Apollo Crews is one of the WWE NXT wrestlers who proved that he was worthy of another main roster run. While the Nigerian Prince was dropped, he has seen a lot of success, and it seems he couldn’t have achieved it without the help of a WWE Hall of Famer.
This week’s “Out of Character with Ryan Satin” saw guest Apollo Crews speak about how Edge guided his promos during COVID-19 through FaceTime. Crews described all the emotions he felt the moment he was approached by the Rated-R Superstar.
“I remember working with Edge during the pandemic. He had contacted a few of us. I opened my Twitter, and I’m like, Edge had slid in my DMs. I’m like, Oh snap. I was like no way. This is not real. He just mentioned that he wanted to, while he was injured with his triceps injury, he was talking about helping some of the younger guys with promos. So I was like, man, here’s an opportunity. Extremely uncomfortable. He’s talking about FaceTiming him once a week. I’m like, Man, I hate FaceTime. I hate even talking on the phone, right? But I was like, here’s a man who’s taking his time to help me get better and advance in my career. So I have to do this, right? I have to do it.”
Crews was astonished by the Rated-R Superstar giving an in-depth approach to his promos. Crews recalled how he would send Edge 8-10 promos a day and have the WWE Hall of Famer take pleasure in picking at each promo piece by piece
“So we’d be on FaceTime like once a week, and he was literally critiquing and giving me advice. I’d send him like, promo after promo. I mean, like up to like eight to 10 promos a day and he’d watch each and every one of them and be like, ‘Okay, I like what you did in the first one. Why don’t you do what you did in the third one here, this part, you should try that in this first one right here, but don’t do this.’ He was literally breaking and watching each one and breaking them down and breaking them down.”
Apollo Crews expressed his gratitude for not only getting the opportunity to have the Rated-R Superstar play a huge role in his new persona, but to be able to go out there and kill it. He stated that it would be foolish for anyone to let this opportunity pass them by.
“I remember after I did the first promo I had when I started the Nigerian character and I think I was still talking in my normal accent and it was like a two or three minute promo the first time I was out there. I came back and he just gave me a hug. He just was so impressed, so pleased, just genuinely happy that I went out there and just did that. Because it was really the first time I had been tested like that to go out there and talk. After seeing the work that we had done, kind of, you know, I don’t want to say a final product, but here’s a product of everything that he had helped me with.
I think he was genuinely happy to see me not only get that opportunity, but to go out there and just kill it. I have nothing but great things to say about him and I’m very grateful that he reached out and wanted to help, not just me, but some of the other guys advance and just be better. You have someone like that who’s done everything here and here he is reaching out to us to kind of pass some of the game along. How do you pass up on that opportunity? You’d be a fool if you didn’t take that opportunity, right?”
Apollo Crews made his return to NXT earlier this year, dropping his Nigerian Prince gimmick. He was unable to beat Bron Breakker for the NXT Title, but his story is far from finished. It seems he is not going to be going anywhere soon. For more updates, stay tuned to Ringside News.
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