WWE Midcarder Getting Pushed; Another Regressing, Total Divas Star, Cena's Health, Punk & Bryan Behind The Scenes

It seems like Curtis Axel's push to becoming WWE Intercontinental Champion hinged on his alliance with Paul Heyman. With his reign being a bit of a disappointment, what do you see for Axel after his rematch against Big E Langston at Survivor Series on Sunday?

This is something we've talked about a lot lately but it's safe to say the Curtis Axel push didn't work. WWE put the rocket pack on him and put him in the ring with Triple H and John Cena before giving him a reign as Intercontinental Champion. The thinking was the gimmick makeover with Paul Heyman would help elevate him. I was optimistic about the gimmick out of the gate but it didn't translate. One thing I pointed out in this week's Premium Mailbag was that he struggled in his promos and the fans never bought him.

Axel's rematch against Big E Langston for the Intercontinental Championship at Survivor Series on Sunday is a case of workers going in opposite directions. Big E Langston's stock in surging and this is a push Vince McMahon has wanted to give him for months. We'll see how it plays out but right now Langston's star is brighter and it'll be up to him to take full advantage of the opportunity.

Why is WWE pushing Eva Marie instead of JoJo? I can't think of anything good to say about Eva's work but JoJo on the other hand, seems to have potential to be really good.

In-ring work has little to nothing to do with how WWE pushes their female talent. It's not a major factor in pushing their male superstars but the Divas division is even less about it. WWE officials feel Eva Marie looks like a star and has the potential to be one of the faces of the Divas division. It doesn't matter that she's green as grass in the ring, she has the look and WWE is showcasing her for it. For those that missed it Thursday morning, Total Divas has been renewed for a second season and we posted some photos looking back at season 1 at this link.

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  • ken

    ‘revolutionary in that they really helped change the WWE mindset of top indy guys translating to top WWE guys.’

    Lol Richard, they’re not even letting Indy guys in anymore with the coming of the performance center.

    • Not my point. Pretty much everyone has to go to the WWE Performance Center after getting signed. WWE wants to make sure people are “trained their way” before getting called up. What Punk and Bryan did was show that while they didn’t fit the stereotypical WWE mold but were capable of using their talent to get to the top. This has opened up the door for Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Sami Zayn, Kassius Ohno (road bump) and now Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards are close to signing. They changed it whether you believe it or not.

      • Justin Lal

        This is very true. Before Punk and Bryan came in WWE had a specific style of wrestler that they were looking for. This isn’t to say that style wasn’t successful, because it worked. Just look at the 4 top guys that came out of OVW: Batista, Brock, Orton and Cena. But for guys like Rollins, Ambrose, Zayn, and others they wouldn’t be given this opportunity had it not been for Punk and Bryan. I think some fans may think WWE should focus more on the Indy route in finding talent. But I still think their current method of signing talent on developmental deals works. Their two biggest rising stars were signed on those deals: Big E. Langston and Roman Reigns.

        • Bob’s Diner

          Both those men still have a long way to go, but they are young and there are certainly opportunities for them. But to discount what some of the indy guys like Sami Zayn have to offer is ignorant. Producing guys in the cookie-cutter mold the way they have the last 10 years has hindered the business and is one of the reasons why we have been stuck with the same 4 guys at the top of the card for so long. Showing people with different styles and personalities makes it more interesting

  • Chris

    Is dean ambrose not an Indy star?

    • As mentioned below, Ambrose was a guy that benefitted from what Punk did.

      • Jesse Sherwood

        Yes, but the former Jon Moxley also benefited from the fact that WWE rehired Bryan and let him finish his Indy dates, which gave WWE their first look at him.

        • And they’ll continue to benefit. Getting signed, especially a developmental deal, is one thing but becoming WWE Champion is another. If you would have said 10 years ago that Bryan Danielson and CM Punk would have both held this honor, you would have been laughed out of the room.

          • Jesse Sherwood


          • Tim

            Cm punk, Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, and dean Ambrose. If two of these four were to main event wrestlemania in the coming years. Which two would you want.

          • Jesse Sherwood

            Can I not just choose a Fatal 4-Way?

            Barring that, I’d love to see Punk vs. Ambrose. Both men’s styles compliment each other.

  • K!NG

    Big E Langston has a big future baring injury… Curtis Axel would have been fine with out heyman the story line between punk and heyman was never going to get him over and heyman has too much to offer to be working in the mid-card. Axel couldnt be booked over punk as CM punk will be the last person to work on PPV with the rock undertaker and brock lesnar in one calender year. As far as Indy guys go, i’ve watched WWE long enough to know there is Talent and then there’s WWE talent which even the most over Indy guys can’t get over on the big stage. I am Glad that Xavier Woods is getting a chance being one of the few former TNA talents in WWE.

    • Bob’s Diner

      Indy guys can’t get over on ‘The Big Stage’?
      Tell that to Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose

      • k!ng

        Guess u read that wrong I said sometimes it doesn’t translate over in wwe that’s the best way to put it. Simmer down shotgun.

        • Bob’s Diner

          I read it wrong?

          “even the most over Indy guys can’t get over on the big stage”

          Don’t blame me for that one.
          The guys in WWE that are getting the biggest reactions right now are the guys that come from the independent scene. All the greats in WWE history all came from the independent scene. Being able to travel the country testing things out is how one develops as a performer.

          Then you praised Xavier Woods, who is an ‘indy guy’

          • k!ng

            I also praised cm punk as the last guy to prlly work w rock lesnar and undertaker in the same year he’s an indy guy too what’s ur point… don’t have a problem w any indy wrestler just saying not all of them make it in wwe sorry that bothers you

  • Tim

    Eva looks like a malfunction Barbie that puts her make up on with a blow gun

  • BMGabe

    2 Pages eh? dat double click though.

    I think after Axel dropping the title and him playing up the “I’m not hurt” after the HIAC PPV. Kinda shows that he did try ducking performing that night to not drop the title

    • Bob’s Diner

      Yeah… how dare a guy worry about a possible injury

  • Venom

    What’s with putting things on multiple pages? It’s so annoying is business really that slow?

    • lll

      I agree. I like all the information on one page too.

  • Scott Davies

    I feel Curtis Axel might be a career Babyface. Not that of a maineventer. But I just never bought him as a Paul Heyman guy. As too me a Paul Heyman guy is Anti-WWE.

  • D-Bag

    The only thing John Cena sells is merchandise.