Curtis was the best part of NXT in it's dying days (before it got turned in to the developmental territory) and I'm actually a big fan of his. Hopefully this works out for him, he's a cool dude judging by his episode on the AOW podcast. I'm not going to judge until I've seen it - I'm sure everyone hated Goldust's gimmick when he first debuted, and he turned out to be one of the best loved gimmicks of all time.
Agreed. I really hope that Curtis can make this work though, since I'm not sure how many more chances he'll get. If it's done right and more importantly, if it's given time to develop before the plug is pulled, he could be a solid addition to the roster. It'll probably only ever be a midcard to lowcard gimmick, but that's okay as long as he can make something out of it. Like you, I'm reserving judgment until I've seen it on TV for a month or two.