Everyone had a different opinion when this happened, from "WTF?" to "I'll give it a chance." A couple of months later, I'm convinced Curtis Axel was not the right pick. While he is a good, solid wrestler, I think this push has shown us exactly why prior to this, he wasn't given the ball to run with. He just doesn't have any stand out traits or qualities to him. The few seconds of mic time he has received, Axel has come across as terribly bland, and there just isn't anything interesting to him as a character. So, my question is, was Curtis Axel the best choice/the right choice for this role? If not, who would you have chosen instead?
I think aligning Heyman with an NXT superstar would have been a great way to call someone up and could have given someone a big rub. And there are some guys in NXT who could have done a better job charisma-wise with this than Axel has. The one person who stuck out in my mind from the start that would have been good for this role is Corey Graves.
From the main roster, Cody Rhodes or Damien Sandow could have been good choices. They have a storyline right now so things have worked out pretty well for them, but I think if either of them were in the Heyman guy role, their push would have been a lot more well-received than Axel's. I also think they would be featured further up the card than he is right now. Even someone who is a bit similar to Curtis Axel in the sense that he doesn't have much of a character but can go in the ring, Tyson Kidd, would have been a better choice than Axel. Obviously it was out of the question with Kidd being on the shelf, but he still would have been a better choice in all areas including being a better wrestler. Antonio Cesaro is another one who would have been a good choice - although his partnership with Zeb isn't bad and he is getting noticed more now, hanging around with Heyman and briefly wrestling Triple H and Cena could have been huge for him and he would have knocked it out of the park.
I just think it was really stupid to choose someone who doesn't have a character, because here we are two months later and Curtis Axel STILL doesn't have a character. There isn't really anything to look forward to when he is on TV, apart from the chance of Heyman doing something entertaining. And although he is a good worker, his matches haven't been that amazing in all honesty...just a lot of solid but forgettable performances.