Joseph Curtis "Joe" Hennig is an American professional wrestler who is currently signed to World Wrestling Entertainment under the ring name Michael McGillicutty. Hennig made his professional debut on July 13, 2007 in Waterloo, Iowa for World League Wrestling (WLW). Hennig signed a developmental contract with World Wrestling Entertainment and was assigned to its developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). On September 11, 2008, Hennig and Sebastian Slater defeated Nic Nemeth and Gavin Spears to win the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship. He formed a tag team with Brett DiBiase known as The Fortunate Sons. On January 14, 2010, The Sons won the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship by defeating The Dudebusters.
He made his NXT debut on the June 8 episode, but did not compete in a match. McGillicutty returned on the October 6 edition of WWE Superstars, defeating Percy Watson. McGillicutty then began appearing on the sixth season of NXT, which became the developmental territory for WWE. Hennig is a third generation professional wrestler; his grandfather Larry "The Axe" Hennig, and his father Curt Hennig, were both professional wrestlers.