Apollo Crews spent the majority of his four-year run on the main roster working live events and Main Event, only being featured on television sporadically.
Things changed for Crews during the empty arena era, where he started to get more of an opportunity under the guise former Raw executive director Paul Heyman. Crews won the WWE United States Title with Heyman at the helm, but with Heyman being replaced by Bruce Prichard in June, how has that changed things for Crews?
"Since I've shown that I'm reliable, and trustworthy it doesn't necessarily matter too much so that helps me in that sense. I don't feel like it's going to work against me," Crews told Newsweek. "Working with Heyman was fantastic. He was so hands-on with me and he helped me a lot. He was one of the main reasons for me getting this opportunity and I'm very thankful for everything he's done for me and helped me with. All I could do is look toward the future and I'm looking forward to working with Bruce [Prichard] as well. We're going to make magic together and I'm excited for what's to come and where I'm at right now. The company is seeing what I'm capable of after these past few months taking this opportunity and running with it. Every now and then I think about those [past] moments and it keeps me humble and hungry, knowing where I could have been and where I could have still been. And that's what drives me. Once you get complacent, that's where things shift and go in the wrong direction."
Apollo Crews is set to defend his United States Title against MVP on Sunday at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules.
You can check out Joe Hulbert's feature on Crews and his journey to the US Title by clicking here.
Fightful will have live coverage of Extreme Rules beginning at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday.