Stars in Progress: Curtis Axel, The Shield, Randy Orton

Chris Cash

After a couple of much-needed weeks off, I'm back in full force here on WrestleZone with my weekly columns (Tuesdays and Fridays), the ocassional news posting and, of course, Voice of Wrestling every Monday night from 6:30-7:30 EST.

Plenty to talk about, too, so let's not waste one more second! 

Paul HeymanCurtis Axel – One Step, Period

It's clearly a step up for "Michael McGillicutty", but it's too early to tell for "Curtis Axel". The fact they're doing anything with him is positive though.

And stop getting so bent out of shape over his name. It's not bad enough to prevent him from getting over if it's meant to be. I would go back to "Curt" though, as his initial titan tron graphic seemed to suggest that was at least in the cards at some point.

Paul Heyman can make anyone better on camera as one of his "guys".  But comparable to CM Punk and Brock Lesnar as Paul wanted to suggest in his promo last night? There's no way to know that right now.

Axel has a good look, good ability, and GREAT genes. Now, he has Paul Heyman as a mouthpiece. He couldn't be given a better opportunity. I just hope they don't try to oversell him too quickly. Fans don't tend to react to nobodies being throw into major stories without justification first.

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