It’s always an exciting time when rumours circulate regarding an NXT call-up, especially if the said athlete has been a vital asset beforehand.
We’ve seen this to be the case with the likes of Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, and most recently, Enzo Amore and Big Cass have captivated the main roster since their arrival.
DANGER OF FAILING
Another star who was supposedly going to set the main roster alight was Apollo Crews, somebody who has been lost in the shuffle since making the move up to the main roster and hasn’t had a solid feud yet either. This is despite the fact that he was one of the hottest talents on the independent scene before his arrival.
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However, that could be about to change after Sheamus took out his frustrations, after a loss to Zayn in a Money in the Bank qualifying match, on Crews by attacking him before his match with Chris Jericho.
Crews is in danger of becoming an irrelevant star who – despite having a substantial independent background - failed to make it to the top on NXT and might not 'make it' on the main roster either, although the potential is there.
A key feud is needed to take place over the next month or so, and I believe Sheamus is the perfect choice for Crews to develop on the main roster.
NEEDS TO LEARN TO TELL A STORY IN THE RING
One of the biggest negatives in Crews’ game is that he isn’t the greatest of storytellers in the ring. As fans, we do want to watch incredible matches but we want contests that tell stories, a clear beginning, middle and end.
Guys like Seth Rollins, Cesaro as well as Owens and Zayn are great examples of stars that know how to do this, they sell really well and engage the audience in whatever it is they’re doing. This is where Crews has struggled; we saw it this week when Sheamus brutally attacked him from behind, yet Crews went out and showcased his impressive move set.
That shouldn’t have happened; he shouldn’t have been able to go as well as he did as it would have helped make Sheamus look strong as well. Instead, it makes the attack feel useless. The fact that Sheamus had attacked somebody who worked hard to reach that stage, it means the fans should have hated Sheamus while sympathising with Crews. However, it’s difficult to sympathise when he hasn’t sold his attack at all.
Sheamus can also help Crews slow his matches down. It’s clear that Crews does some incredible things in his high-intensity matches. However, not everyone on the roster is used to that. He needs to alter his style to accommodate his opponents and we saw with his botch against Jericho that a fast-paced match isn’t always the best thing to do.
Sheamus isn’t the quickest of guys on the roster, but he’s explosive in a similar manner to somebody like Roman Reigns, so every time he attacks it looks extremely painful. Slow, methodical beat-downs could be a great learning curve for Crews, switching up his style will benefit him in the long run.
It doesn’t mean he needs to slow down for good; it means working at a slow pace against a dangerous opponent will help him develop at a better pace and keep him in line for a big push.
A feud with Sheamus will also be able to bring out a fire in Crews that we’ve yet to see. He hasn’t really shown that he’s a massive threat to anybody, mainly because he smiles on his way to the ring, he does a couple of flips and we don’t see him for a while.
That drastically needs to change, the whole “I’m just happy to be here” smile needs to go, and Sheamus is the perfect guy to wipe it off his face. We need to see him fired up, ready to look like a threat to the main event stars. Otherwise, he’s destined for mid-card obscurity.
He's part of the new era, so he needs to represent them well while Sheamus is adamant in wiping them out, it's an interesting storyline to be put in, but it's the little mannerisms that can help make or break Crews this early in his career.
As soon as that smile disappears, he looks fired up and puts up a great fight against Sheamus; he could be taken a little more seriously. Until that happens, fans of Crews shouldn’t have high hopes of him achieving greatness in the main event picture.
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