In 2020, Apollo Crews had a breakout year. In 2021, he hopes to build his fanbase.
2020 was a year that saw Apollo Crews finally capture his first championship in WWE. Although he eventually lost the WWE United States Championship to Bobby Lashley, Apollo Crews was in several featured segments during WWE Raw’s days taping at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
Now as a member of the SmackDown roster, Apollo Crews revealed in a new interview with Comic Book that he is hoping to continue working on his microphone skills and wants to develop a closer relationship with the WWE Universe and become a superstar that fans can really get behind.
"I feel like with the promos and stuff like that, that is something that I've been working on very hard. I want to be more entertaining. I don't want to just be this guy who comes in the ring with some nice pair of tights and does some cool moves. You know what I mean? I feel like that entertainment part is a huge part of this business and it's a huge part of having people, fans. Or, it helps with fans being able to relate to you.
"That's what people really gravitate towards, is when they see who you are as a character," Crews said. "So I feel like that's something that is very important for me to work on and for me to build a bigger fan base and for people to want to see me do better. That character work is so, so important, and that's something that I've been actually focusing on a lot. That's one thing that I'd love to be able to show more in 2021, is that side."
He concluded, "That's one of the things that I realized later where at first it was like, 'Okay, I need to be disciplined in the ring. It's in the ring, in the ring, in the ring.' Then I realized, 'Okay, that is not something that I should worry about too much. I need to worry about this other part of it, the entertainment part and show people who I am as a character. So that to me is important this year, to be able to get out there."
Apollo Crews, unfortunately, came up short in his Intercontinental Championship match against Big E on the January 8 episode of SmackDown. If you missed any of the action, you can check out our full report at this link.