Well, I guess the old saying is true, "one man's loss is another man's gain."
The WWE revealed during Monday night's Raw that Curtis Axel would be taking the place of the freshly injured Fandango at Sunday night's Payback.
Much like some of you, I feel like this move is a bit premature, as Axel literally just got repackaged three weeks ago and has yet to make a legit impact.
Don't get me wrong, he has been involved in a high-profile storyline and has taken on some of the company's top stars, yet he hasn't officially won without controversy. Personally, I think Axel needs another month or so to get his character over.
Overall, he is amazing in the ring, and with Paul Heyman at his side, he should be virtually unstoppable. However, I feel his full potential has yet to be reached and should not be involved in a midcard title match at a pay-per-view.
That being said, I get why the company felt it needed to add him in, as The Miz against Wade Barrett for the title is kind of lacking some juice and a third party catalyst may bring back some interest to this bout.
In the end, I am not a part of the WWE or its creative team, so my say really means nothing. The best we can hope for is to see a solid match featuring three solid ring workers and an outcome we all can live with.