Welcome to part two of my WWE Character Turns series, in which we take a closer look at the various gimmick-changes that the company have instigated over the past few weeks.
Since WrestleMania 29 alone, a number of top stars have seen their personas altered—such as the recently returning CM Punk who was the subject of the first instalment of this series.
Others include the likes of Ryback, who turned heel to feud with John Cena for the WWE Championship, and more recently Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio, who are currently battling it out for the World Heavyweight Championship.
But perhaps the most intriguing of these character turns is the one that has involved neither of the company’s top two title belts. Furthermore, it has also been the most drastic adjustment of all.
I am of course referring to the emergence of Curtis Axel.
After a number of years in the wilderness of developmental, the son of Curt Hennig has finally been given the opportunity to shine. In this article, we assess Axel’s success thus far and of course the long-term potential that this up-and-coming star possesses.
But first let’s start with the turn itself.