Curtis Axel Talks About The Rock, Working On His Mic Skills, The McGillicutty Name & More

Published On 07/18/2013 | By PWMania.com Staff | News

Curtis Axel was interviewed by The Phoenix NewTimes. Here are the 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.”

Photo: Curtis Axel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson In The Ring Together

Like this Article? Share it!

About The Author

PWMania.com.com is recognized throughout the entire professional wrestling industry as one of the top sources for accurate and up-to-date professional wrestling news, rumors, and information.