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FCW Sunshine: Joe Hennig (Curtis Axel)

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Hello everyone, this is Vaude Influence.

This week will be the last week I’m going to do something special for FCW Sunshine for a while.

The format will be the same as usual as I get to give out my thoughts on the wrestler and the video of the wrestler being in it as well. However, this time, I have a special guest that will also give their thoughts on the wrestler and the video of the wrestler being in it as well.

This will be the last special edition of FCW Sunshine for a while and I just want to thank my special guests for being a part of it.

My special guest for this week’s FCW Sunshine is none other than Wrestlecorp User OriginalSinner.

Anyway, let’s get started shall we?


Topic/Subject: Today, I will be showing a match that involves a third generation wrestler.

Wrestler: “The Axeman” Joe Henning (Curtis Axel/Michael McGillicutty).

Background Information: Joe Henning is billed from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He made his professional debut on July 13, 2007 in Waterloo, Iowa, for World League Wrestling (WLW), teaming with Ted DiBiase, Jr. to defeat Dinn T. Moore and Branden Tatum by disqualification.

He later went on an nine-month winning streak in WLW before suffering his first singles loss to “Wild” Wade Chism.

On March 31, 2007, he along with his mother, siblings, and his grandfather represented his father “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig at the 2007 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony by accepting the award on his behalf.

On October 26, 2007, on an episode of SmackDown, he teamed with Steve Fender in a loss to Jesse and Festus.

He signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment and was assigned to its developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW).

Throughout his FCW career, he became a Florida Heavyweight Champion and a 3x Florida Tag Team Champion. He competed in FCW until he was brought up to the main roster full-time.

On June 1, 2010, it was announced that he would take part in the second season of NXT, using the ring name Michael McGillicutty, with Kofi Kingston as his pro.

He made his NXT debut on June 8, 2010, but did not compete in a match. He made his in-ring debut on June 15, 2010, teaming with Kingston in a tag team match, where they defeated Mark Henry and Lucky Cannon.

In the season finale on August 31, 2010, he ended the competition in second place, being beaten by Kaval. At the end of the show, he turned heel by attacking Kaval with the other eliminated rookies.

In October 2010, at Hell in a Cell, he and Husky Harris disguised themselves as fans and interfered during the match between John Cena and Wade Barrett.

His and Harris’ identities were revealed on the following day’s episode of Raw, though Barrett claimed he had not asked for their help and refused to make them full-time members of The Nexus. The following week, he and Harris interfered in a match between Cena and The Miz, costing Cena the match and prompting Barrett to give them the opportunity to win membership in The Nexus.

On October 18, 2010, on an episode of Raw, he and Harris were unable to earn a place in The Nexus when they lost to Cena and Randy Orton in a tag team match. Despite this, Barrett confirmed both he and Harris were members on October 25, 2010.

On May 20, 2013, on an episode of Raw, he 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, he embarked on a series of notable matches against Triple H and John Cena, gaining controversial victories over both men.

He then feuded with CM Punk alongside Paul Heyman. He was set to team with Heyman in an elimination handicap match against Punk at Night of Champions.

He and Ryback won a non title match against Cody Rhodes and 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 March 28, 2014, on an 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.

As Ryback got injured and later returned as a fan favorite again going solo, RybAxel broke up and he went back to being a singles wrestler.

At the Royal Rumble, he 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), he 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.

He 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 him 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 May 11, 2015, on an episode of Raw, he turned face when he shook hands with Damien Sandow (dressed as “Macho Mandow”), similar to the handshake of The Mega Powers when they formed a tag team. He impersonated Hulk Hogan, billed as Axelmania, teaming up with Sandow as The Mega Powers in a losing effort against the Ascension at Payback kickoff.

Due to the situation with Hulk Hogan and his termination from the company and the WWE’s complete disassociation with Hogan, the AxelMania gimmick used by him since early 2015 has been dropped and he turned back to Curtis Axel.

He would later then team up with Bo Dallas, Adam Rose, Heath Slater to form the Social Outcasts. He would then enter the 2016 Royal Rumble Match for the WWE Championship, claiming he never lost the 2015 Rumble, but he would be eliminated by AJ Styles.

Throughout his WWE career, he became a WWE Intercontinental Champion and a WWE Tag Team Champion. He still competes in WWE to this day being a part of the Social Outcasts.


Curtis Axel Net Worth - Salary 2016

He is a third generation professional wrestler; his grandfather Larry “The Axe” Hennig, his uncle Jesse Hennig and his father Curt Hennig were all professional wrestlers.

My Thoughts: Joe Henning is a very interesting individual. Even though he lacks character and charisma, the man has a good look, the guy has a presence about him when he’s in the ring, and he’s a great wrestler. Sha! Sha! Sha! Sha!

OriginalSinner’s Thoughts: Very talented wrestler. Let him be charismatic and you got a star.

Video: This video contains a match between Joe Hennig and Sheamus O’Shaunessy for the Florida Heavyweight Championship in 2009.

OriginalSinner’s Thoughts: Great match and Joe Hennig is a great wrestler which was shown in this match. He can really uphold Mr. Perfect’s legacy. Not as good as his dad, but still really good.

My Thoughts: This was a good match between these two men. Joe Henning did well in this match as he tries to show the world that he could be a great wrestler just like his father.

The moves that Joe Hennig did for his comeback was pretty cool. Also, you can see the heart and determination of Joe Henning trying to do everything in his power to fight back and get the win.

Unfortunately, the match went into a no contest as Sheamus O’Shaunessy pushed the referee out of the way. However, even after the match, the intensity that Joe Hennig showed when he went after Sheamus O’Shaunessy with the referees and the FCW locker room blocking him was insane.

It’s a shame that WWE isn’t using him to his full potential as I think he could be a great mid-carder for WWE and possibly a good main eventer if given the chance.

Regardless, even though he’s not like his father, he is talented in his own right. Sha! Sha! Sha! Sha!


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