Former WWE Intercontinental and Tag Team Champion Curtis Axel made his return to WWE this week. The former B-Team Member was released by WWE in April 2020 due to budget cuts and has not been seen on WWE TV since then.
While Curtis Axel’s return wasn’t quite what everybody would have expected, fans were happy to see him return to our TV screens. Formerly half of the ill-fated tag team Rybaxel, Curtis Axel’s return showed a new side to him – as a WWE producer
Axel (real name Joe Hennig) appeared as part of the Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins segment on Raw. He helped pull apart the pair as they brawled in the ring as the fans cheered on. Other former WWE stars have been seen before in this role, including Dean Malenko, Jamie Noble and Finlay.
Eagle-eyed fans on Twitter spotted Axel, whose father was the WWE Hall of Famer Mr Perfect, in the segment on Raw and were delighted to see him. Wrestlingnews.co were particularly thrilled, tweeting out that it was “good to see Curtis Axel back on Raw tonight“
Axel returned over a month ago for a try-out backstage at SmackDown, and fans were left in the dark as to whether he was successful in that role. They don’t have to worry any more though as Curtis Axel has returned to WWE full time as a producer, his appearance on Monday Night Raw would suggest.
Fans will best remember Curtis Axel as one half of Rybaxel. Along with Ryback, the duo were an entertaining but often unsuccessful tag team who amplified their personalities while getting beat every week, mostly by Goldust and Stardust.
The duo split amicably on a segment on the WWE App, and it was one of the most heart-warming and real tag team break ups of all time. You can watch that video below.
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