Three weeks ago on WWE Monday Night Raw, Paul Heyman revealed his latest client to be the former Michael McGillicutty, now known as Curtis Axel. Having led successful recent runs for both CM Punk and Brock Lesnar, Heyman decided to try his hand at bringing the son of the late Curt Hennig out of relative obscurity.
Up until the night after the Extreme Rules event, many fans may had forgotten Axel was even a member of the roster anymore. After all, he rarely made a televised appearance.
Since aligning himself with Heyman, Axel has picked up three consecutive wins on Raw over the likes of Triple H and John Cena, albeit by count-out all three times. Axel has shone on Friday Night Smackdown as well with back-to-back wins over Sin Cara.
It appears WWE is ready to take Axel from a guy who barely got on television to one of the company's top stars.
That begs the question, is there anyone else with whom Heyman could do this?
Heyman has a long, successful history as a manager, helping guide the careers of Superstars such as Sabu, Rob Van Dam, Rick Rude and even Mark Callous, the man who would later become The Undertaker. But if he is able to take Axel to the top, it may be his best job yet.
If WWE creative sees enough in Axel to give him an opportunity such as this, here is a list of five more Superstars who would be reborn by becoming one of Heyman's prized clients.
Alex Riley debuted on Season 2 of the WWE NXT television show with The Miz serving as his pro. Riley did well for himself on the show, finishing as a co-runner-up to the eventual winner, Kaval.
The pairing of Riley and The Miz did so well on the show that they brought Riley onto the main roster to be somewhat of a lackey to The Miz. It was during this time that Miz would become WWE champion.
The Miz would later get rid of his cohort after losing the title and failing to get it back. After a brief feud, a match was signed between the two to take place at Capitol Punishment.
Riley won the match, but that was in June of 2011. Since then, he has basically done nothing and WWE has given him few opportunities.
Riley is already a superb talker on the microphone, something Heyman would only enhance. Seeing him with Heyman in an antagonistic role would do wonders for his career.
Curt Hawkins is another talent that WWE has completely neglected.
Hawkins has had some success in WWE as a tag-team competitor while teaming with Superstars such as Zack Ryder, Vance Archer and Tyler Reks. He and Ryder won the WWE Tag Team titles in July 2008.
While Ryder was given a chance to compete solo, Hawkins never got off the starting blocks, being relegated to shows like WWE Superstars or being pummeled by a newcomer like Brodus Clay.
Hawkins is very solid in the ring. If the right person were to get behind him, he could go a long way. At only 28 years old, there is still time for that to happen.
Drew McIntyre was once referred to as the "Chosen One." That moniker didn't come from just anyone; it came from WWE CEO Vince McMahon.
It doesn't take much to realize that McIntyre is a very skilled Superstar, so why is he being saddled with being a member of 3MB, a group reserved for comic relief that loses most every match?
McIntyre is a former WWE Intercontinental and Tag Team champion who has competed at WrestleMania twice. However, since an incident (SES Scoops via PW Insider) between him and his former wife in August 2010 which led to her arrest, McIntyre's win-loss record has taken a sharp nosedive.
That was nearly three years ago. It's time to move past it because McIntyre is too talented to be kept down for this long.
Someone like Paul Heyman would immediately make him a legit threat in the WWE again. That is, after he lost the leather jacket and air guitar, of course.
Tyson Kidd is one of the better in-ring technicians in all of WWE right now, yet he rarely makes an appearance on television.
He is another Superstar who has achieved his greatest success in WWE through the tag team ranks, but he has held 12 championships in the various companies he has competed for aside from WWE.
Kidd is under 6'0" and isn't the best on the microphone, two things that likely hold him back in WWE. Paul Heyman would be an immediate fix to the talking issue, the same way he has been for Brock Lesnar.
Kidd has ties to the Hart family and was the final graduate ever of the famed Hart Dungeon. For those reasons alone, he should be doing a lot more in WWE than he is at the moment.
Unlike most of the Superstars on this list, Ted DiBiase has been given ample opportunity in WWE; it just hasn't worked out.
Dibiase become a Tag Team champion in his first match. He then became a member of the group Legacy, something that seemed destined to make him a star.
After the three men went their separate ways, WWE tried everything with DiBiase. It gave him the Million Dollar title. It put him with Maryse. It even brought in Virgil. For whatever reason, the filthy rich character just didn't catch on with him the same way it did his father in the 1980s.
DiBiase has floundered in WWE for the better part of two years, battling injuries in between being used sparingly on television. He hasn't had a prominent role for nearly a year since a mini-feud with Jinder Mahal.
Paul Heyman has a great understanding as well as a strong passion for the history of the business. He could take DiBiase to new heights, the exact same way he has with Curtis Axel.
The combination of Heyman and DiBiase may make more sense than any on this list.