GUEST COLUMN: “Daniel Bryan, Curtis Axel, and the Issue of the Failed Wrestling Star” by David M. Levin

Daniel Bryan 2Editor’s note: This column originally appeared on and was written by David M. Levin.

Before he joined the “highly successful” trio 3MB of the WWE, Drew McIntyre was hand-picked by Vince McMahon as “The Chosen One” of the company.

Before he became a mid-card jobber, Johnny Curtis or Fandango was a hand-picked “pet project” by McMahon. No word yet on whether McMahon feels Curtis has reached his full potential with the company.

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GUEST COLUMN: “Curtis Axel: a star on the rise”

Curtis axelEditor’s note: This article originally appeared on and was written by Pat LapradePat Laprade is the co-author of Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screw Jobs, a book on the history of the Montreal wrestling territory. He can be reached at

Since his career has been under the guidance of Paul Heyman, Curtis Axel has shown he can step up to the plate and deliver, claiming the Intercontinental title. But this isn’t enough for the third-generation wrestler.

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Recent Curtis Axel interview

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WWE Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel was interviewed by The Phoenix NewTimes. Here are some highlights:

If he hated the name Michael McGillicutty: “Let me ask you a question. Would you like it if your name was Michael McGillicutty?… When I first heard about it, it was actually through text back when I was down wrestling with FCW through NXT and they said they were changing my name to Michael McGillicutty. And I thought they were just playing a joke on me. But no. I found out it was reality when I started my season at NXT and it kind of broke my heart, but I was excited to get to the main roster. That’s all that mattered to me.

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