Paul Heyman has an eye for talent, and he helps elevate that talent in a big way.
Heyman has helped Brock Lesnar become a household name to wrestling fans, he brought The Big Show to the WWE Championship about a decade ago, and he brought CM Punk to the WWE about eight years ago and helped elevate him further than he already was last year.
He has even managed some big names like Rick Rude, and future megastars like The Undertaker. “Paul Heyman Guys” is what they’re known as, and the WWE Universe got to see the next one this past Monday on Raw.
Formerly Michael McGillicutty, Curtis Axel was Heyman’s next hand-selected Superstar. The son of “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig paid homage to his lineage by taking his father’s first name and adopting his grandfather’s nickname, “The Axe,” as his last.
This is a great call by WWE. When they announced on Raw that Heyman was going to reveal a new client, I feared that it would be an already established Superstar or a returning one. An up-and-coming wrestler deserved the opportunity to work with Heyman, and that’s exactly what happened.
I’ve been a fan of Axel since his NXT days. I always thought he was a great in-ring talent, which was evident by his matches on Superstars. With a company full of established talent like Punk, John Cena, Randy Orton, Sheamus and any more, he was lost in the fold like many other Superstars trying to make a name for themselves.
Axel can get the job done in the ring, and add in Heyman’s star power as a manager in the mouthpiece role, and things are looking up for Curtis Axel.
I wasn’t too happy about how his first match was made all about Triple H and his “concussion,” but in the end, it’s a good storyline. As seen on SmackDown, Axel and Heyman took credit for taking out the Game. So the match being about Triple H ultimately made everything about Curtis Axel.