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The biggest obstacle for Axel is the hype that currently surrounds him. Whether it's from the fans who have been begging to see him used as a continuation of his father's legacy since he first appeared in NXT, or the fans who only know him as Heyman's new client—it's a lot of hype.
Axel is being compared to Lesnar and Punk because of his association with Heyman.
Nobody really knew Lesnar when he debuted and was dubbed “The Next Big Thing.”
Even as aggressive as the hardcore fans of wrestling can be, on the grand scale, CM Punk wasn't known or held to significant expectation when arriving in WWE.
Axel has the hype to be as significant as those two Heyman clients, and live up to the family name.
Lesnar and Punk also became Heyman's clients in a very organic fashion, without much build.
Axel has the perfect build and stage for success—but it's going to take perfect execution to simultaneously overcome failure with his look, age and the hype that surrounds him.