Curtis Axel On If He Hated His Old Name, If He Has Weak Promos, Being In Company With The Rock

Curtis Axel On If He Hated His Old Name, If He Has Weak Promos, Being In Company With The Rock

Source: The Phoenix NewTimes

The Phoenix NewTimes has a good interview with Curtis Axel. Here are just a few 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.

"I still would get embarrassed when people say, 'You're a wrestler?' And then they'd ask what my stage name was and I was pretty embarrassed when I had to say 'Michael McGillicutty.' I didn't really like the name, but I'm glad that's gone and I'll never do that again."

If he has been working on his mic skills: "I don't know where that comes from. I just never really have a chance to talk. Now that I'm shown more on TV, I'll have more of an opportunity. People say what they want just from one little rumor, so I don't pay attention to any of that crap, what people say about me. I just do my thing and I know what I can do and I do well, and I don't let that stuff worry me."

The Rock also combining his father's and grandfather's name as Rocky Maivia: "Heck yeah. I mean, he stepped out of his father's and grandfather's shadows, so it's always a plus to be compared to someone like The Rock. Hopefully, I can work on it enough to get to the same level. It's pretty cool that I get that kind of comparisons."

Axel also discussed practicing promos, if he was disappointed to not have a bigger program with Triple H, who he would like to work with, living in his father's shadow and more. You can check out the full interview here.

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