Apollo Crews is one of the more underrated in-ring talents in WWE. Even though he was a United States Champion and Intercontinental Champion, Crews never really had a major breakthrough with his career on Raw and Smackdown at the time. He dropped that Nigerian Prince gimmick and found his way back to NXT, and now we know why that happened.

While speaking on Ryan Satin’s Out of Character podcast, Crews explained that he wanted to return to the brand after being away for several years while on the main roster. Apollo Crews was tired of being on the low card shows like Main Event and wanted to be a household name on the main roster in WWE.

“It was weird that nothing was happening [in my career]. It got to the point where it was just like ‘man, I don’t want to be coming here and doing Main Event anymore. I want to be on the main shows. I want to be one of the guys here that’s a household name, right? I want to be one of those guys. So like, it wasn’t coming. So I made an approach and asked if there was any spot down here essentially for me at NXT and the opportunity came about and it happened. There happened to be a spot available. I was like, ‘Man, I’m 100% for it.’”

Apollo Crews was asked by WWE officials what kind of run he wanted to have. He was honest by saying he wanted to make the best of the opportunity currently in NXT before moving back to Raw or Smackdown in WWE.


“It was one of those things where it’s like, ‘Is it long term or it’s gonna be short term?’ and I was like ‘For me honestly. It doesn’t matter.’ I’m gonna control what I can control. You give me this opportunity. I’m gonna come out here and kill it.

If they bring me back to Raw or Smackdown two weeks later so be it. If they bring me back [in] two months, so be it. But in my head, I wanted to take full advantage of the opportunity that I was being presented with because essentially, I was presented with the opportunity to kind of change the trajectory of my career and kind of really start over which not a lot of people get to do.”

Apollo Crews has a lot of potential for great things on the WWE main roster. He also received a decent amount of television time recently since being moved back to NXT. Unfortunately, he lost to Bron Breakker for the NXT Championship, but he had a great showing at NXT Deadline. Hopefully, he’ll get another crack at the title down the road to really shine

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Andre Porter

Andre is a passionate wrestling fan and journalist with years of experience covering the WWE. He has attended numerous wrestling events and has a deep understanding of the sport. In addition to his writing, Andre is also a graduate of The University of Arts with a BFA in multimedia and enjoys film, comics, and all Philadelphia sports. He is also an avid follower of John Cena on Twitter.

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