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    Quote Originally Posted by Nash Diesel View Post
    Nothing Axel ever did was entertaining. Forgettable 5-6 month tag title run with Dave Otunga, and even worse run with the IC title. Spurts of comedy where he was never the main focus and none of it lasted longer than a few months. Fuck I HATED HATED HATED the fact the B-Team won the tag titles off Wyatt and Hardy.
    That's certainly debatable, but most of his run was definitely low tier because I've no memory whatsoever of his IC reign. His B-Team stuff w/ Bo though was entertaining to me, mainly when they finally won a match and they had their epic celebration. That was fun. But them winning the tag titles just shouldn't have happened because it went against who the frick they were. That and it devalued the titles even more, if that's even possible, because if they could win the tag titles... then any scrubs off the street could. Sucked.

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    To me, anything Slater did from the free agent angle to winning the tag titles on Smackdown overshadows most or all of Axel's entire run. His peak was more entertaining that Axel's peak.

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    My favorite Axel moments have to be when he'd just stand in the background while Heymand or Lesnar spoke, looking awkward as fuck. Axel should never have been a Heyman guy. Should have stuck with Cesaro and pushed him to the moon.

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    Curtis Axel winning the IC title and pointing to the sky was a Perfect moment. Problem was, it also cast a huge shadow over his career, as he'd inevitably be compared to one of the very best overall performers ever. Nobody could be expected to live up to such a comparison (well maybe Charlotte has).

    I agree that Axel never should have been a Heyman guy, and RybAxel did him no favors. But by the time the stuff with Miz came around, Axel was better at knowing his role, and shutting his mouth.

    The comparison with Slater is natural as both guys came in to the main roster at the same time. I think Axel suffers more from the disappointment of higher expectations, but as for their WWE careers, I still think its very close.

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    Also worth mentioning that McGillimacttermy had some bangin' theme music before his Curtis Axel days.


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    Also worth noting that his NXT class had the worst names. Michael McGillicutty, Husky Harris, Lucky Cannon, Kaval.....

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    I honestly think the idea that Curtis Axel couldn't get out of his father's shadow and that's what hurt him is an overrated assumption. That implies that if he wasn't the son of Mr Perfect he would have been a bigger star. Maybe but that then implies that he would look and wrestle the same as he does which honestly his look fucked him and his mediocre ability was only mediocre because he was a Hennig. If he wasn't he probably would have sucked even more.

    You're either David Flair and Erik Watts, or you're Randy Orton and The Rock. Some offspring just don't have IT. A last name can only get you in the door, the family tree only has so many strong branches. You have to deliver. Charlotte Flair is not one of the best female wrestlers in WWE history because her last name is Flair.

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    I won't hear all this negativity about the Axeman. He has a win over HHH. 'nuff said.

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    So does the Brooklyn Brawler.

    I think I agree with the consensus that he found his niche better in Outcasts and B-Team but up til that point was mediocre. I’d take Slater any day.

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    Slater's great and they should've really used him more these last few years. He'd have been lots of fun as a manager.

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    Slater and Rhyno getting the tag titles was one of the best storylines they have done in this mediocre era. Tbf when SmackDown split, it was by far the better show and everything they did hit. Curtis was stuck in some weird factions and saying he was an after thought is being generous. I personally think these firings are just vindictive as the WWE conference call got the stock up even though Vince lied about SmackDown ratings and how Mania were profit wins even though they were giving it away.

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    Man, I always had the idea that Curtis Axel should have either quit wrestling or just stepped back from wrestling full time and become Charlotte Flair's "advisor", the same way Mr. Perfect was for Ric Flair back in the 90's.

    So much for that...

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    By sheer coincidence, I watched Payback 2013 last night and Axel winning the IC Title in a very good 3 way, on Father’s Day, was a pretty cool moment.

    Very good show, actually. Main even was pretty much garbage, but some great stuff underneath. Particularly Punk and Jericho and Ziggler and Del Rio. I enjoyed that. And I do so miss PPVs that clock in at under 3 hours.

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    There was allot of mileage left in Slater and Rhyno, but as soon as they won the tag titles, they got less and less screen time until they all but disappeared.

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    I wish all PPVs were 5-6 hours. Anything less is ridiculous

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    Nobody mentioned Rybaxel?


