When I first looked at Curtis Axel and his "new" look, I could not help but think of him as a young Arn Anderson—a rugged guy with a good look who will be a tireless performer for the WWE and come close to winning the world title.
But, he falls short.
Axel is a great addition to the company and as the newest "Paul Heyman Guy," but his arrival may have come at the wrong.time. He is another heel in an era where there are too many in the company. There is no true forward thinking by the WWE as to where his character could be headed.
While I hope he is not another "Rocky Maivia" when Dwayne Johnson first made his appearance in the WWF, I see Axel in a role that is familiar to wrestling fans—one they have seen before in the actions of Randy Orton as the "Legend Killer."
Axel has beaten Triple H and John Cena. Both were on technicalities, but a win is a win. He looked good in the ring with both veteran superstars.
Will the trend continue? Will we see Axel face Orton or Chris Jericho or another established WWE hero? While The Miz is locked in a feud with Wade Barrett, he would be a great challenge for the third-generation superstar.
We also must see what happens when CM Punk returns to the WWE and is side by side with Axel and their associate, Paul Heyman.
But in the meantime, here are some questions that need to be answered on Monday night.
Will we see CM Punk on Monday night?
I know I sound like a broken record, but Chris Jericho has a point. CM Punk has been off the screen for seven weeks now while others have been trying to hold it together.
At some point, the "Second City Saint" will need to address the idea of having Paul Heyman doing his bidding for him. It could ultimately lead to the split-up that has Punk make the turn back to face in the WWE.
Is there more transformation in store for Daniel Bryan?
I don't know how to write about this one. Bryan has been the enigma of the WWE lately, having emotional outbursts about being the weak link in the ring with his tag team partner, Kane.
Then we see Bryan in top form against The Shield. He is just mad, bro.
But seriously, Bryan is such an amazing talent. He needs to pick a side and stay on it. I'd like to see him in a program with The Miz, Chris Jericho or Dolph Ziggler.
Is there more from Bray Wyatt?
It is so odd to watch a vignette from Wyatt, whose presence is being felt in the WWE from the outside in. Is the company strong enough for two heel factions without a true wolf pack to come and rescue the company?
It would appear that would be a negative right now, but the WWE will soldier on.
When will Dolph Ziggler wrestle?
He did appear at a live event on Saturday. This could signal he will return to action soon. Will he be on Raw Monday night? I don't know.
According to wrestlinginc.com, Ziggler was at a Saturday live event in Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pa., and consoled AJ Lee after losing her match to Kaitlyn.
Ziggler said that the doctor did not clear him to wrestle, but he was going to watch Big E Langston defeat Alberto Del Rio in a No-DQ match. The match happened next, but Ziggler and AJ were ejected from ringside after interfering.
When he returns is anyone's guess.