by Chuck CarrollBy Chuck Carroll

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — WWE Superstar Curtis Axel knows a thing or two about the NFL as back-to-back winner of the WWE Fantasy Football League.

So, it’s actually not that much of a stretch to say his Super Bowl pick need not be taken with a grain of salt.

Axel is going with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos to top the upstart Russell Wilson and Seattle Seahawks. A Denver victory would mark the first time a starting quarterback has captured the Lombardi Trophy as a member of two different teams.

“They’ve been steady all year long and they were my favorite since day one,” Axel said of the Broncos. “I’m going to stick with them. I’m going to go with the Broncos even though the Seahawks defense is pretty tough.”

That pick is a shame for Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman, who became a household name when he cut an epic promo on San Francisco receiver Michael Crabtree following last Sunday’s NFC Championship game. The rant drew instant comparisons to those heard during WWE’s Monday Night Raw.

So, how did it measure up in the eyes of a man who does it for a living? Perfectly.

“I absolutely loved it,” Axel said. “I laughed so hard just watching the woman interviewing him. I can’t believe she didn’t start busting out with laughter. . . You need that kind of stuff in football. I loved it. I have no complaints. I hope he continues it. I just wish he threw a ‘brother’ or something in there. Then it would have been an official wrestling promo.”

Axel, a die-hard football fan, won’t have the opportunity to watch the Pro Bowl on Sunday as he’ll be busy at the annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view. The wrestling extravaganza begins at 8 p.m. Eastern.

In a bit of a scoop, Axel said he expects to be in the 30-man over-the-top-rope main event, even though WWE has yet to officially announce his participation.

The third-generation wrestler is also ecstatic about the highly anticipated WWE Network that is scheduled to debut February 24. The online network will feature all live WWE pay-per-view events, including WrestleMania, as well a mix of modern and classic content for $9.95 per month. The content will also be available on mobile and gaming platforms. Accessibility from smart TVs is planned for the future.

Currently, pay-per-view events on television can cost WWE fans in excess of $60.


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