Apollo Crews’ WrestleMania win over Big E marked the end of a long road to a big vote of confidence from WWE. There was a time when the company had no idea what to do with Crews and he was struggling.
In 2016, Apollo Crews was told to step it up, but he needed the right people to help him get there. D-Von Dudley was all ready to do just that, but WWE had other ideas.
While speaking to JOFO In The Ring, D-Von Dudley revealed that he wanted to work with Apollo Crews instead of retire. WWE constantly rejected Dudley’s requests to work with Apollo Crews, maybe even tag with him as he did with Batista. WWE rejected that idea and placed Apollo Crews in Titus Worldwide instead.
“I wanted to work with Apollo. Bubba went his way and I stayed with WWE. I wasn’t ready to become a producer. I still wanted to wrestle. When I was told ‘no’ and they wanted me as a producer, not as talent, I took the job. I was hearing certain rumblings that Apollo needed to step it up and give it his all and give him that little push.
“I remember that I volunteered. ‘let me tag with Apollo and help him out.’ I did the same thing with Batista and so many other guys over the years. I thought it would be a great thing to do. I was told ‘no.’ They put him with Titus O’Neil and Titus Worldwide. The opportunity was gone and I was like, ‘Damn.’ I think me and Apollo could’ve done great things, but they said ‘no.’”
It took Apollo Crews years getting to his big WrestleMania moment in Raymond James Stadium. It also makes us have to wonder how things might have been different in WWE history if WWE wouldn’t have kept rejecting D-Von Dudley’s idea to work with Apollo years ago.