There’s always a slight risk that when NXT stars that make the jump to the main roster, they may not all find instant success like Kevin Owens, The Shield and Enzo & Big Cass have had.
It’s obviously not an easy task replicating the same popularity and excellence that was one displayed in front of a few hundred people at Full Sail University, and recent reports suggest that Apollo Crews may have also made the jump to the main roster a little too soon.
Despite having the potential to be as big as Owens or even as popular as Sami Zayn on the main roster, it seems like he’s heading towards The Ascension or the Tyler Breeze category instead.
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Before looking too deep into the situation, it doesn’t seem like Crews is doing anything wrong on the main roster. He’s already defeated guys like Sheamus and has appeared on television a lot more than more established guys.
Not only this, but it was reported not too long ago that Vince McMahon was high on his work and enjoyed the talent and potential he brought. Of course, the weaknesses are visible with his microphone skills and personality needing a lot of work.
However, it seems like he’s he hasn’t progressed as well as officials would have hoped, as DailyWrestlingNews are reporting that his in-ring work as of late has caused issues backstage.
Rumours suggest that there is backstage heat between Crews and WWE officials, mainly because Crews has 'botched' some key spots in recent matches, along with his general in-ring work not being as impressive as expected.
One of the matches that has been heavily criticised is when Crews was up against Chris Jericho; the botched Lionsault didn’t go over well backstage among those that were watching the match.
That seems to have triggered some negativity backstage, and officials are keeping a close eye on him. To make sure he progresses and can avoid getting put into similar situations, they’ve booked him in a feud with Sheamus.
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Since the feud has kicked off, Crews has looked a little better inside of the ring, and that’s the advantage of working with somebody like Sheamus. He can help Crews bring out the best in him and give him the right push he’ll need to move on to bigger and better things, along with the fact that Sheamus is one of the best workers on the roster right now.
There were fantastic reviews surrounding Crews when he was on the independent scene, and that’s a whole lot different from the WWE. There’s a chance the WWE may have pulled the trigger on him too soon, and more time on NXT could have done him a world of good as he could have built up more experience.
This doesn’t mark the end of the road, and there’s no way he’ll be jobbing anytime soon. He seems like a hard worker, which means he should battle through the inexperience and do great things on the roster.
However, if he does put on sloppier matches in the coming weeks or months, don’t be surprised to see less of him on television.
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