Apollo Crews burst on the scene in the summer of 2015 in NXT, and despite no TakeOver main event appearances, he was fast tracked to the main roster ahead of the likes of Finn Balor and Samoa Joe.
In the long term, this is a good thing for his character as these guys could become envious and jealous of him, which could set up a feud on the main roster. But until then, what do you do with him?
Everyone knows how incredible he is in the ring. His character and work on the mic can be a tad scratchy at times, but he always delivers in the ring. This is why WWE have always booked him to squash opponents and that’s all he about does.
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Its fine for now, but in the long term it’s going to hurt is credibility as the overall package, so what do you do… you give him a manager.
Give Crews A Manager
Giving Crews somebody who can cut the promos and sell his character for him will help him a go long way in the business. There are two possible candidates for the job, Paul Heyman or Triple H/The Authority.
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Paul Heyman has managed all the greats. From Stone Cold Steve Austin, to of course, Brock Lesnar. Heyman has been the catalyst in kick starting their careers. There’s no doubt he could do the same for Crews.
Back in 2013, WWE ran the angle for the while of Paul Heyman guys. At first it did wonders for the career of Curtis Axel, but the angle fell flat when he started to manage the likes of Ryback and Cesaro.
The original idea behind the angle was to help up and coming superstars take the next step in WWE under his tutelage. The problem was, Heyman was heel at the time, so realistically fans didn’t want to see people they disliked be taken under his wing and pushed to stardom.
Now that Heyman is well, sort of face, the angle may have a better effect on the WWE landscape.
Turn Him Heel
Alternatively WWE could turn Apollo heel and pair him with Triple H/The Authority.
Turning Apollo heels means that his loud mouth moves he already does in the ring can be taken to the next level, but also there can be more of a focus of how incredible he is in the ring.
A heel commentator like JBL, can continue to harp on about how good he is and how no-one is as good as him. This sets up spectacular match-ups with other tremendous in ring competitors like Sami Zayn and AJ Styles.
Everyone knows about the good working relationship that is shared by Apollo Crews and Triple H. The CEO has many times praised him for his in-ring work, but also the ability to adapt his style when needed.
With Seth Rollins out of the picture, there isn’t an ‘Authority Guy’ at the moment. So whilst we wait for him to return, why not have Crews being the guy they push to the moon. Also, when Seth does return it’s likely that he may end up turning on The Authority and sets up an exciting match-up with Apollo as well.
It's questionable how an Apollo Crews heel run would go, but pairing him with Triple H does leave a safety net to fall on. If the angle is terrible, WWE could always revert to a ‘Student vs Teacher’ angle where they can turn the superstar face again and pick up a victory over his mentor.
Would you like to see either Paul Heyman or Triple H manage Apollo Crews? Let us know in the comments section.