Professional wrestling is an industry where superstars can live and die on their characters.
Dalton Castle in Ring of Honor flaunts around like a peacock and is one of the most over guys in the entire industry, and then there's Tyler Breeze in WWE who is some form of professional model and nobody really cares about him. There's a thin line between a character being good and terrible and no one wants to be on the latter side.
That is why wrestlers can get so worked up about them, as JTG revealed Curtis Axel did in a recent interview.
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The former 'Cryme Tyme' member was recently a guest on the Pancakes and Powerslams Show to promote his new book "Damn! Why Did I Write This Book, Too?."
During the interview, he spoke about Axel being furious when he debuted in the WWE. At the time, Axel was made to go by the name Michael McGillicutty, despite being the son of 'Mr. Perfect' Curt Hennig.
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"I've also seen second-generation Superstars who wanted to use their real last names to pay homage to their fathers get slapped with ridiculous-sounding fake last names," JTG said. "They were pissed, but they said yes. They went along to get along."
"For example, Mr. Perfect's son. He was absolutely upset that he could not use his last name," he revealed.
"His father is such a icon in the business, why would you not want to use the last name Hennig? And I saw how disturbed he was, that's his father."
It doesn't help that Michael McGillicutty is a stupid as hell name that doesn't inspire any sort of reaction in a person. It is just a normal name, which is something no wrestler wants.
"Why would you slap on a name like McGillicutty? That is one of the top ten worst names in the world (laughs). McGillicutty? I knew he was very upset about that, but he couldn't display that because he had to remain professional, and like I said, going along to get along."
Nowadays, Joe Hennig goes as Curtis Axel, taking his father's real life first name as some sort of middle finger to the WWE who didn't allow him to take the second name.
Would Curtis Axel's career be any different if he actually was 'Joe Hennig' - the son of Mr Perfect? Maybe, maybe not. But it definitely would've helped.