WWE Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel recently spoke with NorfolkNavyFlagship.com to hype WWE's show in Norfolk. Axel discussed many topics and here are the highlights from that interview.
On who helps him with his promo work and ring mentality:
Paul Heyman. Just being with that guy – listening to him before the show and after the show, riding up and down the roads with him between events. He has so much information. He's like a library – he's got stories, and if you have questions, he has answers. He is the best tool I've got right now. When I am off the road – my grandfather. I talk to him two or three days a week. He has critiques of my work. He is super old-school, which I have to take into consideration, but he is a beast.
When asked about his feelings about being part of the only father/son combination to win the Intercontinental Championship:
Leading up to that whole pay-per-view, the whole week before, the thoughts going through my head were, "What was going to happen if I were to win? What was I going to be thinking?" My grandfather (Larry "The Axe" Hennig"), I talked to him about it. When I finally won at Payback, man – I just couldn't stop thinking about my dad ("Mr. Perfect" Curt Hennig). Holding that same Intercontinental Championship that he held. He would bring (it) home and I would hold it and wear it as a kid. I now possess this thing. I had goose bumps and was pretty emotional. My grandfather and mother were emotional about the whole thing, too. (My father and I) never got to stand in the same ring as each other, but now I feel honored that I get to stand in the record books with him.