What will Paul E. do with CM Punk on hiatus and Brock Lesnar a part timer at best? He needed a project, something to keep one of the WWE's best talkers on TV—and now he's got one.
Heyman introduced Joe Hennig, son of the late Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig, as Curtis Axel. Axel has promise, but he's greeted with crickets showing Heyman's got his work cut out for him.
One thing about Axel—if he makes it big, he will truly have started from the very bottom. And he'll have Paul Heyman to thank for his success.
Paul Heyman introduced Curtis Axel as the latest Paul Heyman guy.
"I get it. I understand. When it's a Paul Heyman guy who exposes one of your heroes, I'm the one exposed to your boos....Boo me all you want." —Paul Heyman.
"Boo." —Jerry Lawler.
"History won't record "boo, cheer, we hate you Paul Heyman.'...history will record that Triple H went down to my client a loser." —Heyman.
"Triple H had to tuck his sledgehammer between his legs and go back home to mommy." —Heyman.
"It's time for your Sports Center moment...you're all here tonight to witness history. Ladies and gentlemen, now is the time to hit record." —Heyman.
"I give to you the newest Paul Heyman guy." —Heyman.
"In the Alice and Wonderland mentality of WWE why isn't this man a superstar already? It's all because legacy isn't something that gives you nepotistic opportunities anymore. It's an albatross." —Heyman.
"Ladies and gentlemen Curtis Axel."
"I guess you weren't paying attention. Ladies and gentlemen Curtis Axel."
"This kid can go." —JBL on Axel.
"Wow, you can really whip up a batch of Kool Aid can't you?" —Triple H.
"I'm not embarrassed about a damn thing from last night. I went to war with Brock Lesnar. And you're damn right. He beat me, just like I beat him at WrestleMania." —Triple H.
"He limped away from that battle, Paul." —Triple H.
"You know what would make me happy? Solely because I can? To come out here and beat the ever-loving crap out of you." —Triple H to Heyman.
"I don't think you understand. The game around here has changed. You want to talk to him? How about you talk to me first?" —Axel.
"This is baptism by fire." JBL on Axel vs. Triple H.
While I understand that Curtis Axel pays tribute to both pa and grandpa Henning (Larry was known as the Axe), I don't really care for it. Maybe it will grow on me?
I'm excited to see how Axel does. He's set up for success. How long will it take WWE to blow it?