As great as he has been for so many wrestlers' careers, Paul Heyman is not always King Midas and Curtis Axel is not guaranteed stardom by having him in his corner.
Heyman's list of clients includes impressive names like Steve Austin (before he was Stone Cold), Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker (before he was The Undertaker) and the Original Midnight Express, among others. Having Axel join the growing WWE list of Paul Heyman guys is a great idea, but it's not one that will equal automatic success.
Heyman has also managed wrestlers who haven’t gone on to do great things, who haven't collected championships or become household names.
For every Lesnar, there is a Heidenreich.
Axel is surely hoping to become much more like the former than the latter. Heyman's hands are capable of creating gold, but as you'll see by the careers of the men on this list, the alchemical powers of those hands don't always work.
That lack of success for some of these examples can be at least partially attributed to Heyman's relationship with them not lasting long enough. WWE would be wise, then, to be patient with Axel and let this pairing develop.