Curtis Axel replaces the injured Fandango in this Triple Threat match. While Fandango may be more over at the moment, Axel is an upgrade in terms of ring skills. The match now becomes an interesting blend of brawling, technical wrestling and showmanship.
Wade Barrett consistently puts on solid matches, and adding Axel to the mix freshens things up between the intercontinental champ and Miz.
All three guys possess a lot of untapped potential but aren't among the very best in the ring as of now.
It's not WWE's fault that the storyline going into this match isn't anything special. The company was building up a three-way dance and a certain ballroom dancer is now out of the equation.
Miz and Barrett have a history. They traded the IC title earlier this year in April, but they don't have any particularly interesting reasons for disliking each other.
Enter Axel, who is on a mission to prove himself but has no previous bad blood with Barrett and Miz, especially if WWE isn't going to acknowledge Axel's history with the Nexus.
Had Fandango's injury occurred a week or two earlier, WWE would have had more time to stir up the hatred between these men, but as it stands, it comes off as a bit random.
What's at Stake?
The IC title was once a championship that meant much more. Now it feels like more of a curse than a trophy. Since wearing this strap, Barrett has lost on seemingly a weekly basis.
It's hard to then sell the title as something worth beating each other down over.
This will end up being more about Axel's rise to the top. After earning count-out victories over Triple H and John Cena, Axel gets into a match where there are no count-outs.
Fans will have to tune into to see if WWE is willing to let him stop his winning streak just yet, or if Axel follows in his father's footsteps and becomes IC champ.