WWE Universe, say hello to Curtis Axel.
Joining the ranks for Brock Lesnar and CM Punk, the former Michael McGillicutty has now had a new name and new persona bestowed upon him by the maker of champions, Paul Heyman.
At 33 years of age, this move could not have come at a better time for the third generation superstar. With his time on the main roster being spent mainly serving as an enhancement talent, Axel now has a great opportunity to finally make a lasting impact that will fulfill the hype that Heyman is building.
And Heyman is just the man to do it.
Axel is not known as a great talker, which is something that Heyman will fix. By letting his client do his talking with his stellar in-ring work, Heyman can be his mouthpiece in interviews. That relationship has the potential to be a very fruitful one.
The son of the late "Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig, a WWE Hall of Famer and two-time WWF Intercontinental champion, Axel automatically has the wrestling pedigree to create some buzz. add to that the fact that his grandfather is Larry "the Axe" Hennig, a wrestling legend who had a great deal of success in the AWA in the 1960's and 1970's, and you have the makings of a true superstar in the works.
In addition, he was the training partner for The Rock leading up to his match at the Royal Rumble with CM Punk, as well as Heyman's client Brock Lesnar, who was preparing for his match with Triple H at Wrestlemania XXIX.
With the magnitude of those training partners, it stood to reason that the company would throw him directly to the wolves, which happened immediately when Triple H interrupted Heyman's build-up speech introducing Axel. It looked as if the up-and-coming talent would be quickly vanquished, as Triple H quickly slapped him and demanded a match.
And while Axel certainly got in his share of offense during the encounter, the WWE Universe was left with more questions than answers when it came to the youngster, as the match ended in a no contest after Triple H could no longer continue due to the lasting effects of his match with Lesnar at Extreme Rules.
Could a feud with Triple H be in the works? Probably not. It stands to reason that he will now be written off of WWE programming for a short while at least so that he may deal with his injury. But that leaves Axel with no immediate opponent, and no real direction.
A title run seems unlikely at the moment, as it would be somewhat ill-advised and fast to have him make a run at John Cena's WWE Championship. Plus Cena has his hands full at the moment with Ryback.
And both lesser titles in the company, the Intercontinental championship and United States title are currently held by heel wrestlers, Wade Barrett and the Shield's Dean Ambrose, respectively.
Many wrestling fans forget that Axel has already seen championship glory with the company, winning the WWE Tag Team titles with David Otunga in May 2011. He also had success in the WWE's developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling, where he had a reign as FCW Heavyweight champion, as well as three reigns as a tag team champion with multiple partners.
An interesting scenario could play out however, if Barrett does end up losing the Intercontinental title to Sin Cara.
In recent weeks, it was reported by Wrestlezone.com that Axel had tweeted several times about the Mexican superstar, and not in a positive way.
Should that situation come about, it may create the "perfect" scenario for Axel to make an immediate impact on the WWE.
By quickly winning a championship, one that his father held on two occasions, and avenging a loss to an opponent that he deems inferior, Axel could be primed to be a force in the WWE for years to come.
And with Paul Heyman at his side, there is no limit to what Curtis Axel can eventually do.
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