The addition of Bray Wyatt (and his family) and Curtis Axel to the main WWE roster has some of us beyond excited. Even Hulk Holland has been busy extolling the virtues of the company for having the foresight to get some young guns on the scene while the part-timers are busy vacationing.
It's not every day something fresh and exciting comes along in pro wrestling but Wyatt is exactly that. Axel, on the other hand, has been given new life thanks to a repackaging with a new name and one of the very best managers in the history of the industry, Paul Heyman.
Both guys look promising and in a recent interview with Matt Fowler at IGN.com, Randy Orton gave his endorsement to both guys:
"Well, I'm used to calling him 'Husky,' but Bray's vignettes are awesome. And the other two guys down there in FCW, who are part of his team, are talented. That little group there looks great. I have no idea what we're in for but those vignettes have everyone's heads turning backstage. And Bray is second generation. He's the son of Mike Rotunda - I.R.S. But Curtis Axel is third generation even. And so I think there's been a lot of pressure on Joe [Hennig] just being the son of 'Mr. Perfect' Curt Hennig. I mean, how can there not be a lot of pressure? No disrespect to my father, but Mr. Perfect was around a little more and maybe had more of a following. So people might be more aware of who his father was and because of that I think he has a lot more to live up to. And that whole 'Michael McGillicutty' thing? That was just career suicide. But he made it through that. And I think anyone who can make it through having a name like 'McGillicutty' for however many years he had it is a survivor. The fact that he made it through shows you that the kid's got some staying power. And now with Paul Heyman in his back pocket? He's golden. Give him a couple weeks, a couple months, and he'll make a big impact."
Click here to read the rest of the interview, which is well worth your time.
It's interesting: both Wyatt and Axel are contending with former personas that never really fit properly and are both far more comfortable in the skin of their new characters. However, they will always have the stigma of their first character's name attached to them. Some fans will see Axel and always think of McGillicutty, though Wyatt should have less of a problem with that thanks to a dramatically altered appearance.
Still, the talent in both is obvious. The ability is there, and now it's on creative to come up with something good for them.
Hopes are high but should they be?