Reemerging as Curtis Axel, the former Michael McGillicutty has a tremendous opportunity presented in front of him. Being aligned with Paul Heyman, who also associates himself with the likes of CM Punk and Brock Lesnar, Axel is now in the push of his career. By being paired with Heyman, there is a lot that is expected of Axel. Can he fulfill his potential?
Axel is legitimate, possessing tremendous ability inside of the ring and out. Arguably one of the most underrated work horses in the WWE, Axel had stagnated in the low midcard for nearly 2 years. After a stint in the New Nexus and a forgettable run with the WWE Tag Team Championships, Axel still hadn’t much to show for himself. It wasn’t until he was subject to matches on Superstars and NXT: Redemption where his ability really developed and shined.
In a heated feud with Tyson Kidd, the two had a great program together. Both had fantastic chemistry, blending well with their established heritages and fluid in-ring work. In fact, this was one of the few things that came from this incarnation of NXT that was entertaining. I bring this up, despite it being a year later, to show how much Axel has grown since his initial debut.
Comparative to now, Axel has evolved substantially since the now infamous “Genesis of McGillicutty” promo. Since then, he has developed a comfort in the ring. Now, he shows a considerable amount of ability and intensity, as seen this past Raw.
Things are looking up for his career. This is an opportunity I’m sure he has been working for, and he sure won’t waste. In the near future, I’m certain he will prove himself to be a game changer.