dallas. They would win the RAW Tag Team titles over Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy.
WWE wishes Axel all the best in his future endeavors.