Now a WWE producer, Curtis Axel has named his 2013 victory of the Intercontinental Championship as the best moment of his career.
Although he’s the son of wrestling legend Curt Hennig, Curtis Axel was never a top WWE Superstar, failing to get out of the mid-card for the majority of his career. The real-life Joe Hennig did, however, manage to capture the Intercontinental and Tag Team Championships.
The former of those saw Axel reign for 155 days, first lifting the Intercontinental Championship from Wade Barrett in a Triple Threat match at the 2013 Payback pay-per-view. According to the 42-year-old, this was the best moment of his career.
Curtis Axel acknowledged his title win on Thursday evening, which marked the nine-year anniversary of his championship victory. He tweeted the following alongside a photo of him and Paul Heyman from the event:
“9 years ago today, on Father’s Day, I won The WWE Intercontinental Championship! Greatest moment of my professional wrestling career! #Hennig”
— Joe Hennig (@JoeHennig) June 16, 2022
Curtis Axel maintained the championship until the following November, dropping the title to Big E Langston on the 18 November Raw. He managed to achieve successful defences against a litany of future and former World Champions, including Chris Jericho, The Miz, and Kofi Kingston.
Axel’s only other title success came in the tag team division, winning the WWE Tag Team Championships in 2011 and then again, when they were known as the Raw Tag Team Championships, where he teamed with Bo Dallas as The B-Team. Both reigns were less than 100 days in length.
Released by WWE just a couple of weeks following Black Wednesday in April 2020, Curtis Axel would return to the company as a producer two years after. He was spotted on a recent Raw episode pre-Hell in a Cell, breaking up a brawl between Cody Rhodes and Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins.