WWE wrestler Michael McGillicutty (a/k/a Joe Hennig) appeared on the Extreme Pro Wrestling Radio show on KFAN on Sunday. Highlights are below.
On the origins of his name: “Well, that came to me as a surprise, actually. I wrestled my whole career, when I started with Harley Race and when I wrestled in the developmental territory down in Tampa, as Joe Hennig. And then when I got called up to the main roster with NXT, they gave me the name Michael McGillicutty.
“I don’t know, man. I’ve tried to pick this apart and tried to figure out how I got this name. The story I’ve heard was they were on Vince’s (McMahon) jet and they were talking about… It all comes down to intellectual property. They want to own the rights to your name. They were coming up with new names for guys. There was Husky Harris, there was another guy, and there was me, Michael McGillicutty.
“Vince said, ‘I’ve want to have a guy with a strong Irish name. I’ve always wanted to name a guy Michael McGillicutty. It’s a strong I