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.