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    Drew Gulak has been released. He had a hell of a 2020 on Smackdown, considering how he was used prior to that. Word is going around that his contract was coming due for a decision soon and he made it clear he wasn’t going to re-sign.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BGMaverick View Post
    Drew Gulak has been released. He had a hell of a 2020 on Smackdown, considering how he was used prior to that. Word is going around that his contract was coming due for a decision soon and he made it clear he wasn’t going to re-sign.
    Why you gotta make me cry?

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    Well, at least we got some kind of closure with Bryan beating Gulak in the tourney.

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    Drew gulack sucked. No loss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald View Post
    Drew gulack sucked. No loss.
    Guy was no Dana Brooke, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BGMaverick View Post
    Drew Gulak has been released. He had a hell of a 2020 on Smackdown, considering how he was used prior to that. Word is going around that his contract was coming due for a decision soon and he made it clear he wasn’t going to re-sign.
    Well this is depressing news to wake up to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spudz Mackenzie View Post
    Guy was no Dana Brooke, right?
    Nah...Tony Nese.

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    May as well put this here in the appropriate thread. Drew Gulak has been released, he had asked for ir and wasn't going to re-sign.

    Gutted but hope he does well elsewhere as he is very talented technically and on the microphone. I always liked him and loved the Powerpoint presentations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasori View Post
    I won't hear all this negativity about the Axeman. He has a win over HHH. 'nuff said.
    He beat HHH and Cena Brawler can't say that

    Feeling Gulak might find his way back to Evolve
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    Gulak's Powerpoint thing was the best thing he did. Bland AF otherwise. Nice for him to get a solid push on SD with Bryan before he was done.

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    Gulak's gone? Frick, I really liked him. Why does he get sacked, but Mr. Negative Personality Tony Nese is still around?

    Drew's powerpoint presentation was legitness, and he's had a great string of matches w/ Bryan. He'll be missed.

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    dude what, gulak gone after that match with bryan on friday? that sucks.

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    It sounds like his contract was up, asked for more money on the new one and they weren’t wanting to re-sign him to a larger deal...so that was it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BGMaverick View Post
    Drew Gulak has been released. He had a hell of a 2020 on Smackdown, considering how he was used prior to that. Word is going around that his contract was coming due for a decision soon and he made it clear he wasn’t going to re-sign.
    He's back on the Smackdown roster page on WWE's website so...maybe things are looking up.

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    There was always something about Drew that I liked. Looks like a real average Joe, but all that considered, he's done really rather well in WWE.

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    I was wondering where Nigel McGuinness has been for a bit but just read it's been reported he was also furloughed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mth View Post
    I was wondering where Nigel McGuinness has been for a bit but just read it's been reported he was also furloughed.
    Fur'd, that's kind of a relief because at least he's not gone. He's been one of my favorite commentators for a long time.

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    I love Nigel I really do. Aside from DB he's probably my favourite personality in all of WWE. So likeable and good at his job. I don't think there's anyone contracted to WWE that I'd be more sad about if I heard they got fired or whatever.

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    1 big knock on ROH, for me, was that I didn't enjoy their commentary team. That was until Nigel returned and then went to the booth.

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    Apparently Gronk is no longer under WWE contract. I don't think anyone's going to be complaining if that's the end of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mth View Post
    Apparently Gronk is no longer under WWE contract. I don't think anyone's going to be complaining if that's the end of that.

    Mojo will......



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    But what about the 24/7 title?

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    R-Truth is champ again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mth View Post
    Apparently Gronk is no longer under WWE contract. I don't think anyone's going to be complaining if that's the end of that.
    Poochie has gone back to his home planet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasori View Post
    But what about the 24/7 title?
    You must have not watched or heard about Raw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mth View Post
    Apparently Gronk is no longer under WWE contract. I don't think anyone's going to be complaining if that's the end of that.
    lol. I'll be honest, I was very very curious to see what he was actually going to bring but I'm also thinking we don't know what his actual contract was going to entail. Personally I agree with those saying he wasn't under a wrestling contract and he was only hosting Mania to announce that he was going to be coming out of retirement to play for the Bucs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BGMaverick View Post
    You must have not watched or heard about Raw.
    I did after I made my post, lol. Glad the 24/7 title is back safely in Truth's hands.

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    Jack Gallagher's been released.

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    That's hella lame. I really liked him.

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