John Cena is an inspiration for millions, and he was R-Truth’s childhood hero. He also lent a helping hand to Apollo Crews when he was just trying to find himself.
Crews sat in catering for the longest time in WWE. Now he is fighting to change things. John Cena was around and pulling for him to realize who he really was to show the WWE Universe.
While speaking to After The Bell, Apollo Crews spoke about John Cena a bit. He was just coming into WWE and Cena was still around. He said that the 16x World Champion would pull him aside on a regular basis and try to figure out who he really is. That was something that Crews didn’t even realize at the time.
“When I first got to the main roster at the top John Cena was still working and he would always pull me aside and be like, ‘Who is Apollo Crews? We gotta figure this out. Who is Apollo Crews?’ At the time, I’m just like the most generic… it’s so embarrassing to even think about it. It’s like, ‘I’m this guy, I work hard, dah dah dah.’ He’s like, ‘Well, everybody works hard, but who are you?’”
“I couldn’t answer him to save my life. It literally took me six years, I’m trying to figure out who is Apollo Crews. I didn’t know. I felt so embarrassed, to the point where I’d avoid trying to have conversations with him because I’m like, ‘I know he’s gonna ask me again today and I don’t have an answer for him.’”
Apollo Crews’ new persona in WWE is bold, and it might be what he needed. Bringing an aspect of his Uhaa Nation character to WWE television could capture the audience’s attention and let them know exactly who Apollo Crews is. That is something that John Cena was trying to get out of him for a while.