Curtis Axel has been released by WWE.
News of the former Intercontinental Champion's released was made official with a two-sentence paragraph on WWE's official website.
WWE has come to terms on the release of Curtis Axel.
We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
Axel, the son of the late "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig, first joined WWE on a developmental deal in 2007, becoming the FCW Heavyweight and Tag Team Champion. He then went on to take part in the second season of NXT, later becoming part of The Nexus stable as Michael McGillicutty. Axel also won the WWE Tag Team Championship with David Otunga.
After The Nexus (later The New Nexus) was disbanded, Axel returned to NXT before making his way back to Raw and SmackDown. After wins against John Cena, Triple H and Chris Jericho, Axel won the Intercontinental Championship in a triple threat match at the 2013 edition of Payback.
In the years following his Intercontinental Championship win, Axel was a part of a number of different factions and tag teams, including the Miztourage and The Social Outcasts. Axel also teamed up with Bo Dallas as part of the B-Team and the duo ended up winning the Raw Tag Team Championship. Axel's last match was against Daniel Bryan on the February 28 episode of SmackDown.