Lacing SCOTT STEINER's boots
Join Date: Nov 2012
Re: JIM'S GYM PRESENTS TDL DOJO #1.
Is Curtis Axel the right guy to be Heyman's new "project"?
I remember the buzz surrounding the announcement of a new 'Heyman Guy'. Speculation was running rampant and every name out of the sun was being thrown out as a possibility. We all sat and waited that night to see what WWE had in store and who Heyman's new project would be. Heyman came out to the ring and cut a fantastic promo and perfectly set up the debut of the new Heyman guy and then it fell. Just like that. The crowd ready to erupt, kept silent as the man formerly known as 'Michael McGillicutty' made his way to the ring. The fans invested just a short few minutes ago, were now waiting for the segment to quickly end. Don't get me wrong, I don't have anything wrong with Curtis Axel. Whilst my excitement fell at the announcement, I was looking forward to which direction WWE may go with the new Heyman guy which kept my interest locked tightly for several weeks.
After giving it a chance week after week, I concluded that they were not going to anywhere with Axel. Many things define what someone needs to be to make it. Whilst I appreciate Axel's ring work and the kid seems like he wants to go places, he's not someone I or other fans can invest in. I say that as a fan that is willing to give things a chance by WWE and doesn't get too angry about the current going ons. No matter how bad the state of the WWE may be. Axel has the right frame of mind, he seems to want to be successful and he seems like a good guy that appreciates the business, but he's never going to be a World Champion. Nothing about him screams that. Things can be worked on and that's why I gave Axel a chance, he doesn't have the best look in my honest opinion and his mic skills are average at best whilst Heyman does most of the work.
Mic skills are never a requirement to reach it to the top, but you have to sell a feud in other areas too if promos aren't your strong point. That is clearly not Axel's strong point, but every feud and match he has been in has been very uninteresting to watch and I've spent the majority of his matches waiting for it to end. Axel can work well with other opponents and his ring work at times is quite strong, but he doesn't have that intensity and selling point that is needed to really invest me in a match or feud. Take someone like Cody Rhodes for example, whilst he isn't in the best place in WWE and has recently took a break; his last match with Randy Orton was one of the best worked matches I've seen in a while. I really like Cody Rhodes, but I've not been invested in much he has done recently and for a match with little build before it aired on RAW, it was one of the best matches of the year.
After trying to convince myself that Axel would get better, I have just lost hope. I don't like saying that about a wrestler as they work hard, but I barely remember anything significant from Axel's intercontinental championship reign than when he won it. His upcoming match is at Night of a Champions in a Handicap Elimination match with Heyman against Punk. Axel and Punk is not the selling point of the match and if that was the actual match by itself, not many would be looking forward to it. CM Punk has gone from one of the biggest SummerSlam matches in recent memory to a throwaway match with Axel. While this is a rub for Axel, I can barely remember anything memorable about the feud aside from the angle with Punk and Heyman. Punk facing Heyman is what everyone really wants to see and that's what they will be cheering for during the match, not Axel working with Punk.
Eventually, someone will take the title from Axel and he will continue to decline. WWE gave him a chance and they have seen that it didn't work. Heyman will abandon him for someone else and his Title Reign will be rarely mentioned again. On Conclusion, something big needs to happen or a vast improvement in Axel, for me to care about him or anything he does anymore. No matter how much WWE might want Axel to work, if the fans don't want it, that makes a dull and unresponsive environment that is never wanted if Axel is ever included in any big match-ups.