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Report: Curtis Axel And Ariya Daivari Had Tryouts As WWE Producers At 4/8 WWE SmackDown

WWE reportedly tried out two familiar names as producers at the April 8 episode of WWE SmackDown.

Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful Select reported that Joe Hennig, formerly known as Curtis Axel, worked the show as a producer, and he specifically worked on the Sasha Banks vs. Liv Morgan match alongside Tyson Kidd. Hennig, the son of Curt Mr. Perfect” Hennig, came up in WWE’s developmental system and was with the company from 2007 to 2020. He was released in a wave of budget cuts on April 30, 2020, and he hasn’t wrestled since.

Ariya Daivari also received a tryout as a producer on Friday night. He worked under Abyss to produce the match between Sami Zayn and Drew McIntyre. Daivari started working with WWE in 2016; he was primarily featured on 205 Live before he was released in a round of cuts on June 25, 2021. Since then, he has worked dates with New Japan Pro-Wrestling, NWA, and AEW, among other promotions. His brother, Shawn currently works for WWE as a producer.

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